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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Trade, Supply Chains and Defense

As world leaders and healthcare professionals respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around the world have been forced to adapt to new restrictions, unpredictable supply chains and a limited workforce. For medical and pharmaceutical products, demand is high and the efficient movement of inputs is critical. For many other industries, dwindling consumer demand is already … Continue Reading

EU Commission Updates Guidance on FDI Screening in the EU; Citing COVID-19 Concerns

On March 25, 2020, the European Commission published a Guidance addressed to Member States on the application of foreign direct investment (FDI) Screening Regulation 2019/452 in the EU and restrictions on free movement of capital from third countries.  The Guidance relates to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. … Continue Reading

Italy and COVID-19: Legal Overview on Key Business Issues

This post is being published for The Trade Practitioner to highlight our global effort to provide support and advice to help businesses navigate legal issues and manage risk. Please visit our Coronavirus COVID-19 resource hub for additional information.  The recent outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has rapidly evolved from a local issue to … Continue Reading

US Department of Defense (DoD) Clarifies the Defense Industrial Base as Essential Critical Infrastructure

On March 20, 2020, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord issued a memorandum to the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), clarifying what is considered the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (the “Memo”). The Memo can be found here.… Continue Reading

Existing Restrictions May Preclude PE-Backed Small Companies From Getting Relief Under The COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

This post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with our COVID-19 resource hub. Please contact Danielle Asaad, Pablo E. Carrillo and Kirk Beckhorn with any questions. As we start this week, lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue their efforts to overcome differences on the proposed legislation to provide emergency … 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 COVID-19 – Italy Rachets Up

What Has Changed? Up to now, European Governments have followed an approach to tackling Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) based on three main elements: closing down the main public interactions (retail, hospitality, sports) except those necessary for food and healthcare; encouraging/requiring people to work remotely where they can, and to stay away from work if not … Continue Reading

Coronvirus COVID-19 – Are You An Essential US Business?

This post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with the Global Supply Chain Law Blog. Please contact Sarah Rathke with any questions.  This week, we anticipate that states and municipalities will likely issue a number of “stay-at-home orders” that will require the temporary closure of businesses not deemed … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Economic Relief Opportunities for Small Businesses

This post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of content partnership with our Public Policy Practice. Please contact Jack Kingston, Jack Deschauer and Pablo Carrillo with any questions.  Congress and the Trump Administration are working to pass billions of dollars in economic relief for small businesses affected by the novel COVID-19, commonly … Continue Reading

US Officials Finalize Passenger Travel Restrictions in Response to COVID-19

Effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 20, 2020 the United States limited non-essential travel across its northern and southern borders through April 20, 2020. The decision comes following negotiations with Canada and Mexico in response to the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  The restrictions target passengers, not cargo.  Administration officials continue … Continue Reading

Coronavirus COVID-19 – Defense Production Act (DPA) and Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) – Substance and Process

On March 18, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order on prioritizing and allocating health and medical resources to respond to the spread of COVID-19 in the US, citing the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), as amended (50 U.S.C. 4501 et seq.).… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Legal Issues in Spain

This post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with our Madrid office. Please contact José María Viñals with any questions.  Spain is the second most affected country in Europe in relation to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), with an increasing number of people becoming infected. Click on the … Continue Reading

COVID-19 – How Do I Know If What I Do Is An Essential Service

This post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with our International Policy Practice. Please contact Matthew Kirk with any questions.    We are being asked with increasing frequency by companies whether, in the context of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdowns, their business counts as an “essential service”. This … Continue Reading

Coronavirus and Trade – US Perspective; What Comes Next?

Updated on March 19, 2020 The coronavirus outbreak has caused severe, but widely varying disruptions across the US economy, including increased consumer demand of particular goods, reduced production due to lack of key inputs from abroad or quarantined employees, and dramatic US stock market drops responding to unprecedented levels of uncertainty. … Continue Reading

US Policy Prognosis: The Legislative Response to COVID-19

The post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with our Public Policy Practice. Please contact John B. Breaux, Trent Lott, Edward Newberry and Robert Kapla with any questions.  With the rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), commonly known as the “coronavirus” or COVID-19, lawmakers are proposing and … 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

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

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

Supply Chain Issues Arising From COVID-19 – China

This blog post is being published for The Trade Practitioner as part of a content partnership with our Shanghai and Beijing Offices. Please contact Daniel Roules and Yi (Nic) Wan with any questions. In a prior client advisory on the legal implications of coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) in China, we explored employment, force majeure, data … Continue Reading
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