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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

COVID-19 Coronavirus – UK Competition Law: May The Force Be With You?

This blog post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with our Competition – Antitrust Practice. Please contact Dickie Chan and Nicola Elam with any questions. Today, the UK government announced that “supermarkets [are] to join forces to feed the nation” as the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continues to surge. Competition … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Coronavirus – Hit Pause to Competition Law?

This blog post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with our Competition – Antitrust Practice. Please contact Nicola Elam and Dickie Chan with any questions. Beyond relaxing night-time delivery restrictions on supermarkets to keep up with the surge in demand for basic grocery items, it has been reported … Continue Reading

Off to a Bumpy Start – UK Trade Negotiations With the EU and US

This blog post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with our Brexit Legal blog. Please contact Matthew Kirk with any questions. In the last week of February 2020 – amid some chest-beating ferocity on both sides – the EU and UK published their respective negotiating mandates for the … 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

UK’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) Updates Financial Sanctions

OFSI, part of the HM Treasury, working toward ensuring that financial sanctions are properly implemented and enforced in the UK, has updated numerous financial sanctions that are currently in force. The recent updates are for financial sanctions in the following regions and industries: ISIL/Da’esh and Al-Qaida Organizations Nicaragua Venezuela Central African Republic Ukraine – Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity Syria Libya … Continue Reading

UK Suspends Arms Exports to Turkey

The UK has reportedly suspended the granting of arms export licenses for Turkey in relation to weapons that could potentially be used for military operations in Syria. The suspension follows British ministers ordering a full review into Turkish arms licenses. Liz Truss, the UK’s International Trade Secretary, commented that the International Trade Department “will take into account any developments in the … Continue Reading

UK Government Imposes New Control on Exports to Russia

On August 14, 2019, the UK government introduced a new control on the export of submersible vessels and related equipment, software and technology to Russia. The new control has been introduced due to Russia’s development of capabilities enabling it to track, access and disrupt undersea communication cables. The UK government considers these developments as a risk to national security. Assessment of … Continue Reading

Court of Appeal Rules UK Government Acted Unlawfully in Sale of Arms to Saudi Arabia

On June 20, 2019, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment allowing Campaign Against Arms Trade’s (CAAT) appeal of the High Court’s decision. The claim brought by CAAT was for a judicial review of export licensing decisions made by the Secretary of State for International Trade in relation to military exports to Saudi Arabia, which could potentially be … Continue Reading

UK Export Control Unit (ECJU) Amends Export Control Order 2008

The ECJU has amended the Export Control Order 2008 through the implementation of Directive (EU) 2019/514. The Export Control (Amendment) Order 2019, which came into force on June 30, 2019, amends the list of defense-related products. The changes correspond to updates made to the European Military List. In addition, updates were made to remove Eritrea from the list of countries embargoed … Continue Reading

UK Government Releases Custom Duty Rates in the Event of Hard Brexit

The UK government has published the proposed customs duty rates that will apply to imported merchandise entering the UK from third countries after the country has left the European Union (EU) under a so-called no-deal scenario. Unless recent political developments require the UK government to extend that deadline, it has been indicated that the UK … Continue Reading

CFIUS Investigation: Dassault Systèmes and Medidata Solutions

Status:  Investigation Acquirer:             Dassault Systèmes SE (France) Acquired:            Medidata Solutions, Inc. (US) Value:                   Approx. US$5.8 Billion Industry:              Software; Life Sciences… Continue Reading

CFIUS Filing Clearance: Edwards Vacuum, Atlas Copco and Brooks Automation’s Semiconductor Cryogenics Business

Status:  Clearance   Acquirer:  Edwards Vacuum LLC (US); Atlas Copco AB (Sweden) Acquired:  Semiconductor cryogenics business of Brooks Automation, Inc. (US) Value:  US$675 million Industry:  Industrial Products and Services… Continue Reading

Prime Minister May Resigns – Another Twist in the Brexit Saga: What Does This Mean for Trade?

By now, avid watchers can agree that Prime Minister May’s resignation will further complicate the already-complex Brexit landscape. Her tenure in office had been looking increasingly challenged for some time. The immediate trigger for her resignation was her final attempt to get her Brexit deal done, which included the offer of the possibility of a … Continue Reading
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