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Brexit: Implications for commercial contracts

The UK electorate has voted to leave the EU - a decision that has many implications for commercial contracts. Like other supervening events, it is unlikely that Brexit was contemplated by the parties when negotiating and...more

The UK has voted to leave the EU: What now?

The British public have voted that the UK should leave the EU. The EU Referendum vote (the Leave Vote) does not by itself result in an automatic UK exit from the EU. The EU Treaty provides for a framework for a...more

Brexit: Implications for the Financial Services Industry

The UK has voted to cease being an EU member state. Yesterday, June 23, 2016, the UK held a referendum on its future in the European Union (EU)—the "Brexit". The result this morning shows that 51.9% of voters in the UK...more

2016 Top Export Markets for U.S. Goods

Last week the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) released the second installment of its Top Markets Reports. The reports–nineteen different industries are highlighted in total–do an excellent job...more

Agreement Toward Eliminating Tariffs of High-Tech Products to Take Effect July 2016

The European Parliament became the most recent body to ratify an expansion of the expanded World Trade Organization (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA). The deal had previously been committed to and signed by the EU,...more

Trade & Manufacturing - June 2016

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 - On May 20, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - June 2016

TPP Remains a Presidential Priority - As his presidency draws to a close, President Obama continues to pursue passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). As King & Spalding previously reported, the President...more

Evaluating the Trans-Pacific Partnership

On February 4, 2016, the Parties to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) signed the Agreement in Auckland, New Zealand, marking the formal conclusion of their negotiations. The TPP is one of the largest and most ambitious...more

Brexit Insights - Setting the Scene

At present, the only thing that appears certain about Brexit is the uncertainty that it poses for UK and EU businesses. The referendum on the 23rd June will determine whether the UK should remain part of the EU or...more

EU Customs Developments - March 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 15 March 2016, the European Commission published the so-called Union Customs Code (UCC) Transitional Delegated Act, which lays down the transitional...more

China's New Chemical Substance Notification Guideline

On March 06, 2016, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) submitted a proposed draft rule on chemical substances, the Guidance for New Chemical Substance Notification and Registration (Draft) (2016 Guidelines) to...more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership – Webinar Segment 2

Elliot J. Feldman conducted a webinar for The Knowledge Group on January 8, 2016 on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Set out below is the essential text of Dr. Feldman’s presentation for segment 2 of that webinar. ...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - April 2016

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Agreement Released - On February 29, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce released the long-awaited text of the European Union (EU) – United States Privacy Shield, an...more

WTO Panel in US-Korea Washer Dispute Rejects US Use of Zeroing to Address Targeted Dumping

A WTO Panel has issued a mixed ruling in a Korean challenge to anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by the United States on certain imported washing machines. This decision marks the first time that a WTO panel has...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR–Trump, Trade Policy, NME, TPP, Trade, Customs, False Claims, Products Liability, Antitrust and Securities

Dear Friends, After returning from a two week trip to China to work on the Solar Cells case, this March blog post will cover trade policy, including Trump’s impact on Trade Policy, trade, Customs, False Claims Act, the...more

Public Authorities Political Boycotts Unlawful

On 17 February 2016, the Cabinet Office published a Procurement Policy Note (“PPN”) which seeks to prevent public authorities from participating in boycotts and other political decisions which affect decision making and...more

The European Union Launches Public Consultation on China’s Non-Market Economy Status and the Impact on the Effectiveness of...

A public consultation has been launched by the European Commission in relation to the expiration of certain provisions of China’s Accession Protocol to the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning its status as a non-market...more

After WTO Battle, USDA Issues Final Rule Lifting Pork and Beef COOL Requirements

Today, following a protracted legal battle at the WTO, USDA issued a final rule removing mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for muscle cut and ground beef and pork. Beginning in 2008, Canada and...more

US China Trade War – Dueling US China Antidumping Cases, China’s NME Status, TPP, Aluminum and Congress Failure to let TAAF Fix...

I have been in China for two weeks working on the Solar Cells and Steel Sinks cases. This is an abbreviated February newsletter, which will cover trade and trade policy, including the new trade cases filed in the United...more

EU Customs Developments - January 2016

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - In January 2016, the draft Transitional Delegated Act (TDA) for the Union Customs Code (UCC) was discussed at committee/working party level in the European...more

Ukraine to ratify amendments to TRIPS Agreement to allow export of drugs manufactured under compulsory licensing procedure...

A Protocol amending TRIPS Agreement executed on 6 December 2005 in Geneva (the Protocol) is under ratification in Ukraine (TRIPS Agreement is the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property). Relevant draft...more

Ukraine to ratify amendments to TRIPS Agreement to allow export of drugs manufactured under compulsory licensing procedure

A Protocol amending TRIPS Agreement executed on 6 December 2005 in Geneva (the Protocol) is under ratification in Ukraine (TRIPS Agreement is the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property). Relevant draft...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

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