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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

Brexit Q&A: Business Implications

On Thursday 23 June 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union. While this vote was advisory in nature, we expect that ultimately the UK Government and Parliament will respect the outcome and serve notice to...more

"Insights: Brexit"

On June 23, the UK electorate took the historic decision to leave the European Union, a process that has never been undertaken by any member state. While the vote itself does not trigger the process of exit from a legal...more

Brexit – Major Upheaval and Change

As the UK leaves the EU, in light of the seismic result of the United Kingdom referendum on June 23, 2016, there will be an immense amount to do, for the UK and the remaining EU, and for companies that are either based in, or...more

Brexit: What Now?

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. The vote is not legally binding but Prime Minister David Cameron has already acknowledged that the will of the people must be followed. We consider the key preliminary...more

Bonfire of the Legalities?*

UK law after the referendum. Much has been written in the last few days (and, indeed, over the last few months) about the potential consequences of the repeal of 1000s of EU-originated laws in the UK. Most of it is an...more

Impact of Brexit on Existing US Trade Relationships May Be Limited (IRB No. 556)

It appears that the United Kingdom will exit the European Union as a result of the vote taken in the so-called Brexit referendum. Although the full impact of Brexit is hard to predict, it appears that its effects on United...more

The Brexit

The result of yesterday's vote of the UK electorate is in favour of the UK leaving the European Union. This is merely the first step in a very long road (up to two years) which begins with the UK serving notice of its...more

Brexit: IP Considerations in Light of the UK’s Vote to Leave the EU

While the “Leave” result of the June 23 referendum will not have an immediate impact on intellectual property, the eventual British exit (“Brexit”) from the European Union could have long-term implications for IP protection...more

Brexit: EU Later!

The UK vote to Brexit has material economic, financial, commercial, political, legal and social implications. Once the UK government has formally notified the European Council of its citizens’ decision to leave the EU, the UK...more

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

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