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The Administration’s 2017 Trade Agenda

In this post-election period of sharp partisan division, perhaps no issue unites both the Republican and Democratic bases like opposition to recent U.S. trade policy. President Trump campaigned hard on the notion that...more

Trump Wants to “Tweak” NAFTA

After meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in early February, President Trump said he plans to “tweak” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada. Before this announcement, it was unclear whether the...more

Who Will Bear the Brunt of a NAFTA Renegotiation?

President Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) give rise to a number of questions about the future of trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. While such a move might...more

Trump’s Trade Policy–Not as Protectionist as You May Think

I was fortunate enough to be on a panel last week with four foreign government representatives to discuss trade. The meeting was informative and I thought I would share my take-aways. My conclusion is that Trump’s trade...more

Commerce Establishes Advisory Council on Trade Enforcement and Compliance

On January 4, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the establishment of the Advisory Council on Trade Enforcement and Compliance (ACTEC). The ACTEC is a government-business forum that will seek “stakeholder input...more

Africa Stand Up: Navigating the new world order

Following a year of landmark political changes, could it be that the time has never been more opportune for Africa to seize control of its place in the global market? Whilst it is still too early to predict the long-term...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Economic sanctions and trade

Focus on the US - Trade - International trade was a significant issue during the presidential campaign and one which President Trump returned to often on the trail. First, he promised that trade agreements would...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Public affairs

Focus on the US - The first few months of the political calendar in the US will be dynamic and marked by significant policy and regulatory developments as the presidency of Donald Trump and new US Congress take shape....more

President Trump’s “Two Simple Rules: Buy American And Hire American”

The first days of the Presidency of Donald J. Trump confirm the new Administration’s focus on international trade. Several trade-related developments initiated by the White House include the following...more

"Significant Changes Likely for US Trade Policy and Enforcement"

U.S. international trade policy and enforcement were centerpieces of President Donald Trump’s campaign and are likely to feature prominently in the new administration’s agenda in the months ahead. The Trump administration has...more

EU: Customs enforcement of IP rights in light of the Commission's recently-released strategy for the Customs Union

In a communication dated 21 December 2016, the European Commission lays out its long-term strategic vision for the management of the Customs Union, one of the basic pillars of the European Union. The executive of the European...more

International Trade in the Trump Era

Only a week into his presidency, President Trump has taken steps to upend the United States’ paradigm on international trade. Behind an “America First” agenda, he is seeking to reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing, renegotiate key...more

Key Trade Appointees and President Trump’s Approach to International Trade Policy

President Trump has now appointed the senior members of his administration (some of whom remain subject to U.S. Senate confirmation) who will help him develop, coordinate and enforce U.S. trade policy. Examining the...more

United Kingdom Will Gain With Trade Deal Under Trump Administration

It is not only in the United States that people are taking an interest in a Trump presidency. The rest of the world also eagerly awaits how the new Trump Administration will affect them. This is particularly the case in the...more

CFIUS: President-elect Trump’s Potential Big Stick for China and Foreign Trade

On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump adopted a contentious approach towards foreign trade, focusing on Chinese “theft of American trade secrets” and suggesting, at times, potential isolationism for U.S. businesses....more

State Aid: What we now know

This week, the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, set out the UK Government's long-awaited position on what the UK out of the EU should look like. The announcement of what is generally thought of as a "hard Brexit" negotiating...more

Checklist: Preparing for potential US trade policy changes in 2017 and beyond

This checklist is designed to help you focus on steps you can take now to get ready for possible US trade policy shifts under a new presidential administration. As a 2016 US presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump made...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

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

Implications of the 2016 US Presidential Election for Trade Policy

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States will have important implications for US trade policy. Assessing these implications in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election is,...more

A new chapter for UK-Gulf trade and investment

On 7 December 2016, British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the 37th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Manama, Bahrain. She was the first British Prime Minister, the third Western leader and the first woman to be...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

A Tale of Two Conventions: MAPIC and ICSC New York

Autumn has been a busy time for our Retail, Restaurant and Consumer team, with our attendance at two major industry events each attracting thousands of attendees. Interestingly, both events recorded their largest attendance...more

Following CFIUS Recommendation, President Obama Blocks Chinese Acquisition of US-German Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturer

President Obama issued an executive order on December 2, 2016 blocking the sale of the U.S. business of Aixtron SE (“Aixtron”), a German semiconductor manufacturer, to a German subsidiary of a Chinese fund, Fujian Grand Chip...more

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