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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 adapt to change and manage the impact on their businesses.

The impact of Trump and Brexit on global trade, global businesses and their supply chains

Global trade policies are in a state of flux as governments work out what Brexit, President Trump's plans to renegotiate or scrap existing trade deals and Asia's growing focus on trade liberalisation will mean for the future. Mark Poulton, Clifford Chance's Head of Corporate, London says that for multinationals "it will not be business as usual." Read more.

The future of trade for the UK

The UK is about to renegotiate a complex web of trade agreements built up over decades. This will pose a number of challenges. This paper produced in partnership with the CBI offers advice on how to manage the potential changes ahead. Read more.

Brexit - trade and treaties

Since the UK referendum, the UK government has been regrouping, consulting, discussing and strategising and there are still many major decisions to be made about the future of trade with the EU and the rest of the world.  Clifford Chance experts, together with Professor Jim Rollo of the University of Sussex, a specialist in international trade, discuss how companies should prepare. Read more

Iran and the west: In conversation with Lord Lamont of Lerwick, UK Trade Envoy to Iran

Lord Lamont of Lerwick gave the third annual lecture at the Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute at Queen Mary University of London, an event which we sponsored. In this extract, Lord Lamont talks about the challenges and opportunities presented by Iran's relationship with the west and the potential for trade. Read more

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada

Seven years after negotiations began, CETA was finally signed in October 2016. What does it mean for competition law and policy and what impact will it have on both sides of the Atlantic? Read more

China's one belt, one road: challenges and opportunties

China's one belt, one road  (OBOR) initiative ams to restore the country's old land and sea trade routes and to boost economic connectivity between Asia, Europe and Africa. it covers 65 countries and six economic corridors and accounts for on third of the world's GDP. We assess what it offers investors. Read more.