“We are going to win so much” is a staple soundbite from President Donald Trump, and also is representative of his administration’s mindset to international negotiations.

President Trump favors bilateral trade deals and has been optimistically touting the US as the UK’s first FTA partner after Brexit. From the UK’s perspective, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also wants wins, partly due to the desire to uphold certain regulatory standards, and largely to maintain political, economic, and social security and stability post-Brexit to soften the blow of leaving the EU on the UK economy.

Join the co-chairs of our International Trade Practice,  Frank Samolis and George Grammas, and our London-based International Affairs Advisor, Matthew Kirk, a former diplomat for the UK government, for a virtual event on May 28, 2020 from 9 – 10:30 a.m. EDT.

As both countries were primed to begin negotiations, COVID-19 happened. On May 5, 2020, the long-anticipated US-UK FTA discussions finally began, virtually.

On May 28, 2020 at 9 a.m. EDT, in partnership with Content Enablers, our experts – based in Washington, DC and London – join together for a roundtable discussion to examine the relationship between the US and UK during a historic time in our collective human history, while both countries are in negotiations with each other for a mutually important trade agreement, also in parallel, they are engaging in negotiations with other trade partners around the world, and the shifting dynamics beyond the horizon.

May 28, 2020

9 – 10:30 a.m. EDT

Register here.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • The outcome of the first round of talks and what’s next
  • Each country’s negotiating priorities and strategies, meaningful agreements, absolute hard line, and the real-world implications, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted or shuffled certain priorities
  • Regulatory and compliance hot spots (e.g., export controls; tariffs; sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures; government procurement; and defense, national, and public security concerns, etc.)
  • Balancing the relationship with China, and with each other, and how politics may influence the trade negotiations and bilateral relations going forward
  • Involvement and power play in international organizations, such as the World Trade Organization


  • Frank Samolis
    Partner and Co-Chair, International Trade Practice, Washington DC
  • Matthew Kirk
    International Affairs Advisor, London

WATCH previews of the discussions by Frank Samolis and Matthew Kirk.

Image of Frank Samolis' headshot on video cover for 5/28 US-UK webinar preview






Matthew Kirk's headshot on video cover for 5/28 US-UK trade webinar preview






Moderated by:

  • George Grammas
    Partner and Co-Chair, International Trade Practice, Washington DC