The U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) has added 28 Chinese organizations to the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Entity List, a move that effectively cuts off these entities from directly or indirectly acquiring hardware, software, and technology subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). These new restrictions are effective upon publication of the notice in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for October 9, 2019.
The Chinese organizations include commercial and government-owned entities that specialize in artificial intelligence and other technologies deployed for surveillance purposes. Twenty of the organizations are government entities affiliated with the XUAR People’s Government Public Security Bureau. Commerce determined that eight commercial companies “are enabling activities contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States.” Among the companies identified are Hikvision, Dahua Technology, and SenseTime, which are some of the world’s largest and most advanced manufacturers of video surveillance products. The full list of designated organizations can be found at the end of our alert.
John P. Carlin
John P. Carlin, former Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Security Division (NSD) and former Chief of Staff to then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, chairs Morrison & Foerster’s Global Risk and Crisis Management practice group and is co-chair of the National Security practice group. Mr. Carlin, who served as a top-level official in both Republican and Democratic administrations More ›
Charles L. Capito III
Charles Capito assists Government Contractors with a variety of litigation issues, with a focus on pre- and post-award bid protests, and contract claims and disputes. He has extensive experience at the Government Accountability Office, the Court of Federal Claims, the boards of contract appeals, and other judicial and administrative tribunals. Charles counsels clients on a variety of Government Contract issues, including prime- and subcontractor More ›
Joseph A. Benkert
Joseph Benkert is a senior advisor in Morrison & Foerster’s National Security practice group. He advises clients on critical national security matters pertaining to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), export controls, and various regulatory and compliance issues.
Mr. Benkert previously served as a leading civilian official in the Department of Defense (DoD) from 2003-2009 under More ›
Nicholas J. Spiliotes
Nicholas Spiliotes is Co-Chair of the firm's National Security Practice. He has over 25 years of in-depth experience in advising clients on a wide range of U.S. national security matters in the context of cross-border investments, acquisitions and joint ventures.
Mr. Spiliotes advises clients on U.S. foreign investment approvals (CFIUS); Department of Defense foreign ownership, control and influence mitigation under the National Industrial Security More ›
Panagiotis C. Bayz
Aki Bayz has a multidisciplinary practice covering national security regulatory compliance and transactional matters.
National Security. Mr. Bayz advises clients on compliance with the applicable trade sanctions and economic embargoes administered by the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the export control and anti-boycott requirements of the Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and military items subject to the jurisdiction More ›
Amy S. Josselyn
Amy Josselyn is an associate in the National Security, CFIUS, Sanctions + Export Controls Group in Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, D.C. office.
Ms. Josselyn draws upon 15 years of experience in the U.S. Intelligence Community to advise clients on national security regulatory compliance and transactional matters. Ms. Josselyn’s practice focuses on U.S. foreign investment approvals involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United More ›