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ManattJones Global Strategies - June 2017

CEO Executive Summary: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump administration’s intention to renegotiate NAFTA beginning Aug. 16. While he and his Mexican counterpart set Dec. 15 as...more

U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement Creates an Opening for China to Lead

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced during a speech at the White House that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, fulfilling a campaign pledge to end the agreement that the President argued would...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 12

by DLA Piper on

On June 8, the United States House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act of 2017, which would repeal and replace the Dodd-Frank...more

Proposed Changes to U.S. Sanctions Against Russia "Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017"

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the U.S. Senate voted 98-2 in favour of new sanctions against Russia in the face of express opposition from President Trump's administration. The proposed law includes significant changes to the current U.S....more

The Brexit Negotiations (2): What is the UK’s Opening Position?

by WilmerHale on

This is our second Alert on the Brexit negotiation1, which started on Monday, June 19, 2017. Having outlined the EU’s opening position, we now turn to that of the United Kingdom. The main source used is the UK Government’s...more

Trump changes cuba policy

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced that he was reversing several Obama-era policies regarding Cuba. Against the backdrop of a Miami museum that celebrates the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion, Trump’s...more

Cuba & Trump: What the Changes Mean

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced that the United States would “chart a new course” on its Cuba policy. Starting in January 2015, and for the next two years, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets...more

UK: Government announces International Sanctions Bill

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK government has set out plans in this week’s Queen’s Speech for a new International Sanctions Bill (the “Bill“) that aims to ensure that the UK will continue to meet its international sanctions policy obligations and...more

Our Cuba Sanctions Predictions: How Did We Do?

In our last post, we made a few cocky predictions about the new Trump Administration’s Cuba policy. We correctly asserted that the President would try to chart a narrow course between the Scylla of conservative Cuban-American...more

United States Announces New Cuba Policy

by White & Case LLP on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued the "National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba" (the "Cuba Memorandum") describing the Administration’s policy on Cuba and...more

Queen's speech paves the way for Brexit

by Hogan Lovells on

The Queen's Speech has set out the UK Government's intended legislative programme for the next two years – and its focus is Brexit. While there is little to no new detail, there are some further hints of how the...more

China Relaxes Some Restrictions on Foreign Investment in China's Pilot Free Trade Zones

by WilmerHale on

The General Office of China's State Council posted on June 16 the Special Measures on the Administration of Entry by Foreign Investment in Pilot Free Trade Zones (Negative List) (2017 edition) (Guobanfa [2017] No. 51, dated...more

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

DSM Watch: EU online content services Portability Regulation will become law in its current form: Council adoption 8 June 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

DSM Watch has been tracking this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, since back in December 2015.  The Commission’s aim was to allow consumers who pay...more

Trump’s Cuba Policy Reverses Course Set By Obama

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Simpler and less expensive travel to Cuba by Americans is apparently short-lived, as more difficult and costly travel to the island nation appears forthcoming. In a recent speech in Miami outlining his policies on Cuban...more

Treasury Department Issues FAQ on Impact of Cuba Policy Shift

by Baker Donelson on

On June 16, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a press release answering 12 "Frequently Asked Questions" ahead of President Trump's announcement of a revised U.S. policy...more

Iran and Russia Sanctions Pass US Senate

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the U.S. Senate acted to pass both new Iran and Russia sanctions by large bipartisan margins. The House of Representatives has not yet acted on either piece of legislation. We anticipate that Congress will...more

Obama to Trump: Before and After on Cuba

by Hogan Lovells on

On Friday, 16 June 2017, President Trump made his first major foray into U.S. - Cuban relations since assuming office. While it was a radical departure in tone from his predecessor, the changes he announced appear to leave...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

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