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NAFTA Discussions May Alter New Rule on Lease of Equipment by Mexican Carriers

It is common knowledge that a major platform of President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign was the need to renegotiate the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. Thus, it leaves open the...more

Agenda Comercial Internacional de México para el 2017

Acontecimientos internacionales como el "Brexit", la retirada de Estados Unidos del Tratado de Asociación Transpacífico (TPP), o la posible renegociación del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte (TLCAN), son...more

Mexico's International Trade Agenda for 2017

International events such as "Brexit," the United States' potential withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) or the possibility of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are all...more

Trump Nominates Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative

On January 3rd, President-Elect Trump nominated Robert E. Lighthizer as the U.S. Trade Representative. Lighthizer currently works as a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he specializes in international...more

2017 Key Trade Issues: U.S. Embargoes and Economic Sanctions on Iran, Russia, and Cuba

U.S. embargoes and economic sanctions on countries such as Iran, Russia and Cuba were discussed at length by both candidates during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and President-Elect Trump has stated that he intended to...more

2017 Key Trade Issues: U.S. International Trade Agreements

U.S. international trade agreements, such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), were heavily criticized by both candidates during 2016 Presidential campaign, and...more

Dispute Resolution under CETA: A New Investment Court for Canada and Europe

Canada and the European Union recently signed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which establishes a new tribunal, called the Investment Court System, to resolve investor-state...more

The Failed Trans-Pacific Partnership: What It Might Have Meant To Biotech and Pharma

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was the latest in a series of multination international agreements aimed at reducing trade barriers and promoting global free trade. Most of these agreements are “regional,” like the North...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

¿Es Viable un TPP sin Estados Unidos?

El Tratado de Asociación Transpacífico (TPP) es un ambicioso acuerdo de libre comercio con 30 capítulos que abarcan una amplia gama de disciplinas relacionadas con el comercio, imponiendo estándares más estrictos sobre...more

Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Still Possible Without the United States?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an ambitious free trade agreement with 30 chapters covering a wide range of disciplines related to trade, imposing higher standards on existing disciplines and incorporating new ones....more

The Future of NAFTA: Rip it up or Renegotiate?

During the campaign season, candidate Donald Trump railed against the North American Free Trade Agreement, more commonly known as NAFTA. He decried it as the “single worst trade deal ever approved in this country” and...more

What Does the Promised Trade War Mean for Companies?

President-elect Donald Trump has promised action that could drastically change the rules for U.S. importers and exporters, foreign shippers to the United States and service providers. Whether and how these promises translate...more

The Future of the U.S.-Canada Trade Relationship in Light of the Election

The United States and Canada enjoy a unique bilateral relationship. That relationship reflects a unique friendship, underpinned by shared geography, similar values, common interests, deep connections and powerful,...more

Election Results: What does it mean for immigrants and their employers?

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency will undoubtedly change immigration processes, and could change immigration laws. While it is too early to know anything for certain, we are carefully monitoring developments...more

Supplemental Update: The Impact of the U.S. Presidential Election on U.S.-Mexico Relations

CEO’s Executive Summary: On November 8, the people of the United States elected Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States. We write to share some preliminary reflections and analysis on how we view this...more

¿Qué Podría Ocurrir con la Relación Comercial Bilateral México-Estados Unidos Después de las Elecciones?

Los resultados electorales de esta semana en los Estados Unidos requieren de un análisis serio sobre las consecuencias que pudieran llegar a tener las declaraciones realizadas durante la campaña por el nuevo Presidente electo...more

What Might Be Next for U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Trade After the Election?

This week's electoral results in the United States require a serious analysis of the consequences due to some of the statements made by new President-Elect Donald Trump during the campaign, which could impact trade and...more

New Administration May Change Landscape of U.S. Trade and Export Policy (IRB No. 560)

Although it is impossible to tell whether the new Trump administration will follow through on its campaign promises to alter the landscape of U.S. trade with foreign countries, businesses should realize that the new...more

Presidential Candidates Discuss TPP and Other Trade and Manufacturing Issues as Election Day Approaches

In these last few weeks before Election Day, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump continue to highlight their positions on issues relating to trade and manufacturing. Discussions of trade deals, including...more

The Canada-Europe Trade Agreement: Opportunities and Risks for the United Kingdom

The Canada-European Union trade agreement has ?nally been signed – two years after negotiations were actually concluded. Yet it is still good news. The world desperately needs more international trade agreements. In an age...more

CETA Implementation in Canada - Implications of Bill C-30 on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Bill C-30 presents significant changes to Canada’s pharmaceutical landscape by introducing supplementary protection for pharmaceutical products and proposing substantial modifications to the Patented Medicines (Notice of...more

Bill C-30 to implement CETA tabled in Canadian Parliament: implications for pharmaceuticals

On October 31, 2016, the day following the signing of CETA, the Canadian Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, tabled Bill C-30, An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement...more

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

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