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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

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

Why Leaving the Paris Climate Accord Could Be a Good Thing

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

The climate change debate is too complex, agenda-driven, and politicized to be addressed adequately in these pages. But the hysteria and faux outrage over President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord...more

With U.S. Trade Representative Confirmation, NAFTA Renegotiations Are Underway

by King & Spalding on

On May 11, 2017, the Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as United States Trade Representative (USTR) in an 82-14 vote. Despite bipartisan support as a nominee, Mr. Lighthizer’s confirmation was delayed for months in order to...more

President Trump Announces Rollback on Obama-era Cuba Sanctions Easing

by Morgan Lewis on

Changes to unwind will not take effect until new regulations are issued. On June 16, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to revoke some—but not all—of the relaxations in Cuba sanctions initiated under former...more

Bridging the Week - June 2017 #3

EC Proposes Two-Tier System for Classifying Third-Country CCPs; Certain Systemically Important CCPs May Be Required to Relocate to the EU: The European Commission proposed measures that would substantially amend its...more

UK Commercial Real Estate Stands Tall amid Brexit Talks and a Snap General Election

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

For the past 12 months, politicians and commentators have remained fixated on Brexit. As negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU begin, the commercial real estate market in the UK appears up-beat....more

President Trump Announces New Cuba Policy Restricting Travel and Business with Military-Owned Entities

by Reed Smith on

On 16 June 2017, speaking to a crowd in Miami, Florida, President Trump announced a presidential policy directive strengthening sanctions against Cuba. President Trump stated the imposition of these sanctions was necessary to...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Would Intend to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers

by Varnum LLP on

In recent weeks, the Trump administration took the first step toward renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative (USTR), sent a letter to Congress...more

Trump Recasts U.S.-Cuba Policy

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Friday, June 16, President Trump announced policy changes towards Cuba while speaking in Miami. Trump’s new policy directive reverses many of the Obama administration’s policies with Cuba. ...more

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