Variety of International Commerce Issues — Business as Usual.

        Global Markets

 Issues concerning foreign investment, export subsidies, agricultural exports, and cross-border litigation and corporate structuring continue to be main issues arising in the global economy over the last few weeks.  Business as usual. Some specifics are the following:
…. Foreign Investors & U.S. Commercial Real Estate — Yes, the EB-5 visa program is important. Global money helps out in a slow economy. It allows small foreign investors to invest in the U.S. marketplace. This helps out both small and large U.S. projects. It provides for a new source of funding. The program allows foreign investors residency here and thus brings in more global talent to the U.S. economy. Funding U.S. Builders — Visas,” Wall Street Journal (December 10, 2014).
…. Managed trade, quotas & subsidies are never good. The proposed Mexico-US sugar deal is only a good deal for industry not consumers. U.S. – Mexico Sugar Deal.” Washington Post (December 9, 2014).
…. Good straight-forward article summarizing some of the legal issues concerning structuring international and cross-border transactions. Cross-Border Litigation Issues & International Transactions.Financier Worldwide (December 2014).
…. The AB of WTO upheld many panel findings against US on imported Indian steel. Some CVDs were not proper. “AB Report and Indian Steel into the U.S.”   WTO News (December 8, 2014).
…. For last year FDI into China was still a bit more than outbound investment. May change for this year because of growth in US market. “Investment Focus — China.” Financial Times (December 5, 2014).
…. GMOs in US agricultural exports to EU may sink the TTIP. Not just science but cultural arguments. “GMOs and EU.” Washington Post (December 4, 2014).
…. ” ‘New Google Tax’ — The UK is launching a crackdown on cross-border financial engineering by multinationals. Will impose a 25% tax on profits “artificially shifted.”Google Tax and Multinationals.” Financial Times (December 3, 2014).



About Stuart Malawer

Distinguished Service Professor of Law & International Trade at George Mason University (Schar School of Public Policy).
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