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Akin Gump Announces the Launch of the TPA Timeline

The current news coverage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations has touched heavily on the tight deadlines set around reaching an agreement. There is, however, a lot of unnecessary confusion—even...more

44 African Countries Sign Agreement to Establish African Continental Free Trade Area

by Jones Day on

The Situation: African leaders gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, in March 2018 to sign the draft Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area ("CFTA") and other related protocols. Forty-four of the 55 Member...more

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion - Peru

1 .What role does the government of Peru play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Peruvian state promotes and guarantees foreign investments in any kind of activity and entity. Foreign investors have...more

A Global Business Look at the Pacific Rim

by Bennett Jones LLP on

It is not often that a group of lawyers gets an update in geopolitics from a senior military leader on exchange to the U.S. Pacific Command—but we had this privilege at a recent legal conference in Hawaii....more

NAFTA Renegotiations Continue As Trump Administration Hopes for Agreement In Early May

by King & Spalding on

In April, leaders from Canada, Mexico, and the United States met again in Washington to continue negotiating amendments to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The meetings among the Parties reached the point of...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 15 - Negotiators Holding Out Hope

by Benesch on

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

Infrastructure Series: NAFTA Renegotiation: Energy Infrastructure and Investor-State Disputes

by WilmerHale on

Negotiations to reshape the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the United States, Canada and Mexico have recently intensified as various factors—upcoming elections in Mexico in July and in the United States in...more

EU/Mexico trade deal to promote foreign investment

by DLA Piper on

On 21 April 2018, the European Union and Mexico reached a deal on a novel trade agreement the “EU-Mexico FTA”. While the agreement keeps with its traditional role by removing remaining customs duties and reducing formalities...more

Ambassador Lighthizer Urged to Include Intellectual Property Protections in New NAFTA

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As China’s intellectual property practices continue on to be a centerpiece of the Trump Administration’s trade policy, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Finance Committee Member Bill Nelson...more

An Update on Brexit and (Current) Implications on Trade

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

It has been a year since Article 50 was triggered on March 29, 2017, and if no extension is given, the U.K. will leave the European Union (EU) on March 29, 2019. This means that negotiations are now at the half-way point, but...more

IP Rights Reform Is Price to Pay for Revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

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The Situation: Following the U.S. withdrawal from the original Trans-Pacific Partnership ("TPP") agreement last year, the 11 remaining TPP countries agreed to implement the original text in a new "TPP-11" agreement. However,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In what can only be deemed a major reversal, the White House has reportedly ordered its economic adviser and trade representative to study rejoining the Trans Pacific Partnership, just a year after yanking the US out of deal...more

NAFTA Renegotiations Continue

by King & Spalding on

In late February and early March, leaders from Canada, Mexico, and the United States met in Mexico City for the seventh round of negotiations to amend the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The negotiators succeeded...more

EU Impact

by DLA Piper on

Dear Reader, What makes the EU tick, these days? The answer is, in no particular order: Turkey, Russia, the US, France, and Spain....more

Brexit at Halfway: Pharma and Medical Devices

by WilmerHale on

The object of this Alert is to highlight some practical implications of Brexit for the supply of pharmaceutical products and medical devices in the European Union (EU) and related action items which companies should be...more

Regulation Round Up - March 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

1 March - The Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") published general insurance value measures data in relation to 36 insurers (including both UK and EEA firms) for the year ending 31 August 2017. The data is aimed at...more

Rules of Origin: a 'hidden hard Brexit' for the UK food industry?

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The Food and Drink Federation (“FDF“) has published a report on the potential impact of rules of origin on UK food and drink exporters in the likely event that the UK ceases to be part of the EU customs union after Brexit....more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 14 - NAFTA Renegotiations: Tariffs and Retaliation

by Benesch on

This publication is our fourteenth 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

Brexit Update – Trade Priorities for 2018

by White & Case LLP on

BREXIT STEERING GROUP Click here for the contact details for the Brexit steering group. They or your usual White & Case contacts will be available to assist you with any queries or arrange for the appropriate person to do so....more

Withdrawal, transition and trade – the commercial implications of the latest milestone in the Brexit negotiations

by DLA Piper on

The week beginning 19 March was a big week in the Brexit negotiations. First, the European Commission published a revised draft of the Withdrawal Agreement showing which provisions had been agreed, and which had not....more

EU and UK Transition Period Trade Terms

• The U.K. and the EU have agreed on the substantive trade elements of the legal text set to govern the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU (the “Withdrawal Agreement”). If the other outstanding elements of the Withdrawal Agreement...more

A closer look at round seven of the NAFTA negotiations

by Dentons on

Round seven of the NAFTA negotiations concluded in Mexico City on March 5, 2018. The talks ended with United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, indicating that the US is prepared to walk away from NAFTA and...more

Trade & Manufacturing - March 2018

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U.S. Department Of Commerce Releases Reports And Recommendations In Steel, Aluminum National Security Investigation - On February 16, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) released its reports and recommendations to...more

Canada Signs the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

On March 8, 2018, Canada signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), an agreement between the 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the United...more

Road to Brexit: Theresa May sets out “Five Tests” with which to judge eventual deal

The Prime Minister has given the clearest indication yet of what the UK will seek in the Brexit negotiations. Access to each side’s markets is going to be less than it is today. ...more

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