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Exclusive IR Global advisor for Crypto and Digital Asset Advisory in Washington DC since 2022

James Holbein

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Jim Holbein is an expert about international trade topics based on over 30 years of government and private sector experience. He is currently advising numerous trade clients about transactions in this new era of supply chain disruptions and high fraud problems.

Jim previously supervised a professional staff maintaining the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. at the International Trade Commission (USITC). Additionally, he managed the NAFTA trade dispute settlement process while at the U.S. Department of Commerce and served as a diplomat and trade negotiator for the U.S. Department of State.

Over the last six years, Jim has developed expertise in the emerging sector of blockchain, decentralized finance (DeFi), and decentralized autonomous organizations (DAO). He has written several articles on these topics, which build on his experiences leading IT development projects.

Jim is an accomplished author and editor with more than 40 books, articles and conference papers dealing with international trade, dispute settlement, and blockchain issues. Jim received his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.

  • Articles:
    • Legal Issues Confronting Formation and Operation of a Decentralized Autonomous Organization, with Justin Holbein, December 2021
    • Approaches to Regulation for Decentralized Finance (DeFi) October 2021
    • Developing Digital Approaches to Trade Finance (August 2021)
    • Digital Blockchain Services Bolster Supply Chains (June 2021)
      Trade in the New Digital World (March 2021)
  • IT Systems Development: Expert at leading operational teams to develop, build, test, and deploy IT systems for specialized trade or business processes.
  • Contracts and Transactional Assistance: Assist clients with DAO formation issues, developing supply chains, contracting in international trade matters, and risk management.
  • Business Planning: Assist companies with corporate risk management, due diligence, and internal legal analysis, often serving as outside counsel or a legal consultant.
  • Regulatory Processes: Experience negotiating the U.S. interagency processes involving international trade, customs and tariff issues, and blockchain companies enabling cost-effective advice for companies navigating the U.S. regulatory process.
  • Training: Courses available for corporate and non-profit officials on U.S. regulatory policy toward cryptocurrency and all the topics listed in this memo.
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About Braumiller Law Group, PLLC

Braumiller Law Group, PLLC

Braumiller Law Group, PLLC, is a highly respected law firm focused on international trade compliance and proven strategies to optimize global trade business practices. The attorneys and trade advisors of Braumiller Law Group know exactly how to navigate the intricate maze of global trade regulations, and they have a successful track record for helping clients save millions of dollars in compliance penalties. These clients also leverage the expertise and experience of the Braumiller Law Group team to ensure that their global trade operations are legally structured to maximize efficiency and profitability. For clients around the world, a partnership with Braumiller Law Group extends beyond compliance support to generate measurable business value.

Increased profitability. Minimized costs and tariffs. Expanded market opportunities. Accelerated sales cycle. Improved market access. Extended competitive advantage.

The international trade attorneys and customs attorneys of Braumiller Law Group offer a unique set of benefits to companies involved in import and export activities:

Consultative, customized approach with exceptional client service

Extensive history of working successfully with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Commerce, and many other government agencies

Multilingual service with fluency in Spanish, German, French, and Greek

Versatile capabilities including import/export audits, compliance procedures, penalty mitigation, trade analysis, litigation, expert witness testimony, in-house training and education

Outstanding reputation for integrity, quality and leadership, as well as extensive community involvement

Competitive, affordable rates

Our Mission

To build powerful relationships with our clients, strategically using our unique expertise in global trade compliance to add genuine value to their businesses.

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Exclusive IR Global advisor for Crypto and Digital Asset Advisory in Washington DC