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Event Alert: Commercial and Legal Implications of a Brexit – A 360° Analysis – Warsaw, Poland – 9 June 2016

Our partners Dr. Jens Rinze (Frankfurt) and Aline Doussin (London) will give a practical insight into the issues that financial institutions, corporations and other businesses would face if the UK votes for Brexit. This complimentary seminar will take place on 9 June from 4-6 pm in the Squire Patton Boggs Warsaw offices. Topics will include: How would a Brexit … Continue Reading

OFAC Designates Nine Individuals and 68 Entities Associated With the Waked Money Laundering Cartel Under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act

On 5 May 2016, the US Treasury Department’s OFAC announced designations of leaders and associates of the so-called Waked Money Laundering Organization, and 68 entities believed to be part of that organization, as specially designated narcotics traffickers under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. OFAC, in cooperation with US Customs and Border Protection, other US agencies and the Panamanian Government, … Continue Reading

Trade Talk – Week in Review (8-12 February 2016)

North Korea Sanctions Bill Passes – Sent to President’s Desk.  By a vote of 408-2, the House passed new North Korea sanctions legislation (H.R. 757) on Friday following the Senate’s unanimous approval Wednesday, sending the measure to President Obama’s desk for signature into law.  Once enacted, the bill would compel the U.S. Department of the … Continue Reading

Trade Talk – Week in Review (1-5 February 2016)

TPP – Agreement Signed; Warnings of a Slow Congressional Process.  After the Thursday signing ceremony in Auckland, New Zealand, Ambassador Froman said the United States is developing a “full implementation plan” to make sure developing countries, such as Vietnam, uphold their obligations. At a Tuesday meeting with President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) … Continue Reading

Trade Talk – Week in Review (18-22 January 2016)

The Senate was in session last week, while the House of Representatives (“the House”) remained in recess in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.  Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran took effect, as did a prisoner swap last week.  Washington’s attention then quickly shifted to an impending historic … Continue Reading

Trade Talk – Week in Review (11-15 January 2016)

President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, delivering his final State of the Union (SOTU) address.  Although trade is generally not a central theme during a congressional and presidential election year, the President did mention the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal near the end of the speech as one example of American … Continue Reading

Getting Customs Valuation Right – Upcoming Workshop Opportunity

Trade Practitioner Chris Skinner will co-lead a practical interactive workshop on How to Meet Increasingly Complex Valuation Challenges on January 20, 2016, preceding American Conference Institute’s 10th Advanced Forum on Import Compliance & Enforcement. Chris’ session aims to make sense of and provide guidance on a range of Customs valuation issues that import compliance professionals encounter on a … Continue Reading

Legal 500 is Taking Notice

Legal 500 UK recently ranked our firm Tier 1 for Public Policy, stating: “Merged firm Squire Patton Boggs now has an enhanced public policy practice at national and European levels, with a focus on trade law. The team includes Martin Rees and senior associate Aline Doussin.” Further, we were ranked Tier 2 for EU & Competition … Continue Reading

Importers Must Assess GSP Eligibility or Lose Potential Refunds

The renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program became effective on 29 July 2015. The GSP renewal has retroactive effect for the period during which it lapsed (1 August 2013 through 28 July 2015), and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently provided notice that it will begin processing refunds on duties paid … Continue Reading
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