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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

US Department of State Releases May 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Final Action dates for China and India EB-1 categories remain unchanged, while EB-2 China and EB-3 India cutoff dates will advance....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

Mexico's Port Authority of Chiapas Calls Tender for Oil and Gas Fluids Facility

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Most of the Mexican port infrastructure is assigned to Port Authority bodies, which are mainly state-owned corporations that run all aspects of operation and allocation of activities inside each port. Among other...more

U.S. Investors Face Possible Loss of Investment Treaty Arbitration Under NAFTA - A Look at the Potential Risks for Foreign...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The survival of investment treaty arbitration under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation process is at a critical point. • An agreement in principle, which could be announced soon, potentially...more

Mexico – Designs, Patents & GIs: IP Law amendments enter into force 13 April

by Hogan Lovells on

On March 13, 2018, amendments to the “Ley de la Propiedad Industrial” (IP Law) were published in the Official Gazette of the Federation. These reforms will enter into force on April 13, 2018....more

Mexico – Trademarks: IP law reform package approved

by Hogan Lovells on

The Mexican Senate approved a package of reforms to the provisions of the “Ley de la Propiedad Industrial” (IP Law) comprising important changes to the protection of trademarks in Mexico....more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Welcome to the new format of the Tracker! Because many of our readers have interests in a wide variety of environmental fields, we have expanded our coverage. While we will no longer be including summaries, we will now...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

China’s latest response to the White House’s aluminum and steel tariff plans came in the form of a no-joke April 1 announcement of its own tariffs of roughly $3 billion in 128 U.S.-made products ranging from pork to wine and...more

Mexico’s Round 3.1

by White & Case LLP on

Key Points: - After a robust Round 2, Round 3.1 awarded a total of 16 out of 35 (56%) available contractual areas. - Overall, since the implementation of the Energy Reform a total of 107 contracts have been awarded...more

Mexico’s Energy Industry: Round 3.1: Mexico Adds Another Success in Latest Shallow Water Tender

On March 27, 2018, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (“CNH”) completed the Presentation and Opening of Bid Proposals for the First Tender of Round Three (“Round 3.1”), which was first announced on September 29, 2017....more

Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) Launch Call for Fourth Long-Term...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 15, 2018, the CRE and CENACE launched the Fourth Long-Term Renewable Energy Auction. This will be the first long-term auction administered by the CRE, as the previous three auctions were administered by Mexico’s...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

Mexican Fintech Law Becomes Effective

by White & Case LLP on

On March 10, 2018, the law regulating Financial Technology Institutions ("Fintech Law") became effective along with certain reforms to other financial laws....more

Se Publican Nuevos Lineamientos para la Imposición de Sanciones Previstas en la Ley Federal del Trabajo

by Holland & Knight LLP on

El pasado 12 de marzo de 2018 se publicaron en el Diario Oficial de la Federación los "Lineamientos para la aplicación de la medida de apremio contemplada en el artículo 530 Bis de la Ley Federal del Trabajo." Dichos...more

New Rules for Sanctions to Employers Provided in the Mexican Federal Labor Law

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Mexico Federal Official Gazette, on March 12, 2018, published the "General Rules for applying fines provided in article 530 Bis of the Mexican Federal Labor Law." The rules set forth the mechanism for fining an employer...more

How a constitutional amendment is transforming litigation in Mexico

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2017, Mexico’s congress approved a key amendment to its Federal Commercial Code. The amendment is now driving dramatic changes to the country’s trial process. One of those changes — a shift from written to oral proceedings...more

US Department of State Releases April 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Final Action dates for China and India EB-1 categories will retrogress, while EB-2 China and EB-3 India will advance....more

SCOTUS Rules United States May Pursue Its Interstate Water Compact Claims in Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado

by K&L Gates LLP on

On February 12, 2018, we issued an alert analyzing two interstate water compact disputes before the United States Supreme Court: Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado and Florida v. Georgia. On March 5, the Court ruled that the...more

Investment Arbitration in Latin America: Elections, Trade Agreements, and the ICSID

by Jones Day on

In November 2017, S&P Global Ratings declared Venezuela in default after it failed to make a $200 million coupon payment on its sovereign bonds. Many saw this coming. Since 2014, the country has been mired in a recession that...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

President Trump Signs Section 232 Proclamations On Steel And Aluminum Imports - Tariffs On Steel (25 Percent) And Aluminum (10...

by King & Spalding on

President Trump exercised “his authority to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports” during an Oval Office ceremony today. The tariffs are scheduled to take effect in 15 days....more

NAFTA Renegotiations Update: Sixth Round Completed, Seventh Round Under Way

by King & Spalding on

The sixth round of talks regarding the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) were held in Montreal, Canada, from January 23-28, 2018. During that session, the Parties reportedly concluded a chapter...more

Investment protection in Latin America: Mexico takes one step forward, Venezuela takes two steps back

by DLA Piper on

Mexico has signed the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and National of other States, better known as the Washington Convention or the ICSID Convention. This important development is expected...more

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