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Brexit: Implications for State Aid/Control of Subsidies

In a referendum on June 23, 2016, voters in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The UK government is currently expected to trigger the Article 50 process to formally exit the EU in the spring of 2017. Once...more

What Does the Promised Trade War Mean for Companies?

President-elect Donald Trump has promised action that could drastically change the rules for U.S. importers and exporters, foreign shippers to the United States and service providers. Whether and how these promises translate...more

What to Expect From a Trump Administration Trade Policy

President-elect Donald Trump is promising major changes to US trade policy that, if implemented, will significantly impact US and foreign companies that compete in the global market, and that could particularly impact those...more

Decision to Block LinkedIn in Russia Demonstrates Russian Government’s Commitment to Enforce New “Localization” Requirements for...

- Recent amendments to Russia’s data processing rules require that databases used to process personal information of Russian citizens be located in the Russian Federation, even if the data is maintained by foreign...more

LinkedIn Blocked in Russia: Privacy and Trade Law Aspect

The business networking platform LinkedIn is the first major international player to fall victim to the implementation of Russia’s “data localization” law, with effect from September 1, 2015, which requires all parties...more

Previewing Trade Policy in the Trump Administration - Part 3: Sanctions

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

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

Previewing Trade Policy in the Trump Administration - Part 1: International Trade Agreements

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. Trump’s campaign...more

EU Customs Developments - August - October 2016

EU Customs Policy - Council Conclusions on the Union Customs Code - The EU Council has adopted and published Conclusions on follow-up of the Union Customs Code (UCC). These Conclusions recognise the entry into force...more

Could President Trump Really Pull the U.S. Out of NAFTA? Basic FAQs

During his campaign for president, President-elect Trump promised repeatedly to renegotiate NAFTA and impose a 35 percent tariff on imports from Mexico and even higher tariffs on imports from other countries. Under current...more

"Looking Ahead: The U.S. Legal and Regulatory Environment Under a Trump Administration"

Election Day brought an end to a long period of uncertainty that caused market fluctuations and delayed business planning decisions. As we navigate the post-election landscape, many questions remain regarding the potential...more

How to Prepare for the Significant Changes to U.S. Trade Policy under President Donald Trump

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States after a campaign in which he repeatedly criticized long-standing principles of U.S. trade policy. Mr. Trump’s victory is likely to lead to...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

New Administration May Change Landscape of U.S. Trade and Export Policy (IRB No. 560)

Although it is impossible to tell whether the new Trump administration will follow through on its campaign promises to alter the landscape of U.S. trade with foreign countries, businesses should realize that the new...more

International trade law and environmental protection – a new era?

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has raised inevitable questions about whether the UK will continue to align itself to European environmental laws and standards or take a divergent path. There is also considerable...more

"Key Takeaways: Brexit - Debunking Myths and Exploring Scenarios"

On September 27, 2016, Skadden’s European partners hosted a panel discussion exploring topics relating to the U.K. electorate’s vote to leave the European Union (Brexit), with an emphasis on the withdrawal procedure pursuant...more

Two Ways Canada Will Attract Large Foreign Investors in 2017

Bill Morneau, Canada’s Minister of Finance has announced amendments to the Investment Canada Act aimed at attracting private-sector foreign investment. The Minister expressed the government’s plans to make things easier for...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Octubre Información con Ènfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional

Durante el mes de Octubre destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio Internacional, Aduanero, Competencia, Normalización Telecom, Prácticas Desleales, Arbitraje ISDS....more

Brexit’s Impact on the Insurance Industry

Following the UK’s historic advisory vote to leave the EU, key questions must be answered before any real change occurs. These include: Must the government implement the advisory vote, and if so, how? Will the UK...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: EU – Biodiesel (Argentina)

Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has delivered a mixed verdict in Argentina's challenge to EU anti-dumping measures on biodiesel. The Appellate Body rejected Argentina's claims that part of the EU Basic Regulation on...more

Tough Talk: What is the difference between hard Brexit and soft Brexit - and why does it matter?

There remains a vast array of possibilities and potential scenarios as to the contours of the UK's relationship with the EU and its remaining 27 member states following any negotiated settlement for the UK's withdrawal....more

Brexit: Hard Landing/Soft Landing or Down the Rabbit Hole: What’s Ahead?

This is the third in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”)...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - October 2016

The WTO Opens Its Doors for the 15th Annual Public Forum - For the fifteenth time, the World Trade Organization (WTO) hosted its annual Public Forum in Geneva to provide a platform for an exchange of views among...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: October

The European Commission (“Commission”) has recently imposed a record fine of EUR 2.93 billion on some of the largest truck producers for their involvement in a cartel lasting 14 years and covering the entire European Economic...more

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