First 100 Days: Foreign Investment and Reviews by CFIUS Under the New Administration - Crowell & Moring LLP

March 16, 2017

Alan Gourley and Addie Cliffe, both partners in Crowell & Moring’s International Trade and Government Contracts groups, sit down to provide a high-level overview of CFIUS and what it means for trade. Alan counsels clients with respect to a broad range of international and government contract issues. He has extensive experience with all aspects of international contracts, both government and commercial. Addie advises clients across a spectrum of government contracts and international trade compliance issues, with specialties including U.S. export controls, the Buy American Act, the Trade Agreements Act, and other U.S. laws and regulations applicable to international transactions.

Covered in this 13 minute podcast

  • Overview of CFIUS.
  • Current trends surrounding CFIUS.
  • Practical tips for businesses regarding M&A activity and foreign investment.
  • What can be gleaned from the annual CFIUS report to Congress.

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First 100 Days: U.S.-Canada Trade Relations – What Corporations Need to Know - Crowell & Moring LLP

February 24, 2017

In the latest podcast for Crowell & Moring's "First 100 Days" series, Jim Flood, chair of the firm's Government Affairs Group, sits down with Ian Laird, co-chair of the firm's International Dispute Resolution Group, to discuss the state of U.S.-Canada trade relations. Ian is a Canadian-qualified lawyer and previously served as chief of staff to a Canadian cabinet minister, as well as a senior political aide to the Ontario Minister of Energy. Ian represents companies engaged in U.S.-Canada trade and business relations and has provided counsel on NAFTA issues for more than 15 years. Ian also worked on the earliest NAFTA investor-state arbitrations involving each of the three NAFTA state parties.

Discussed in this 20 minute podcast recorded on Feb. 17:

  • Some potential strategies for the Canadian Government and Canadian companies to succeed in working with the Trump Administration.
  • Potential “tweaks” to NAFTA with respect to Canada, and redefining U.S.-Canada relations.
  • Views of the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, and a different approach from the U.S. Senate.
  • How Canada's immigration policies might impact business.
  • Potential timeline for any changes, and what companies can do now.

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First 100 Days: Antitrust in a New Era — Competition Under the Trump Administration - Crowell & Moring LLP

February 9, 2017

Cutting through the confusion surrounding the transition to the Trump Administration has been a challenge for businesses. As part of Crowell & Moring’s “First 100 Days” series, Antitrust Group partners Ryan Tisch, Joseph Miller, and Jeane Thomas discuss their predictions for what the transition will mean in the antitrust realm and how businesses should respond. Joe has worked in both the FTC and the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, and has experience with the transition process. Both Jeane and Ryan focus their practice on antitrust business counseling, merger control, and government investigations.

Covered in this 23 minute podcast:

  • What factors might affect FTC and DOJ merger review.
  • Predictions about the new administration's potential enforcement priorities.
  • How businesses should position themselves for successful antitrust advocacy during this time of transition.

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First 100 Days: President Trump’s Early Trade Policy Moves – What it Means for Business - Crowell & Moring LLP

February 3, 2017

As part of Crowell & Moring’s “First 100 Days” series, Paul Davies and Andrew Blasi of C&M International, Crowell & Moring’s international policy and regulatory affairs consulting affiliate, discuss the trade policy moves made so far by the Trump Administration, and what it means for businesses who are involved in trade issues. Paul is a director at C&M International and a former Australian trade negotiator. Andrew is an associate director at C&M International and a former staff member of the US-ASEAN Business Council and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Covered in this 16 minute podcast:

  • President Trump’s early trade policy emphasis on limiting imports and eliminating the trade deficit.
  • Implications of the U.S. withdrawal from TPP and the main takeaways for businesses.
  • The president’s upcoming meeting with Prime Minister Abe of Japan and where things stand.
  • Thoughts on NAFTA and what businesses might expect.

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First 100 Days: State of Play on U.S.-Cuba Relations

January 26, 2017

As part of Crowell & Moring’s “First 100 Days” series, Cari Stinebower, Scott Douglas, and Mariana Pendás sit down to discuss the state of U.S.-Cuba relations at the start of the Trump administration, updating our Nov. 23 podcast on sanctions under the Trump Administration. Cari, a partner with the firm, previously worked as an attorney advisor for the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Scott is a senior policy director with our Government Affairs Group and previously served as finance director for Senator Mitch McConnell. Mariana is an international associate with the firm’s International Trade Group; she is a dual-qualified lawyer in Spain and New York and admitted to practice under the Brussels’ E List.

Discussed in this 20 minute podcast:

  • History of Cuban sanctions.
  • Recent legislation relating to Cuba.
  • What is likely to happen under the new administration.
  • What American businesses should consider before entering the Cuban market.
  • Which members of Congress might have the most influence on relations with Cuba.

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First 100 Days: Key IP Issues That Should be Addressed by the New Administration

January 12, 2017

As part of Crowell & Moring’s “First 100 Days” series, Mike Songer and Terry Rea sit down to discuss the key intellectual property issues that should be addressed by the new administration. Mike is co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group; Terry is a partner and previously served as acting director and deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Discussed in this 21 minute podcast:

  • President-elect Trump, IP law, and economic growth.
  • Improving quality of the patent process.
  • How Congress might deal with patents and more.
  • What in-house counsel should be thinking about.

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First 100 Days: Trade and Jobs: What Trump Can and Can’t Do in the First 100 Days - Crowell & Moring LLP

December 19, 2016

Trade with Mexico and China were top issues for the Trump campaign, and recent developments suggest corporations may be in store for significant change under a Trump Administration. Could we be looking at an entirely different economic framework after January 20? How will manufacturers be impacted? Crowell & Moring International Trade Group partners Daniel Cannistra and John Brew discuss anxiety in the marketplace and how trade could change under President Trump.

Covered in this 23 minute podcast:

  • What are Trump’s promises on trade and can he fulfill them? What authority does the president have to alter trade agreements? What challenges might he face?
  • NAFTA and the possibility of tariffs on Mexican imports.
  • What can Trump do with respect to China?
  • What is the likelihood that the proposed border adjustment tax could go through?
  • What is a trade war, and what might cause it?
  • What agencies should large, multinational companies be looking to throughout the first 100 days to watch for trade updates?

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First 100 Days: Aviation and the FAA: Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Crowell & Moring LLP

December 14, 2016

As part of Crowell & Moring’s “First 100 Days” podcast series, Marc Warren, chair of the firm’s Aviation Group, and Steve Seiden, counsel in the group, sit down to discuss how the Trump Administration might affect the regulatory climate for commercial drones. Marc previously served as the deputy chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration, and Steve also served the FAA in various capacities, including a one-year assignment as special counsel to the agency’s chief counsel.

Discussed in this 18 minute podcast:

  • Why Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are the next big thing, their potential, and industry and business applications.
  • Current state of regulatory play – pilot requirements, when and where drones can be flown, and the waiver process.
  • Opportunities and challenges for the Trump Administration.
  • Near-term issues (a forthcoming notice of proposed rulemaking on microdrones).
  • What’s next? (large drones, operations over people, and fully autonomous drones).
  • Other issues worth tracking (Federal preemption, potential conflicts with state laws, and privacy issues).

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First 100 Days: Common Misperceptions About Undoing a Prior Administration’s Executive Actions - Crowell & Moring LLP

December 12, 2016

In the latest podcast for Crowell & Moring’s “First 100 Days” series, Dan Wolff, chair of the firm’s Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, and Tom Lorenzen, partner in the firm’s Environment & Natural Resources Group and former assistant chief with the DOJ’s Environment & Natural Resources Division, sit down with Jim Flood, chair of Crowell & Moring’s Government Affairs Group to discuss the possibility of President-elect Trump’s administration repealing, replacing, or eliminating prior executive actions, regulatory actions, or other policies.

Common misperceptions that will be addressed in this 15 minute podcast:

  • A new president can easily strike all the regulations he or she does not like on day one.
  • Regulations promulgated pursuant to Executive Orders can be erased simply by revoking the Executive Order.
  • Congress can simply eliminate regulations under the Congressional Review Act and the new administration can start on a blank slate.
  • Regulations at various stages of finalization can easily be discarded.

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First 100 Days: Sanctions Under the Trump Administration - Crowell & Moring LLP

November 22, 2016

In the third podcast of Crowell & Moring’s “First 100 Days” series, Partners Carlton Greene and Cari Stinebower of the firm’s International Trade Group sit down to discuss what sanctions might look like under President-elect Trump’s new administration. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Carlton served as chief counsel of FinCEN and also worked for OFAC at the Dept. of the Treasury. Cari has previously worked as an attorney advisor for the Office of the General Counsel at OFAC.

Covered in this 20 minute podcast:

  • Iran sanctions – what is likely to happen with the JCPOA, how OFAC might take enforcement actions outside of JCPOA and the implications of such, and what might happen with the Iran Sanctions Act.
  • Russia/Ukraine/Crimea sanctions – how Crimea-focused sanctions might be affected by the president-elect’s statements that Russia should be an ally in the fight against ISIS.
  • Cuba sanctions – what the new administration might do with respect to Cuba sanctions and the Cuban Democracy Act.

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