Developments in Trade: National, State and Local Impacts

13 February 2019   Charleston   4:00 P.M.-5:30 P.M.  

New U.S. tariffs and trade deals are disrupting business supply chains worldwide. Tougher rules on foreign investment in the U.S. are having a chilling effect on investors and the ability of U.S. businesses to attract foreign capital. Understanding these developments and dynamics is critical to companies in our region.

K&L Gates will host a panel discussion on navigating the volatile international trade and investment landscape. The panel will feature representatives from the national, state and local levels. Time will be allotted at the end of the panel for questions from attendees.

Please contact  for more information or RSVP at the link above.

Speakers include:

Stacy Ettinger | Partner, K&L Gates Washington, DC

Ms. Ettinger has 25 years of experience working with U.S. and foreign government officials and assisting businesses in navigating complex regulatory and compliance regimes. Ms. Ettinger joined K&L Gates after serving as senior legal and policy advisor to the Senate Democratic Leader, Charles Schumer, on international trade, investment, and regulatory issues. Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Ms. Ettinger served as a senior lawyer at the U.S. Commerce Department, representing the United States in trade negotiations, enforcement proceedings, federal litigation, and international dispute settlement.

Mike Graney | Vice President of Global Business Development, Charleston Regional Development Alliance

Michael J. Graney leads the CRDA's comprehensive, strategic global business development efforts focused on five industry clusters - Aerospace, Automotive, Information Technology, Life Sciences and Advanced Logistics. Mike joined the CRDA after successfully managing the Business Development program at the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts for more than eight years. Mike’s focus is on inward investment to Charleston, with a particular emphasis on European FDI. Mike is active with the Investor Relations program, engaging public and private sector investors and allies to support CRDA's business attraction strategy.

Amy Thomson | Director of International Strategy and Trade, South Carolina Department of Commerce

As director of the International Strategy and Trade division, Amy Thomson is responsible for the growth of foreign direct investment and export activity in South Carolina. Prior to this role, Amy led the Existing Industry program at SC Commerce, a business retention and expansion program that caters to manufacturers and distributors to monitor their needs and assist in leveraging the many resources available in the state. Before re-joining SC Commerce in August of 2014, Amy was senior international trade specialist with the US Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service. In this capacity, she assisted South Carolina firms in selling their products overseas. Before that, Amy worked at SC Commerce as an international trade manager, leading trade missions throughout Canada, Mexico, Central and South America. Amy was also editor-in-chief of a Spanish-language trade publication for the apparel industry, traveling throughout Latin America during the boom of apparel manufacturing in that region.

Julius 'Sam' Hines | Partner, K&L Gates Charleston

Julius 'Sam' Hines practices in admiralty and maritime law as well as other areas of commercial and business law. Beyond this work, Mr. Hines has a broad trial and appellate litigation practice. Many of his cases are tied to domestic or international trade and have involved sales and other contracts, Incoterms, letters of credit, customs, trucking, and warehousing. As a litigator and advisor with strong shipping and trade-related interests, Hines is a local point of contact for the firm’s global international trade practice. Mr. Hines serves as an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law, where he teaches maritime and international trade law.

Developments in Trade: National, State and Local Impacts

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