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Contact Merril

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

Merril A. Keane

Partner
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.
Prepared qualified Code Section 127 educational assistance program for higher education employer, and advised on qualified tuition reduction under Code Section 117.
Advised higher education client on employer-assisted housing program providing for employer-sponsored home loans, including preparation of related documentation.
Prepared and reviewed numerous executive employment agreements for public, private, and tax-exempt clients, including assistance with compliance under Sections 409A and 457 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Advised clients on various export compliance matters, including classification and licensing requirements under the EAR and ITAR and voluntary disclosures.
Trained public company's employees located in the United States, Asia, and Europe on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and export controls, including antibribery and books-and-records aspects of the FCPA, and end-use, denied-parties, embargo, and antiboycott restrictions related to U.S. export controls.
Reviewed and advised on employment documentation for faculty (tenured and nontenured) and staff.
Prepared international supply, manufacturing, private-label, agency, and distribution agreements for a wide variety of clients in industries including food, wood products, heavy equipment, medical devices, and technology.
Investigated and prepared for privately-held agricultural industry leader eleven simultaneous Prior Disclosures to Commissioner of Customs covering approximately 27,000 import entries at 33 ports valued at over $800 million.
Initial and renewal applications for People's Republic of China AQSIQ scrap licenses sought by United States scrap companies, together with ongoing related advice regarding interpretation of and compliance with AQSIQ regulations.
Assisted public, private, and tax-exempt clients in the review, design, and preparation of deferred compensation arrangements, including supplemental executive retirement plans, long-term incentive plans, change in control plans, severance plans, phantom share plans, equity incentive plans, and other deferred compensation arrangements.