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Recent Regulatory Developments: Expanding Control Exemption for Standard-Setting to All on Entity List—Analysis 

Under an interim rule published in the Federal Register on Friday, September 9, 2022, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) is loosening restrictions on the sharing of specific technology with blacklisted firms, to maintain the United States’ lead in setting international standards. Under that rule, no license will be required to export certain … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – July 11-29, 2022

Note:  Our next report will circulate in September, after the summer break. Amid the global food crisis, the Russian Federation (Russia) and Ukraine reached an agreement that was signed in Turkey to allow Ukraine’s grains to ship to global markets; Ukraine awaits sign from the United Nations (UN) that ship passage is guaranteed for the … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – June 25 – July 8, 2022

The past two weeks saw the conclusion of the Group of Seven (G7) Leaders and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summits in Germany and Spain, respectively.  The G7 Leaders’ issued a Communique affirming continued solidarity with Ukraine.  Aligning with the G7, the United States (US) started its domestic process to impose tariffs on a number … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – June 27, 2022

With the mid-term elections approaching (November) in the United States (US), the White House and those Members of Congress up for re-election (the full House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate) continue to focus domestic matters of concern for American voters – namely the US economy, high gas prices, and an inflation rate that … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – June 1-10

The United Kingdom (UK) celebrated Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of her reign.  The United States (US) hosted the Summit of the Americas, unveiling another economic framework initiative, with this one focused on countries in the Western Hemisphere.  In the European Union (EU), the European Parliament … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe: May 16 – 30

At the end of the month, the European Union (EU) finally reached a deal – after weeks of negotiations – on an oil ban against Russian sourced oil and petroleum products.  In mid-May, the United States (US) and EU concluded their second US-EU Trade and Technology Council ministerial meeting.  Meanwhile, absent a free trade agreement … Continue Reading

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

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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

After 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 … Continue Reading

Biden Administration Boosts Domestic Manufacturing – EXIM to Provide Competitive Financing

For 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), … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe: April 4 -15, 2022

The United States (US) Congress moved to isolate further Russia and Belarus these past two week, as the US Government also increased bilateral pressure with the imposition of additional sanctions and restrictions.  The United Kingdom (UK) Government also moved in concert these past two weeks with the US and European Union (EU) in ratcheting up … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of March 28, 2022

The United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) continued to ratchet up additional pressure on Russia this week, while the European Union (EU) and UK appear to have different opinions on how best to continue to coordinate the pressure campaign against Russia.  The UK and US aligned this week with high-level visits to India, part … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of March 21, 2022

While the President of the United States (US), Joe Biden, appears to be willing to increase rhetoric against the President of the Russian Federation (Russia), other Western allies are less willing to join in increasing tension with Russia on this front.  By Sunday, the US Secretary of State appeared to downplay President Biden’s Friday remarks … Continue Reading

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

Moderated 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. Watch the webinar recording here.… Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of March 14, 2022

More countries joined the United States (US) this past week in calling for Russia’s “most-favored nation” status to be revoked at the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The European Union (EU) approved a fourth tranche of sanctions against Russia, as the bloc prepares yet another potential round of sanctions.  Furthermore, the United Kingdom (UK) designated an … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of March 7, 2022

Transatlantic partners continue to ratchet pressure this week on the Kremlin responsive to the Russian Federation’s continued conflict with Ukraine. The United States announced its immediate ban on Russian oil and gas exports (and seafood and alcohol products); the United Kingdom (UK) Government stated it would phase out Russian energy by the end of the … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of February 28, 2022

With military troops from the Russian Federation and aligned forces moving further into Ukraine, efforts were attempted – but failed – to establish ceasefire agreements that would allow Ukrainian civilians to evacuate Mariupol and Volnovakha, cities that faced heavy fire from Russian forces this week.  European countries and the United States (US) reacted negatively to … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of February 21, 2022

In the early hours of 22 February, at the direction of the Kremlin, Russian Federation military forces crossed Ukraine’s borders from multiple fronts, beginning an assault that appears to be an effort to seize control of the country via the capital, Kyiv.  Western allies – the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and European Union … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of February 14, 2022

While Russian officials claimed early this week a withdrawal of some of its forces from Ukraine’s borders, the United States (US) quickly asserted it saw no such evidence, with one official stating intelligence reflected another 7,000 Russian troops have joined over 150,000 estimated troops already near Ukraine’s borders.  US and European leaders continued to meet … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of February 7, 2022

The United States (US) Government continues to warn of an imminent Russian attack on Ukraine.  While diplomacy remains the preferred option, US intelligence suggests Russia’s military is poised to roll into Ukraine from multiple fronts.  Officials from the United Kingdom (UK), the US and European Union (EU) engaged Russian counterparts this week, seeking a diplomatic … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 31, 2022

While the situation between Russia and Ukraine remains a focus for transatlantic trade partners, the rhetoric this week appears to have been pared back.  Nevertheless, a group of Senators in the United States (US) may soon have an agreement on a sanctions bill to address Russia’s aggression.  Sanctions legislation was introduced on 31 January in … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 24, 2022

The United States (US) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) submitted their responses to Russia’s security demands this past week, which the Russian Foreign Minister indicated gave hope of a dialogue on secondary questions, not the fundamental issues.  With the White House suggesting Russia could re-invade Ukraine in February, media reports reflect Ukraine’s President has … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 17, 2022

Russia and Ukraine remain a focus for officials from the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US), with the US Secretary of State dispatched to Europe this past week.   Notably, a bipartisan US Senate delegation visited Ukraine this week, with one Senator suggesting the US Government is vetting potential effects … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of January 10, 2022

Amid increased tension between the Russian Federation (Russia) and Ukraine, diplomatic talks between the United States (US), European countries, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Russia concluded this week, with US officials saying they are taking stock of the discussions, while Russian officials indicated talks were a “dead end.”  These past few weeks and … Continue Reading
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