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Monthly Nafta Update: FRIDAY, AUGUST 31st: NAFTA 2.0 D DAY

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a press conference on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 stated the possibility of reaching a deal on NAFTA 2.0 by the end of the week if it is deemed a good deal for Canada. This announcement comes just days before President Trump’s Friday, August 31st, 2018 deadline.

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US State Department Imposes Sanctions on Russia Nerve Agent Attack in UK

On August 27, 2018, new sanctions were imposed on Russia under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (the “CBW Act”).

Trade Wars: A NAFTA and Tariffs Update Mexico-Canada Relations and Negotiations

Canadian and Mexican immigration lawyers continue to be concerned about the future of the North American Fair Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), an agreement signed by Mexico, the United States, and Canada, allowing for more open commercial trade between the three countries.

Bloomberg Tax Portfolio Offers Insights on Section 403(b) Arrangements

Bloomberg Tax announced the release of a new edition of the Tax Management Portfolio: Section 403(b) Arrangements. This portfolio assists advisors working with public schools, hospitals, and other tax-exempt organizations and their employees in developing retirement plan strategies to optimize savings through the advantageous use of §403(b) arrangements.

Amendments to Rule 701 of the Securities Act of 1933

On July 18, 2018, as mandated by the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted an amendment to Rule 701 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), which provides an exemption from registration for securities issued by non-reporting companies pursuant to compensatory arrangements.

Attorney of the Week: Robert M. Appleton

Global Investigations Review named CKR partner and Global Chair of CKR’s Government Enforcement and White Collar Practice Group, Robert Appleton, as one of the world’s leading international anti-corruption and anti-fraud compliance and investigations experts.

You Gotta Have Faith

You often hear a party complain at a mediation that the other side is not acting in good faith. What does that mean? As the term “good faith” is subjective, there is no clear guidance on what constitutes good faith at mediation and what, conversely, qualifies as a lack of good faith.

Can Blockchain Rescue our Identity from the Digital Abyss?

It doesn’t take a lot of digging online to quickly find reasons why identity safety is such a paramount issue. Tools like Have I been pwned? show a range of concerning examples of major institutional breaches that have leaked millions of personal data files. The centralization of identity databases, both physical and digital, is creating these inevitable fail points that are eroding the systemic value of our personal data.

The Blockchain Healthcare Revolution Is In Progress

A blockchain healthcare revolution has quietly been taking place and over the last five years, tech giants such as IBM, have put forth significant resources towards conducting comprehensive studies to better understand the effects that blockchain technology is having on the sector.

United States SEC Creates Scam ICO as a Warning to Investors

“The SEC Has an Opportunity You Won’t Want to Miss: Act Now!”, the title for an official press release for a fraudulent coin offering from the SEC reads.