Resetting the Special Relationship and the US-UK Trade Agenda

Written by

Rebecca Savory


The transition to the Biden administration means a new approach to transatlantic trade, and a new course for America and its approach to foreign policy. Meanwhile across the pond, the UK aims to deliver on its post-Brexit international ambitions for trade and diplomacy as it prepares to host the G7, COP26 and enter new trade agreements.

In our webinar with international law firm Cozen O’Connor and its bipartisan government relations team, hear leading strategists and trade experts from the US and the UK discuss:


  • The new Biden administration and Democratic Congress
  • The state of play in post-Brexit Britain
  • How changes in leadership and priorities will reset the Special Relationship and US-UK trade talks
  • How businesses in the US and UK should be preparing for a trade deal

Panellists from the US:

Patrick Martin, Principal and Director-Midwest, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Patrick directs the firm’s government relations and public advocacy efforts in the Midwest, and works out of the firm’s Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices. His practice focuses on advising highly regulated companies in the healthcare, energy, financial services, retail, transportation, cannabis, and higher education industries. Patrick advocates for clients before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and state and local governments. For the past three years (2018-2020), Patrick was named as one of the year’s Top Lobbyists by the publication The Hill in their “Hired Guns” category.

Kristi Adair Zentner, Member, Cozen O’Connor

Kristi is a transactional attorney who represents clients in general business, supply chain management, as well as tariff, customs, and trade matters. She provides comprehensive support to manufacturing clients on the development, production, and distribution of their products and assists clients with matters such as manufacturing and supply agreements, distribution agreements, compliance issues involving government and regulatory agencies, warranties, sales contracts, pricing, intellectual property protection, and antitrust compliance. Dovetailing the cross border transactions and distribution experience, Kristi also regularly counsels clients regarding all aspects of import compliance, from classification to valuation, and country of origin designation to marking requirements, among other things.

Heather L. Marx, Member, Cozen O’Connor

Heather applies her experience in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation to represent a variety of clients. Her practice includes the representation of corporations and individuals in corporate contractual and partnership disputes, customs, imports, and trade matters, real estate and leasing issues, and litigation related to leases and guaranties, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, commercial transactions and disputes, and issues of employment law and benefits. Heather advises both domestic and international clients on strategies for foreign-based manufacture, importation, and distribution of goods and how to safeguard against anti-competitive trade barriers, regulatory systems, and trade remedies. She represents clients in matters before U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the International Trade Administration, and the U.S. Trade Representative.

Panellists from the UK:

David Henig, Director of the UK Trade Policy Project at ECIPE, Perspectives Columnist for Borderlex and Advisory Council Member at Cavendish Advocacy

David Henig is Director of the UK Trade Policy Project at the think-tank European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and one of the UK’s leading authorities on trade policy. He has written extensively on the trade implications of Brexit and what comes next for UK trade policy. He also examines global trade issues such as USA-China tensions, future of the WTO, and EU trade agreements, including through a weekly column for specialist trade news service Borderlex. Prior to joining ECIPE in March 2018 he worked for the UK Government including on Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks between US and EU, and in establishing the Department for International Trade after the referendum. He co-founded the UK Trade Forum, discusses trade issues frequently in the media, and has advised businesses and stakeholder groups on trade policy. A graduate of Oxford University, David started his career in consultancy.

Alex Challoner, Managing Director, Cavendish Advocacy

A political strategist with more than twenty years’ experience in public affairs and communications advocacy, Alex provides clients with senior counsel to ensure policy supports their corporate aims, be that policy change or raising their profile on key issues. As a former adviser to the Conservative Party during the 1997 General Election Campaign, Conservative Campaign Director of the London Mayoral Campaign in 2000 and current Board Member of the Tory Reform Group, Alex has a comprehensive knowledge of the key figures and the trends and power-bases within the Party. He has advised clients such the Met Office, John Lewis Partnership, Canal & River Trust, Crest Nicholson, Aster Group and Arvato.

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