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Brexit: The Clock is Ticking

by Dechert LLP on

The risk of a no agreement ‘cliff-edge’ is growing and the prospects for a transitional agreement, while somewhat improved, remain uncertain. The groundwork in Whitehall and the negotiations in Brussels have made only limited...more

Trump Administration Delays Regulations To Fast-Track Startups

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Trump administration recently announced it is delaying – and likely rescinding – the Obama-era International Entrepreneur Rule (the “Rule”). The Rule was slated to go into effect on July 17, 2017. It would have made it...more

Trump Administration Plans to Ax the International Entrepreneur Rule

by Barley Snyder on

Last week the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would delay—and very likely withdraw—the International Entrepreneur Rule, a set of immigration regulations proposed by the Obama administration....more

Reinvestment of EB-5 Funds in a New Project Can Maintain the "At-Risk" Requirement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

One of the more popular topics among EB-5 project owners and practitioners in recent years is the requirement that investors' funds remain "at risk" as a bona fide "investment." Complications arise regarding maintenance of...more

Trump Administration Blocks Final Rule Creating Legal Immigration Status for Startup Entrepreneurs

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Trump Administration has delayed the effective date of an Obama Administration rule that would have provided a legal immigration status for foreign entrepreneurs. The rule, originally announced in January 2017, was...more

Homeland Security Temporarily Delaying Effective Date of International Entrepreneur Final Rule

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security published notice in the Federal Register delaying the implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule. After last month’s prediction that the Trump...more

Dear Congress: Your District Needs a New E-4 Visa for Promising Entrepreneurs

Procedural History - In August 2016, the Department of Homeland Security proposed an “International Entrepreneur” parole rule that would allow qualifying foreign entrepreneurs to develop and grow their start-up companies...more

Foreign Startup Founder Rule Delayed

by Cozen O'Connor on

It is being reported that the Trump Administration intends to stop a new rule meant to help grant foreign-born entrepreneurs temporary permission, “parole,” to be in the U.S....more

Russia Lifts the Majority of Economic Sanctions Against Turkey

by White & Case LLP on

On 31 May 2017 the Russian President signed Decree No. 244 lifting most of the special economic measures against Turkey. The Decree was followed by Russian Government Resolution No. 672 published on 2 June 2017....more

Brexit: A Softer Brexit Back on the Table?

by Dechert LLP on

The result of the UK’s general election on 8 June has reignited speculation that the UK government might pursue a softer Brexit. In this update, we provide a reminder of the main “softer” Brexit models which had previously...more

EB-5 Visa Program: All That Glitters Is Not Gold

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Concerns over the EB-5 “Gold” visa have been revived since Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner’s sister pitched the prospect of EB-5 immigration visas to Chinese investors. While the program may appear an easy path to...more

Brexit: The EU's Negotiating Directives

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has published draft objectives for the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, focused on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and a continuing role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This...more

Buy American and Hire American – New Executive Order Promises to Put American Workers First, But Practical Impacts Remain Unclear

On April 18, President Trump signed a new executive order (EO) at a ceremony in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The EO is entitled “Buy American and Hire American” and focuses on these two themes, with the President’s stated goal of...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

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

BREXIT – IT’S REALLY HAPPENING – From Parliament in London

Barely thirty minutes after Prime Minister Theresa May commenced her address to Parliament at noon yesterday, Tim Barrow, the UK’s representative to the EU, hand delivered its Article 50 Notice to Donald Trusk, the President...more

EU Retail News - February 2017

by Bryan Cave on

When Can You and When Should You Use Your Own Name for Your Brand? It is a common misconception that we are all entitled to create brands under our own names. It is also a misapprehension that it is always a good idea —...more

U.S. Customs and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

During the campaign, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) was mostly mentioned by President Trump in the context of illegal immigration. Controlling the flow of people, however, is only one of the jobs of CBP, which is part...more

The Trump Administration-Part II: Failures in Leadership and Management

by Thomas Fox on

Yesterday, I considered how the actions of the new administration are creating chaos for US businesses. Today I will consider the Muslim refugee ban and the miss-steps the new administration used in its design, execution and...more

The Trump Administration: Kaos is bad for Businesses

by Thomas Fox on

While it may seem odd that a 1960s television seems to presage where we currently find the intersection of politics and business, it turns out that Mel Brooks and Buck Henry had it right with Get Smart. The two competing...more

Travel Ban Update – FALSE rumors regarding additional countries!

by Burr & Forman on

If you have heard rumors that additional countries will be added to the Executive Order banning entry and suspending visa processing for seven countries, DON’T BELIEVE THEM. A story is circulating that the travel ban has...more

Privacy Implications of President Trump’s Immigration Order

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Wednesday, January 25, President Donald J. Trump directed federal agencies, “to the extent consistent with applicable law,” to ensure that “their privacy policies exclude persons who are not U.S. citizens or lawful...more

"UK Prime Minister Outlines Objectives for Exiting the EU"

On January 17, 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech in London outlining the government’s objectives for exiting the European Union (EU). She set out a “Plan for Britain”, including 12 priorities for the...more

Current Administration Proposes Significant Changes to EB-5 Program

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced potential changes that could significant impact the EB-5 investor visa program. The EB-5 investor visa was originally established by Congress in 1990 to attract foreign...more

China's Stringent New Rules on Yuan Transfers Could Hinder EB-5 Fundraising

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Chinese government has enacted new rules severely limiting foreign currency transfers out of China. The scope of the limitations are not clear but the Xinhua News Agency reported that Chinese banks advised their customers...more

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