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Global trade is undergoing fundamental change. The UK's decision to leave the EU, President Trump's intention to "put America first," and Asia's determination to play a greater role in globalisation will have a dramatic impact for years to come. Trade agreements are notoriously slow and complex for governments to negotiate, and during this period of uncertainty, our trade experts can help our clients to manage the impact on their businesses.




President Trump, Human Rights, US Sanctions and Global Business: Traps for the unwary

Over the past year, completely contrary to public expectations, President Trump has unleashed the power of US economic sanctions to champion human rights and fight corruption globally. As laudable as this initiative may seem at first glance on public policy grounds, it also raises serious legal questions and creates new risks and uncertainties for the global business community. Read more.

Global shifts in international trade

The established model of world trade is now questioned from many angles. The model needs to evolve – and to evolve quickly. Following his presentation to the WEF International Trade and Stewardship Board at Davos 2019, Matthew Layton, in discussion with Malcolm Sweeting, talks about the global shifts in international trade and the future role of trade in addressing many of the challenges that we face today. View the recording here.

Davos 2019: The next global crisis – are we ready?

China and the US are heading towards a new cold war which may radically alter the global economy, argued Nouriel Roubini, Professor of Economics at New York University's Stern School of Business at an event hosted by Clifford Chance in Davos. Read more.




Belt and Road: Investing in the Caspian Region - June 2018

Standing at the crossroads between Asia and Europe, the Caspian region has a key part to play in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The governments of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Georgia, in particular, are actively courting Chinese investors and Chinese finance in relation to a range of domestic and cross-border transportation, energy and information infrastructure projects. Read more.



A Guide to the EU Foreign Investment Screening Regulation

The EU Regulation establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the EU will become applicable on 10 October 2020.

The Regulation will allow the Commission to review (but not block) certain investments of "Union interest" and to issue a non-binding opinion to the member state in which the investment takes place.  It also clarifies the scope of the issues that member states may take into account when applying their national screening regimes without falling foul of EU law, sets certain common standards for those regimes and implements a system of cooperation and information exchange between member states and the Commission. 

The legal confirmation that member states may legitimately block foreign takeovers involving critical infrastructure, technologies, raw materials and sensitive information is likely to lead to some member states introducing new foreign investment screening regimes or broadening the scope of their existing regimes. This, combined with increased exchanges of information between member states, will lead to transactions being scrutinised on public interest and national security grounds that are not, at present, caught. Read more.




Risk and raising capital in East Africa

The future role of Africa in international trade and the challenges and risks that banks and corporates in East Africa face, were just some of the topics discussed at Clifford Chance's Risk and Raising Capital conference in Nairobi. Read more.