International Trade

  • December 5, 2017

    Senate Approves Trump's Homeland Security Pick

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm President Donald Trump's second Homeland Security secretary, despite opponents who cited her lack of management experience.

  • December 5, 2017

    Australia, Mexico Want In On US-China WTO Dispute

    Mexico and Australia are the latest countries seeking to keep tabs on a high-stakes World Trade Organization battle over the U.S. policy toward China in anti-dumping probes, each stressing their “substantial trade interest” in the case after its recent escalation over aluminum foil.

  • December 5, 2017

    CIT Questions Commerce's About-Face On Nail Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday raised questions about a recent U.S. Department of Commerce decision to change its duties on Malaysian nails after claims of potential duty evasion, even though the agency's analysis did not appear to show that any evasion had taken place.

  • December 5, 2017

    Zarrab Tells Jury Of Bribing Guard While In US Custody

    A lawyer for Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker charged with scheming to help Iran avoid U.S. sanctions, forced famed Turkish-Iranian trader Reza Zarrab on Tuesday to detail his bad behavior while in U.S. custody and admit he and Atilla disliked each other — but Zarrab refused to admit he was angry when his effort to gain freedom though political channels failed.

  • December 5, 2017

    Commerce Sets Final Duties On Some Italian Pasta Producers

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Tuesday the final results of an administrative review of pasta from Italy, pegging a handful of Italian producers with a 5.3 percent tariff, after finding imports of the product were sold in the U.S. at less than normal value.

  • December 5, 2017

    EU Adopts Rules To Revamp VAT System For Online Sales

    The Council of the European Union on Tuesday adopted regulations to overhaul its antiquated value-added tax system so that certain online sales from countries outside the EU no longer will be exempt from the tax and to reduce compliance costs for businesses.

  • December 5, 2017

    EU Releases 'Blacklist' Of Tax Havens, Including South Korea

    The European Union's Economic and Financial Affairs Council released Tuesday a list of 17 nations it says are "uncooperative on tax matters," opening them to possible economic sanctions.

  • December 5, 2017

    ITC Clears Path For New Biodiesel Tariffs

    The U.S. International Trade Commission greenlit new tariffs on shipments of biodiesel fuel from Argentina and Indonesia on Tuesday after determining that the imports are posing a threat to domestic producers.

  • December 5, 2017

    Tax Pro Sees Threat To Global Tax Break From Senate Patch

    An 11th-hour addition to the Senate's tax overhaul could threaten a key Republican goal with tax reform — ending the worldwide taxation of U.S. companies — according to a leading tax practitioner.

  • December 4, 2017

    Mexico Appeals WTO Ruling On US ‘Dolphin-Safe’ Tuna Regs

    Mexico has filed an appeal notice with the World Trade Organization involving the country’s long-running dispute with the United States over “dolphin-safe” labeling, making good on its promise to appeal a WTO panel ruling that approved revised U.S. tuna labeling regulations.

  • December 4, 2017

    Commerce Keeps Duties On Chinese Steel Cylinders

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced on Monday that it has determined that removing countervailing and anti-dumping duties from high-pressure steel cylinders imported from the People’s Republic of China would harm the U.S. market.

  • December 4, 2017

    Turkish Banker Says US Didn't Disclose Zarrab Jail Call

    The team representing Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla on charges of scheming with famed gold trader Reza Zarrab to help Iran avoid U.S. sanctions told a Manhattan federal judge Monday that prosecutors failed to flag a jailhouse call in which Zarrab appears to indicate a broad willingness to lie to get out of jail.

  • December 4, 2017

    WTO Data Shows Marked Decline In New Trade Restrictions

    World Trade Organization members are steadily backing away from imposing new trade barriers, the WTO reported Monday, offering more good news for observers who have expressed fear about the threat of protectionism to the multilateral system.

  • December 4, 2017

    Commerce Tacks Dumping Duties On Spanish Steel Bars

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday it has preliminarily determined that imports of stainless steel bars from Spain have been sold at prices below normal value in the U.S. market, pegging the goods with a 13.6 percent tariff.

  • December 4, 2017

    EU Finalizes Dumping Rules As China WTO Case Simmers

    The European Union’s heads of state signed off on a suite of new trade remedy rules Monday in a move largely designed to head off a bombshell World Trade Organization complaint from China targeting Brussels for its treatment of Beijing in anti-dumping investigations.

  • December 1, 2017

    Flynn’s Plea Deal May Be The Birth Of A Star Witness

    The fact that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn could stay out of prison after having admitted to lying to FBI agents shows how valuable a witness he may be in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, legal experts said.

  • December 1, 2017

    Bail Denied For Chinese NGO Boss Facing FCPA Charges

    A Manhattan federal judge on Friday denied bail for the head of a Chinese nongovernmental organization accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing African officials to gain business advantages for a Chinese energy conglomerate, deeming him a flight risk.

  • December 1, 2017

    Flynn Legal Team Stocked With Washington 'Dealmakers'

    The trio of Washington, D.C., veterans who guided former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to a plea deal include an outspoken political lawyer who created ad campaigns for the Russian government after the breakup of the Soviet Union, a former corruption prosecutor and an attorney with a White House resume.

  • December 1, 2017

    Russia Sanctions Emerge As Mueller Probe Lightning Rod

    U.S. sanctions on Russia began as an Obama administration effort to punish Moscow for its aggression in the Crimean peninsula nearly four years ago, but they have now emerged as patient zero in a bombshell political scandal that escalated Friday morning with the guilty plea of President Donald Trump's former adviser Michael Flynn.

  • December 1, 2017

    Mining Co. Awarded $30.4M In Expropriation Row With Peru

    A Canadian mining company on Friday said that international arbitrators have awarded it $30.4 million against Peru for expropriating a silver mining project in the country's southeastern region without compensation.

Expert Analysis

  • Anti-Corruption In Mexico: Reasons For Cautious Optimism

    Nicholas Berg

    Implementation of Mexico’s anti-corruption enforcement regime has suffered a series of setbacks and delays. However, the recent resignation of Mexico’s attorney general signals a potential victory for anti-corruption activists in their demands for a truly independent prosecutor — a central pillar of Mexico’s anti-corruption reform efforts, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • A Potential New Hurdle For Foreign Investments

    Kenneth Nunnenkamp

    With the United States Foreign Investment Review Act recently introduced in the Senate, foreign investors, U.S. sellers and other concerned parties may soon be required to consider both the national security implications and the U.S. domestic economic impact of their proposed transactions, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Amarin Case Demonstrates Limits Of ITC Jurisdiction

    Matthew Rizzolo

    Last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to institute a Section 337 investigation based on a complaint brought by Amarin Pharma Inc. This decision, departing from the ITC's typical practice, provides insight into the ITC's jurisdiction and deference to sister government agencies, say Matthew Rizzolo and Vladimir Semendyai of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • SDNY Case Raises Provocative Questions On US Jurisdiction

    Louis Rothberg

    U.S. v. Reza Zarrab, set to start trial this month in the Southern District of New York, is likely to affect the manner in which entities and individuals decide to comply with the Office of Foreign Assets Control's secondary sanctions and represents a critical interpretive question regarding the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Remaining Questions About US Paris Agreement Withdrawal

    Silvia Maciunas

    Last week’s annual meeting of the 23rd Conference of the Parties addressed, among other issues, implementation of the Paris climate change agreement. The U.S. has already submitted a notification of its intention to withdraw from the agreement, but because it has been submitted early, it is unclear whether it will satisfy the withdrawal requirements, says Silvia Maciunas of The Centre for International Governance Innovation.

  • A Look At Argentina’s New Anti-Corruption Law

    kim Nemirow

    Argentina took a significant step this month in its efforts to combat corruption. The law creates corporate criminal liability and will have a material impact on a number of companies that now must comply or face significant potential penalties or debarment, say Kim Nemirow and Lucila Hemmingsen of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Gustavo Morales Oliver of Marval O'Farrell & Mairal.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Constance Baker Motley

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Creditors’ Options In Venezuela’s Disorderly Default

    Javier Rubinstein

    By analyzing the case law from Argentina’s default in 2001 and the terms of the Venezuelan bonds, it is possible to predict how a disorderly default might play out in Venezuela's debt crisis. Attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP examine key elements from Argentina’s default in order to predict whether history is likely to repeat itself.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.