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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

Will “Making America Great Again” Mean Increased Enforcement of the Buy American Act? What Government Contractors Can Do Right...

Over the course of the presidential campaign, President Trump indicated a willingness to punish companies that source labor or manufacture products abroad, particularly from China and Mexico. With promises of a $1-trillion...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

Trump, Canada and the Future of NAFTA: Some FAQs

As Inauguration Day approaches we are receiving many questions about Donald Trump’s promise to renegotiate or “tear up” the NAFTA, most of them turning on what he can do and what would it mean for Canada-United States trade....more

ManattJones Global Strategies - January 2017

CEO’s Executive Summary: This longer-than-normal update covers an eventful few weeks in the Trump transition and in Mexico. The President-elect has nominated or appointed a team responsible for key aspects of U.S.-Mexico...more

International Maritime Treaties Recognition and Trump: Protectionist or Progressive?

Much has been theorized in the past two months concerning whether the Trump Administration will follow through on President-Elect Donald Trump's campaign pledge to "rip up" international trade deals such as the North American...more

President-Elect Trump Names Nominees for Key Trade Positions

Donald Trump has announced nominees for several key positions that will participate in the development of U.S. trade policy during his Administration. The nominees for Secretary of Commerce, State, and Treasury are business...more

Uncertainty in the Air: Boards Face Shifting Landscape in 2017

Corporate boards have become increasingly well acquainted with uncertainty as activist shareholders, aggressive regulators and shifting investor priorities have brought new levels of scrutiny and pressure on directors and...more

What to Expect From a Trump Administration Trade Policy: Revisiting NAFTA

In a recent alert, we discussed several steps that President-elect Trump may take to shake up US trade policy. In this alert, we discuss one of his priority initiatives: the pledge to renegotiate, or withdraw from, the North...more

Inbound M&A deals: Adrift for now?

As noted in our previous report, "2016's Thriving M&A Market," this year has seen a continuation of the historically high trend of inbound M&A activity in the US. This is largely due to foreign investors' interest in a market...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

What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing

Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the competitiveness of the nation’s manufacturing sector. A nonpartisan...more

Bennett Jones Spring 2016 Economic Outlook

This Spring Outlook has three sections. The first section sets out our view of the economic outlook commencing with a very short summary of recent world economy dynamics, followed by a review of the outlook for global growth...more

Canada/US Policy Scan 2016

Earlier this year, US President Barack Obama welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his delegation, the first official visit by a Canadian PM to the US in nearly two decades. By mid-summer of this year, the two...more

TPP News Update

On November 5, 2015, the text of the groundbreaking TPP Agreement was released. This historic trade agreement was reached last month between 12 Pacific Rim countries....more

Labor Provisions of the Just-Released Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement

This morning, the Obama administration released the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, setting up a bitter debate over its provisions next year. Foremost among the opponents of TPP, organized labor...more

Cuba Libre?

Cuba banned all private enterprise and foreign investment following Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. For more than 50 years, the U.S. has imposed an almost total embargo on all trade with the largest Caribbean island nation. ...more

US China Trade War — TPP, Three False Trade Arguments, China President Trip, Trade, Customs, IP/Patent Securities

As indicated in more detail below, the Import Alliance will have meetings on November 17th and 18th in Washington DC. On the afternoon of November 17th, we will meet in our Washington DC office and then on November 18th meet...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Includes New Investor-State Dispute Settlement Protections

On October 5, 2015, 12 nations comprising 40% of global economic activity announced the conclusion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The deal promises to provide comprehensive standards for trade and...more

Colombian Companies Face New Compliance Challenges as Nation Ascends to World Economic Stage

When OFAC added Colombian sports franchise Envigado Fútbol Club to its sanctions list in June 2014, the news conjured up echoes of past dark days of “narco fútbol,” when the tentacles of organized crime touched the country’s...more

US China Trade War — Stock Market Crash, Presidential Trade Politics, Trade Policy, Customs, Antitrust and Securities

The Chinese stock market crash and world- wide effect on stock markets around the World has created a crisis with day to day developments. The World Stock market crash stated on August 24, 2015 and went through to August...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #2

Leading the News: Burundi - On August 6th, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to resume the political dialogue that was suspended last month and...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR JULY 2015 TPA, TPP, TRADE POLICY, TRADE AND CUSTOMS

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

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