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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

Brexit Bulletin: Leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union

The Prime Minister has set out key principles for the government’s policy on Brexit, which indicate that the UK will not remain fully in the EU Single Market or the Customs Union, but will be negotiating a bespoke trade deal...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: India – Solar Cells

Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has affirmed that local content requirements maintained by India for solar cells and modules violate India's obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 and...more

The Future of U.K.-EU Trade: The Bilateral Trade Agreement Model

In the aftermath of Brexit, the United Kingdom is faced with the challenge of negotiating a relationship with the European Union that balances Single Market access with national control over the movement of goods and workers....more

WTO Panel Report: Russia – Pigs (EU)

Decision: A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation violated its WTO obligations by imposing an EU-wide ban on live pigs and pork products, in breach of the food safety rules of the WTO Agreement on the...more

EU Customs Developments - July 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - On 19 July 2016, the European Commission published a proposal to amend Article 136 of the Union Customs Code (UCC). This Article UCC exempts goods that have...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia - Tariff Treatment

A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation has violated its WTO obligations by imposing duties on certain EU goods in excess of its committed ("bound") rates, in breach of Article II of the General Agreement on Tariffs...more

Brexit – Standards and Innovation: What’s Ahead?

This article is the second 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”). The first blog...more

Liberia and Afghanistan Officially Join the World Trade Organization

In July, the Republic of Liberia (Liberia) and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Afghanistan) officially joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). Liberia and Afghanistan are the 163rd and 164th countries, respectively,...more

BREXIT Briefing: Recap

In a June 23 referendum, the United Kingdom (UK) narrowly voted to leave the European Union (EU), with 52% voting “leave” and 48% “remain.” This British Exit, or “Brexit,” from the EU may not take place for two years, but the...more

Brexit: Overview of Potential Impact on Derivatives

The process of Brexit will take many years, and the implications for our clients’ businesses will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all of our offices, and...more

Potential Legal Implications Arising from "Brexit"

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) voted by way of an advisory referendum to leave the European Union. While the result will not take immediate legal effect, incoming Prime Minister Theresa May has indicated that...more

Saudi Arabia Update - July 2016

Legal Developments - Liberalization of Wholesale and Retail Trade Sector – 100% Foreign Ownership Allowed - Introduction - As was described in our September 2015 KSA Update, the Saudi Arabian authorities...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

European Parliament Calls for Extended Application of Country of Origin Labeling in the EU Just When the WTO Dispute on the United...

On May 12, 2016, the European Parliament renewed its call for mandatory country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) for meat and dairy products not currently subject to such marking rules. The reasoning behind requiring additional...more

Brexit implications for data protection

On 23 June, the UK voted to leave the EU. But what does this mean for data protection risk for businesses operating in the UK or using the UK as their "gateway" to Europe or elsewhere?...more

Competition/Antitrust Law and Brexit: Immediate Practical Points for Business

Brexit will impact competition (or antitrust) law in the UK. There will likely be material changes in procedural law in particular. Changes to substantive law will probably be less significant, at least for most companies,...more

Brexit Trade Audit: A Five-Step Guide to Help Determine the Way Forward

Companies doing business in the UK or from the UK should be looking to “future-proof” their operations following the UK’s recent vote to leave the European Union. A Brexit audit is one way of determining the possible impact...more

The Brexit Effect on Medical Devices

The medical device industry has been struck by a wave of uncertainty in the wake of the United Kingdom’s (UK) historic vote to leave the European Union (EU). Until the breakup becomes official, British legislation should...more

Brexit Update: What’s Next for the Global Marketplace

In Depth - UK Withdrawal Process - The United Kingdom will continue to be an EU member until procedures are completed for exiting the European Union, which is likely to be a long process. Under EU Treaty rules,...more

The Consequences of the UK Referendum on Membership of the EU for UK International Trade Rules – Managing Uncertainty

This note offers a brief overview of what is happening and how business can react as well as an overview of the main options available for the UK in framing its future relationship with the EU. It then provides a slightly...more

BRACING for BREXIT - after the shock, what now?

To the shock of corporate Britain the UK voted last week, by 52% to 48%, to leave the European Union. Within hours of the referendum result the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would be standing down...more

Five Questions—and Answers—on the Brexit and Trade with the European Union and the United Kingdom

On June 23, 2016, 51.9% of UK voters chose to leave the EU. The result amounts to a political instruction to UK authorities to withdraw the UK from the EU. With no precedent, the withdrawal of the UK from the EU introduces...more

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