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The U.S.-EU Covered Agreement: Different Assessments By Different Audiences

On January 13, 2017, the week before the inauguration of President Trump, the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced that the negotiations between the full text of the agreement...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

US, EU Enter Into Covered Agreement on Insurance

On Jan. 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR") released the terms of the long-awaited covered agreement between the United States and the European Union (the...more

CFIUS and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

One of the themes of the Trump campaign was the need for enhanced national security. Although the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is not mentioned in Mr. Trump’s 100-day plan, it is highly likely...more

The U.S. And The European Union Successfully Complete Negotiations For Covered Agreement

As we previously reported in June 2016, the United States and the European Union were in discussions to enter into a Covered Agreement. The Dodd-Frank Act introduced Covered Agreements as a means for limited federal intrusion...more

US and EU Negotiate Covered Agreement on Insurance and Reinsurance Regulation

On January 13, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury and the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced they have negotiated a “covered agreement” on behalf of the United States (US) with the European Union...more

Implications of the 2016 US Presidential Election for Trade Policy

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States will have important implications for US trade policy. Assessing these implications in the immediate aftermath of the presidential election is,...more

Six Ways U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on IP Enforcement Impacts Public Health and Safety

On December 12, 2016, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) in the Executive Office of the President issued a much-awaited interagency plan on intellectual property (IP) enforcement. The...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - December 2016

Deadline for Submitting Comments on Evasion Regulations Extended - On August 22, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an Interim Final Rule proposing regulations to implement Trade Facilitation and Trade...more

Previewing Trade Policy in the Trump Administration - Part 2: China

Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign, a prominent theme was the candidate’s willingness to address perceived shortcomings in the United States’ trade policies and dealings with foreign countries. These...more

Building on a New Foundation: U.S.-Africa Trade & Investment

As a result of the initiatives put into place over the last two decades, the United States has positioned itself to take advantage of Africa’s economic resurgence, suggests a report issued by the Office of U.S. Trade...more

Outlook for Fall & Lame Duck

As summer ends and we look ahead to cooler weather, a historic presidential election, and a legislative and regulatory calendar that has numerous measures ready for activity, ML Strategies is pleased to share our outlook on...more

Letter to Colombian President Encourages Grant of Compulsory License for Imatinib

Last month, we reported on letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to the U.S. Trade Representative, seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on compulsory licenses. The letters were...more

Sweden’s Request to Ban American Lobster in the EU Risks Violating the Rules of the WTO

On February 29, 2016, the Swedish Government requested that the European Union impose a ban on imports of U.S./Canadian live lobster (Homarus americanus). Sweden argued that Homarus americanus is an “alien invasive species”...more

28 Organizations Seek Clarification from President Obama Regarding Colombian Compulsory License -- U.S. Chamber of Commerce...

On July 5, 2016, we reported on two letters sent by two Senators and fifteen Representatives to Michael Froman, the U.S. Trade Representative ("USTR"), seeking clarification regarding the Administration's position on...more

Letters from Congress Seek Clarification from USTR Regarding Position on Compulsory Licenses

Last month, we reported on a letter sent by three Colombian organizations to the Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016 Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination...more

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2016 Special 301 Report

On April 27th, Ambassador Michael B.G. Froman, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), issued the 2016 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[i]ntellectual property is a critical source of economic growth and...more

Trade & Manufacturing - May 2016

Relief from Unfair Imports of Plastic Retail Carrier Bags to Continue for Five More Years - On April 27, the International Trade Commission (Commission) issued the public views of its unanimous determination in favor of...more

The Global Steel Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

Hearings held by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Congressional Steel Caucus during April 12-14 provided a direct look at how steel overcapacity in foreign countries has drastically affected the domestic steel...more

Update On Covered Agreement Negotiations Between The U.S. And The European Union

As we previously reported, in November 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Trade Representative gave notice to Congress to initiate discussions with the European Union to enter into a Covered Agreement essentially...more

New Customs Bill Becomes Law

On February 24, 2016, H.R. 644 was signed into law by the President. While yet another trade-related bill was signed without any public ceremony, this new law contains a number of timely provisions. The first section deals...more

Africa Update - February 2016

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 29th, Burundian authorities released a British and a French journalist who were arrested during a sweep for rebels in flashpoint districts in Bujumbura. The U.S. and European...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2016

President Obama Highlights TPP, Cuba Embargo in Final State of the Union Address - On January 12, President Obama delivered his seventh and final State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people. Among the...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2016

USTR Issues Report on China’s Implementation of WTO Agreements - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an annual report on China’s implementation of its obligations under the World...more

IREG Update - December 2015

US to negotiate insurance and reinsurance "covered agreement" with EU - The US Treasury Department and US Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced controversial plans to negotiate a “covered agreement” on insurance...more

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