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Daniel Pickard

Daniel Pickard

Dan Pickard counsels U.S. and international clients on the laws and regulations governing international trade, with particular emphasis on import remedy, anti-bribery, national security, and export control issues. He represents and advises clients in matters related to trade remedy investigations (including antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard cases), U.S. economic sanctions, export controls, anti-boycott measures, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

dpickard@wileyrein.com

 

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Foreign Agents Registration Act Webinar

Posted in Announcements
Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA): Navigating Audits and Other Compliance Issues in a New Era of Enforcement Tuesday, October 2, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), once a little-known law, continues to garner heightened attention given a recent string of high profile enforcement actions under the statute. The… Continue Reading

Imports of Unfairly Traded Indian Stainless Steel Flanges Plummet As A Result of Recent Trade Case

Posted in Antidumping, Dumping and Subsidies, Trade Remedies
Approximately a year ago, on August 16, 2017, a petition for antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CVD) duties on stainless steel flanges from China and India was filed by the Coalition of American Flange Producers (CAFP), an association of U.S. producers of stainless steel flanges. The case was brought in response to unfairly dumped and subsidized… Continue Reading

CFIUS Reform Legislation Signed into Law – Important Changes Become Effective Immediately

Posted in CFIUS
President Trump signed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) into law today, August 13, 2018, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (NDAA). FIRRMA significantly expands the jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review transactions that were not previously subject to… Continue Reading

OFAC Revokes JCPOA-Related General Licenses and Issues Wind-Down Authorizations

Posted in Announcements
Following the President’s May 8, 2018 withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), today, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revoked General License H (GL H), which authorized U.S.-owned or -controlled foreign entities to engage in business with Iran, and General License I (GL I), which authorized U.S. persons to negotiate and enter into contingent… Continue Reading

House Passes CFIUS Reform Bill

Posted in CFIUS
The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed by an overwhelming margin of 400-2 its version of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). The landmark bipartisan legislation would significantly expand the jurisdiction and operational mandate of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and reform the CFIUS review process in a… Continue Reading

Back to the Future: What Your Company Needs to Know and Do About the Reinstated Iran Sanctions

Posted in Economic Sanctions
Webinar: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT RSVP Here On May 8, President Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the landmark 2015 agreement that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program. The U.S. government’s withdrawal… Continue Reading

Proposed Shift for Small Arms Export Controls from State Department to Commerce Department Authority

Posted in Export Controls
Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced a plan to transfer control over the export of small arms from the U.S. Department of State’s International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to the typically less-stringent U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The shift will affect U.S. small arms exports, including non-automatic and semi-automatic firearms up to .50 caliber,… Continue Reading

President Trump Withdraws from Iran Nuclear Deal; U.S. Sanctions to be Re-Imposed

Posted in Economic Sanctions
President Trump today announced the United States’ withdrawal from participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the landmark 2015 agreement that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program. Pursuant to the withdrawal, President Trump has directed his Administration to immediately begin the process of re-imposing sanctions against Iran, targeting the Iranian energy,… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein’s Daniel B. Pickard, Counsel to the Coalition of American Flange Producers, Issues Open Letter to Producers, Importers, and Purchasers of Stainless Steel Flanges

Posted in Antidumping
Today, Wiley Rein LLP partner Daniel B. Pickard, counsel to the Coalition of American Flange Producers, issued an open letter to producers, importers, and purchasers of stainless steel flanges, regarding affirmative preliminary determinations that the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission have reached in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations into stainless… Continue Reading

Trump Administration Sanctions Russian Oligarchs and Government Officials

Posted in Economic Sanctions
Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated several Russian individuals and entities, including seven Russian oligarchs and 17 top Russian government officials, pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA) and Executive Orders related to Ukraine and Syria. The full list of individuals and… Continue Reading

OFAC Sanctions Russians for Election Interference and Malicious Cyberattacks

Posted in Economic Sanctions, Export Controls
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated several Russian individuals and entities as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA) and a cyber-related Executive Order. The new sanctions are retaliation for Russia’s interference in the most recent presidential election as well… Continue Reading

State Department Adds South Sudan to the ITAR’s “Prohibited Countries” List

Posted in Export Controls
The U.S. Department of State today issued an amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to include South Sudan in its regulations on prohibited exports, imports, and sales to and from certain countries, and to update its defense trade policy toward South Sudan by applying a policy of denial on the export of… Continue Reading

FARA Webinar: Overview of the Act and Recent Developments in a New Enforcement Environment on December 12 at 12 PM EST

Posted in Announcements
The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), once a little-known law, has been thrown into the national spotlight in recent months. The law, which has been on the books since 1938, is a disclosure statute that requires persons who are acting as agents of a foreign principal, and providing services in a political or public relations… Continue Reading

Updated Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Handbook

Posted in Announcements
Wiley Rein has updated our Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Handbook, which reviews the rules that govern whether an entity should register with the FARA Registration Unit of the U.S. Department of Justice, the registration process, the obligations of registered agents, and the penalties that may be imposed for FARA violations. Any person who engages… Continue Reading

Trade Relief on Diamond Sawblades from China Significantly Reduces Unfairly Traded Imports

Posted in Antidumping
The most recent administrative review of the antidumping order on diamond sawblades and parts thereof from the People’s Republic of China resulted in the highest margins to date against imports of such products from China. As a result of the antidumping order, imports of diamond sawblades from China in the recent years have been on… Continue Reading

Challenge to Application of ITAR Brokering Provisions Dismissed

Posted in Export Controls
The D.C. District Court has dismissed a challenge to the Department of State’s application of the International Traffic Arms Regulations’ (ITAR) brokering provisions to attorneys. Notably, the challenge was filed by international trade law firm Matthew A. Goldstein, PLLC on its own behalf, regarding the application of the brokering provisions to legal services provided to… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein Publishes Updated Version of its DSS and FOCI Issues Handbook

Posted in Announcements
This week, Wiley Rein’s International Trade practice published an updated version of its Defense Security Service (DSS) and Foreign Ownership Control or Influence (FOCI) Issues Handbook, which reviews the rules that ensure that persons and entities with access to classified or sensitive information comply with industry safeguards for protecting such information. Pursuant to the Department of… Continue Reading

United States Concludes 12-Nation Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement

Posted in TPP, Uncategorized
After eight years of negotiations, the United States and 11 other nations concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement on Monday in Atlanta. The 12 nations announced their agreement at a press conference hosted by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday morning. The agreement is the largest ever free trade agreement, covering approximately 40… Continue Reading
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