Biden Administration Boosts Domestic Manufacturing – EXIM to Provide Competitive Financing

Money Pile $100 US dollar billsFor the first time, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) will make its existing financing programs available to export-oriented domestic manufacturing facilities and infrastructure projects. The Make More in America Initiative was unanimously approved by the EXIM Board of Directors in April 2022, and had support from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the American Association of Port Authorities (APPA), and the US LNG Association. US manufacturers and infrastructure project stakeholders seeking competitive financing options now have an additional resource to consider. Continue Reading

The Impact of Russia-Ukraine Crisis on Capitals, Markets and Boardrooms

Ukraine waving flagModerated by Stephen Lerner and hosted by the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), a multidisciplinary team from our firm engaged in a wide-ranging discussion about the crisis in Ukraine. Topics included geopolitics, the global economy, sanctions and trade compliance, supply chains, the legal response from Moscow, and other business critical issues.

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US Executive Branch Update – May 18, 2022

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

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POTUS’ Schedule*

*The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change, as is the White House press briefing schedule.

10:15 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

1:15 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and The First Lady depart the White House en route Joint Base Andrews | South Lawn

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Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe: May 1 – 15, 2022

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The United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) continued to impose sanctions against Russia over the first two weeks of May, while the European Union (EU) continued its debate over another sanctions package.  The US Congress also continues to debate a new $40 billion assistance package for Ukraine.  The UK introduced legislation that would bring the free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand into force later this year.  The European Parliament approved its negotiating stance on the proposal for Foreign Subsidies.  Meanwhile, the second US-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) ministerial meeting concluded on 16 May in Paris-Saclay, France (and will be covered in the next report). 

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US Executive Branch Update – May 13, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

10:45 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT welcomes His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein to the White House; this visit reinforces the close friendship and enduring partnership between the United States and Jordan Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – May 12, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:15 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

5:30 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT welcomes the Leaders of ASEAN countries and the ASEAN Secretary General to the White House and takes a family photo as part of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit | South Lawn Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – May 11, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:00 a.m. ET – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

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US Executive Branch Update – May 10, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. ET – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | The White House

11:30 a.m. ET – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on his plan to fight inflation and lower costs for working families, and contrast his approach with Congressional Republicans’ ultra-MAGA plan to raise taxes on 75 million American families and threaten to sunset programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid | South Court Auditorium

  • Fact Sheet: The Biden-⁠Harris Inflation Plan | Lowering Costs and Lowering the Deficit | May 10, 2022

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The US Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: Is Your Organization in Compliance?

On December 23, 2021, President Biden signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) into law.

The Act creates a rebuttable presumption that “any goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China” (or by an entity included on a list required by the Act) is prohibited from importation into the US under 19 U.S.C. §1307. This presumption applies unless the Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) determines that “the importer of record has complied with specified conditions and, by clear and convincing evidence, that the goods, wares, articles, or merchandise were not produced using forced labor.”

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US Executive Branch Update – May 9, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

8:55 a.m. ET – THE PRESIDENT departs New Castle, Delaware, en route the White House

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Sustainability Outlook European Union – April 2022

Sustainability Outlook European UnionOur European Public Policy team is pleased to share with you our monthly newsletter, Sustainability Outlook – European Union which looks at key developments in EU sustainability law and policy. This month’s edition includes the following: Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe: April 18-30, 2022

Transatlantic Trade Update text overlaid on top of images of US, UK and EU flagsAfter multiple top European officials’ visits to Kyiv, the United States (US) Government dispatched two Cabinet-level officials to Ukraine, marking the return of American officials to the country and a re-opening of the US Embassy, since the conflict with Russia started in late February.  The United Kingdom (UK) also announced its Embassy was re-opening in Kyiv last week.

The US President formally requested a replenishment of emergency funds for the Ukraine conflict, along with new authorities that could, among other things, further impact seized Russian oligarch assets.  Meanwhile, the US and European Union (EU) continue to prepare for the upcoming US-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) meeting in France in mid-May, with the US holding a stakeholder engagement event and meeting with EU officials.  The UK announced it is furthering trade talks with Switzerland and India.  In the EU, the bloc reached a political agreement on the Digital Services Act.  Debate on the Sustainable Corporate Due Diligence proposal continues, while a separate legislative proposal addressing forced labour restrictions has emerged.

In this issue, we cover:

  • Ukraine and Russia, and transatlantic responses;
  • Other notable US, UK, and EU developments; and
  • A brief UK-EU trade deal update.

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Recent Developments on Bipartisan Innovation Act – Formal Conference Imminent but Prospect Remains Uncertain

Glowing arrow breaking through brick wall before others can reach it.Last week, the Senate made significant procedural headway, in coordination with the House, to advance into a formal conference on the “Bipartisan Innovation Act” (BIA), merging the House-passed America COMPETES Act with the Senate-passed United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA). This development occurred after weeks of pre-conferencing discussions by staff among some of the committees of jurisdiction. This week, the Senate will vote on an agreed list of (non-binding) Motions to Instruct conferees and formally name conferees to the committee.  After weeks of back and forth – and nearly a year since USICA was passed – the two chambers are finally close to formally launching negotiations on a compromise bill. Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – April 28, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. ET – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

10:45 a.m. ET – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on support for Ukrainians defending their country and their freedom against Russia’s brutal war | Roosevelt Room Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – April 27, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. ET – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

11:00 a.m. ET – THE PRESIDENT attends the funeral of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; The President delivers remarks Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – April 26, 2022

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:15 a.m. ET – THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

  • Statement by President Joe Biden on Clemency and Second Chance Month | April 26, 2022
  • Press Release: Clemency Recipient List | April 26, 2022
  • Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Expands Second Chance Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated Persons | April 26, 2022
  • Fact Sheet: Biden Administration Increases Access to COVID-⁠19 Treatments and Boosts Patient and Provider Awareness | April 26, 2022

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