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Expect Focus – International, Summer 2015

In This Issue: - TTIP’s Impact on U.S. and EU Trade Relations - Proposed Innovation Box Legislation - Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014 - Rules...more

Did the ECJ Kill the Safe Harbor Framework on E.U.-U.S. Data Transfers?

On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) ruled in the “Schrems” case that the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework on the transfer of personal data from Europe to the United States, was invalid. ...more

TTIP’s Impact on U.S. and EU Trade Relations

The United States and the European Union (EU) together represent 60 percent of global GDP, 33 percent of world trade in goods and 42 percent of world trade in services. Direct investment in each other’s economies totals more...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: July

Antitrust and Competition - European Court Confirms Commission’s Jurisdiction for Fighting International Cartels On 9 July 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) upheld the EUR 288 million fine...more

EU Customs Practice Group - June 2015

EU CUSTOMS POLICY - Union Customs Code Developments It has become clear that there are further delays in finalising the draft Union Customs Code (UCC) Implementing and Delegated Acts within the Commission, in light of a...more


Because of the substantial activity in May, June and July with the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) negotiations, this blog post is being split into two parts. ...more

Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Round-Up

This month saw significant activity in United States-European Union relations, including some movement in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and other events indirectly impacting key TTIP...more

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ('TTIP') - The main points

What is TTIP? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership ('TTIP') is an ambitious trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the European Commission and the United States. The European...more

Trade Promotion Authority Bill Advances

The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation to facilitate the consideration of trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continues to be...more

Unusual Bipartisanship Makes New Free Trade Agreements More Likely

Major new free trade agreements are on the horizon. For the past several years, the Obama Administration has been negotiating two new major free trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic...more

EU Customs Practice Group - March 2015

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Union Customs Code Developments ..Regulation on Mutual Assistance - TARIFFS: ..Vulnerability threshold for GSP+ amended ..Duty suspension and tariff quotas ..FTA...more

EU’s Chief TTIP Negotiator Releases Draft Chapter on Regulatory Cooperation

On February 10, 2015, the European Union’s (EU) chief negotiator on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement released the EU’s initial proposal for the “legal text” of the all-important regulatory...more

Business Litigation Report -- November 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Foreign Investor Protection v. National Sovereignty: The Pros and Cons of Investor-State Arbitration - Noted With Interest: ..Gelboim et al. v. Bank of America Corp. et...more

Implications of the 2014 Congressional Elections for US Trade Policy

The November 4, 2014 mid-term elections in the United States increased Congressional support for trade liberalization at a critical time for US trade policy. A new Republican majority in the Senate and an enlarged Republican...more

EP Committee Study on Legislative Areas of the TTIP Addresses Nanomaterials

The European Parliament (EP) Committee on Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety (ENVI) has posted a study entitled ENVI Relevant Legislative Areas of the EU-US Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations (TTIP). The...more

Canada and the EU Complete Trade Treaty Negotiations

Canada and the European Union today announced that they have completed negotiation of their Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The announcement puts to rest extended speculation about whether a deal was still...more

EU publishes TTIP negotiating positions for five key sectors to increase transparency

On 14 May 2014, in the run-up to the fifth negotiating round taking place 19-23 May 2014 in the US, the European Commission has published its negotiating position in the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership...more

Trade Agenda Stagnant, For Now

The Administration continues to push trade issues on several fronts, but Congressional Democrats continue to show little interest in participating. During his recent trip to Asia, President Obama pushed Japanese President...more

News Of Note

USTR Sets Policy Goals For FY2015 And Looks To Increase Budget And Personnel - The office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and...more

As Part of EU-US Trade Deal the European Commission Proposes Framework for Regulatory Cooperation in Financial Services

On January 27, the European Commission published a report setting out a proposal for a framework for regulatory cooperation in financial services in the context of negotiations for an EU-US trade deal, known as the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 3, 2014

Protocol on the Operation of the ESMA MiFID Database - On January 29, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its protocol on the operation of its MiFID database (ESMA/2013/68b). The...more

President Obama's Fifth State of the Union Address – A Little Something for Everyone

As required by Article II, Section 3, of the United States Constitution, President Obama appeared last night before members of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Judiciary, certain members of his...more

Legislation to Renew Fast-Track Consideration for Trade Agreements Introduced

A much awaited trade promotion authority ("TPA") bill was introduced in the House and Senate on January 9 by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT). The legislation...more

United States and European Union Negotiators Hold 3rd Round of TTIP Negotiations

US and EU negotiators concluded on December 20, 2013 in Washington, DC the 3rd round of negotiations toward the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Toward the middle of the round, the Office of the United...more

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review - European Union

Outside of the EU, concerns continue after the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaks demonstrated issues related to U.S. handling of European data. Beginning in July, 2013, the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment...more

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