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Force majeure and the Qatar crisis: implications for UAE businesses

by Dentons on

On 5 June 2017, the UAE announced that it would be severing all diplomatic ties with Qatar. In separate announcements, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt also severed ties with Qatar, with other countries in the region following...more

A Post-U.S. TPP? Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

by Bennett Jones LLP on

May 2017 may have been a turning point for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement entering into force. After the U.S. withdrawal from the Agreement in January 2017, the remaining TPP-11 countries openly questioned...more

US announces new Cuba sanctions policy, changing the landscape in key sectors

by Dentons on

On June 16, 2017, US President Donald Trump unveiled his much-anticipated Cuba sanctions policy in what was billed as a major speech in Miami, Florida. While implementing regulations have yet to be published, the president's...more

Trump Administration Highlights Limitations of CFIUS Process

In separate public statements last week, two Trump administration cabinet secretaries expressed concerns with the national security review process of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). They also...more

President Trump Announces New Cuba Restrictions

by WilmerHale on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced new sanctions restrictions under the US embargo against Cuba. Although US policy since 2014 has been to normalize US-Cuba relations and liberalize trade with Cuba, President Trump...more

The Brexit Negotiations (1): What is the EU’s Opening Position?

by WilmerHale on

The Brexit negotiations started yesterday. After months of speculation as to what will be their focus, it may be useful to recall the European Union’s opening position (which we outline below) and the United Kingdom’s opening...more

Trump’s More Restrictive Cuba Policy: Specifics to Come

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 16, 2017 during a speech in Miami, President Trump announced changes to US sanctions targeting Cuba. The speech announced two substantial changes to the previous administration’s Cuban sanctions regime: first, the new...more

Cuba Sanctions: President Trump Announces Tightening of U.S. Sanctions While Maintaining Certain Sanctions Relief Implemented by...

On June 16, 2017, the Trump administration issued a national security presidential memorandum entitled “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba” (the “Presidential Memorandum”). Related to this...more

President Trump’s Cuba Policy Changes Have Limited Practical Impact – For Now

by Dechert LLP on

President Trump announced just before the weekend that he will reinstate certain travel and commercial restrictions related to Cuba that had been eased under the Obama Administration. While President Trump declared that he...more

U.S. Treasury Releases FAQs Addressing Trump's Announcements on Changes to U.S.-Cuba Sanctions Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On the afternoon of June 16, 2017, shortly before President Donald Trump announced new changes to the U.S.-Cuba policy, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued 12 frequently asked...more

Taiwan: Cross-border opportunities amid global change: A tale of two trade agreements, Trump and Taiwan

by White & Case LLP on

Recent international developments could impact Taiwan's global competitiveness while opening opportunities for new trade negotiations in the Asia-Pacific region...more

Increased focus on global privacy and data protection for Australian organisations

by DLA Piper on

With the continuing uncertainty following the UK general elections result, it will be interesting to see the new government's approach to Brexit and its future stance on European Union (EU) regulatory requirements,...more

What Reviving the TTIP Agreement Could Mean for the Future of Geographical Indications

by WilmerHale on

Some of the most famous and luxurious brands (Champagne, Bordeaux, Port) around the world are geographical indications (GIs) and bring in substantial revenue for the United States and Europe. According to the European...more

Brexit: A Softer Brexit Back on the Table?

by Dechert LLP on

The result of the UK’s general election on 8 June has reignited speculation that the UK government might pursue a softer Brexit. In this update, we provide a reminder of the main “softer” Brexit models which had previously...more

Thornberry Acquisition Reform Bill Contemplates DoD’s Use of Online Marketplaces to Purchase COTS Products

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Imagine if a DoD agency could purchase commercial-off-the-shelf products of any value simply by placing an order at an Amazon-like website – no need for solicitations, quotes, evaluation, or detailed price analysis and...more

Tax Reform 2017 - Will it Ever Come?

by Dickinson Wright on

For tax attorneys, tax reform is always a hot topic. President Trump was elected with GOP majorities in both chambers of Congress, which would normally make the forecast for tax reform actually being enacted favorable. ...more

Trade Agreements Leading Up to NAFTA Renegotiations, US Industry Response

by Cozen O'Connor on

While formal NAFTA renegotiation has not begun, there has been movement by the administration to begin reshaping trade deals with both Mexico and Canada since President Trump announced his plans and sent notice to Congress to...more

MENA Countries Sever Ties with Qatar

by Jones Day on

On Monday, June 5, 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya's eastern region-based government, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates ("UAE"), and the internationally recognized government of Yemen severed ties with Qatar,...more

EU27 Regulators Ordered to Hold Firm Line on UK Firms’ Post-Brexit Applications for Single Market Access

One likely impact of the decision of the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) is that the UK’s financial services industry will lose automatic rights of access to the EU’s free trade area (the Single Market)...more

Qatar crisis highlights question of force majeure

by Dentons on

Imports of construction materials needed for the State of Qatar to deliver its World Cup and Vision 2030 infrastructure schemes are being severely impacted by the recent closing of borders by key neighbours Saudi Arabia and...more

Force Maijoor: supervisory convergence - a view of the impact from Italy

by Hogan Lovells on

On 11 April 2017, Steven Maijoor, the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") addressed the potential regulatory issues which may affect EU Member States as a result of the Brexit effect on passporting...more

Sea Change? What Does Trump’s Decision on the Paris Agreement Mean?

This week, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States will “cease implementation”...more

Bennett Jones Spring 2017 Economic Outlook

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In our Fall 2016 Economic Outlook, we set out at some length our analysis of the main factors which have contributed to the low “new normal” growth rates the world has experienced since 2011. We argued that trend annual...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - May 2017

by King & Spalding on

U.S. Government To Investigate Effects Of Steel, Aluminum Imports On National Security - In late April, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initiated two investigations to determine the effects of imported steel and aluminum on...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Mayo - Información con énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Comercio U.S. Trade Representative - Estados Unidos notificó a su Congreso la intención de iniciar negociaciones con Canadá y México en relación a la modernización del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte, las...more

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