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Yormick is Presenting on International Trade Issues this Month

International business and trade lawyer, Jon P. Yormick, will be giving 2 presentations this month on international trade issues. On June 10, at the National Association of Credit Management 118th Credit Congress & Expo in Orlando, he will present Navigating Economic Sanctions…Successfully.  Yormick’s presentation will be part of an Advanced level session, “International Export Compliance and Fraud Detection.”  Co-panelists include the Director of International Trade Compliance for DHL Express Americas Region, a Partner from Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, and the Senior Investigator at ConSec Investigations.

On June 19, at the 2014 Upstate New York Trade Conference & Expo in Rochester, Yormick will present on the “deemed export” rule, economic sanctions, FCPA/Antibribery, and antiboycott regulations as part of the Conference’s Export Controls (EAR/ITAR) Track.  He will join the U.S. Trade Compliance Manager from Idex Optics & Photonics to discuss these and other export control topics during the session, “Advanced Exporting Issues aka ‘A day in the Life of a Professional Exporter.’”  Yormick will then join with other panelists for the “ITAR & EAR Roundtable: Overview of Export Control Reform and Q&A/Forum.”  For more information and registration, visit http://bit.ly/LeKSuT.

Yormick is an experienced international business and trade attorney practicing in the areas Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, Customs & International Trade, and FCPA/Antibribery. He represents U.S. and foreign clients before the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on import and export laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  His clients include those in the advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, aerospace and defense, distribution, electronics, energy, medical device, oil/gas, pharmaceuticals, professional services, steel, textiles and apparel, and transportation/logistics sectors.

In 2014, Mr. Yormick was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce as a member of the Northern Ohio District Export Council, and he was selected to serve on the LL.M. Advisory Board of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is also a member of the U.S. Small Business Administration International Trade Task Force – Buffalo District Office.  Since 2010, he has served as the Coordinator in Buffalo and Cleveland of the Export Legal Assistance Network, a nationwide network of attorney volunteers organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the SBA, and the Federal Bar Association to provide free initial consultations to identify key legal issues for exporting companies.

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Mexican Attorney Joins Firm as Counsel in Buffalo

Ms. Brenda A. Cisneros Vilchis has joined the Law Offices of Jon P. Yormick Co. LPA as Counsel in the firm’s Buffalo office.  Ms. Cisneros is licensed to practice law in Mexico and is awaiting admission to the bar in New York State.

Ms. Cisneros is a native of Monterrey, Mexico and earned her LL.M. from SUNY Buffalo Law School, where her classmates included students from Canada, Colombia, India, South Korea, and Ukraine.  The LL.M. program is designed for practicing lawyers who hold a law degree from outside the U.S. and wish to broaden their skills and knowledge by learning more about the U.S. legal system.   Ms. Cisneros earned her law degree from Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey, A.C. and she also holds a Masters in Banking and Finance from Universidad de Alcala de Henares in Madrid, Spain.

“My international law practice assists private and publicly-traded companies on a wide-range of matters.  Brenda’s addition in Buffalo will help me to better serve middle market clients in Upstate New York and Ontario,” said Jon Yormick, founder of the international business law firm, based in Cleveland.  The firm also has an affiliation with the Mexican law firm Boutique Legal Internacional, based in Chihuahua, with an office in Ciudad Juárez.   “As more U.S. and Canadian companies focus attention on Mexico as a growing market and manufacturing location for sectors such as aerospace, Brenda and our affiliate firm will be able to serve the increasing needs of those companies,” added Yormick.     

Ms. Cisneros will be advising U.S. and Canadian clients on doing business in Mexico with private and state-owned companies and throughout Latin America.  She will also work with Boutique Legal Internacional to assist companies seeking to expand in the Mexican market, ensuring that companies with operations in Mexico are complying with customs and tax regulations, and maximizing the benefits of the maquiladora program, IMMEX.  Ms. Cisneros’s practice also includes advising foreign clients on U.S. business formation, drafting, reviewing, and negotiating international commercial agreements, and general corporate law.   

For assistance, Ms. Cisneros can be reached at bcisneros@yormicklaw.com , Toll free:  +1.866.967.6425 (Canada & U.S.) or Mobile: +1.716.930.0594.

Firm Founder Will Host Azerbaijan Government Officials in Buffalo

On July 19, Jon Yormick will host several Azerbaijan government officials in the firm’s Buffalo office, located at The Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  The Azerbaijan delegation will be visiting Buffalo as part of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program, hosted locally by the International Institute of Buffalo.

The theme of the Azerbaijan delegation’s visit is “Legal-Regulatory Strategic Trade Control.”  The delegation includes official from several Azerbaijan governmental ministries and agencies, including Deputy Chairman of the State Customs Committee,  Head of the Main Department for Customs Control, Heads of  the State Border Service, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Third Secretary, Department for Political-Military Affairs, the Assistant to the Executive Officer of the Navy, Ministry of Defense, the Acting Chief of the State Agency on Regulation of Nuclear and Radiological Activities, the Head of Ministry of Emergency Situations, Main Department for Warning of Emergency Situations, and a Senior Advisor, Foreign Economic Relations Division, Cabinet of Ministers.  The Azerbaijan delegation will be accompanied by Ms. Karen Chaisson, EXBS Advisor, from the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan.  The U.S. Department of State Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program seeks to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and advanced conventional weapons by helping to build effective national export control systems in countries that possess, produce, or supply strategic items as well as in countries through which such items are most likely to transit.

Mr. Yormick will meet with the delegation and give a presentation on U.S. Customs, export controls, economic sanctions, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and discuss how these U.S laws and regulations govern international trade and apply extraterritorially.

“It is a great privilege to meet with the delegation from Azerbaijan during their visit in Buffalo,” Yormick commented.  “I welcome the opportunity to discuss these important legal and regulatory regimes and thank the International Institute for the invitation to host the delegation.”

Firm’s Mexican Colleague Will Speak to Bar Association in Buffalo

On May 1, Mexican attorney, Enrique Acosta Sáenz, will be in Buffalo  for a presentation at the Bar Association of Erie County, in downtown Buffalo.   Mr. Acosta is the Founding & Managing Partner of Boutique Legal Internacional, an affiliate of the Law Offices of Jon P. Yormick Co. LPA with offices in Buffalo and Cleveland.  Boutique Legal Internacional has offices in Chihuahua and Juarez, Mexico.

“After working with Enrique on client matters for the past 3 years, I am pleased we will have this opportunity to meet with clients, business groups, and other attorneys in the region to learn more about doing business in Mexico,” stated Yormick.  “Mexico is being discovered and ‘re-discovered’ by many companies as a market, strong manufacturing country, and recognized as a growing economy, mentioned as part of the TIMPs – Turkey, Indonesia, Mexico, and Philippines – and the MISTs – Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, and Turkey,” Yormick added.

Mr. Acosta’s presentation is entitled Minimizing Duties and Taxes: A Mexican Update.  He will discuss strategies companies exporting to Mexico and those operating in Mexico can employ that minimize duty and tax liabilities to successfully compete in this important NAFTA market.

The program is presented by the International Law Committee, as part of the BAEC’s Noontime Lecture Series, but will begin at the special time of 4:00 pm.  The presentation is open to in-house and private practice attorneys, executives and managers of the international business community, and students.  To register, please visit http://bit.ly/112oSEC.

Firm Will Welcome Mexican Colleague to the Eastern Great Lakes Region

From April 30 – May 3, Mexican attorney, Enrique Acosta Sáenz, will be in the region for a busy schedule of presentations and client meetings with Jon Yormick.  Mr. Acosta is the Founding & Managing Partner of Boutique Legal Internacional, an affiliate office of the Law Offices of Jon P. Yormick Co. LPA.  Boutique Legal Internacional has offices in Chihuahua and Juarez, Mexico.

Messrs.  Acosta and Yormick will be meeting with clients in Toronto and Buffalo before traveling to Cleveland for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, International Law Section’s Conference on May 2, Challenges Facing Legal Counsel When Companies Think and Act Globally.  Mr. Acosta will participate on a panel at the conference, Doing Business Under NAFTA, giving a presentation on Structuring Mexican Operations to Minimize Taxes and Duties.  Mr. Yormick is the Chair of the CMBA International Law Section and will speak on How Importers Can Meet the Duty of Reasonable Care and Avoid Costly Customs Penalties, as part of the Customs Duty and Penalty Savings Strategies panel.  The conference is open to in-house and private practice attorneys, executives and managers of the international business community, and students.  For more information about the conference and registration, please visit http://bit.ly/WsEPba.

Messrs. Acosta and Yormick will then be back in Buffalo and in Rochester for more client meetings and Mr. Acosta’s May 3 presentation at the International Resource Group’s lunch meeting in Rochester.  At the luncheon, he will speak on Minimizing Duties and Taxes: A Mexican Update.  The meeting will take place from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Mohawk Global Logistics, 400 Air Park Drive (off Scottsville Road near the Greater Rochester International Airport) and is open to IRG and IBC members ($15), non-members ($25), and students ($10).  Please RSVP by April 23 to irg@rochester.rr.com.

“After working with Enrique on client matters for the past 3 years, I am pleased we will have this opportunity to meet with clients, business groups, and other attorneys in the region to learn more about doing business in Mexico,” stated Yormick.  “Mexico is being discovered and ‘re-discovered’ by many companies as a market, strong manufacturing country, and recognized as a growing economy, mentioned as part of the TIMPs – Turkey, Indonesia, Mexico, and Philippines – and the MISTs – Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, and Turkey,” Yormick added.