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US Announces New Sanctions Against North Korea; Non-US Persons Face Significantly Increased Risk

by Dentons on

On September 21, 2017, President Trump, in response to North Korea's nuclear activities, issued an Executive Order "Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea” (EO). The EO provides for expansive designation...more

U.S. Solar Industry Braces for Potential Tariffs After U.S. International Trade Commission Decision

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After the U.S. International Trade Commission's (ITC) ruling on September 22 that importers of solar panels have seriously injured domestic solar panel manufacturers, the U.S. solar industry is set for a period of...more

Section 201 Solar Trade Case Injury Determination

by Clark Hill PLC on

The U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC" or "Commission") unanimously determined on September 22, 2017 that low-cost, imported solar equipment has caused serious injury to the domestic solar cell and panel industry. As...more

Solar Flare-up with China

Two actions took place at the end of last week which heighten concerns that a trade war with China could be ever more likely. First, there was the preliminary decision in the solar panels 201 case. Then, we had the additional...more

Sweeping Changes to French Labor Laws Signal Employer-Friendly Future

by Fisher Phillips on

Today, the French labor market experienced the start of a power swing, from its historically employee-friendly labor regime to a more employer-friendly set of laws, intended to provide employers with greater flexibility in...more

United States Imposes Additional Sanctions Targeting North Korea

by White & Case LLP on

On September 21, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled "Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea." The EO authorizes the US to impose blocking sanctions on North Korean persons,...more

CFIUS Publishes 2015 Annual Report and 2016 Statistics Amid More Recent Dynamic CFIUS Environment

by White & Case LLP on

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recently released the public version of its Annual Report covering calendar year 2015 along with some statistics regarding filings in calendar year 2016. By...more

New Measures to Combat Chinese Trade Secrets Theft: Will They Work?

For trade secret owners, international IP theft is of particular concern because of the difficulty in catching and enforcing remedies against the thieves. For many U.S. companies with a global reach, an overriding concern...more

The UK Prime Minister's speech in Florence presents a further evolution in the UK Government's stated position

by Hogan Lovells on

We described in our Practical Roadmap to the Negotiations the three possible scenarios: Cliff Edge, Cliff Hanger and Glide Path. Whilst Downing Street's rhetoric has consistently set its preference against the prospect of a...more

Solar Cell 201 Investigation Moves to Remedy Phase

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Friday, September 22, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“USITC”) unanimously determined that crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells and modules are being “imported into the United States in such...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 27

by Clark Hill PLC on

Senate Again Delays Action on Remaining Appropriations Bill: The Senate has yet to schedule any mark-ups for next week for its remaining four appropriations bills (Clark Hill Insight). Senate Reaches Deal on Budget...more

Trump Expands Sanctions on North Korea

by Reed Smith on

President Trump issued a new executive order (the EO) on September 21st that greatly expands the U.S. sanctions against North Korea, particularly secondary sanctions. Secondary sanctions apply to non-U.S. individuals and...more

Is a Business Tax Reform Game Plan Beginning to Take Shape?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Substantial tax reform is underway and the business community is intently awaiting details of this activity with the aim of positioning themselves to maximize opportunities and minimize any costs or risks that reform may...more

Expanded Beneficial Ownership Reporting and AML Duties Under the Corporate Transparency Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Second of a Two-Part Blog: Anti-Money Laundering Programs Coming to the Legal Profession? Earlier this week, we began our discussion of the proposed Corporate Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Act”), and observed that, if...more

President Trump Blocks Foreign Acquisition by Chinese Firm: Isolated Case or Harbinger of Increased CFIUS Scrutiny?

by Baker Donelson on

On September 13, President Trump blocked the $1.3 billion acquisition of U.S. microchip manufacturer Lattice Semiconductor Corp. ("Lattice") by Chinese private equity firm Canyon Bridge Capital Partners Inc. ("Canyon...more

KORUS Special Session to Be Held in October

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

A day after South Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong met with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the parties have set a special second session of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) joint committee for...more

Operação Lava Jato – Considerações sobre Asilo Político para Brasileiros nos Estados Unidos

by Gerald Nowotny on

Panorama - Quando eu me formei na Academia Militar dos Estados Unidos em 1982, minhas aspirações acadêmicas e profissionais estavam vinculadas a meus estudos de idiomas em West Point – espanhol e português. Quando fui...more

Pensions Round-Up - July/August 2017 (UK)

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest edition of Pensions Round-Up which provides an overview of developments in pension legislation, case law and regulatory guidance. In this edition we look at key developments from the second half of July...more

Made in the USA: Executive Order Promotes Strict Adherence to Buy American Laws and Signals Potential Legal Reform in Fall 2017

“It shall be the policy of the executive branch to buy American and hire American.” On April 18, 2017, President Trump announced this policy in an executive order, aptly titled “Buy American and Hire American.” The order...more

The Corporate Transparency Act: A Proposal to Expand Beneficial Ownership Reporting for Legal Entities, Corporate Formation...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In late June, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Peter King of New York introduced The Corporate Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Act”). In August, Senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio introduced companion legislation in the...more

Chinese Investments In The United States Remain In CFIUS Crosshairs

On September 13, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order blocking the $1.3 billion acquisition by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, a Chinese government-backed private equity fund (“Canyon Bridge”) of Lattice...more

Potential regulatory and transactional impacts for financial institutions

by Dentons on

On 29 March 2017 the UK Government triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, giving notice to European Council of the EU of its intention to leave the EU and triggering a two year period of withdrawal...more

Update: Second Round of NAFTA Negotiations Concludes - Progress Made?

by Snell & Wilmer on

The second round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations among the United States, Canada, and Mexico concluded earlier this month. While official statements from the countries indicated that all three...more

French Elections Pave Way for Labor, Tax Reforms

In the months following the election of President Emmanuel Macron, who is perceived as pro-business, as well as a parliamentary election in which the new president’s party won the majority, companies and entrepreneurs have...more

European Commission paper on Brexit and IP

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Commission has released a position paper on “Intellectual property rights (including geographical indications)” giving us the first indication of how the Commission will approach the Brexit negotiations with the...more

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