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TradeSecure is a global advisory firm that specializes in export control, sanctions, and other trade compliance challenges around the world.

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    Trade Compliance Program Development

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    • Multi-jurisdictional compliance program development

    • Internal compliance program (ICP) policies, manuals, and tools

    • On-call assistance and ad hoc staffing

    Compliance Assessment

    Compliance Assessment

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    • Comprehensive external compliance program audit

    • Detailed and prioritized recommendations in actionable reports

    • Proprietary assessment tools

    Geopolitical Risk Assessments and Advisory

    Geopolitical Risk Assessments and Advisory

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    • Tracking and reporting on political developments in countries

    • Analysis of trade and security regulations

    • Monitoring of policies from key drivers of sanctions and export control

    Corrective Compliance & Remediation

    Corrective Compliance & Remediation

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    • Violation resolution strategy and remediation plans, including voluntary self-disclosures

    • Corporate compliance monitoring

    • Corporate compliance culture assessments

    Customized Compliance Training

    Customized Compliance Training

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    • Custom training for executive leadership and key compliance personnel

    • Training on regulations and procedures of key foreign systems

    • In-person and curated online interactive training curriculum tailored to specific industry sectors

    Customized Sanctions and Export Control Assessments and Research

    Customized Sanctions and Export Control Assessments and Research

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    • Analysis of export control and sanctions regulations across multiple countries

    • Analysis of sanctions and export control lists and end-user lists

    • Due diligence support

    Foreign Investment

    Foreign Investment

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    • Reviews of FDI legislation

    • Due diligence to identify successor liability

    • FCPA & anti-bribery training

    Automated Customer and Transaction Screening

    Automated Customer and Transaction Screening

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    • TradeSecure has partnered with Merlynn Intelligence Technologies to provide clients with curated, AI-driven transaction screening tools – specifically digital experts to support sanctions and export control screening. Merlynn Intelligence Technologies Corporation’s Tacit Object Modeler (TOM) is designed to replicate an expert human’s decision making.  TOM decodes explicit information and tacit knowledge used by an expert in her/his decision making – in this case complex decision making for addressing screening challenges.    

       

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  • Michael Beck
    Founder, Vice President

    Beck regularly works with global clients in establishing multijurisdictional trade compliance programs.  He also trains clients on compliance with export controls of various countries.  He provides risk assessments on sanctions, export controls and other security and trade challenges. 

    Beck is also a non-resident fellow with the Stimson Center conducting research on export control and sanctions issues.  His previous roles included serving as Executive Director and a Sr. Research Associate at the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security (CITS/UGA).    Beck has over 25 years of experience conducting research and outreach on nonproliferation and export controls and has worked in over 40 countries providing services to industry and government clients.  Beck has provided training to hundreds of foreign and U.S. government officials on export control licensing, enforcement and industry outreach strategies.   

    He is often called upon to assist government clients in establishing modern and effective strategic trade control laws.    As a U.S. government consultant, he has worked with the governments of Chile, Panama, Morocco, Jordan, Mexico, India, and many others in developing export control legislation and programs that meet international standards.   Beck is the author of numerous publications on export controls.  He is currently developing A.I. tools to support export control compliance.  He speaks Russian and Spanish.  Beck earned his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in International Relations.

  • Dan Joyner
    Senior Legal Advisor

    Joyner provides guidance to TradeSecure clients in navigating complex export control and sanctions issues internationally.   Joyner is also the Elton B. Stephens Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at the University of Alabama School of Law.  He is a leading expert on international law relative to export controls, nuclear nonproliferation and civilian nuclear energy. He is the author of three books and numerous peer-reviewed articles on these subjects. 

    As a subject matter expert, Joyner has been called upon by public and private sector clients to provide legal advice and training on matters including strategic export controls, IAEA safeguards, economic sanctions, international investment law, and nuclear nonproliferation treaties and regimes.  He regularly works as a consultant on strategic trade controls for the U.S. Department of State Office of Export Controls and Border Security.  Joyner is fluent in Japanese. He received his B.A. in Japanese from Brigham Young University, his J.D. from Duke University School of Law, his M.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Warwick School of Law.

  • Scott Spence
    Senior Legal Adviser

    Spence joins TradeSecure with nearly two decades of experience as a public international lawyer in supporting governments to join and implement an array of international legal instruments (treaties and other obligations), including those with the objective of preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by non-State actors through prohibitions and preventive measures such as strategic trade controls. His work included engaging industry leaders to address concerns regarding regulatory
    oversight and compliance during the legislative drafting process.

    Spence previously worked as one of nine Experts supporting the UN Security Council Committee established pursuant to Resolution 1540 (2004). Appointed to this position in late 2017 by UN Secretary General António Guterres, he was the fourth US appointee to the Group of Experts since the resolution was adopted in 2004. Before joining the 1540 Committee, Spence worked at London-based VERTIC from 2008 through 2018 as the Director of the National Implementation Measures Programme and as a Senior Legal Officer. Before VERTIC, he worked as a Project Manager at INTERPOL, as an Expert and Researcher at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW, the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Winner) and as an Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

    In order to work with Governments on the implementation of their international treaty obligations into national law, Spence developed the National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security (Indonesia’s gift basket to the Nuclear Security Summit in 2014) as well as VERTIC’s Legislative Guide to National Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 and the OPCW’s National Legislation Implementation Kit for the Chemical Weapons Convention. He also co-developed VERTIC’s Sample Act and Regulatory Guidelines for national implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention.

    Spence is a registered attorney with the New York State Unified Court System; has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Virginia, Harvard University, the University of Virginia School of Law and Leiden University Faculty of Law; and speaks French and Spanish.

  • Anupam Srivastava
    Senior Consultant

    Srivastava specializes in export controls and sanctions compliance, with particular focus on systems in India and Southeast Asia.  He has varied experience spanning over two decades in assisting hi-tech companies meet trade compliance obligations. He has conducted multiple capacity-building workshops for dual-use manufacturers in aerospace, nuclear, chemical and precision engineering sectors.  He previously served as Managing Director of Invest India – the official investment facilitation agency of Government of India. His team handled thousands of investment-related queries from the United States, Europe and Asia, expedited regulatory approvals and implementation of projects totaling over $2 billion, and helped set up a multi-billion dollar infrastructure-dedicated sovereign wealth fund by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. 

    In addition, Srivastava serves as the Vice President (International Strategy & Business Development) of Safe Zone Ltd., which provides software-based technical support to licensing and enforcement units of government and corporate entities globally. He is also the Partner & CEO of Safe Zone India, assisting hi-tech companies in licensing, internal compliance and audit functions.    

    Srivastava previously taught at the University of Georgia and concurrently served as the Assistant Director of the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS/UGA). As part of CITS senior management, he directed or worked on multiple projects supported by private foundations, U.S. and foreign governments, as well as by the United Nations (UNSCR 1540 Expert Committee & Office of Disarmament Affairs) and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

  • Thomas Mark Keith
    Senior Consultant

    Keith develops Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) tools to support trade compliance and strategic trade initiatives.  In particular, Keith is helping to digitize compliance expertise to address screening and due diligence challenges using Merlynn Intelligence Technologies Corporation’s Tacit Object Modeler (TOM).   Keith has extensive experience in financial services, government, and other industries in leadership development, strategic planning and communication, leading and managing projects, I.T., and learning and development. 

  • Andrea Viski
    Consultant

    Viski supports the analysis of strategic trade control and sanctions legislation globally and assists clients in developing best practice compliance programs.

    Viski is the founder and director of the Strategic Trade Research Institute, a board-governed non-profit organization dedicated to building networks of strategic trade research and practice. Viski founded the Strategic Trade Review, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to trade controls in 2015 and has since served as its Editor-in-Chief. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University where she teaches a graduate course on strategic trade controls and co-developed a Master’s certificate on strategic trade. She further serves as an Affiliated Expert for CRDF Global, where she assists in the implementation of worldwide capacity-building projects. Andrea has published extensively and regularly advises policy-makers in the areas of export controls, sanctions, FDI controls, maritime security, proliferation finance, and technology transfer. She previously worked for Project Alpha at King’s College London, at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, and at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

    Viski holds a Ph.D. and LL.M from the European University Institute, a Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s Institute for Law, Science, and Global Security, and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

  • Michael Ingram
    Engagement Leader, Research Associate

    Ingram supports TradeSecure’s consulting work globally and administers the Accelerator trade compliance database. He has participated in compliance assessments on five continents and tracks sanctions and export controls around the world. He speaks conversational Spanish and Portuguese. He has worked with TradeSecure since his graduation summa cum laude with a degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia in 2014.

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