US Trade Policies

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Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - March 2017

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

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

The Timing and Tempo of "NAFTA Next" - Protecting And Promoting Your Interests During the NAFTA Renegotiation

The United States Government (USG) likely will launch formal renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the end of March 2017. In a process fittingly described by the former real estate mogul turned...more

New Policy Agenda Highlights President Trump's Approach to Global Trade

The Trump administration released a report to Congress on March 1, 2017 outlining details of the president’s “America First” trade policy. The report represents a drastic shift in the U.S. approach to global trade practices...more

Trump Administration’s First Major Statement On Foreign Trade Affects Agriculture

On March 1, 2017, President Donald Trump released his first major policy statement on U.S. foreign trade relations. Issued through the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”), a part of the Executive Office of the...more

Agreeing how to disagree: Brexit, future EU-UK agreements and the need for an umpire

What good is a cricket game without an umpire? While both teams might be applying the same rules, situations often crop up in which a definitive interpretation must be given, and the rules of the game enforced. The same...more

President Trump's Address to Congress: The Path Forward for 2017

On Tuesday evening, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress to outline the path forward for his 2017 policy agenda. The president’s agenda is ambitious, yet Trump signaled the White House’s desire to work with...more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/ Act of State Doctrine - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US was not Directly Linked to Injuries...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

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - National security and foreign investment review

Focus on the US - Defense and national security - The 115th Congress will mark the first opportunity in a decade for a Republican-controlled House and Senate to work with a Republican president. In 2017, leading...more

Beware! The Oracle of Boston Ain't Digging Trumponomics

The money crowd has dubbed him the “Oracle of Boston,” signifying his exalted standing in the investment world as an equal to Warren Buffett, the “Oracle of Omaha.” Used copies of his book, “Margin of Safety:...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Turns out the Fed’s plate isn’t just full of decisions surrounding interest rates. It’s got a massive portfolio of mortgage and Treasury securities that needs some serious tending, too....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Some solid non-search-engine growth helped Alphabet post pretty solid Q4 numbers (with profit missing estimates but revenue surging past them)....more

What Does U.S. Withdrawal From the Trans-Pacific Partnership Mean for Labor and Employment Policy?

On January 23, 2017, in his first full weekday in office, President Donald Trump fulfilled a campaign promise by signing a presidential memorandum taking executive action formally withdrawing the United States from the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The recent US rejection of the TPP will have wide-reaching effects in Asia. Among them is the strong likelihood of 80s-style trade warring between Japan and the US....more

Trump Withdraws From the TPP

As previously posted, President Trump has stated that he planned to issue a notification of intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a proposed trade agreement between several pacific countries...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

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

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