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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2556

Merril A. Keane

Associate

Merril A. Keane is a member of the firm's business department. Her practice covers general business transactions, international business and trade, tax, and compensation-related matters. Merril speaks and reads Chinese, and also assists clients in navigating business transactions and regulatory matters in China.

Merril advises clients on formation and governance of business entities and a wide variety of business contracts, including confidentiality, consulting, manufacturing, supply, and agency and distribution agreements. Merril's international experience includes compliance training and advice on the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, assisting clients with import and export compliance, and advising on agreements involving international sales.
 
Merril frequently counsels clients—both for-profit and nonprofit organizations—on a variety of executive compensation matters, including employment agreements, severance arrangements, equity plans, and other incentive compensation. She also advises on other fringe benefit arrangements, worker classification, and employment tax withholding and reporting requirements.
 
Merril joined the firm in 2009, when Newcomb, Sabin, Schwartz & Landsverk merged with Miller Nash.

Click here for the Chinese version of Merril's bio.

Representative Experience

Assisted clients with various aspects of antiboycott compliance, including training employees and advising on IRS and Department of Commerce reporting requirements.
Obtained Department of Commerce scope ruling removing trademarked manufactured products from scope of long-standing anti-dumping order, despite existing contrary scope ruling purporting to cover the same products.
Advised client on significant bilingual (Chinese-English) consulting agreement.
Performed legal compliance audit for China-based subsidiaries of U.S. entity.
Prepared two recent Customs petitions for clients experiencing product seizure and penalties, with the result of 100% and 90% penalty decreases, respectively. One of these results was particularly difficult to obtain because the client had in fact violated registered intellectual property rights with products it had manufactured in China for U.S. sales.