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A Post-U.S. TPP? Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

by Bennett Jones LLP on

May 2017 may have been a turning point for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement entering into force. After the U.S. withdrawal from the Agreement in January 2017, the remaining TPP-11 countries openly questioned...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Would Intend to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers

by Varnum LLP on

In recent weeks, the Trump administration took the first step toward renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative (USTR), sent a letter to Congress...more

Trade Remedies in the Age of Trump: Impact on Canadian Businesses

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The election of U.S. President Donald Trump has heralded a new protectionist era of international trade. Since Trump's inauguration, the U.S. has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, initiated discussions...more

Back to the Negotiating Table: What’s Next for NAFTA?

The Trump Administration has formally initiated the process to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. Before negotiations can commence, the Administration, through the United...more

Trade Agreements Leading Up to NAFTA Renegotiations, US Industry Response

by Cozen O'Connor on

While formal NAFTA renegotiation has not begun, there has been movement by the administration to begin reshaping trade deals with both Mexico and Canada since President Trump announced his plans and sent notice to Congress to...more

Public Comment Period for NAFTA Renegotiation Provides Opportunity for Food & Agriculture Industry

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 23, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Federal Register notice soliciting public comment on the Trump administration’s plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

Our Armchair Santería on Cuba Policy: What Will President Trump do on Cuba?

According to reports published this week, the Trump Administration is preparing to release the results of its policy review on Cuba in the “coming weeks.” We don’t have a crystal ball (or a leaking insider). But we continue...more

The American Agenda on Trade: What's Happened and What's Next?

by Jones Day on

The Trump Administration's early actions on trade policy largely reflect the "America First" agenda candidate Trump promoted during the 2016 campaign. For example, a March Executive Order initiated efforts to identify and...more

Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Dispute: What’s Changed? B.C. Log Export Restrictions (LERS) And NAFTA Implications

by Dickinson Wright on

The softwood lumber industry is a vital component of the Canadian and American economies. Both countries have been trading lumber since the 1800s. The softwood lumber dispute is one of the longest and most important trade...more

The Worst Kept Secret: Trump Announces Intention to Renegotiate NAFTA

by Dickinson Wright on

On May 18, 2017, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer announced the Trump Administration’s intention to initiate negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding the “modernization” of the North...more

Public Comment Period on NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

On Tuesday, May 23, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued a Federal Register notice asking for public comments on what the negotiating objectives should be for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)...more

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

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