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Explore how global headlines will affect your multinational business on Nota Bene, a bimonthly horizon-scanning podcast for the C-Suite by the Sheppard Mullin law firm. Join host, international trade partner Scott Maberry, as he and his expert guests explore how trends in geopolitics, law and commerce intersect while providing insights and strategies for succeeding as a global business in this new world economic order.

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Explore how global headlines will affect your multinational business on Nota Bene, a bimonthly horizon-scanning podcast for the C-Suite by the Sheppard Mullin law firm. Join host, international trade partner Scott Maberry, as he and his expert guests explore how trends in geopolitics, law and commerce intersect while providing insights and strategies for succeeding as a global business in this new world economic order.

    Nota Bene Episode 170: Threats and Opportunities in the Global Supply Chain

    Nota Bene Episode 170: Threats and Opportunities in the Global Supply Chain

    In this episode, Lisa Mays, an international trade attorney with Sheppard Mullin and leader of the firm’s Supply Chain Industry Team, joins host Scott Maberry to discuss the state of the global supply chain, including the impact of the war in Russia, and the intensifying trade war with China.
     
    What We Discussed in This Episode:
    Most trade lawyers are on the East coast. What benefits do you bring to your clients being in California? 
    What roles do the different government agencies play in enforcement, and why is recent inter-agency enforcement cooperation so significant?
    What is the compliance obligation regarding “diversion” of goods by suppliers, distributors, sales agents, and customers?
    How are U.S. trade wars playing out in the global supply chain? 
    What specific supply chain issues are created by the war in Ukraine?
    What recent actions has the U.S. taken as the trade war with China intensifies?
    How is international trade law impacting the way the solar industry operates?
    Why has it become critical for companies to trace their supply chains for forced labor?
    Will supply chain regulation continue to be a priority for the remainder of President Biden’s current term?
     
    About Lisa Mays
    An international trade lawyer based in Sheppard Mullin’s Orange County office, Lisa Mays leads the firm’s Supply Chain Industry Team and is a leading member of the Transportation Industry Team.
    Lisa’s practice focuses on compliance counseling and investigations in the areas of export controls, economic sanctions, anti-corruption, and customs and import regulations. She regularly advises semiconductor manufacturers, automakers, airlines, aerospace and defense firms, importers, and exporters on sanctions; export controls, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR); trade agreements; the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA); Customs and imports; antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD); the False Claims Act; Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS); anti-boycott controls; cybersecurity issues; and anti-money laundering (AML) matters. 
    Lisa also represents clients before the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the International Trade Commission (ITC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and CFIUS.
     
    About Scott Maberry
    An international trade partner in Governmental Practice, J. Scott Maberry counsels clients on global risk, international trade, and regulation.
    Scott’s practice includes representing clients before the U.S. government agencies and international U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Department of Commerce Import Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). He also represents clients in federal court and grand jury proceedings, as well as those pursuing negotiations and dispute resolution under the World Trade Organization (WTO), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other multilateral and bilateral agreements.
    A member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, Scott also advises the WEF community in the areas of global risk, international trade, artificial intelligence and values.
     
    Contact Information
    Lisa Mays
    Scott Maberry
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    Nota Bene Episode 169: The State of the Semiconductor Industry with Reid Whitten of Sheppard Mullin

    Nota Bene Episode 169: The State of the Semiconductor Industry with Reid Whitten of Sheppard Mullin

    In this episode, Reid Whitten, Managing Partner of Sheppard Mullin’s London office, joins host Scott Maberry to discuss the state of the semiconductor industry, including the U.S. regulatory approach and the lessons it holds for other industries centered on advanced technologies.
     
    Why is there so much focus on the semiconductor industry?
    What’s new and different about the U.S. regulatory approach?
    What other industries could be candidates for similar regulation?
    If a business unit has an NSC licensing exemption, what should it do now to gain a strategic advantage in the future?
    What does the recent enhancement of the Foreign Direct Product Rule do?
    What are the implications of the U.S. Person Activity regulation? 
    Can you explain the concept of “technological containment?”
    What is the state of U.S. technological containment of China?
    What’s the big takeaway for the semiconductor industry?
    What’s the message for every other industry?
     

    About Reid Whitten
    Managing Partner of Sheppard Mullin’s London office and leader of the firm’s CFIUS Team, Reid Whitten’s practice centers on international trade regulations and investigations.
    Reid is a member of Chatham House, the UK's Royal Institute of International Affair, as well as an adjunct lecturer at the New College of the Humanities in London, at the Université Catholique de Lille in France and at Wake Forest University in the U.S, He also conducts seminars on regulatory updates for industry groups in the U.S., France, Belgium, Spain and the UK.
    A thought leader on cross-border business regulation, Reid is frequently called upon to provide commentary and analysis for television news channels, international newspapers and trade publications. He is also the lead author and editor of The CFIUS Book.
     
    About Scott Maberry
    An international trade partner in Governmental Practice, J. Scott Maberry counsels clients on global risk, international trade, and regulation. 
    Scott’s practice includes representing clients before the U.S. government agencies and international U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Department of Commerce Import Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). He also represents clients in federal court and grand jury proceedings, as well as those pursuing negotiations and dispute resolution under the World Trade Organization (WTO), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other multilateral and bilateral agreements. 
    A member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, Scott also advises the WEF community in the areas of global risk, international trade, artificial intelligence and values.
     
    Contact Information
    Reid Whitten
    Scott Maberry
     
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    This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice specific to your circumstances. If you need help with any legal matter, be sure to consult with an attorney regarding your specific needs.

    • 42 min
    Nota Bene Episode 168: How Patent Disputes Affect the Semiconductor Industry

    Nota Bene Episode 168: How Patent Disputes Affect the Semiconductor Industry

    In this episode, Harper Batts, partner in Sheppard Mullin Silicon Valley’s Intellectual Property Group and co-leader of its Semiconductor Industry Team, joins host Scott Maberry to discuss the different forums for patent lawsuits, the complex nature of resolving semiconductor patent disputes, the timing to resolve the lawsuits and more.
     
    What We Discussed in This Episode:
    What are the different venues to resolve patent disputes?
    What sort of timing is associated with the different forums?
    Why has there been an uptick in filing lawsuits in international venues?
    Besides money, what sort of damages or relief can parties get?
    What is the benefit of showing competitive harm?
    How do you best litigate these complex matters in front of a jury?
     
    About Harper Batts
    Harper Batts is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group located in the firm's Silicon Valley office. He is also the leader of Sheppard Mullin’s Post Grant Proceedings (PTAB) Group and Semiconductor Industry Team.
    Harper has almost two decades of experience as an intellectual property litigator and client counselor. Harper has obtained institution on more than 90% of the IPRs he has filed – a number unmatched across the country. Numerous Fortune 500 clients have relied upon his experience to represent them in highly contentious patent disputes in venues across the country. He has been selected multiple times as a Top IP Attorney in California by the Daily Journal (including this year), and IAM Patent 1000 noted that Harper “performs adroitly in post-grant proceedings on both the patent owner and petitioner sides.” In 2022 and 2023, he obtained institution of numerous petitions for inter partes review, obtained numerous final written decisions finding all claims unpatentable, and obtained an exceptional case finding and an award of attorney’s fees in the Central District of California in 2020.
    He focuses on immediately determining the most relevant and effective pressure points against an adversary to quickly resolve a dispute with minimal disruption and cost to a client.
    Harper is one of the leading attorneys for handling complex PTAB challenges across a variety of technologies. Harper has represented patent challengers and patent owners in more than 80 CBM and IPR proceedings. He has extensive experience in cases before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board as well as related appeals.



    About Scott Maberry
    As an international trade partner in Governmental Practice, J. Scott Maberry counsels clients on global risk, international trade, and regulation. He is also a past co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group for the Washington D.C. office, serves on the firm's pro bono committee, and is a founding member of the Sheppard Mullin Organizational Integrity Group.
    Scott's practice includes representing clients before the U.S. government agencies and international U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Department of Commerce Import Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). He also represents clients in federal court and grand jury proceedings, as well as those pursuing negotiations and dispute resolution under the World Trade Organization (WTO), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other multilateral and bilateral agreements.
    A member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, Scott also advises the WEF community in the areas of global risk, international trade, artificial intelligence and values.
     
    Contact Information
    Harper Batts
    Scott Maberry



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    • 37 min
    Nota Bene Episode 167: New Restrictions on Investment in China with Michael Zhang and Reid Whitten of Sheppard Mullin

    Nota Bene Episode 167: New Restrictions on Investment in China with Michael Zhang and Reid Whitten of Sheppard Mullin

    In this episode, Michael Zhang, managing partner of Sheppard Mullin's Shanghai office, and Reid Whitten, managing partner of the firm's London office, join host Scott Maberry to discuss a new law that, for the first time, will prevent some U.S. investments in China. 
     
    What We Discussed in This Episode:
    Why would the United States impose a new trade restriction on its third-largest trading partner?
    What sectors will be affected?
    When do the prohibitions come into effect?
    What investors will the investment restrictions apply to?
    How does the outbound investment restriction fit into overall U.S. China policy?
    How is this policy viewed from the Chinese business perspective?
    What reaction should we expect from the Chinese government?
     
    About Michael Zhang
    Michael Zhang is a lawyer and the managing partner of Sheppard Mullin's Shanghai office. He has a deep understanding of China's legal system and business practices, as well as broad experience in corporate transactions, corporate restructuring, antitrust law, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and personal information protection law in China.
    Throughout his career, Michael has represented many U.S. and European clients making investments in China and Asia, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and debt restructurings. He has helped invest in and create business in the internet technology, life sciences, healthcare, automotive, logistics, material hi-tech, telecommunication and software sectors.
    His extensive knowledge of international business transactions has allowed Michael to represent leading Chinese companies in their outbound equity and asset transactions outside Mainland China, specifically in life science and healthcare, e-commerce and green technology. Drawing on his rich knowledge of antitrust laws in China and other East Asian countries, Michael also counsels U.S. and international clients, as well as Chinese local companies, on international and PRC antitrust issues with respect to pre-merger control, price fixing and monopolistic agreement issues.
     
    About Reid Whitten
    As Managing Partner of Sheppard Mullin’s London office and leader of the firm’s CFIUS Team, Reid Whitten’s practice centers on international trade regulations and investigations. He works with clients around the world to plan, prepare, and succeed in global transactions. He focuses on his clients’ cross-border investments, particularly in the technology and aerospace sectors, helping clients navigate the international trade regulations that could disrupt their deals.
     Reid is a member of Chatham House, the UK's Royal Institute of International Affair. In addition to lecturing at the New College of the Humanities in London, at the Université Catholique de Lille in France, and Wake Forest University in the U.S, he also conducts seminars on regulatory updates for industry groups in the U.S., France, Belgium, Spain and the UK.
    A thought leader on cross-border business regulation, Reid is frequently called upon to provide commentary and analysis for television news channels, international newspapers, and trade publications. He is also the lead author and editor of The CFIUS Book.
     
    About Scott Maberry
    As an international trade partner in Governmental Practice, J. Scott Maberry counsels clients on global risk, international trade, and regulation. He is also a past co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group for the Washington D.C. office, serves on the firm's pro bono committee, and is a founding member of the Sheppard Mullin Organizational Integrity Group. 
    Scott's practice includes representing clients before the U.S. government agencies and international U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Department of Commerce Import Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State Directorate of

    • 35 min
    Nota Bene Episode 166: Mental Health in Great Organizations with Dr. Thomas Franklin and Dr. Marina Nikhinson of the Mindwork Group

    Nota Bene Episode 166: Mental Health in Great Organizations with Dr. Thomas Franklin and Dr. Marina Nikhinson of the Mindwork Group

    In this episode, Dr. Thomas Franklin and Dr. Marina Nikhinson of the Mindwork Group join host Scott Maberry to explore what the best companies in the world are doing to promote the mental health and well-being of their people.
     
    What We Discussed in This Episode
    What does a mentally healthy organization look like? 
    What do great organizations do to support the mental health and well-being of their people?
    Why is it sometimes difficult to access high-quality mental health care?
    What about business executives and law partners? They sometimes need help too. What is a typical psychological profile of people with leadership roles in large organizations?
    What mental health needs do these individuals typically have?
    What is burnout? What are really good organizations doing to combat this issue?
     
    About Thomas Franklin, M.D.
    A national leader in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, Dr. Thomas Franklin served as Medical Director of the Retreat at Sheppard Pratt, the premiere program of the prestigious Sheppard Pratt Hospital. He was appointed a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.  
    Dr. Franklin is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine and is a graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.  In addition to serving as a faculty member of the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty, he also serves as a discussion group leader for the American Psychoanalytic Association.
    Dr. Franklin is a co-founder of Mindwork Group, where he is President and Chief Executive Officer of MindWork Group. He has extensive experience treating professionals, executives, business owners, political leaders, and their families. He has been extensively quoted in the areas of substance use disorders, personality disorders, and mental health policy.  
     
    Marina Nikhinson
    Dr. Marina Nikhinson is a board-certified psychiatrist with advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, mentalization-based therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and the treatment of mood and personality disorders. She is a master-trainer in the general psychiatric management of borderline personality disorder. In her role as attending psychiatrist at the Retreat at Sheppard Pratt, Dr. Nikhinson became a recognized leader in the treatment of people with complex psychiatric, psychological, and substance use disorders.
    She is a graduate of the Washington-Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis. A faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, she is also a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
    Dr. Nikhinson is a co-founder of the MindWork Group,  serving as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In her distinguished career, she has cared for an international cadre of patients, including business owners, political leaders, and executives of Fortune 100 companies.
     
    About Scott Maberry
    As an international trade partner in Governmental Practice, J. Scott Maberry counsels clients on global risk, international trade, and regulation. He is also a past co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group for the Washington D.C. office, serves on the firm's pro bono committee, and is a founding member of the Sheppard Mullin Organizational Integrity Group.
    Scott's practice includes representing clients before the U.S. government agencies and international U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Department of Commerce Import Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). He also represents clients in federal court and grand jury proceedings, as well as those pur

    • 43 min
    Nota Bene Episode 165: Great Concepts in Compliance with Lisa Fine of the Great Women in Compliance Podcast

    Nota Bene Episode 165: Great Concepts in Compliance with Lisa Fine of the Great Women in Compliance Podcast

    In this episode, we speak with Lisa Fine of Pearson PLC, and co-host of the Great Women in Compliance podcast. We discuss how companies can maintain vibrant compliance programs in an increasingly complex world.
     
    What We Discussed in This Episode:
    How do the best companies assess business risk and legal risk together?
    How does a deep understanding of the organization’s culture help in creating the compliance program?
    How do compliance professionals stand their ground even while empathizing with the business?
    What are the pros and cons of using outside counsel for compliance investigations?
    How can outside attorneys add value and help with business strategy?
    How do you ensure compliance training programs are effective?
    How do you empower ethical decision-making in an organization?
    What are some takeaways from your book, “Sending the Elevator Back Down: What We’ve Learned From Great Women in Compliance”?
    What should we all be doing to help others in our professional communities?
     
    About Lisa Fine
    Lisa Fine is a compliance leader with extensive experience in compliance strategy, including risk management and mitigation, internal investigations, and implementing and growing compliance programs.  As Global Head of Investigations and Fraud for Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, she is involved in all aspects of the ethics and compliance program, including developing policies, risk assessment training, communications, and due diligence.  
    In addition to co-hosting the “Great Women in Compliance” podcast, where women compliance practitioners are interviewed and discuss their experiences, advice and substantive expertise, Lisa also co-authored “Sending the Elevator Back Down: What We’ve Learned From Great Women in Compliance.” She has spoken at conferences in the United States and Europe and regularly consults with and mentors other women in the field of compliance and those starting their careers
     
    About Scott Maberry
    As an international trade partner in Governmental Practice, J. Scott Maberry counsels clients on global risk, international trade, and regulation. He is also a past co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group for the Washington D.C. office, serves on the firm's pro bono committee, and is a founding member of the Sheppard Mullin Organizational Integrity Group.
     Scott's practice includes representing clients before the U.S. government agencies and international U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Department of Commerce Import Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). He also represents clients in federal court and grand jury proceedings, as well as those pursuing negotiations and dispute resolution under the World Trade Organization (WTO), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other multilateral and bilateral agreements.
     A member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, Scott also advises the WEF community in the areas of global risk, international trade, artificial intelligence and values.
     
    Contact Information 
    Lisa Fine 
    J. Scott Maberry
     
    Resources:  
    Great Women in Compliance 
    Sending the Elevator Back Down: What We’ve Learned From Great Women in Compliance.
     
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Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 👏

Whether you’re already a leader who enjoys wrestling with the shifting landscape of our modern world, or just getting started as a catalyst for change within your organization - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Michael does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of successfully navigating an ever changing global landscape - while building resilient, courageous and innovative enterprises - with leaders who’ve actually walked the path. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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