Public Board Dinner – The Era of Increasing Trade & Investment Protectionism – Implications for Silicon Valley Companies

Date: Monday, June 04, 2018
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Il Fornaio
520 Cowper Street (at the Garden Court Hotel)
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Are you a current public company board member, have served as a public company director in the past and are actively seeking a new position, or a board member of a company anticipating an IPO and wish to be part of this event?


The Trump Administration and China are engaged in a show-down over tariffs. The Trump Administration has also announced its intention to create new rules that limit Chinese investment in, or acquisition of, sensitive US companies or technology, and has initiated a WTO dispute challenging China’s practices related to the granting of technology licenses to US firms operating in China. Legislation pending before Congress would expand CFIUS’ jurisdiction to review the contribution by US businesses of critical technology IP to foreign persons pursuant to JV, joint development or similar collaborative arrangements. U.S. export controls impose increasing restrictions on sales to China. Where will this all lead, and what does it mean for Silicon Valley companies?

Please join us at our next Public Board Circle dinner to hear what our experts have to say.


Our Distinguished Panel


Claire Reade

Senior Counsel
Arnold & Porter – Washington, D.C.

Claire Reade provides clients with strategic counsel regarding issues affecting international trade and investment, including in the relationship between the US and China. She advises clients on complex business issues, trade negotiations, litigation, and dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization (WTO), with more than three decades of experience handling these issues. She is also Senior Associate, Freeman Chair for China Studies, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC.

Ms. Reade returned to Arnold & Porter in 2015 after an eight-year tenure at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), where she served as the Assistant US Trade Representative for China Affairs (2010-2014) and Chief Counsel for China Trade Enforcement (2006-2010).


John Barker

Arnold & Porter – Washington, D.C.

John Barker focuses on national security matters including export controls and trade sanctions administered by the Commerce Department, State Department, and Office of Foreign Assets Control at the US Department of the Treasury (OFAC), and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He helps companies and institutions establish compliance plans, obtain export authorizations, and provides representation in enforcement proceedings. He also represents companies before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in reviews required under the US Exon-Florio statute.

Mr. Barker came to the firm from the US Department of State, where he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Controls and, prior to that, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Controls. He started his legal career in Silicon Valley representing technology companies.


Hosts for our ACG Silicon Valley Public Board Circle Dinners

Garrett Herbert – Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Nick O’Keefe – Partner, Arnold & Porter
Diane Frankle – Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter
Gunjeet Baweja – Managing Director, Global Head of Semiconductors & Electronics, Jefferies Technology Group