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Does Digital Service Tax Matter To You? New Section 301 Investigation – Comment Period Now Open

On June 2, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it would be initiating new Section 301 investigations examining digital services taxes (DSTs) adopted or under consideration by Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.  USTR is requesting comments to inform their … Continue Reading

President Trump Takes Stance on China, Hong Kong – Takeaways From the Presidential Announcement

On Friday, May 29, President Trump announced several actions related to China and Hong Kong. The President’s delivered remarks and what was left unsaid were equally instructive. While we are still waiting on details for some of these actions, below is an overview of the President’s announcement.… Continue Reading

CFIUS Clearance: Huatai Securities, AssetMark Financial Holdings and WBI OBS Financial

Status:  Clearance Acquirer:  Huatai Securities Co., Ltd. (China); AssetMark Financial Holdings, Inc., (US) Acquired:  WBI OBS Financial, LLC (US) Value:  US$18.4 million Industry:  Financial Services On September 30, 2019, AssetMark Financial Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AMK), a “provider of extensive wealth management and technology solutions that power independent financial advisers and their clients,” (AssetMark Financial Holdings, Inc., … Continue Reading

New From BIS: Changes to EAR Direct Product Rule to Tighten Supply Chain for Certain Designated Entity List Organizations

A new Interim Final Rule (New Rule) issued by the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), which amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730-774) by expanding the direct product rule as applied to certain organizations on the entity list took effect on May 15, 2020. The New Rule, … Continue Reading

BIS Sunsets License Exception (CIV) for Civil End Uses in Countries in Group D:1

On April 28, 2020, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a Final Rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR, subchapter C, parts 730-774) by removing License Exception Civil End Users (CIV) (§ 740.5), which authorized the unlicensed export, reexport, and transfer (in-country) of … Continue Reading

BIS Expands Export, Reexport and Transfer (In-Country) Controls for Military End Use or Military End Users in China, Russia or Venezuela

On April 28, 2020, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a Final Rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR parts 730-774. This new rule critically expands the licensing requirements for exports, reexports and transfers (in-country) of items subject to the EAR in three … Continue Reading

Upcoming/New CFIUS Filing: ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE; General Atlantic Coöperatief U.A. and The Meet Group, Inc.

Status:  Upcoming/New Filing Acquirer:  ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE (Germany) and General Atlantic Coöperatief U.A. (The Netherlands) Acquired:  The Meet Group, Inc. (US) Value:   $500 million (Approx.) Industry:  Software; Information Services… Continue Reading

Free For All, or All For One? The Medical Supply Chain and COVID-19

This post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with our Global Supply Chain Law Blog. Please contact Kristina Arianina and Ketan M. Ganase with any questions.  The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy needs not restating. The saying “desperate times call for desperate measures” fits the current … Continue Reading

Coronavirus and Trade – US and EU Travel Bans

On March 11, 2020, President Trump announced via a nationally televised address that effective from 11:59 p.m. EDT, March 13, 2020, he would suspend or limit travel into the US from foreign nationals who have recently been in certain European countries in an effort to curtail the person-to-person transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the … Continue Reading

Recently-Released Cybersecurity Verification Mandate Creates Uncertainty for Department of Defense Suppliers

Protection of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) from the growing panoply of cybersecurity threats has been a consistent point of emphasis for senior Department of Defense (DOD) officials during the Trump Administration. The DOD took a significant step toward addressing that concern on January 31, 2020 with the release of Version 1.0 of the Cybersecurity … Continue Reading

International Trade and Policy Discussion in Phoenix – February 25, 2020

Join us along with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council for a substantive discussion on hot-button issues in international trade and policy that will directly impact Arizona businesses across a range of industries. This discussion will feature Ludmilla L. Kasulke, who is an experienced trade lawyer based in our Washington DC office. Topics will include an … Continue Reading

CFIUS Filing Clearance: BC Partners and Presidio, Inc.

Status:                  Clearance Acquirer:             BC Partners (United Kingdom) Acquired:            Presidio, Inc. (US) Value:                   Approx. US$2.2 billion Industry:              Technology Services; Network and Data Solutions… Continue Reading

Recording Now Available: Boris’s Brexit: A Roadmap to a New US-UK Free Trade Agreement? – Panel Discussion – Oct. 23, 2019 – Washington DC

Watch a recording of our panel discussion from October 23, 2019 in Washington DC that examined some of the most critical aspects of Brexit and their short- and medium-term implications, including a potential roadmap to a US-UK free trade agreement, and what the impact of a possible Jeremy Corbyn government might mean for US-UK relations.… Continue Reading
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