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Cuban Entrepreneurs Ask President-Elect Trump to Continue Opening Trade Relations with Cuba

The U.S. advocacy group, Engage Cuba, announced yesterday that a group of Cuban entrepreneurs has penned a letter to President-elect Trump, asking him to continue opening trade and relations between the U.S. and Cuba....more

Law on elimination of administrative barriers for export of services came into force (Ukrainian)

December 3, 2016 came into force the Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine (regarding the removal of administrative barriers to exports of services)" number 1724-VIII, which was adopted by the...more

Law on elimination of administrative barriers for export of services came into force

The Law of Ukraine “On amendments to certain Ukrainian legislative acts (regarding elimination of administrative barriers for export of services)” No. 1724-VIII came into force on 3 December 2016; the law was adopted by the...more

Six Crucial Points About the Prohibition on Chinese Investors' Acquisition of U.S. Aixtron Operations

On December 2, President Obama, acting under the Exon-Florio law, blocked the planned acquisition by China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP ("Fujian Grand Chip"), a Chinese investment fund, of the U.S. operations of...more

The Meaning of "No" – Putting the Italian Referendum in Perspective

Italian voters overwhelmingly rejected a set of constitutional changes that would have streamlined Italy's government and consolidated power in the hands of the Prime Minister's office. The practical impact of the "No" vote...more

Trump’s Promised First 100 Days: What Asian Businesses Need to Know

Companies operating in Asia should take heed of five areas the US president-elect has said he will act on in his first 100 days, which could provide potential opportunities and challenges for Asian businesses—including the...more

Negotiation By Tweet: The Uncertain Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations

After the announcement of Fidel Castro’s death on November 26, 2016, President Barack Obama sent a message to the Cuban people highlighting his administration’s efforts to improve relations between the United States and Cuba....more

Global Financial Markets Insight - Issue 11, 2016

As we come to the end of 2016 we re ect on a year characterised by events that have sent political shockwaves through the world’s major markets and consider what this may mean for the coming year. The surprise may be...more

The Table Flip: Trump, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and American Business

- A President Trump will have authority to reinstate sanctions lifted by the Iran Nuclear Deal as well as revoke certain authorizations provided for business with Iran. - Several economic and geopolitical factors may...more

OFSI to impose higher fines for UK sanctions breaches

In a statement published on 1 December 2016, HM Treasury's Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation ("OFSI") has confirmed that it will be able to impose higher monetary penalties for breaches of financial sanctions in...more

TPP and Other Trade and Manufacturing Issues Front and Center After Election

Donald Trump’s opposition to trade deals, including the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), were key components of his stump speeches and talking points throughout the campaign. His position on trade and manufacturing...more

Inbound M&A deals: Adrift for now?

As noted in our previous report, "2016's Thriving M&A Market," this year has seen a continuation of the historically high trend of inbound M&A activity in the US. This is largely due to foreign investors' interest in a market...more

Administrative barriers for the export of services removed

On 3 November 2016, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Draft Law No. 4496 "On Introduction of Changes and Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts (Regarding Elimination of Administrative Barriers for Export of...more

The Trump Administration’s International Trade and Economic Policy: Available Options and Possible Implications for Industry

During the recent campaign and the transition, President-elect Donald Trump generally has advocated a more aggressive U.S. international trade and economic policy as part of his plan to generate economic growth and retain and...more

NAFTA and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

With the recent U.S. election finally reaching its close, the unexpected election of Mr. Trump has left many multinational companies wondering how the change in administration will impact their business operations. One of the...more

NAPABA Has a Lobby Day and So Should You!

A “lobby day” is an event hosted by a non-governmental organization, usually on a select day and an annual basis, where its members meet personally with elected officials to advocate and explain support for legislation that...more

UK To Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement Despite the Brexit Vote

The UK will ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement despite the Brexit vote, it was announced yesterday. It is unclear whether this marks the start of a long participation of the UK in this 40-years-in-the-making unifying...more

Brexit round-up (construction focus)

It's been five months since the UK voted to leave the EU. Whichever way you look at the vote's after-effects, whether in economic, political, legal or constitutional terms, we are entrenched in a period of uncertainty – a...more

The UK decides to ratify the UPC Agreement: the UPC and Unitary Patent to proceed in 2017

As we have reported previously, it had been thought that the UK’s vote on June 23, 2016 to leave the European Union would delay the commencement of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the introduction of the unitary patent....more

Unexpected Post-Brexit IP Development: UK is to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

On 28 November 2016, the UK Government made a surprising announcement at the meeting of the Competitiveness Council (an EU institution), stating that it intends to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement, marking its first...more

Major changes in the Polish VAT regulations as of 1 January 2017

On 16 November 2016 the Sejm (lower chamber of the Parliament) adopted a bill to amend the VAT Act and certain other statutory laws, calling for numerous changes in the VAT Act and the Criminal Fiscal Code, among other laws....more

The UK to Ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement

The UK government announced on November 28, 2016 that it will proceed to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA). The announcement comes after months of uncertainty over the future of the UPCA following the UK’s vote...more

Single Market Withdrawal : a new legal challenge to Brexit for the UK government

Should Parliament have a say over whether Britain could remain in the European Economic Area? Introduction - The UK Government faces yet another challenge over its determination to take the UK out of the EU and the...more

Bennett Jones Fall 2016 Economic Outlook

This Fall Outlook has four sections. The first section describes the main aspects of the "new normal" of low growth that has prevailed for advanced economies in the last six years of economic recovery. The second section...more

U.S. Lumber Producers Target Softwood Lumber Imports from Canada; Bilateral Negotiations Reinvigorated

Following a recent breakdown of bilateral negotiations, a group of U.S. companies calling itself COALITION (Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade or Negotiations) filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing...more

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