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Los Angeles Partner David Stepp and Los Angeles/Shanghai Partner Evan Chuck participated in the American Association of Exporters and Importers’ 97th Annual Conference and Expo.

Stepp moderated the panel “New Trade Legislation Around the World.” Chuck presented on the panel, providing insight into developments in China’s e-commerce, cyber security, export control and customs law developments as well as how a possible U.S.-China trade war could affect investment and trade flow between the world’s two largest economies. 

The theme for the three-day conference, June 6-8 in Baltimore, Md., was “Inflection Point: The Future of Trade Policy, Technology and Globalization.” Other panels covered e-commerce, CFIUS and FIRRMA, the current administration’s trade policies, BREXIT and more. Participants included international trade experts from Canada, U.S., Brazil and China.

Nearly 100 years old, AAEI is one of oldest U.S. international trade organizations and the firm has been a strong supporter for more than a decade.

Stepp provides strategic counsel on global customs and trade issues for clients located across the United States, Europe and Asia. His practice has a specific focus on customs compliance and counseling, including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin marking, free trade agreements and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) participation. He also regularly advises multinational companies on their e-commerce strategies globally, conducts global customs and international trade audits, and advises on compliance programs across borders.

Chuck is the Head of China for the firm. He is the Shanghai office liaison and its chief legal representative, having previously served as the managing partner of the office for more than seven years. He also served as the leader of the firm’s International Trade Practice Group for nearly seven years. His practice focuses on international transactions, with significant emphasis on cross-border acquisitions, project development and government compliance in Asia.

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