Spotlight on Global Trade Controls: Exploring Some Essential Topics and What They May Look Like Under the Biden Administration


Spotlight on Global Trade Controls: Exploring Some Essential Topics and What They May Look Like Under the Biden Administration

Tuesday, 13 July 2021 | 1:00 PM ET (6:00 PM GMT+1)

One of the more politicized areas of regulation, U.S. regulation of global trade, has taken center stage in recent years. Given shifting political opinions and a new administration, all eyes are focused on how the U.S. approach to global trade will change, particularly as it relates to key nations/regions including China, the Middle East and the EU. This session will provide a top-level overview of recent key changes to U.S. export control, economic sanctions and national security regulations, and practical tips on how to manage risks associated with these developments. Utilizing a case study approach to address potential new risk areas, the speakers will also highlight what areas of your business you should now be revisiting to ensure your ongoing compliance with new, updated regulations.


CLE credits are available for this webinar in the following states only – TX, VA, NY, NJ, CA. Additional instructions on how to obtain CLE credits will be provided during the webinar.



Neena Shenai

Chief Global Trade Legal Director

Neena Shenai is principal global trade counsel at Medtronic where she leads the company’s global trade legal team. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute where she is working on a joint, bipartisan project on “Reconceptualizing Globalization” with the Brookings Institution. Shenai formerly served as trade counsel for the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives where she advised on global market access, services, investment, and sanctions issues. She was involved in the passage of the 2015 Trade Promotion Authority package as well as 2011 legislation implementing the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement and reauthorizing trade adjustment assistance. Previously, Shenai served as banking, commerce, transportation, and trade counsel for the U.S.Senate Republican Policy Committee and senior adviser in the Bureau of Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She was an attorney in the international trade group of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, a professional trainee in the Rules Division of the World Trade Organization, and a judicial law clerk with the Hon. Evan J. Wallach then of the U.S.Court of International Trade. Shenai has a JD from Vanderbilt University; an MPhil in international relations from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University; and a BA with high honors from Swarthmore College.

Ajay Kuntamukkala

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Ajay Kuntamukkala helps companies navigate complex national security laws that affect their international business activities. Whether it is advising on ever-evolving sanctions developments, nuclear trade, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), encryption, or the intersection of cybersecurity and export controlled data, clients look to Ajay to anticipate and resolve cutting-edge challenges.

With over fifteen years of private sector and government experience, Ajay combines legal analysis and policy advocacy to advise clients on a range of export controls, economic sanctions, and anti-boycott matters. Ajay's practice ranges from counseling clients on complying with the relevant export control and sanctions laws and regulations, designing and implementing compliance programs, obtaining government licenses and authorizations, and assisting clients with government investigations and enforcement proceedings related to trade and sanctions matters. In this regard, he represents clients before the State Department, Treasury Department, Defense Department, Commerce Department, Energy Department, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and other agencies.

Ajay rejoined the firm after serving as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Industry and Security from 2003 to 2005. At the U.S. Department of Commerce, he counseled the undersecretary on a range of issues at the intersection of international trade and national security, including U.S. export control policy and high-technology trade. He also assisted the undersecretary with the agency's international initiatives, including coordinating U.S. government and industry efforts under the U.S.-India High Technology Cooperation Group to expand high-technology trade with India. In addition, he served as the undersecretary's appeals coordinator, presiding over informal hearings and advising the Undersecretary on the disposition of administrative appeals and enforcement proceedings.

Joshua Holzer


Joshua Holzer, a Partner with StoneTurn, brings more than 20 years of public and private sector experience in compliance, risk assessment and mitigation, and investigations. As an international trade expert, Joshua draws on his work as in-house counsel, in government, and in private practice to help clients proactively and reactively design innovative solutions to identify and manage risk.

Skilled at developing and implementing compliance solutions for a global business environment, Joshua offers a unique, practical understanding of international trade laws and regulations, including economic sanctions handled by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC); export controls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC); and import matters overseen by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He also assists clients in navigating matters involving the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), U.S. national security concerns, and U.S. government contracting. Joshua has created and enhanced compliance programs worldwide; conducted internal investigations; and performed due diligence in connection with complex mergers and acquisitions.

Joshua joined StoneTurn from Pfizer, where he served for nearly a decade as the Chief Counsel for Global Trade. There, he led the design and execution of global compliance protocols to mitigate risks associated with the movement of medicine to more than 175 countries. Joshua also provided primary legal support for the sale and donation of Pfizer vaccines to strategic non-governmental health partners.

A former U.S. government law enforcement official, Joshua held roles at several U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Commerce (DOC), and Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. General Services Administration. In these roles, he focused on the enforcement of export controls and economic sanctions laws, and led investigations to promote integrity and efficiency, and deter fraud in U.S. government operations. In private practice, Joshua represented domestic and international companies, on regulatory and criminal matters related to a wide variety of government investigations and enforcement actions.

A Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Joshua is a member of the New York State and District of Columbia bars. He has received several awards for his work, including Pfizer’s first General Counsel Award for Innovation, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Performance, and Special Service Awards from the Inspector General at both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. General Services Administration.

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