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    • 20/01/2021
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    Review of EU anti-dumping and/or anti-subsidy measures following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU

    On 1 January 2021, the transition period specified in Article 126 of the “Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community” (“Withdrawal Agreement”) ended. As from the same date, the relationship between the European Union (“EU”) and the United Kingdom (“UK”) is governed by the “Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part” (“TCA”), which was concluded on 24 December 2020. On 18 January 2021, the European Union published a “Notice regarding the application of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures in force in the European Union following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and the possibility of a review” (“Notice”) which affirms the possibility of requesting a review of the existing EU anti-dumping and/or anti-subsidy measures on the grounds of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (“Brexit”). This client alert briefly analyses the conditions that must be met in order to obtain the initiation of such a review. Please click on the link below to read our client alert on the topic.

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    • 12/01/2021
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    Investment Protection Implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA)

    On 24 December 2020, the European Union (“EU”) and the United Kingdom (“UK”) agreed a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the “TCA”), with provisional application from 1 January 2021. Title II of Part Two, Heading One (Trade) of the TCA includes provisions relating to “services and investment”. Yet, the provisions are minimal. In respect of investment protection, the TCA is more notable for what is out than what is in. This Client Alert provides our short analysis of the TCA’s investment protection provisions. It considers and discusses the TCA’s implications for EU-UK investors and what steps should now be taken by investors to maintain international protection for EU-UK investments. Please click on the link below to read our Client Alert on this topic.

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    • 11/01/2021
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    The impact of Brexit on Trade Defence Instruments

    On 24 December 2020, the European Union (“EU”) and the United Kingdom (“UK”) concluded a “Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part” (“EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement” or “TCA”). The TCA was ratified by the UK on 31 December 2020. The EU started to apply the TCA on a provisional basis on 1 January 2021. The European Parliament and the European Council of Ministers will have to ratify it by the end of February 2021. The TCA defines the specific terms of the relationship between the EU and the UK, following the end of the transition period, which was governed by the Withdrawal Agreement, and therefore the departure of the UK from the EU Single Market (comprising the free movement of persons, goods, services and the freedom of capital) and the EU customs union. The TCA establishes a free trade area between the EU and the UK by ensuring no tariffs or quotas on trade in goods that have preferential origin of either party. However, as of 1 January 2021, the EU and the UK form two distinct markets each governed by its own rules, including those relating to trade defence instruments (TDIs). Please click on the link below to read our client alert on the topic.

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    • 08/01/2021
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    German Government prohibits Chinese acquisition under foreign direct investment rules

    On 2 December 2020, the German Government prohibited on public security grounds the sale of the German Institut für Mobil- und Satellitenfunktechnik (“IMST”), a specialist in satellite and communications technologies, to Addsino, a subsidiary of State-owned defence group China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (“CASIC”). This is only the second time that the German Government has decided to prohibit a transaction on the basis of the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance, and is technically the first prohibition to take effect as the first transaction had been abandoned once it became clear that the prohibition was imminent.

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    • 25/11/2020
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    EU publishes proposed amendments to the Dual-use Regulation

    On 10 November 2020, the European Council and the European Parliament agreed on the text of a long-awaited amendment to Regulation 428/2009 setting up an EU regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items (“Dual-use Regulation”). The proposal widens the scope of the EU dual-use control regime to cover cyber-surveillance technology and the supply of technical services related to dual-use items. Changes also include new conditions to obtain an export authorisation and the introduction of national control lists. This Client Alert sets out the proposal’s key points.

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    • 30/10/2020
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    UK and Japan sign Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

    On 23 October 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) and Japan signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). The CEPA is based on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union (EU) and Japan. However, the CEPA also contains some enhanced provisions in areas such as rules of origin, financial services, and digital matters, and eliminates certain tariff lines earlier than the EPA. Once ratified, the CEPA is expected to enter into force as of 1 January 2021 and, as far as possible, provide continuity for trade between the UK and Japan after the EU-Japan EPA ceases to apply to the UK. Our overview of the UK-Japan CEPA highlights the key features of the agreement and identifies the main differences between the CEPA and the EPA relevant to stakeholders. Please click below to read our note on the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

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