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Trump’s Cuba Policy Could Impact U.S. Agriculture and Other Exports

For American farmers and businesses hoping a pro-business administration would foster increased access to the burgeoning Cuban market, the new trade restrictions announced on June 16 may be a disappointment....more

Dechert's Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2017 Edition: How Might Brexit Affect the Exit?

by Dechert LLP on

The UK referendum on membership of the EU took place just over one year ago (on June 23, 2016). Since then, much has been written by various commentators about the potential consequences for every conceivable industry or...more

U.S. Penalizes Exxon for Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia, May Have Complicated How U.S. Companies Do Business in Russia

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that ExxonMobil (Exxon) must pay a $2 million penalty for violating U.S. sanctions on Russia.  On the same day, Exxon responded...more

Change is Coming: China Proposes New Export Control Law (IRB No. 563)

by Bryan Cave on

Export control appears to be an overlooked area in China for years. Up until now in China, more focus was placed on the import side of international trade, which provides around one-third of the total revenue for the Chinese...more

The Strange Case of OFAC Against Exxon for Sanctions Violations

by Michael Volkov on

In a bizarre enforcement action, The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) assessed a $2 million civil monetary penalty against ExxonMobil (“Exxon”) for violations of the Ukraine sanctions....more

U.S. Announces Updates to Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against entities and individuals with ties to Iran. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of the Treasury have listed 18 entities...more

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Disadvantages Domestic Manufacturers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In late June, Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin, and Hirono introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017. The Act includes provisions that seek to heavily change the inter partes review and post-grant review processes. However,...more

Private Equity Watch - July 2017

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

With the year half over, it’s still too early to say whether it’s going to be a good one or a difficult one for the private equity market. The July edition of Private Equity Watch provides important perspective on the issues...more

Special Immigration Alert - July 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-9 and Accompanying Form I-9 Handbook for Employers - On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of Form I-9. Form I-9 is used...more

Online Terrorist Propaganda: France and UK Put Internet Giants in the Cross-Hairs

by Jones Day on

On June 14, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron held a joint press conference to declare the implementation of a "very concrete" antiterrorist plan. One of the plan's three main...more

The Trump Administration's Intellectual Property and Competition Objectives for NAFTA Renegotiation: What Was Wrong with the TPP?

On July 17, 2017, the United States Trade Representative released the summary of its objectives for NAFTA renegotiation, including its objectives for the intellectual property and competition provisions of the agreement. As...more

The Turn of the “Made in America” Claim Enforcement

It has recently been reported by Reuters that President Donald Trump is looking for ways to defend American-made products by certifying legitimate U.S. goods and aggressively going after imported products unfairly sporting...more

NAFTA: USTR Summary of Objectives Released July 17, 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization process advanced on July 17, 2017 with the release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of the NAFTA negotiating objectives summary....more

Trump Administration Re-Certifies Iranian Compliance with Nuclear Agreement; Imposes Sanctions on Additional Entities for Other...

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 17, the Department of State communicated to Congress that Iran remains in compliance with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement reached over Iran’s nuclear program...more

DoD IG Report Highlights Flaws in DLA Compliance with Buy American Act and Berry Amendment

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A recent report from the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) identified a number of significant flaws regarding the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) compliance with the Buy American Act (BAA) and the Berry...more

Queens Speech: UK company law Brexit and beyond

by Dentons on

As widely expected, Brexit-focused legislation dominates the legislative programme outlined in the Queen's Speech on 21 June....more

Draft tax legislation for 2017 released

by Hogan Lovells on

Following the 2017 Budget presented before Parliament on 22 February 2017, the draft tax legislation for the specific tax proposals was released on 19 July 2017 for comment. Comments should be made by 18 August 2017. ...more

President Trump Changes Course On Joint “Cyber Security Unit” With Russia

by King & Spalding on

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, coming out of the G20 Summit during which President Trump had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for over two hours, Trump tweeted that he and Putin “discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber...more

DSM Watch: On your marks! Deadline for EU online Portability Regulation compliance is 20 March 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

In our 21 June blog we reported that the text of this, the first legislative proposal published by the Commission under the Digital Single Market strategy banner, had been finalised by the European Parliament and Council. ...more

Compliance With “Buy American” Laws: Agency Reports Due September 15, 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump ordered federal agencies to prioritize procurement of domestically produced goods, assess agency compliance with “Buy American” laws, and minimize the use of waivers. As we noted in our...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 13

by DLA Piper on

Discussion and Analysis - Two of our items today focus on remarks by new SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and, if they are any indication of the direction the new Chairman intends to take the Commission, they could go a long way...more

The new International Arbitration Bill

by Hogan Lovells on

At the recent Mandela Institute Seminar on International Arbitration, the Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Honourable JH Jeffery, MP addressed the attendees on the benefits and challenges of...more

HRLA panel discusses growing significance of commercial human rights post-Brexit

by Hogan Lovells on

Before a central London audience earlier this month, Charles Brasted, partner and head of public law and policy at Hogan Lovells, and leading QCs Tim Ward, Jessica Simor and Gerry Facenna reflected on the likely impact of the...more

U.S. Exports of Whiskey, Juice, and Dairy Products to Europe Targeted for Retaliation against President Trump’s Plans to Limit...

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S. trading partners have begun to signal their plans to consider retaliatory measures in response to President Trump’s Section 232 Investigations on steel imports. In particular, European Union (EU) officials recently...more

President Trump’s Cuba Proposals Would Roll Back Current Policies

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump proposed new Cuba policies that would roll back certain changes made by the Obama Administration. Chief among the President’s sought changes are: a complete ban on economic activities that...more

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