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The Trump Administration Pursues NAFTA Renegotiation

by Cozen O'Connor on

On May 18, 2017, the Trump administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification started the clock on a 90-day period that must elapse before...more

Roundtable on Geopolitical Risks and Effective Response Strategies

On May 4, 2017, 15 business leaders gathered at Skadden’s Palo Alto office to discuss the current political and policy environments in the U.S. and abroad, as well as their implications for the technology sector. Participants...more

The First 100 Days on Planet Immigration

by Burr & Forman on

The first months of President Trump’s administration have been a whirlwind of activity, and certainly immigration has been the subject of several executive orders and much controversy. The natural question that arises from...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Store-branded credit cards are still big business, but as the Times tells us, their contribution to companies’ bottom lines are masking bigger troubles at retailers around the US....more

Laws and Regulations Affecting Government Contractors

by Polsinelli on

How Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Could Alter Procurements - The President’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (EO), issued April 18, 2017, reflects Executive Branch policy and orders several...more

Trump Administration Issues ‘Opening Salvo’ in Canada-US Trade Dispute: Department of Commerce Imposes Major Duties on Canadian...

by Dickinson Wright on

On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced preliminary countervailing duties (CVDs) on Canadian lumber imports. Among the investigation respondents, West Fraser received the highest rate of 24.12%,...more

Trump Administration investigating national security implications of certain steel and aluminum imports

by Dentons on

On April 19, 2017, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initiated an investigation on the effects of steel imports on US national security, under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 USC § 1862). The next day,...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 3 - One Hundred Days and a Decision (For Now)

by Benesch on

This publication is our third installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

NAFTA and the Trump Administration

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The Trump Administration announced this week its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. After some speculation of the administration's intent to withdraw entirely from...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Now that NAFTA seems to have an at-least-momentary reprieve, let’s take a breath and take a look at the four major industries that would be affected by any big changes in the deal....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo’s Board Chair, Stephen Sanger, did survive his reelection vote the other day. Barely. But Breakingviews thinks he should think awfully hard about his future as a Director at the bank....more

Buy American and Hire American – New Executive Order Promises to Put American Workers First, But Practical Impacts Remain Unclear

On April 18, President Trump signed a new executive order (EO) at a ceremony in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The EO is entitled “Buy American and Hire American” and focuses on these two themes, with the President’s stated goal of...more

Buy American, Hire American: President Trump’s Executive Order Hints at Possible H-1B Visa Reform

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, President Trump signed his “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order during a visit to the Snap On Tools headquarters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Lauded by the administration as a sign of the...more

Business Tax Reform – the Current State of Play

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Donald J. Trump campaigned on a platform of large tax cuts for businesses. With President Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and Senate, does it mean businesses...more

3 Things Contractors Should Do Now to Ensure “Buy American” Compliance in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Order

by Carlton Fields on

"Buy American, Hire American" is no longer just a campaign slogan. It is the subject of an Executive Order signed by President Trump on April 19. The order details the Trump administration’s policy of ensuring compliance with...more

Top international trade and export control developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

Aerospace, defense, and government services (ADG) companies increasingly rely on international customers and global supply chains to stay competitive in today’s global market. In the United States, ADG companies rely heavily...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - April 2017

CEO’s Executive Summary: While a series of high-level meetings and public statements helped to reduce bilateral tensions last month, confused signals on the Administration’s intentions with respect to NAFTA renegotiations and...more

President Trump Signs Executive Orders on Trade and Designates Trade and Customs Law Violations as Law Enforcement “High Priority”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Fulfilling early-made campaign promises, President Donald J. Trump issued two Executive Orders on March 31, 2017 that demonstrate his administration’s commitment to combatting unfair trade practices. In...more

The Parable of the Wizard and NAFTA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

“Say hi to Wizard Bernie while you’re down there,” he yelled at the falling figure. There once was a very powerful wizard who, quite late in his life, cast the Spell of the MAGA, which allowed him to become the ruler of...more

Trump Administration Orders Review of US Trade Deficit: How Canadian and American Companies May Be Affected

by Dickinson Wright on

The first signs came via Donald Trump’s twitter account on the evening of March 30, 2017: “…we can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives.”...more

From Exit Threats To Tiny Tweaks: What's Next For NAFTA?

With the first 100 days of the Trump administration just underway, President Trump has already taken steps to fulfill his campaign promises and renegotiate or withdraw from various U.S. trade deals, including the...more

USTR Releases President Trump’s National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017

by White & Case LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released the President's National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017, providing the Trump administration's first formal, written statement of its trade policy...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - March 2017

by King & Spalding on

President Trump’s Trade-Related Nominees Confirmed - Several nominees selected by President Trump for key positions that will participate in the development of U.S. trade policy during his administration have been...more

History Doesn't Bode Well For New Commercial Cargo Preference Bill

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), joined by Reps. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), recently introduced H.R. 1240, the Energizing American Maritime Act, described as a bill "to require a certain percentage of...more

Predicting the Unpredictable: Practical Steps for International Business Under the Trump Administration

President Trump’s successive executive orders restricting immigration caught many people off guard, and many businesses had to scramble to react. But we propose that predicting the future is not as challenging under the new...more

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