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OMC Autoriza a México a Suspender Beneficios Comerciales a Estados Unidos en la Disputa del Atún

by Holland & Knight LLP on

México es uno de los pocos países a los que se les ha autorizado adoptar medidas de retorsión en contra de los incumplimientos de sus socios comerciales, y que ha hecho uso de esa autorización....more

The liberalization of Canadian foreign investment review continues

by Dentons on

The Investment Canada Act (ICA) threshold for review of direct acquisitions of Canadian businesses by World Trade Organization (WTO) investors (or from WTO investors) has increased from CA$600 million to CA$800 million in...more

WTO Authorizes Mexico to Suspend Trade Benefits to U.S. in Tuna Dispute

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Mexico is one of the few countries that has been authorized to adopt retaliatory measures against noncompliance of its trading partners' obligations, and it has made use of this authorization....more

Trump Administration Launches Probe of Steel Imports Under Trade Expansion Act

Invoking statutory authority not used in almost two decades, President Trump on April 20, 2017, directed the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to conduct an investigation into the effects of steel imports on U.S. national...more

Buy American Executive Order Means Renewed Obligations for Government Contractors

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 18, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American” (the Order), which declares the Executive branch’s policy to buy American goods and rigorously enforce and administer...more

Business Tax Reform – the Current State of Play

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

President Donald J. Trump campaigned on a platform of large tax cuts for businesses. With President Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling both the House of Representatives and Senate, does it mean businesses...more

3 Things Contractors Should Do Now to Ensure “Buy American” Compliance in the Wake of Trump’s Executive Order

by Carlton Fields on

"Buy American, Hire American" is no longer just a campaign slogan. It is the subject of an Executive Order signed by President Trump on April 19. The order details the Trump administration’s policy of ensuring compliance with...more

New E.O. Reinforces President Trump's "Buy American" Agenda

by Hogan Lovells on

On April 18, 2016, President Donald Trump signed the executive order “Buy American and Hire American” aimed at maximizing the federal government’s use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States. The E.O....more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - April 2017

by King & Spalding on

United States and Japan May Discuss Trade Agreement - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso has expressed a desire that ongoing economic dialogue between the United States and Japan include discussions on free trade and...more

Top Brexit developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

On 23 June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom (UK) voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). The UK Government gave the EU formal notice of its intention to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017. This...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days: Trump-Xi Meeting

by Alston & Bird on

After a two-day meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping held in Florida last week, the two leaders agreed on a 100-day deadline to deliver results. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stressed the goal to...more

Prepared for the Border Adjustment Tax? A U.S. and Global Perspective

by K&L Gates LLP on

K&L Gates' Global Tax Group has been monitoring the potential impact of the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) across a number of jurisdictions. In our 14 February 2017 update, we commented that issues regarding the legality of...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days

by Alston & Bird on

Trump Executive Orders - On March 31, President Trump signed two Executive Orders that will potentially have a significant impact on U.S. international trade: A new study on trade deficits may serve as a...more

WTO Panel Decision: EU – Poultry Meat (China)

by White & Case LLP on

Decision: A WTO Panel has issued a mixed ruling in a challenge by China to the EU's modification of its tariff schedule for goods. Significance of Decision: This important decision provides new clarity on the...more

Brexit: UK/EU Jump into the Unknown - What’s Ahead?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

UK starts European Union withdrawal process

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

UK prime minister gave notice to the European Council yesterday of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union (EU). The letter of notice expressed the UK’s intention to negotiate the terms of the UK’s future...more

From Exit Threats To Tiny Tweaks: What's Next For NAFTA?

With the first 100 days of the Trump administration just underway, President Trump has already taken steps to fulfill his campaign promises and renegotiate or withdraw from various U.S. trade deals, including the...more

The Brexit Clock Has Started—What Happens Next?

by Jones Day on

The United Kingdom and the remaining European Union Member States ("EU-27") will negotiate the terms of the UK's withdrawal—and likely its future relationship with the EU—over the course of the next two years. European...more

USTR Releases President Trump’s National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017

by White & Case LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released the President's National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017, providing the Trump administration's first formal, written statement of its trade policy...more

Brexit starts today – how will you respond?

by Dentons on

In June 2016, when asked "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?", 52 per cent of those who voted said they wanted to leave: for "Brexit". Nine months, a Supreme Court...more

Brexit - UK Files for Divorce From European Union: What Should Companies Do Now to Prepare?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Latest Developments - On 29 March 2017, the UK government delivered the formal notice to the other EU Member States that it is leaving the EU. The Brexit process is now formally under way. Companies of all sizes can...more

The UK and the World Trade Organization (WTO): What Happens After Brexit?

by White & Case LLP on

On 29 March 2017, the UK will formally trigger the Article 50 process to begin the negotiations for Brexit. If there is a 'hard Brexit' in 2019, the UK would trade with the EU – along with most of the rest of the world – on...more

Brexit: Article 50 Triggered

by Dechert LLP on

The UK Government today formally triggered the process of leaving the EU by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. How are the negotiations likely to affect your business? Defining your priorities, developing...more

Brexit: Step-by-step guide to the UK's exit from the EU

by DLA Piper on

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has today triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) by formally notifying the European Council of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union. The timelines...more

The UK sets in motion its exit from the European Union

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following the British public referendum to leave the EU on June 23, 2016, the UK government served notice under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU) on March 29, 2017. The period between the...more

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