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Cross-border parcel delivery – European Parliament approves the regulation proposal

by Hogan Lovells on

Some time ago now, the European Commission launched an initiative to improve transparency and regulate the cross-border parcel delivery sector as part of its aspiration to create a real Digital Single Market. Clearly, no...more

The SFC's enforcement priorities for 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

In late February, the SFC published its Enforcement Reporter setting out its enforcement priorities and approaches for 2018. The SFC emphasized its enhanced cross-divisional collaborative approach with more targeted...more

NAFTA Update

The 25% steel and 10% aluminum tariffs announced today, and effective 15 days from now, raise a new cloud over the NAFTA negotiations. Although they temporarily exempt Canada and Mexico, the Administration has made it clear...more

Chips on Their Shoulders: CFIUS Intervenes in Broadcom’s Hostile Takeover Bid for Qualcomm

• CFIUS takes an unprecedented step to fend off a potential foreign acquisition • The threat that China will eclipse the U.S. in telecommunications infrastructure and technology is central to U.S. national security •...more

Congress Evaluates CFIUS Reform Proposal

by King & Spalding on

The interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews inbound foreign investment for national security concerns. In particular, CFIUS reviews transactions that would result in foreign “control”...more

The Digital Single Market: Geoblocking regulation ready to be enacted!

by Hogan Lovells on

The new provision on the banning of unjustified geoblocking in online sales is at the heart of the EU Commission’s aspiration and effort to create a real Digital Single Market within the European Union....more

NAFTA Renegotiations - Likelihood of possible outcomes

by Dentons on

As Canada, the US and Mexico engage in Round seven of the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the results remain uncertain. However, a few plausible outcomes have emerged. These scenarios are as...more

The National Bank of Ukraine further relaxes FX restrictions (Ukrainian)

by Dentons on

The National Bank of Ukraine (the NBU) continues to liberalize currency control rules by adopting Resolution No. 12 dated 15 February 2018 (effective from 16 February 2018) and Resolution No.19 dated 1 March 2018 (effective...more

The National Bank of Ukraine further relaxes FX restrictions

by Dentons on

The National Bank of Ukraine (the NBU) continues to liberalize currency control rules by adopting Resolution No. 12 dated 15 February 2018 (effective from 16 February 2018) and Resolution No.19 dated 1 March 2018 (effective...more

Ahead of the game - perfecting your offshore acquisition strategy

by Dentons on

With a new year underway and relatively benign economic conditions prevailing (including low interest rates globally and lower US tax rates), cross border M&A is forecast to increase, driven by cashed up corporates out of...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 13 – NAFTA Renegotiation Part 7: Speculation Abound

by Benesch on

This publication is our thirteenth installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

Trump Annouces Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

by Cozen O'Connor on

President Trump announced he will impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum to protect U.S. producers. Trump said the tariffs would include a 25% duty on foreign steel and 10% for aluminum. While there has not been an...more

Another Round of NAFTA Talks Begin

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Sunday, U.S., Canadian, and Mexican negotiators began a seventh round of North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA) re-negotiations in Mexico City....more

Alert: M&A Guide to CFIUS: Deciding Whether to Submit Voluntarily to CFIUS Review

by Cooley LLP on

As discussed in a prior article in this series, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is authorized to review certain cross-border mergers, acquisitions and investment transactions and to recommend that the...more

EU: “Hard” Brexit Would Come with Border Friction and Costs

The European Union has published a technical note warning of dire consequences for businesses if the UK leaves the EU with no deal in place. The European Commission has warned companies across Europe to prepare for...more

Increased Scrutiny of Foreign Investment in the United States Creates Deal Risk

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Since introducing legislation in late 2017 seeking to expand the jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, Congress has continued to evaluate the proposed Foreign Investment Risk Review...more

Legal Trends and Challenges in Asia

by Epiq on

For many legal practitioners, Asia remains a legal challenge, “whether it’s the different data sources, the lack of familiarity with case law or an understanding of the legal landscape in different countries, from Hong Kong...more

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre’s proposal on cross-institutional consolidation of arbitrations

by White & Case LLP on

For parties and counsel to arbitrations alike, it is unfortunate that one dispute may require battles on many battlefields: Disputes about similar or identical factual and/or legal questions may arise under several...more

CFIUS: Evolution Yields to Revolution

by Jones Day on

While 2017 was an evolutionary year for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS"), 2018 portends to be a revolutionary year. A number of factors, including a new President, growing concerns over...more

Will Brexit remove the "black spot" in the UK-South Africa citrus fruit trade?

by Hogan Lovells on

The EU trade deals with South Africa in respect of agricultural products have contained some barriers to trade. There have been non-tariff barriers to trade in the market of citrus fruits, including oranges, mandarins, lemons...more

Origin Verifications for U.S. Exports a Key Aspect of NAFTA Negotiations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Since negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) 2.0 commenced in August 2017, a lot of attention has been placed on specific disciplines (e.g., rules of origin, investment disputes, antidumping, etc.)...more

NAFTA 2.0: Where Are We Going and When We Might Get There?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Recently, Bennett Jones LLP and Global Public Affairs hosted a panel in Toronto that looked closely at the status of the NAFTA negotiations, potential outcomes and steps businesses can take to prepare. I was joined by Martin...more

A closer look at round six of the NAFTA negotiations

by Dentons on

Round six of the NAFTA negotiations concluded in Montreal on January 29, 2018. Trade ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico rejoined the talks this round with the aim of creating movement on contentious chapters....more

White House Unveils Proposal on Drug Pricing

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Feb. 9, 2018, the Trump Administration released a 30-page report analyzing domestic and global factors influencing drug pricing. The report by the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) is expected to inform the HHS' Fiscal...more

CFIUS and China: Separating Fact from Fiction

No, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has not put a halt to acquisitions of U.S. companies by China-based purchasers. Three recently cleared transactions illustrate that CFIUS is not standing in the...more

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