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Jack Sharman discusses Rick Gates Plea on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams

Lightfoot partner Jack Sharman discusses the Rick Gates plea on MSNBC's "The 11th Hour with Brian Williams." ...more

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

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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

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

What Companies Can Learn from the DNC Hack

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In summer 2015, the spies of a foreign country gained access to a private company’s domain name – pick any company you like, or several, since we don’t know which ones or how many. And within those domains, they created false...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

Lurches, Leaps, Feints, and Flops: Movements Without Motion in Russian Sanctions Policy

Since the U.S. Government determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, movement around Russia sanctions policy has been vigorous, if not unidirectional. In 2016, the United States implemented twice sanctions...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With Davos 2018 in the rear view mirror, some analysts are pegging the “geopolitical momentum” as China’s to claim, thanks in no small part to its expansive and ongoing “Belt and Road” initiative....more

How will Brexit impact UK and EU influence over international economic regulation?

by Hogan Lovells on

With the EU and the UK having made "sufficient progress" on the terms of the UK's withdrawal from the EU during phase one of the Brexit negotiations, attention has shifted to the framework for the future relationship between...more

Global Connection - January 2018

by Snell & Wilmer on

Dear Friend of Snell & Wilmer: The past year brought significant changes across a variety of political, legal, and policy spheres, and the world of U.S. international trade law was no exception. This edition of the...more

New Russian Sanctions Deadline Looms in January 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed a bipartisan bill entitled, “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” that placed sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The legislation was largely in...more

"Absolute Liability" for a Failure to Prevent Foreign Bribery: Significant Change Ahead in Australia?

by Jones Day on

On 6 December 2017, Australia's Federal Government tabled the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017 ("Bill"), which contains various amendments to Australia's foreign bribery regime, including...more

The UK's role in Jordan and the wider Middle East post-Brexit

by DLA Piper on

In a week of significant developments in the Middle East, Theresa May's speech in Jordan on 30 November 2017 outlined her vision for the UK's post-Brexit relationship with Jordan and the wider region, focussing on a...more

Trump Administration Ramps up Sanctions on North Korea

by Cozen O'Connor on

On November 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued more sanctions against North Korea in an effort to intensify pressure on Kim Jong Un and his regime. These sanctions are targeted to one individual – a Chinese...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #5

Drive for ANWR Oil Bonanza Could Prove to be a Bust for the Republicans' Budget - "Congressional Republicans counting on a $1 billion windfall from selling oil-drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to help...more

Iran: Following President Trump’s “Decertification,” New U.S. Sanctions on Iranian Entities and All Eyes on the U.S. Congress

• Effective October 13, 2017, President Trump declined to provide certification that the JCPOA is in the United States’ national interest. Following this “decertification,” the U.S. Congress has 60 days in which to introduce...more

3 Key Takeaways: Doing Business in Mexico – NAFTA Renegotiations

Kilpatrick Townsend partner Marc Lieberstein recently moderated a panel at the annual “Doing Business in Mexico” seminar which was offered by the Association of Corporate Counsel and Kilpatrick Townsend. Marc, joined by...more

NAFTA Talks Will Continue Into 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

The time frame for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks has been extended and will now continue into 2018. The fourth round of talks between the U.S., Canada and Mexico took place October 11-17....more

The Southern District of New York Finds “Work Made For Hire” Under Italian Copyright Law

Musical scores incorporated into films are usually produced with the specific film in mind. In the U.S., we call such works “works made for hire,” meaning that the artist does not retain authorship rights to the music....more

US Persons and Financial Institutions: Beware when engaging financially with Venezuela

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

On 8/25/17, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) restricting and prohibiting certain transactions between US Persons and Venezuela. The transactions that are prohibited by US Persons apply wherever a US...more

De-Certification and the Iran Nuclear Deal: The Beginning of the End, or Much Ado about Nothing?

by Hogan Lovells on

Press reports indicate that President Trump intends to “de-certify” the Iran nuclear deal this week. In practical terms, that means he would refuse to re-certify one or more statutory elements of a law passed by the U.S....more

Update: Third Round of NAFTA Negotiations Concludes - Compromise Possible?

by Snell & Wilmer on

The third round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations among the United States, Canada, and Mexico concluded at the end of September. Similar to the position taken after the second round of...more

Implementing CAATSA - OFAC Issues Amended Russian-Related Sectoral Sanctions Under Directives 1 and 2

On September 29, 2017, OFAC modified Directives 1 and 2 of Executive Order 13662 to reduce the permissible maturity for new debt issued by Russian financial and energy entities designated under these directives, as well as...more

New Sanctions Against North Korea Issued by the United States

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In light of continuous and escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States, companies should be aware of new sanctions against North Korea issued by the United States. On September 20, 2017, the White House...more

With Tensions Rising, the United States Imposes Additional Sanctions on North Korea

by Jones Day on

In Short - The Situation: Over the past several months, North Korea has engaged in several activities, particularly relating to missile and nuclear testing, that violate several United Nations resolutions and that...more

Walking the North Korean Tightrope

On September 21, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (yet to be numbered) (“EO”) imposing additional sanctions on North Korea. It took effect the next day. The general press has quoted Treasury Secretary Mnuchin...more

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