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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Trade, Supply Chain and Defense

Countries around the world continue to enact policies aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 that both recognize the importance of trade to their respective economies, but also seek to address domestic demand for key goods – especially medical supplies – related to the crisis.  Similarly, some recent government policies around the world have shifted … Continue Reading

Considerations for Companies Interested in Manufacturing Hand Sanitizer to Fight Against COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many businesses are manufacturing essential public health and/or medical supplies that are now in high demand.  Companies around the world—from global luxury brands like Dior and Givenchy to local distilleries throughout the United States—have been switching their alcohol-based product lines from the manufacturing of products such as perfume and spirits … Continue Reading

Accessing Financial Support – Guides for Belgian, Czech, French, Italian, Polish, Slovakian, and Spanish businesses

Our colleagues at the Restructuring GlobalView Blog have prepared guides to assist businesses in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, and Spain to understand what financial support packages are available in those countries.  These guides provide a country-specific overview of the package, eligibility, how to apply, and when it will be available.  Click … Continue Reading

Webinar: Tools to Navigate the Financial Crisis Related to COVID-19

Our colleagues, Hon. John A. Boehner, Karol Denniston, Ed J. Newberry, and Stephen D. Lerner, will be joining the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and FTI Consulting professionals for a webinar deciphering the most recent federal stabilization programs and developments and providing unique and practical advice for business leaders and professionals. The panel will also discuss how … Continue Reading

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Legal Issues in Germany

As world leaders respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around the world have been forced to adapt.  Our colleagues in Germany, Dr. Jens Rinze, Martin H. Falke, Dr. Christian Bleschke, Tanja Weber, Dr. Andreas Fillmann, Markus Schmucker, Jörg Staudenmayer, and Siemer Krümpelmann, have prepared a comprehensive overview of the key legal issues for businesses with … Continue Reading

CARES Act – Economic Assistance to Business Enterprises, States and Municipalities & Securing Stimulus Funding for Small Businesses

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.  The CARES Act includes a range of extensive loan and grant programs that are vital to businesses across the country, including some US$500 billion in funding for the Department of Treasury that is expected to … Continue Reading

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Trade, Supply Chains and Defense

As world leaders and healthcare professionals respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses around the world have been forced to adapt to new restrictions, unpredictable supply chains and a limited workforce. For medical and pharmaceutical products, demand is high and the efficient movement of inputs is critical. For many other industries, dwindling consumer demand is already … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner: COVID-19 Alters Global Shipping – US Senate Offers Some Economic Relief

This is a Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner Blog.  Please contact Stacy Swanson and Ludmilla Kasulke with any questions. For additional COVID-19 related legal advice, resources by regions and sectors, and practical support, please visit our Coronavirus COVID-19 resource hub. The coronavirus’ impacts on global shipping are growing every day.  While borders around the world generally remain … Continue Reading

Current Economic Relief Opportunities for US Small Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Outbreak in the CARES Act

On March 25, 2020, the Senate passed on a bipartisan basis the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.  With more than US$2 trillion in total relief and US$350 billion in support for small businesses, this bill, if enacted, would represent the third phase of legislation intended to help families and companies … Continue Reading

Free For All, or All For One? The Medical Supply Chain and COVID-19

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy needs not restating. The saying “desperate times call for desperate measures” fits the current environment well. Governments throughout the world have instituted or are considering unprecedented measures to keep up with the demand for the medical products necessary to combat COVID-19.  Several such developments come … Continue Reading

Defense Production Act (DPA) and Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) – Substance and Process

On March 18, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order on prioritizing and allocating health and medical resources to respond to the spread of COVID-19 in the US, citing the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), as amended (50 U.S.C. 4501 et seq.).  The DPA confers on the President, and his administration, a broad set … Continue Reading

US Policy Prognosis: The Legislative Response to COVID-19

With the rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), commonly known as the “coronavirus” or COVID-19, lawmakers are proposing and voting on policies to aid people and industries affected by the virus. Several legislative packages have already been enacted, and our elected officials continue to negotiate bills to assist our communities and economy.  Our colleagues … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner: Coronavirus and Trade – US Perspective; What Comes Next?

This is a Cross-Post from The Trade Practitioner Blog.  Please contact our colleagues in the Washington DC office, Ludmilla Kasulke and Stacy Swanson, with any questions.  The coronavirus outbreak has caused severe, but widely varying disruptions across the US economy, including increased consumer demand of particular goods, reduced production due to lack of key inputs from … Continue Reading

How Do I Know If What I Do Is An Essential Service?

Companies are asking whether, in the context of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdowns, their business counts as an “essential service”.  Our colleague Matthew Kirk has prepared a client advisory that addresses this issue from a European perspective, gives a little background to what we see of governments’ approaches to this question so far, and suggests … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from the UK Finance Disputes and Regulatory Investigations Blog: Coronavirus Insurance Issues for UK Businesses and Insurers

Our colleague in our Birmingham office, has prepared a detailed update of coronavirus related insurance issues for UK businesses and insurers. Earlier this week we looked at the effect that Coronavirus may be having on events cancellation, travel and personal accident insurances. However, businesses should now consult with their professional advisers and insurance managers over the … Continue Reading

Coronavirus as Force Majeure?

The situation concerning the novel coronavirus (officially known as COVID-19) is rapidly evolving. The landscape of the virus’ spread and its impacts continues to change dramatically, with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of new cases being confirmed every day and new countries—far from the likely origin of the virus in Wuhan, China—being added to the map of the virus’ … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Advisory Regarding Supply Chain Issues in China Arising from COVID-19

In a prior client advisory on the legal implications of coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) in China, we explored employment, force majeure, data privacy, tax and other issues.  Our colleague in our Shanghai office, Daniel F. Roules, has prepared a supplemental client advisory, identifying specific supply chain issues that are arising from COVID-19.  As China is … Continue Reading

Cross-Post from the UK Finance Disputes and Regulatory Investigations Blog: Coronavirus Related Event Cancellations Creating Exposure for Insurers

Our colleague in our Birmingham office, Mariyam Harunah, has prepared an update on the effects of coronavirus related event cancellations for insurers. Last week, the insurer Hiscox confirmed that it has begun to receive notifications of coronavirus related claims. Hiscox has said that it is still too early for it to determine the potential impact of … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Advisory Regarding COVID-19 Legal Issues in the United States

Our colleagues Laura Lawless, William J. Kishman, Adam D. Colvin, Kimberly J. Donovan, and John E. Wyand have prepared a comprehensive client advisory on the impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) on organizations in the United States.  While every business faces unique considerations, the document provides detailed guidance that should be considered as organizations … Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Advisory Regarding COVID-19 Legal Issues in China

Our colleagues in our Beijing and Shanghai offices, Daniel F. Roules, Sungbo Shim, Laura Wang, Ju (Lindsay) Zhu and Changshun (Ryan) Chen, have prepared an in-depth and well-developed client advisory on the impacts of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) on companies operating in China.  The document provides detailed guidance on several topics, including employment matters, force majeure in … Continue Reading

Preparing Your Business For the Coronavirus

The coronavirus is fast becoming a global concern, with the potential to significantly impact supply chains on a global scale. Over the last few days, our Labor & Employment and Intellectual Property & Technology teams have produced a series of blog posts to help you navigate any potential risks to your business: Coronavirus and Trade … Continue Reading

The Impact of Clean Air Zones

The UK is seeing a significant push on the imposition of Clean Air Zones in its major cities in an effort to tackle emissions levels, NO2 in particular.  Such schemes are designed to incentivize changes in vehicle usage and ownership through the application of daily charges for polluting and ‘non-compliant’ vehicles entering the zone. Many … Continue Reading
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