USCIB’s Competition Committee Charts New Course

L-R: Jennifer Patterson (Kaye Scholer), John Talladay (Baker Botts), Michael Blechman (Kaye Scholer), Jim Rill (Baker Botts), Rob Mulligan (USCIB)
L-R: Jennifer Patterson
(Kaye Scholer), John Talladay (Baker Botts), Michael Blechman (Kaye Scholer), Jim Rill (Baker Botts), Rob Mulligan (USCIB)

It was the end of an era at the February meeting of USCIB’s Competition Committee in Washington, D.C., as longtime Chair Michael Blechman (Kaye Scholer) and Vice Chair Jim Rill (Baker Botts), stepped down and passed the baton to new Chair John Taladay (Baker Botts) and Vice Chair Jennifer Patterson (Kaye Scholer). Blechman and Rill, who have been esteemed and productive leaders of the committee for 20 years, said it has been a great pleasure to work together. Taladay is vice chair of the BIAC Competition Committee, while Patterson co-chairs the ICC Task Force on Due Process. Both also serve as non-governmental advisors to the International Competition Network. In 2014, the USCIB committee will focus on developments in procedural fairness (ICN, trade negotiations, China), due process (waivers and confidentiality), international antitrust cooperation, trade and competition linkages, and regulatory reform.

New Policy Hires Boost Work on Policy, Communications and Trade Services

We are delighted to welcome two new additions to our Policy
and Program team. Ariel Meyerstein has joined USCIB as Vice President for Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Governance, working out of our New York headquarters. With a law degree and PhD in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California at Berkeley, Ariel has a background in sustainable development and human rights in the extractive and financial sectors, and has worked on issues related to corporate responsibility in the public and private sectors. He comes to us from the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke, LLP and before that Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP. He also has served as a legal adviser at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and a Judicial Clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Eva Hampl has come aboard as USCIB’s Director for Investment, Trade and Financial Services, working out of our Washington, D.C. office. Eva has a master’s of law in international and comparative law from the George Washington University Law School and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. She has worked on investment and trade issues, and done research on transparency in dispute settlement in the WTO and under investment treaties. Eva recently completed a one-year fellowship with GE’s Global Government Affairs and Policy division. Prior to that, she served as a trade associate with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and interned at the European Union’s delegation to the United States. She has also served as a law clerk to the Connecticut Superior Court.

In addition, Michael Sicangco has joined USCIB’s Trade Services department as a Carnet Claims Examiner. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Baruch College/CUNY and previously worked for Michael Page, the recruitment firm, and Quick Billing Service.

Also, Christopher Zoia has joined USCIB as Communications Manager, with responsibility for website content development and dissemination, production of USCIB’s e-newsletters as well as this magazine, and social media strategy. He recently earned dual master’s degrees in international affairs and journalism from Columbia University. Prior to graduate school, Chris worked in Washington, D.C. as a researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focused on international economics and American foreign policy, and coordinated Carnegie’s Economic Strategy Roundtable series. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from the University of Chicago.

Welcome to all our new USCIB team members!

New USCIB Members

We are delighted to welcome the following companies and organizations as the latest additions to USCIB’s diverse membership:

Brown-Forman Corporation
Eaton Corporation
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Johnson Controls
Semiconductor Industry Association
Sidley Austin LLP
Sorini, Samet & Associates, LLC
Troutman Sanders LLP

To learn more about how USCIB membership can benefit your organization, contact Alison Hoiem (202-682-1291 or

Staff Contact:   Abby Shapiro

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Tel: 212.703.5064

Abby Shapiro is responsible for evaluating and growing new products, services and programs that provide new revenue streams to USCIB, add value to membership and support USCIB’s mission and vision.
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