Welcome to The Trade Practitioner, a resource for current developments in international trade and national security. This blog provides a wealth of information to help you strengthen organizational trade compliance, gain regulatory understanding and heighten awareness to the impact that national security concerns have on international trade. The blog also tracks important trade policy issues and international trade agreement negotiations.  The Topics column below organizes our blog posts by focus areas, and the sections on CFIUS Resources, Sanctions: Non-US Organizations and Persons (e.g., Russia) and Learning Center are reservoirs of pertinent official government publications and our original contents, including thought leadership, presentations and training materials. Scroll down further to Events and Training Opportunities for information on a variety of gatherings that may be of interest to you.


We update our CFIUS Resources page continuously to provide you with reliable, timely information on CFIUS filings and statuses, and related regulatory developments.
We track sanctions developments from around the world. In particular, due to the current conflict and crisis in Ukraine, we are focusing on the evolving sanctions imposed by several governments on Russia and Russia-aligned regions and certain individuals. The jurisdictions in focus are:

EU  |  Japan Republic of Korea  |  UK  |  US


In our Learning Center you will find PowerPoint presentations and webinars on export controls, sanctions and other trade compliance and policy topics.  You will also find our ITAR Practitioner’s Handbook (2021) and other materials.


Squire Patton Boggs Partner and Co-chair of the International Trade Team George Grammas will present the “ITAR Intermediate Workshop” at the 2022 Export Control Joint Unit Symposium in London on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. Review the agenda for more information, and use the booking form to register.

A New Look at U.S. Sanctions and Practical Guidelines for Compliance | *In-person Events* | Sept. 26, 2022, Arlington, Va. | Sept. 29, 2022, Santa Clara, Calif. 
Join us in-person in Arlington, Virginia (Sept. 26) or Santa Clara, California (Sept. 29) to hear from this select panel of high-level government and industry policy leaders who will explore emerging sanctions and embargoes compliance trends in 2022 and beyond to include:

  • BIS/OFAC Panel on Advancing U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security Through Economic Sanctions and Export Controls. BIS and OFAC have each played key roles implementing U.S. policy on China and Russia. This panel discussion will explore how each agency has employed its authority, lessons learned, and the challenges ahead.
  • Trade Compliance and Sanctions Training in Rapidly Changing Environments
  • Update on Russian Program – Export Controls and Sanctions

Both in-person events are complimentary to the trade community. Space is limited so register soon to save your seat! View more information and register for the Sept. 26th event in Arlington, Virginia or the Sept. 29th event in Santa Clara, California.

US Export Controls Workshops – From EAR to ITARnity: Ever-challenging US Export Controls Compliance | June 27-29, 2022 | *In-person*, United Kingdom – The three-day event, co-hosted by Squire Patton Boggs and EGADD, will begin with an executive-level overview of ITAR and EAR and their implications for UK companies, followed by topical workshops administered by legal, business and regulatory experts. See here for additional details and to secure your space.

Russia Sanctions-related Event: 

  • Webinar: What US Russian Sanctions Mean for US Trade Contracts and Negotiations | March 29, 2022, 3 – 4 p.m. ET – George Grammas is pleased to join the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) to provide an overview on the newly imposed sanctions on Russian entities and individuals and export controls affecting Russia and Russia-aligned regions, as well as practical risk mitigation and management considerations to companies on handling their existing and prospective contracts. *Presentation slides and webinar recording available in Learning Center (see below)*
  • Webinar: Russia-related Sanctions and New Export Controls | March 2022 – Our Trade Practitioners George Grammas and Jeremy Paner are pleased to join Content Enablers to highlight key aspects of the recent sanctions and export controls developments related to Russia, and share some best practices to keep businesses competitive. *Presentation slides and webinar recording available in Learning Center (see below)*
  • The Conflict in Ukraine: Impact on Capitals, Markets and Boardrooms | March 2022 – From the pandemic to Europe’s largest military conflict since World War II, it seems the world is moving from one extraordinary period to another. The conflict in Europe has generated a maze of rapid legal, political and economic responses from authorities around the globe. Those actions are rippling through capital, markets and boardrooms as businesses grapple with how to respond. Trade Practitioner José María Viñals joins a panel of experts to discuss sanctions from an European perspective. *Download the complete discussion here.* 


(And more available in the Learning Center)


The Trade Practitioner is a product of the Squire Patton Boggs International Trade Practice. We hope The Trade Practitioner will become your go-to reference, resource and learning center on different international trade topics. Please contact us at InternationalTradeCompliance@squirepb.com with any questions. For specific inquiries on US export controls compliance, please contact SPBUSExportControls@squirepb.com.