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CFIUS Continues to Present an Obstacle to Chinese Acquisitions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On September 13, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order blocking investment firm, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners Inc. (“Canyon”), from acquiring Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (“Lattice”). President Trump’s...more

CBP Provides The Trade Community with An Opportunity to Identify Regulatory Burdens for Possible Elimination or Modification

• On September 12, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a Federal Register notice, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” to request comments from interested parties on CBP regulations, paperwork...more

President Trump Blocks Chinese-Funded Acquisition of U.S. Semiconductor Company

• President Trump issued an order prohibiting the proposed $1.3 billion takeover of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a U.S. company, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, Inc., a private equity firm funded by Chinese...more

Expanded Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions; Top 10 Takeaways (Japanese Translation)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Trump signs the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which — among other measures — requires Congressional review to ease Russia-related sanctions. On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, President...more

Working in the Car Wash - Reflections on the Political Asylum Aspirations of Brazilians in the United States

by Gerald Nowotny on

When I graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1982, my future academic and career aspirations were tied to my language studies at West Point – Spanish and Portuguese. When I was an Army Officer at West Point, my...more

Updated: President Trump Turns to the U.S. Trade Representative for China IP Investigation

From the earliest days of his campaign, President Trump has spoken out on alleged intellectual property misconduct by China. He is now turning to the U.S. Trade Representative for a formal investigation of China in this...more

Proposed UK Corporate Governance Reforms Target Executive Pay Justification, Employee Engagement

by Jones Day on

The Situation: The UK government has proposed several corporate governance reforms in an effort to improve transparency and accountability in private and public employers....more

CFIUS: President Trump Blocks Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor by Canyon Bridge

by White & Case LLP on

President Trump blocked the proposed $1.3 billion acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a US chipmaker, by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, a US-headquartered private equity firm reportedly funded by the Chinese...more

President Prohibits Chinese Investment in U.S. Semiconductor Company Following Recommendation from CFIUS

by Bryan Cave on

On September 13, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order citing unresolved national security concerns in prohibiting the $1.3 billion acquisition of a publicly traded semiconductor manufacturer by a group of investors...more

President Trump Issues Executive Order Blocking Proposed Acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor

President Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the proposed acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor (Lattice) by a Chinese consortium known as Canyon Bridge. Lattice is a semiconductor company primarily manufacturing...more

Brexit: The Clock is Ticking

by Dechert LLP on

The risk of a no agreement ‘cliff-edge’ is growing and the prospects for a transitional agreement, while somewhat improved, remain uncertain. The groundwork in Whitehall and the negotiations in Brussels have made only limited...more

KORUS Withdrawal Threat Opposed by Congress, Private Sector

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Dissatisfied with the inability of high-level talks in August between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and South Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyung-chong to set a clear path forward on renegotiating the 2011...more

European Commission’s 6 Proposals for Post-Brexit Intellectual Property Rights

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Commission (EC) has released a position paper on its objectives for the Article 50 Brexit negotiations with the UK regarding Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). The EC has effectively set out six key principles...more

Trump Administration Threatens Unilateral Sanctions Against North Korea’s Trading Partners

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced Wednesday that the Trump Administration was considering sanctioning any country that continues trade with North Korea if the United Nations does not approve additional sanctions against...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017

Groundbreaking Held for New Methanol Plant in Kanawha County, West Virginia - "US Methanol expects it will open its first American facility, Liberty One, in mid-2018, which will be capable of producing 200,000 metric tons...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - September 2017

by King & Spalding on

USTR Initiates 2017 Annual Review Of Generalized System Of Preferences Product And Country Practices – On August 11, 2017, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a Federal Register notice (the Notice)...more

Implications of the 2016 US Presidential Election for Trade Policy

by White & Case LLP on

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States will have important implications for US trade policy. Assessing these implications in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election is,...more

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 6, Japan and the EU reached an "agreement in principle" on a future "Economic Partnership Agreement". The partnership has been hailed by the European Commission as "the most important bilateral trade agreement ever...more

NAFTA Round 2

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Negotiators for the United States, Canada and Mexico wrapped up their second round of discussions concerning renegotiation of the NAFTA. While the negotiators expressed pleasure at the progress made, by all accounts the talks...more

The UK takes a position on the CJEU

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK's position paper on dispute resolution and the role of the CJEU begins the process of squaring the circle created by the UK's stated intention to retake control from the CJEU. As far back as the Prime Minister's...more

Trump Administration Commences China Section 301 Investigation

by King & Spalding on

On August 14, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum instructing United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to determine whether or not to investigate “any of China’s laws, policies,...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Begins In Washington

by King & Spalding on

On August 16, 2017, Canada, Mexico, and the United States formally commenced renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Washington, DC. U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer called it “an...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 7 - NAFTA Renegotiation Part 1: A Tense Start, Then Progress

by Benesch on

This publication is our seventh installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

NAFTA Renegotiations Have Begun – Expect Them to Continue Through the Fall

by Baker Donelson on

In May, President Trump initiated the renegotiation process for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the landmark 1994 trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Direct talks, which began in August,...more

US Imposes Sanctions Targeting Debt, Equity, and Securities of the Venezuelan Government and PdVSA

by White & Case LLP on

On August 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13808 entitled "Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to the Situation in Venezuela." EO 13808, which became effective on August 25, 2017, prohibits certain...more

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