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Groundbreaking, Multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks Conclude – Enactment Pending Lawmakers Assessment of the Deal

After nearly a decade of talks, the United States and eleven other negotiating partners announced on October 5, 2015 the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, marking an important milestone toward...more

Treasury and U.S. Trade Representative Notify Congress of Intent to Initiate Negotiations on Covered Agreement With EU Regarding...

On Friday, November 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) notified the chairs of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Banking...more

EU and US Take Actions to Ease Belarus Sanctions

On October 29, 2015, the EU and the United States took separate action to ease certain Belarus-related sanctions. As of October 31, 2015, the EU suspended asset freezes and travel restrictions imposed on 170 persons, as well...more

Proposed US and EU Trade Secrets Laws Progress but Unlikely to be Enacted This Year

There’s no doubt that protection of trade secrets is a major concern for most businesses operating in today’s global economy. As we have previously discussed, a few years ago and PwC US released a report that...more

False Hope or a Possible Safe Harbor Reboot?

With EU-U.S. data transfer scheme Safe Harbor being found to be “invalid” recently by Europe’s top court, pressure has increased on U.S. and EU officials to put aside differences and see if an alternative 2.0 scheme could be...more

United States and European Union Reach Agreement in Principle for Continued Transatlantic Data Transfers Following Safe Harbor...

In the wake of the European Court of Justice’s (“CJEU”) landmark decision of Schrems v. Data Protection Authority earlier this month, the EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova announced this week that the EU has “agreed in...more

European Commission’s Draft Investment Chapter For TTIP: Towards The End Of Investment Treaties As We Know Them?

If it ever sees the light of day (and the politics on both sides of the Atlantic are complicated), it will be a broad free trade agreement (FTA) with 24 chapters on, among other things, market access for goods and services,...more

The Latest in the EU’s Post-Safe Harbor Era

In light of the EU’s destruction of the Safe Harbor that we’ve previously discussed in this blog, we take the opportunity to update with the latest from EU Commissioner, Vera Jourová, who, in an address to the EU Parliament’s...more

European Commission Pushes New Agreement with the US

On October 26, the European Commissioner Vera Jourová addressed the Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs to discuss the consequences of the Schrems Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European...more

The Latest in the EU’s Post-Safe Harbor Era

In light of the EU’s destruction of the Safe Harbor that we’ve previously discussed in this blog, we take the opportunity to update with the latest from EU Commissioner, Vera Jourová, who, in an address to the EU Parliament’s...more

German Data Protection Authorities: Hope for Model Contracts?

An early Position Paper of the German data protection authority of Schleswig-Holstein on the Schrems Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) gave little hope for practical alternatives to Safe Harbor. On...more

Cuba Libre?

Cuba banned all private enterprise and foreign investment following Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. For more than 50 years, the U.S. has imposed an almost total embargo on all trade with the largest Caribbean island nation. ...more

Politics – The Invisible Force Behind China Artist and Art Market

After a period of significant growth from 2009 to 2014, the Chinese art market has experienced a drastic decline in the first half of 2015 with reports that the fine art auction turnover contracted at 30% less than the 2014...more

Preparing for Implementation Day - EU Approves Regulations to Relieve Irananian Sanctions

The EU introduced several new regulations1 on 18 October ('Adoption Day') to prepare to eventually terminate Iranian sanctions measures. Adoption Day marked 90 days after the endorsement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

Alert: US House Passes Judicial Redress Act to Facilitate Safe Harbor Negotiations

Following a September 23, 2015 opinion by Advocate General (AG) Bot that the US-EU Safe Harbor framework, which provided for the "safe" transfer of personal data from the EU to the US, did not provide sufficient guarantees...more

US China Trade War — TPP, Three False Trade Arguments, China President Trip, Trade, Customs, IP/Patent Securities

As indicated in more detail below, the Import Alliance will have meetings on November 17th and 18th in Washington DC. On the afternoon of November 17th, we will meet in our Washington DC office and then on November 18th meet...more

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Adoption Day

October 18, 2015, marked “Adoption Day,” the day on which the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) (the agreement reached by Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China,) went into effect. The...more

Adoption Day in Iran Sanctions Deal: US and EU Give Clarification, But No Lifting of Sanctions Yet

The United States and European Union took preparatory steps on 18 October 2015 to begin fulfilling their commitments to suspend certain sanctions against Iran pursuant to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”)...more

Adoption Day Marks Start of Preparations for Iran Sanctions Relief

October 18, 2015 marked the starting point for official preparations for the expected lifting of sanctions against Iran under the recently agreed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). On this day, termed “Adoption Day,”...more

President Obama directs key US agencies to prepare for sanctions waivers under the JCPOA

On October 18, 2015, President Obama published a memorandum to the Secretaries of State, the Treasury, Commerce, and Energy instructing them to prepare to implement the US’s commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

Important Changes to Byzantine Cuban Assets Control Regulations

For over 50 years, the ability to travel to Cuba and do business or trade with Cuban nationals has been governed by a byzantine set of regulations administered by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control...more

Canada's New Political Landscape: Implications for Competition Law and Foreign Investment Review

After an unprecedented 78-day election campaign, the Canadian federal election results were announced late in the night of October 19. Canadians awoke to a new prime minister-designate and a Liberal majority government,...more

Focus on Government: Canadian Federal Election 2015

With polls now closed and the longest federal campaign in recent Canadian political history officially over, a Liberal government is the new reality for Canada. In winning the election, the Liberals become the first...more

“Adoption Day” Marks Official Launch of P5 + 1 Nuclear Deal with Iran

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), intended to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be directed toward exclusively peaceful purposes, went into effect...more

Tax Policy Update

After Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s dramatic exit from the race last week, the House GOP conference is taking the week-long Columbus Day recess to do a bit of soul searching and reflect on the future of a party left in...more

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