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How to Mitigate International Contract Problems During and After the Global Crisis

Friday, June 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm • Organized By U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Commercial Service (U.S. Export Assistance Center)
Online Event


Legal Support for U.S Exporters During Global Economic Uncertainty

  • Exporters across the U.S. are profoundly impacted by the current crisis.
  • They face critical questions regarding their ability to fulfill international business contracts, and how to mitigate resulting problems.
  • Supply chains may be impacted, resulting in shortages of inputs to produce products.
  • Employees may be subject to stay-at-home orders.
  • Workforces may be impacted by illness and family care issues.
  • Products and inputs may be subject to new import/export restrictions.

Please join the U.S. Commercial Service for advice on mitigating problems with international contracts resulting from the current global crisis.

  • State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section experts will provide practical advice to companies. 
  • The discussion will address what to do about existing contracts, and ideas for drafting future contracts. 
  • This event is open to companies and interested attorneys.
  • Takeaways will include a checklist of tips for reviewing future international contracts.

Moderator and Speakers:

Introduction:  Eve Lerman, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S.  Department of Commerce, Council Member, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan

Speaker:  John J. Walsh, President & CEO, Michigan Manufacturers Association

Speaker:  Holly Osterholm Swanson, Vice President, Legal, ZF Group, Active Safety Division

Speaker:  Jean Schtokal, Shareholder, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., Member, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, Chair, West Michigan District Export Council

Speaker:  Reinhard H. Lemke, Attorney, LEMKE & ASSOCIATES PLLC, Council Member, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, AmCham Germany Senior Advisor USA–Midwest

Moderator:  James Rayis, Shareholder, Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., Chair, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan