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NAFTA Renegotiation Starting - Companies Doing Business in the United States, Canada, and Mexico Should Take Notice

by Hogan Lovells on

On May 18, 2017, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump Administration's intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. The...more

SEC Disclosure Trends Related to Brexit and the Trump Administration

The Brexit vote and President Donald Trump’s election and proposed regulatory and other reforms have led to worldwide geopolitical uncertainty. We expect reporting companies will continue to disclose risk factors relating to...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Faces a Lengthy, Uncertain Future

by Perkins Coie on

On May 18, 2017, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that he is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification triggers a 90-day consultation...more

U.S.-China “100-Day Plan” On Trade

by King & Spalding on

On April 6-7, 2017, President Trump hosted President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago for the first meeting between the two leaders. The meetings covered a number of important topics including economic and trade issues, and...more

What Is The New U.S.-China Trade Deal and How Will It Affect Exporters?

by Baker Donelson on

On May 12, Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, announced that the U.S. and China have reached a new trade deal with four components that are supposed to boost U.S. exports and close America’s trade gap with China. The...more

Are you ready for the Criminal Finances Bill 2017?

by Hogan Lovells on

In December 2016 we considered the changes proposed by the Criminal Finances Bill (the Bill) in "All change for money laundering regulation? - Impact for the private equity industry." On 27 April 2017, the Criminal Finances...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days: USTR Seeks Comments and Holds Hearing on NAFTA Renegotiation

by Alston & Bird on

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) officially announced in a Federal Register notice that the United States intends to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico over modernization...more

Still Following the Money: FinCEN, Money Laundering, and the Bank Secrecy Act

Late last week, Congressional intelligence committees reportedly received some information from the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) related to investigations into Russia’s attack on the 2016 U.S....more

Status Update On NAFTA

by King & Spalding on

Although the situation remains fluid, all signs now point to renegotiation (as opposed to termination) of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA or the Agreement). Late last week, press reports indicated that a draft...more

The EU's and UK's negotiating priorities for Brexit - ten things businesses need to know

by DLA Piper on

On 22 May 2017 the EU adopted its negotiating Directives setting out how it will negotiate the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. It is expected that formal negotiations will start soon after the UK general elections on 8 June....more

A key to the Capital Markets Union turns slowly

by DLA Piper on

Reviving the largely moribund European securitisation market is key to the European Commission’s ambitious Capital Markets Union which was launched in September 2015. As the European Commission said at the time,...more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - Non-utility suppliers could serve 85% of load by mid-2020s, according to new CPUC report - Utility Dive - May 17 - A new report from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and...more

Understanding Special Counsel Mueller’s Authorization

by Michael Volkov on

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week was a blockbuster development in the investigation of the administration....more

The Trump Administration Pursues NAFTA Renegotiation

by Cozen O'Connor on

On May 18, 2017, the Trump administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification started the clock on a 90-day period that must elapse before...more

U.S. Considers NAFTA Renegotiation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Those on TN “visas” and the employers who rely on them can breathe a sigh of relief— for now. While President Donald Trump has issued his recent notice to Congress of his intent to begin the process of renegotiating NAFTA,...more

Ambassador Lighthizer Notifies Congress of the Administration’s Intent to Enter into NAFTA Renegotiations

Yesterday morning, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally notified Congress that the administration intends to initiate renegotiations with Mexico and Canada on the North American Free Trade...more

Less Is More or More Is More? Differing Regulatory Ethos in the United States and United Kingdom Pose Challenges for Financial...

The United States is poised to usher in an era of decreased regulation of financial institutions while the trend in the United Kingdom maintains relatively robust regulation of the financial services sector in line with...more

Trump Administration Announces NAFTA Renegotiation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

After months of public pronouncements on the future, including threatened withdrawal from, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trump Administration announced on May 18, 2017, its intention to begin...more

Roundtable on Geopolitical Risks and Effective Response Strategies

On May 4, 2017, 15 business leaders gathered at Skadden’s Palo Alto office to discuss the current political and policy environments in the U.S. and abroad, as well as their implications for the technology sector. Participants...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Goes Live

USTR Lighthizer last week delivered the Administration’s official 90-day notice to Congress that it will renegotiate NAFTA. The notice says that the process will be carried out “consistent with Congressional priorities...more

Trump Administration Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

The White House formally notified Congress on Thursday of the Trump administration’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification letter from U.S. Trade Representative Robert...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 9

by Clark Hill PLC on

Agriculture - Lawmakers to Introduce Organic Research Funding Bill: A bipartisan trio of House lawmakers were set to introduce legislation late May 16 that would boost Department of Agriculture funding for research into...more

Washington, D.C. Update – May 2017

by Baker Donelson on

April saw the debate in Congress heat up as Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed for a seat on the Supreme Court, House Republicans suspended, restarted and then ultimately succeeded in their effort to repeal and replace the...more

Obstruction of Justice – A Primer

by Michael Volkov on

Our political discourse these days has been focused on three key words – obstruction of justice. Whatever your politics may be, these words and the law surrounding obstruction of justice are important to understand....more

Tackling Tax Reform – Part IV: What Can We Expect To See

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On April 11, 2017, we discussed what constitutes Tax Reform. On April 24, 2017, we explored the process by which Tax Reform will likely be created by lawmakers. In our May 3, 2017 blog post, we focused on the likely timing...more

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