Christopher Swift

Christopher Swift

Foley & Lardner LLP

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Congress Sends Fast-Track Trade Authority Bill to the President, Invigorating Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

After several weeks of legislative wrangling, congressional leaders will send a bill to President Obama this week to give him fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S....more

6/25/2015 - Barack Obama Exports Foreign Trade Regulations Free Trade Agreement Imports Obama Administration Pending Legislation Tariffs Trade Adjustment Assistance Trans-Pacific Partnership

Congress Still Debating Fast Track Trade Authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations

Congressional leaders are working to find a way to pass legislation that would give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and exports. The Trade...more

6/24/2015 - Barack Obama Exports Foreign Trade Regulations Free Trade Agreement Imports Obama Administration Pending Legislation Tariffs Trade Adjustment Assistance Trans-Pacific Partnership

President’s Bid for Fast-Track Trade Authority Fails, Stalling Trans-Pacific Partnership Efforts

On June 12, the House derailed legislation that would have given President Obama authority to negotiate, with limited interference from Congress, a trade deal that will potentially govern 40 percent of U.S. imports and...more

6/15/2015 - Barack Obama Exports Foreign Trade Regulations Free Trade Agreement Imports Tariffs Trade Adjustment Assistance Trans-Pacific Partnership

Treasury Department Eases Cuba Sanctions

New Rules Open Opportunities for Exports, Financial Services, and Travel- On January 16, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department issued new sanctions regulations easing the 54-year old Cuban embargo. Coming in the wake of...more

1/22/2015 - Amended Regulation Banking Sector Barack Obama BIS CACR Embargo Executive Orders Export Controls Exports Imports OFAC Popular Sanctions Telecommunications Trade Relations Travel Permits U.S. Treasury

Top Legal Issues Facing Automotive Suppliers in 2015

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this overview of the major trends we see affecting automotive suppliers this year. While not all legal risk can be anticipated, companies that are aware of litigation,...more

1/12/2015 - ADA Antitrust Provisions Auto Manufacturers Auto Parts Automobile Recall Automotive Industry DOJ Employer Liability Issues Export Controls FCPA Manufacturers NHTSA NLRB Suppliers V2V

Frequently Asked Questions About U.S./Cuban Policy Changes

President Obama recently announced steps to ease the 54-year old embargo on Cuba and begin to restore diplomatic relations. The following frequently asked questions examine key issues from a policy and business...more

1/7/2015 - Barack Obama CACR Cuba EAR Executive Orders Foreign Relations OFAC Trade Relations

White House to Ease Cuba Embargo: Historic Announcement May Open New Opportunities for U.S. and Multinational Corporations

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced steps to ease the 54-year old embargo on Cuba and begin to restore diplomatic relations. Although the full extent of easing has yet to be determined, this historic policy shift...more

12/23/2014 - Barack Obama Cuba Embargo Foreign Policy Sanctions Trade Relations

White House Expands Russian Sanctions: New Executive Order Targets Major Russian Industries

On March 20, 2014, President Obama issued a new Executive Order expanding sanctions against Russian officials and other entities involved in Moscow’s recent annexation of Crimea....more

3/21/2014 - Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Top Legal Issues Facing Suppliers in 2014

We know that you have been considering what business and commercial issues you will face in 2014 (and perhaps beyond) as an Automotive Supplier. But, have you been considering what legal issues you are likely to face? Do you...more

2/18/2014 - Automotive Industry Compliance Data Protection FCPA NHTSA Suppliers Supply Chain Trucking Industry

New U.S. Sanctions Target Automotive Companies Doing Business in Iran

On June 3, 2013, President Obama signed a new executive order expanding U.S. extraterritorial sanctions on Iran to multinational corporations that engage in significant financial or commercial transactions with the Iranian...more

6/20/2013 - Automotive Industry Executive Orders IFCA Iran Sanctions Multinationals

U.S. to Cut Automotive Tariffs as Japan Enters TPP Talks

On April 24, 2013, Acting U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) Demetrios Marantis formally notified Congress that the United States plans to include Japan in Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TTP”) negotiations. Coming just three...more

5/6/2013 - Automotive Industry Japan Tariffs Trans-Pacific Partnership USTR

Eased Sanctions Present New Opportunities and Risks

In last month’s newsletter, we discussed how developments in 2012 had considerably tightened sanctions against Iran, including through the first-ever application of sanctions to separately incorporated subsidiaries of U.S....more

4/2/2013 - Barack Obama Compliance Executive Orders Exports Imports Middle East Multinationals Sanctions

Japan's Entry Into Free Trade Talks Presents Challenges for the Automotive Sector

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s announcement that Japan will join talks on the Trans-Pacific Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) presents potential challenges for the U.S. automotive sector. Together with Canada and Mexico’s...more

3/29/2013 - Automotive Industry Free Trade Agreement Japan Trade Policy Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tough New Iran Sanctions Could Impact Automotive Suppliers

Multinational companies in the automotive supply sector could face heightened enforcement risks under new sanctions on Iran. Effective March 8, 2013, U.S. parent companies will become liable for Iran-related sanctions...more

3/15/2013 - Automotive Industry Compliance Middle East Sanctions SEC Suppliers U.S. Treasury

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