Category Archive: 2020

Rod Hunter

Rod advises on international trade and investment policy and regulatory matters. He regularly advises international and domestic firms on U.S. foreign investment regulation, including reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and procedures relating to mitigation of foreign ownership, control or influence (FOCI) under national industrial security regulations. On trade, Rod regularly counsels firms and industry groups on international and U.S. trade matters. He advises on compliance of national regulation with international obligations (e.g., WTO agreements, and bilateral trade and investment agreements), on aspects of U.S. export control and supply chain regulation, and on other trade measures, such as Section 301 investigations.

He previously served as Special Asst. to the President for National Security Affairs and Sr. Director for International Economics at the National Security Council (NSC), the White House office that coordinates trade policy and supervises CFIUS. In that role, he managed CFIUS cases, including negotiating resolution of the most sensitive cases. A recognized expert in the field, he has testified before Congress during the legislative process leading to recent amendments to CFIUS’ authorizing legislation.
Previously, in addition to coordinating U.S. trade policy at the White House’s NSC, he served as senior counsel at the US Trade Representative’s office, where he litigated cases before the World Trade Organization. He has also taught trade law and policy at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and has testified before the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

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Hersh Patel

Hersh Patel is a real estate attorney, with experience in complex real estate transactions involving commercial properties in the luxury retail sector, in class-A urban office buildings, warehouse and distribution centers, and vineyards. As Vice President, Real Estate Counsel for LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc., he is responsible for real estate law matters affecting the French luxury group’s operating companies in the U.S., he advises executive teams of such operating companies and leads real estate activity (whether owned or leased) for the company. Hersh received a J.D. at New York University School of Law following a B.S. in Accounting and International Business at New York University Stern School of Business.

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Andowah Newton

Andowah Newton is Vice President, Legal Affairs and Litigation Counsel at LVMH Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy Inc., where she manages legal disputes and litigations for more than 30 luxury brands. Ms. Newton directs legal strategy and advises executives and management on disputes involving contracts, IP, class actions, advertising, marketing, product liability, environmental, personal injury, regulatory and internal investigations, and debt recovery. Ms. Newton also leads the Pro Bono Program at LVMH. Before joining LVMH in 2015, she litigated complex commercial cases at top law firms. Ms. Newton began her legal career as a clerk for the First Vice President Judge of the International Criminal Court in The Netherlands. Before law school, she earned her CPA and worked as an auditor at PwC, and later as an internal auditor at Estée Lauder. Ms. Newton earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University, where she majored in Accounting and minored in French. She possesses dual law degrees in U.S. and French law from Cornell Law School and The Sorbonne.

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Nisa Lynn Ojalvo

Nisa is a corporate transactional lawyer with a specialty in intellectual property, contracts, privacy and bankruptcy. Prior to joining LVMH in 2001, Nisa worked at Millbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and JSM in Hong Kong, in New York with Gilbert, Segall & Young LLP, and in Tokyo with Fuji Television and CNN. Nisa is a Dartmouth graduate (B.A. East Asian Languages & Literature 1989). She speaks several languages and is an internationally published photographer, with images in the Tate Modern archives and ICA Boston.

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Frank Martinez

Frank F. Martinez is currently Vice President, Legal Affairs at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. acting as in house U.S. employment counsel to the Group’s diverse luxury brands. Prior to joining LVMH, Frank maintained a solo law practice in New York representing both individuals and businesses in employment related disputes and compliance. He served as Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs at BMG Music and more recently as interim senior in house employment counsel for MetLife, L’Oréal USA and Pitney Bowes. Frank was an associate at Littler Mendelson in San Francisco, Wilson Sonsini in Silicon Valley and Proskauer Rose in New York. Frank is originally from West Covina, California and graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1995. He also holds bachelors and masters of music degrees in vocal performance from Indiana University, Bloomington and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Kerry Contini

Kerry focuses her practice on export controls, trade sanctions, and antiboycott laws. This includes advising US and multinational companies on trade compliance programs, risk assessments, licensing, review of proposed transactions, investigations, and enforcement. She regularly advises companies in the apparel and footwear sector on trade compliance matters, including sanctions and export control-related supply chain risks involving Xinjiang and China.  She has written and been quoted on export controls and trade sanctions issues for numerous publications, including WorldECR, Global Investigations Review, The Export Practitioner, and Ethisphere. Kerry also serves as co-chair of the Export Controls and Sanctions Section of the Association of Women in International Trade.  She is an editor of Baker McKenzie’s Global Supply Chain Compliance Blog.

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Christina Conlin

Christina focuses her practice on domestic and international corporate matters, providing counsel to clients as they navigate domestic and cross-border distribution, licensing, and franchising transactions. She has extensive experience with respect to distribution and franchising, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, third party due diligence, risk assessments, training programs, and OFAC-related matters. Prior to joining the Firm, Christina was chief compliance officer for McDonald’s Corporation’s European operations, providing strategic leadership and guidance on regulatory compliance and corporate governance for markets across Europe, Central Asia and North Africa. She also served as general counsel in McDonald’s US central division, where she led a legal team that advised leadership on franchising, supply chain, real estate and operational matters. Christina was named to the 2018 Crain’s Chicago Business List of Most Notable Women Lawyers in Chicago.

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Reagan Demas

Reagan helps companies effectively identify and address legal compliance risk around the world. He focuses his practice on global supply chain compliance, anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, fraud, business ethics, human rights and corporate compliance. Reagan has managed major legal compliance investigations for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and negotiated settlements before the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state regulatory entities, obtaining declinations in a number of matters. He provides practical solutions on issues of trade, taxation, investment, entity registration, security, risk management and expatriate employment. He conducts investigations, risk assessments, training and due diligence on behalf of clients in Africa and other emerging markets, and is a leading thinker in the area of business ethics and human rights-related legal obligations and emerging regulatory regimes.

In 2019, corporate counsel recognized Reagan as a BTI Client Service All Star for his superior client service. He is the founder and chief editor of Baker McKenzie’s Global Supply Chain Compliance Blog.

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Ian Edwards

Ian is a partner in Bird & Bird’s Tech Transactions team, based in London. He has nearly 20 years’ experience of advising clients in the retail, luxury and other sectors on technology and commercial projects, with a particular focus on large-scale, strategic and transformational projects. Ian’s areas of interest include major cloud/SaaS projects, managed services agreements, ICT/BPO outsourcings, e-commerce solutions, artificial intelligence, blockchain and smart contracts, agile software development, cybersecurity and open source licensing.

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Roelien Van Neck

Roelien is a partner based in The Hague, and head of Bird & Bird’s Commercial Group in the Netherlands. She is a specialist in digital business and technology contracts, with expertise in online business-to-consumer matters, advising our clients on all aspects of trading practices, marketing and advertising. Roelien assists leading international brands in the luxury and wider retail sector with the digital transformation of their businesses, including advising on tech and legal developments such as artificial intelligence, data ownership and exploitation, geo-blocking, and online platform regulation. Roelien is the Chair of the Netherlands Association of Computer Lawyers.

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