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Building on a New Foundation: U.S.-Africa Trade & Investment

As a result of the initiatives put into place over the last two decades, the United States has positioned itself to take advantage of Africa’s economic resurgence, suggests a report issued by the Office of U.S. Trade...more

Reed Smith Prepares Enforceability Opinion for IECA New Master Netting Agreement

On October 7, 2016, Reed Smith assisted the International Energy Credit Association (“IECA”) in preparing an enforceability opinion for the release its Master Netting Agreement (the “MNA”) under both English and U.S. law....more

MERCOSUR: Venezuela’s presidency vetoed - its future in the bloc is uncertain

Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, the founding countries of MERCOSUR, South America’s trade bloc, signed a “Joint Declaration for the operation of the MERCOSUR and the Protocol of Adhesion of the Bolivarian Republic of...more

Lumber War May Be Imminent

Negotiations to keep the peace in the complex and long-running international trade dispute between the United States and Canada over U.S. imports of Canadian softwood lumber appear to have stalled. Parties on both sides of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Publish Study on Banking Activities and Investments under Dodd-Frank - On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia – Pigs (EU)

Decision: A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation violated its WTO obligations by imposing an EU-wide ban on live pigs and pork products, in breach of the food safety rules of the WTO Agreement on the...more

EU Customs Developments - July 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - On 19 July 2016, the European Commission published a proposal to amend Article 136 of the Union Customs Code (UCC). This Article UCC exempts goods that have...more

Building a future: addressing the Brexit challenge

"Brexit means Brexit" according to Theresa May. But although the Government has now indicated that it is committed to Brexit and achieving the best possible outcome for the UK, no-one knows what form this will take or how...more

Prioritising Environmental Obligations in Future Trade Agreements

We have commented previously about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and its relationship with environmental obligations. Here, following Brexit, we turn our attention to future trade arrangements for...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia - Tariff Treatment

A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation has violated its WTO obligations by imposing duties on certain EU goods in excess of its committed ("bound") rates, in breach of Article II of the General Agreement on Tariffs...more

A Surge In Populism: Dangers To Transnational Trade In The Americas And Reasons For Hope

The ongoing presidential election in the United States has underscored a move against free trade by both of the main political parties. This article briefly summarizes some of the proven benefits of free trade and juxtaposes...more

Managing Environment Risk in Trade Agreements Post-Brexit: What Can We Expect?

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), assuming the UK does not negotiate continued participation in the EU’s Internal Market and the Common Commercial Policy (on similar terms as now), will impact its existing...more

2016 Democratic and Republican Parties’ Platforms on International Trade

As the calendar turns from July to August, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions have both concluded. During the conventions, Americans learned about the candidates and their respective parties’ positions through...more

Competition/Antitrust Law and Brexit: Immediate Practical Points for Business

Brexit will impact competition (or antitrust) law in the UK. There will likely be material changes in procedural law in particular. Changes to substantive law will probably be less significant, at least for most companies,...more

Brexit Trade Audit: A Five-Step Guide to Help Determine the Way Forward

Companies doing business in the UK or from the UK should be looking to “future-proof” their operations following the UK’s recent vote to leave the European Union. A Brexit audit is one way of determining the possible impact...more

Canada to Increase Import Quota for EU Cheese, July 2016

Both Canada and the European Union (EU) are now in the process of ratifying and implementing The Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Under the terms of CETA, Canada will open for...more

The potential impact of Brexit on the EU Emission Trading System and future UK climate policy

Through the referendum held on 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to end its membership of the EU. Although the timeframe for withdrawal under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty limits the window for negotiations to two...more

Brexit Update: UK Employment Law Implications

In Depth - What laws will change now? - None. The United Kingdom will continue to be an EU Member State until procedures are completed for exiting the European Union. This is likely to be a long process that...more

Brexit: The Consequences for UK Employment Law

On 23 June 2016 the people of Britain voted in favour of leaving the European Union – the so-called "Brexit." The result has created uncertainty and speculation as to the implications of Brexit and what happens next. As...more

Initial Thoughts on Brexit for US Reporting Companies

Britain’s vote to exit the European Union (Brexit), is an alarm here, there and everywhere, of solidifying popular and national anxiety, of a conviction that free trade and globalization are not tides that lift all boats,...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.28.16

Continuing Brexit coverage: With the pound in freefall and markets going haywire, leaders on both sides of the Brexit debate in the UK signaled today that Britain hopes to stay in the EU marketplace, while some in Parliament...more

Brexit - Business as usual? What you need to know

Despite the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, companies doing business in the UK can still continue to trade with the European Union in exactly the same way as they have done in the past. The UK is still a member of...more

The Morning After: Waking up to Brexit and Its Impact on Your Business

On the morning of June 24, 2016, we woke up to a headline that had been much discussed, but still added a jolt to many people’s morning coffee: Britain to Leave the European Union....more

Brexit – Major Upheaval and Change

As the UK leaves the EU, in light of the seismic result of the United Kingdom referendum on June 23, 2016, there will be an immense amount to do, for the UK and the remaining EU, and for companies that are either based in, or...more

The Long Road Ahead for the UK and Europe

The UK has voted to leave the EU, but what happens next is undecided. For now, nothing changes. The June 23 referendum was advisory, and the actual processes and mechanisms that will determine the UK’s exit from the EU will...more

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