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An Unprecedented Change in Mexican Energy Politics

In an unprecedented change in Mexican energy politics, the government has amended its Political Constitution to allow the participation of private capital in its upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas businesses. The...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2014

In This Issue: - Prospects for Development of an Asian LNG Trading Hub: Given the scale of LNG imports into Asia and in light of the efforts of different Asian countries in developing their own LNG trading...more

NAFTA Partners Set to Play a Prominent Role in Mexico’s New Energy Regime

December 2013 marked the opening of Mexico’s state-monopolised energy industry after 75 years. The reforms that led to the change will allow international investors to become part of this lucrative sector and ultimately boost...more

Opening of Mexico energy market a benefit to NAFTA partners

On December 12, 2013, Mexico’s lower house of Congress finally passed energy reforms, opening the country’s state-monopolized industry after 75 years. The 353-134 vote will allow private companies as well as international...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 30-Interview with the FCPA Professor-Part 2 [Video]

This episode 30 is Part 2 of my interview with the FCPA Professor. ...more

Washington Energy Update - November 2013

In This Issue: - Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Treaties: Opportunities and Challenges for LNG Exports - Suit Against Chinese Solar Firms Seeks Nearly US$1 Billion in Damages - Major Energy Bills Get Started in...more

Canada-EU Trade Agreement: Breaking the Log-Jam

Breakthrough - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso today announced a breakthrough in the long-running negotiations to conclude a Comprehensive Economic and Trade...more

Eli Lilly Files NAFTA Arbitration Claim Against Canada for Allegedly Discriminating Against Specific Patented Technologies

Eli Lilly, the U.S. pharmaceutical company, is accusing the Government of Canada of violating its obligations to foreign investors under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) because its courts invalidated patents...more

White Paper Asserts That Existing Trade Agreements Provide No Data Exclusivity for Biologics

In a white paper released earlier this month, Professor Brook Baker of the Northeastern University School of Law argues that current trade agreements do not provide data exclusivity for biologics, and therefore, that the...more

ITC Investigates Economic Impact Of Proposed Modifications To NAFTA Rules Of Origin

The U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") has initiated an investigation into the potential economic impact of proposed modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement ("NAFTA"). ...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2013

In This Issue: - Commerce Declares No "Free Pass" To Commit Fraud In Trade Cases - ITC Investigates Economic Impact Of Proposed Modifications To NAFTA Rules Of Origin - Global Manufacturers, Encouraged By...more

"The Increasing Appeal and Novel Use of Bilateral Investment Treaties"

Over the last 20 years, bilateral investment treaties (BITs) have provided foreign investors with basic safeguards against expropriation and related risks and guarantee the right to bring claims before a neutral arbitral...more

ITC Investigates Economic Impact of Proposed Modifications o NAFTA Rules of Origin

On March 28, 2013, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) initiated an investigation into the potential economic impact of proposed modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The proposed...more

U.S.-Canada Business Travel Guide Released to Public

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters association and the global law firm of Baker & McKenzie recently released a comprehensive overview of visa categories applicable to U.S.-Canada business travelers, which is written in...more

Frito-Lay: CITT Lays Down the Law

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal decision in Frito-Lay v. President of the CBSA, AP-2010-002 (December 21, 2012), reasons January 8, 2013, teaches Canadian importers and the CBSA a number of important lessons. Three...more

Could A US-EU Free Trade Deal Harm The WTO? [Video]

March 13 (Bloomberg Law) -- In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama announced plans to negotiate and execute a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. Jim Bacchus, partner at...more

CETA and USETA: Pieces of an Atlantic Jigsaw Puzzle

It is likely seen as early days given the very recent announcement of the intention of the EU and USA to conduct “free trade” or “economic and trade” agreement negotiations, but with the near advent of CETA, recent...more

USCIS Will Start Accepting H-1B Petitions on April 1

On Monday, April 1, 2013 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting FY 2014 H-1B cap-subject petitions for employment starting on October 1, 2013....more

L-1 Visas Present Expansion Opportunities for Canadians

Global trade continues expanding as technology continues to shrink the distances among us, and trade between the U.S. and Canada, in particular, has been expanding ever since the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”)...more

International Investment Treaties as a Possible Shield Against Government Cutbacks in Subsidies for the Green Energy Sector

A number of governments around the world have recently curtailed their incentive schemes for green energy producers. These measures have often led to disruption of the basic economic assumptions of many ongoing or newly...more

Customs Compliance Programs – A Must for Importers

All who import goods into the United States know it is a complicated exercise. Importing can be fraught with peril in the absence of attention to detail. Mistakes in importing can lead to detained or seized merchandise,...more

Doing Business in Canada: Business Immigration

The Canadian immigration process has become increasingly complex and can be very time-consuming. As such, it is prudent for an employer to start the process early to ensure that a worker is able to be in Canada in the time...more

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