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, Targeted: Non-US Organizations and Persons 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.

Export Controls & Sanctions
Trade Policy & Market Access
Trade Remedy & Defense
CFIUS Filings & Developments
Customs & Tariffs
European Regulation
US Government Contracts
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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 developments of international trade relevance related to non-US organizations and persons that have been targeted by the US government on the grounds of national security and foreign policy.


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 (2019) and other materials.


Hong Kong, Trade Tension China-USA and Sanctions: Is It the 21st Century Opium War? – October 20, 2020, 4:30-6 p.m. CEST | Webinar. Our Trade Practitioner José María Viñals will chair a panel organized by FIDE to review the challenges and scenarios due to the rising tension between the US and China (in view of the presidential elections in November) and the new EU protectionist policy, all through a lens on Hong Kong as a key regional hub. Register your interest here.

US and EU Sanctions: 2020 Development and Trends – October 22, 2020, 10 a.m. CEDT | Webinar. Our Trade Practitioner José María Viñals will be joined by our colleagues in Prague to discuss sanctions compliance in the EU, particularly focusing on the impacts of US sanctions and COVID-19, and lessons learned from leaked SARs. Register here.

US Compliance Training for China Operations – October 28, 2020, 8 a.m. ET | Webinar. Presented by the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and Content Enablers, in collaboration with Squire Patton Boggs and the US-China Business Council (USCBC). The interactive webinar will discuss the impact of evolving compliance issues and how effective trade compliance training can improve and strengthen doing business with China. For additional details about the event, please contact us.


(Available in the Learning Center)

  • Introduction to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) – September 2019 | Presentation and webinar.
  • Introduction to the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR) – September 2019 | Presentation and webinar.
  • Anti-corruption, Sanctions and Compliance for Companies Doing Business Between the US and Russia – May 16, 2019 | Webinar.


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.