THURSDAY | MARCH 17, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM BST
This webinar was hosted by Thomas Mathew, Senior Vice President at OCR, and Abhishek Kishore, Managing Director of International at OCR. The discussion featured three guest speakers from the Export Compliance Training Institute, Miller & Chevalier, and Torres Trade Advisory: Scott Gearity, Timothy P. O'Toole, and Donald Pearce. During this event, our panelists discussed the rapidly changing landscape of export controls and sanctions applicable to Russia, including recently published additions to the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the impact these changes will have on exporters.
President – ECTI, Inc.
Scott Gearity brings nearly 20 years of consulting, training, and corporate export compliance program management experience to bear for his clients. Mr. Gearity has substantial experience in the military, dual-use, and commercial export controls. His clients have ranged in size from small start-ups to some of the world’s largest companies, with a particular focus on the information technology, telecommunications, networking, and software industries.
Mr. Gearity joined ECTI from Microsoft Corporation, where he was based in Ireland and managed the company’s export compliance program for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He continues to advise many non-US companies affected by US export controls. Mr. Gearity holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and economics from American University. He is a licensed US customs broker.
Timothy P. O’Toole, Esq.
Member – Miller & Chevalier
Timothy P. O’Toole, Esq. is a member of the law firm of Miller & Chevalier Chartered, in Washington D.C., and the co-leader of the export controls and sanctions group. Between his time at Miller & Chevalier and his time in government service, Mr. O’Toole has been conducting and leading large-scale defense investigations for over 20 years. Although Mr. O’Toole has substantial experience in all areas of white-collar practice, his main focus is on defending enforcement actions and conducting investigations involving economic sanctions, export controls, and anti-money laundering laws.
His clients run the gamut, including U.S. and non-U.S. financial institutions and public companies in the aviation, insurance, logistics, manufacturing, and oil and gas sectors. Recognized as one of the leading international trade lawyers in the U.S. by Chambers USA, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, and Global Investigations Review, Mr. O’Toole represents companies and individuals at all stages of the process.
Senior Advisor / Global Risk, Monitorship, and Investigations Practice – Torres Trade Advisory
Donald Pearce, a retired Special Agent from the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), is an experienced investigator and subject matter expert on strategic trade control policy, transnational criminal investigations, export control systems, and national security issues. After 30-plus years of government service in both domestic and international roles, Mr. Pearce established Sentinel LLC; a consultancy focused on the intersection of international trade, technology, geopolitics, and security, and partners with Torres Trade Advisory, to provide guidance that keeps companies safe, compliant, and prosperous.
Before his retirement in 2020, Mr. Pearce served as the acting Unit Chief for Liaison and Interdiction, providing subject matter expertise to international organizations, other government agencies, and industry worldwide. Mr. Pearce was the principal author of the 2016 amendments to the Wassenaar Arrangement’s Best Practices for Export Control Enforcement, drawing on over 30 years of customs and strategic trade control experience.
Managing Director - Global EASE International Practice - OCR Services, Inc.
Abhishek Kishore is the Managing Director - Global EASE International Practice at OCR Services where he is responsible for expanding OCR's footprint in the international markets. Previously, Abhishek served as the Deputy Country Head - India at the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he was responsible for Council-wide policy advocacy and stakeholder engagement initiatives in the U.S.-India corridor for leading US and Indian companies.
Along with that, he also focused on the Digital Economy domain, advising several technology companies (global U.S. and Indian IT leaders, e-commerce, and fintech innovators) on government policies and regulatory frameworks.
Senior Vice President - OCR Services, Inc.
Thomas Mathew, Senior Vice President of Global Trade Management at OCR Services, Inc, has over 30 Years of managerial and technical expertise designing enterprise web-based and client-server applications. He builds relationships with clients and works closely with customers to understand their needs and help solve their compliance-related problems.
With his vast knowledge and experience, he is always keen to share his expertise within the industry. He keeps on top of the latest industry and security trends, evolving regulatory changes, and helps streamline supply chain management.