Negotiation

Interactive Seminar on Drafting and Negotiating International Agency and Distribution Agreements - November 12-13, 2020 - ResearchAndMarkets.com

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 6:17pm

The "Drafting and Negotiating International Agency and Distribution Agreements" conference has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Key Points: 
  • The "Drafting and Negotiating International Agency and Distribution Agreements" conference has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
  • This interactive seminar is targeted at those who draft, negotiate and advise on international commercial agreements and cross-border transactions.
  • This seminar is not jurisdiction specific and is as such ideal for individuals working in international practice.
  • Day two provides delegates with the requisite knowledge and skills that they need to negotiate and draft international commercial deals generally, and specifically sales, distribution, and agency agreements.

UK-EU future relationship negotiations update: is an agreement possible?

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 12:07am

This paper provides an update on the UK-EU future relationship negotiations following intensified negotiations in June and July 2020. It explores the prospects for an agreement in time for the end of the post-Brexit transition period on 31 DecemberDownload the full reportNegotiating timeline The deadline for extending the post-Brexit transition period in the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) passed at the end of June.

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This paper provides an update on the UK-EU future relationship negotiations following intensified negotiations in June and July 2020. It explores the prospects for an agreement in time for the end of the post-Brexit transition period on 31 December

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    Negotiating timeline

      • The deadline for extending the post-Brexit transition period in the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) passed at the end of June.
      • Negotiations began in early March, and four full rounds of negotiations had taken place by early June.
      • The UK and EU agreed to intensify negotiations in June, with weekly face-to- face talks taking place in late June and July.
      • A draft EU ratification timeline indicates that the EU would like an agreed legal text ready by the beginning of October, as there will need to be time for legal and linguistic revisions.
      • The European Parliament would need to give consent to the agreement, with a vote on this expected in December.

    The negotiations

      • The initial UK and EU negotiating positions are outlined in Commons Library briefing paper 8834, The UK-EU future relationship negotiations: process and issues.
      • Developments in the first three rounds of negotiations are summarised in Commons Library briefing paper 8923 The UK-EU future relationship: the March 2020 EU draft treatyand negotiations update.
      • In May, the UK Government published ten draft treaty texts for the separate agreements it envisages with the EU.
      • Following the fourth round of negotiations in early June, the EUs chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that there had been no substantial progress.
      • This was the high level June meeting envisaged by the PD to take stock of progress in the negotiations with the aim of moving them forward.
      • He said his negotiating mandate had been set by the EU Member States, but that he had room for manoeuvre in the negotiations and was ready to use this to seek out compromise.
      • The European Parliament adopted a recommendation on the UK-EU negotiations on 18 June, expressing support for the approach taken by Mr Barnier in the talks.
      • He said the EU was ready to find solutions, but that the UK had not shown a corresponding level of engagement.

    Is an agreement possible?

      • Following the fifth round at the end of July, it was reported that the UK and EU had started work on a text-based negotiation.
      • He said that the UK had scaled back some of its aspirations in the trade talks and was now seeking what amounted to a low-quality, low-profile agreement.
      • This would still provide for tariff-free and quota-free trade access to the EU market.
      • Having reached agreement on the future EU budget and recovery programme on 21 July, Member State governments would also be able to give greater attention to reaching an agreement.
      • However, the EU has complained that the UK has not revealed what its future state aid/subsidies scheme will look like.
      • This had been made possible by the EUs willingness to explore options for keeping the CJEU out of arrangements.
      • But this also meant that the depth of future co-operation would be restricted, with the UK losing access to EU law enforcement databases.

    Peers call for more transparency on trade deals

    Friday, July 31, 2020 - 1:03pm

    The International Agreements Sub-Committee is currently holding two inquiries into the UKs trade negotiations with the US and Japan.

    Key Points: 
    • The International Agreements Sub-Committee is currently holding two inquiries into the UKs trade negotiations with the US and Japan.
    • Lord Goldsmith QC, Chair of the Committee, has today called for more detail on the progress and objectives of trade negotiations in two letters to Secretary of State, Rt Hon.
    • The letters, one in relation to UK-US trade talks and the other on UK-Japan negotiations, detail initial concerns with the ongoing negotiations and areas where the Committee calls for more transparency with Parliament to support scrutiny.
    • As an EU Member State, much of the work negotiating agreements was done on our behalf and the European Parliament, including UK MEPs, scrutinised these deals with veto powers.

    Peers call for more transparency on trade deals

    Friday, July 31, 2020 - 1:03pm

    The International Agreements Sub-Committee is currently holding two inquiries into the UKs trade negotiations with the US and Japan.

    Key Points: 
    • The International Agreements Sub-Committee is currently holding two inquiries into the UKs trade negotiations with the US and Japan.
    • Lord Goldsmith QC, Chair of the Committee, has today called for more detail on the progress and objectives of trade negotiations in two letters to Secretary of State, Rt Hon.
    • The letters, one in relation to UK-US trade talks and the other on UK-Japan negotiations, detail initial concerns with the ongoing negotiations and areas where the Committee calls for more transparency with Parliament to support scrutiny.
    • As an EU Member State, much of the work negotiating agreements was done on our behalf and the European Parliament, including UK MEPs, scrutinised these deals with veto powers.

    BDI on the conclusion of the Brexit round of talks: "A collapse in the negotiations on a partnership agreement is now all but inevitable"

    Friday, July 24, 2020 - 10:26am

    BERLIN, July 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Following the conclusion of the sixth round of Brexit talks, BDI Director General Joachim Lang said: "A collapse in the negotiations on a partnership agreement is now all but inevitable."

    Key Points: 
    • BERLIN, July 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Following the conclusion of the sixth round of Brexit talks, BDI Director General Joachim Lang said: "A collapse in the negotiations on a partnership agreement is now all but inevitable."
    • "The sixth round of Brexit negotiations was more than a disappointment for the German economy.
    • On key points, such as competition conditions in the future, London has repeatedly diverged from the political declaration.
    • A collapse in the negotiations on a partnership agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom is now all but inevitable.

    Inquiries launched on UK-Australia and UK-New Zealand trade negotiations

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 1:03pm

    Lord Goldsmith QC , Chair of the International Agreements Sub-Committee, said:

    Key Points: 
    • Lord Goldsmith QC , Chair of the International Agreements Sub-Committee, said:
      "Thecommittee has ambitious plans to scrutinise the Governments early priorities for UK post-Brexit trade negotiations.
    • Questions the committee is inviting evidence on include:
      What are some of the points of disagreement in Australias recent trade negotiations, that the Committee should consider when scrutinising UK-Australia negotiations?
    • What are some points of disagreement that have emerged in New Zealands recent trade negotiations that the Committee should bear in mind when scrutinising UK-New Zealand negotiations?
    • How might the UK agriculture and food industries approach any new competition that might arise from a trade deal with New Zealand?

    Inquiries launched on UK-Australia and UK-New Zealand trade negotiations

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 1:03pm

    Lord Goldsmith QC , Chair of the International Agreements Sub-Committee, said:

    Key Points: 
    • Lord Goldsmith QC , Chair of the International Agreements Sub-Committee, said:
      "Thecommittee has ambitious plans to scrutinise the Governments early priorities for UK post-Brexit trade negotiations.
    • Questions the committee is inviting evidence on include:
      What are some of the points of disagreement in Australias recent trade negotiations, that the Committee should consider when scrutinising UK-Australia negotiations?
    • What are some points of disagreement that have emerged in New Zealands recent trade negotiations that the Committee should bear in mind when scrutinising UK-New Zealand negotiations?
    • How might the UK agriculture and food industries approach any new competition that might arise from a trade deal with New Zealand?

    Press release - Recovery effort will fizzle out quickly if there is no long-term perspective

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 8:01am

    We have conveyed at record speed our position and reacted to every item of the latest negotiating box.

    Key Points: 
    • We have conveyed at record speed our position and reacted to every item of the latest negotiating box.
    • The leaders cannot disregard Parliaments views, and we urge them to improve the proposals on the table.
    • Furthermore, Parliament will negotiate the expenditure programmes and rule of law instrument in co-decision, on an equal footing with the Council.
    • A long-lasting reduction of the European Union budget cannot be the answer to the refinancing of the short-term recovery instrument.

    Best-Selling Author Releases New Book on How to Negotiate Successfully

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 1:02pm

    "In both professional and personal settings, I'm frequently asked for quick tips or advice to help someone through a pressing negotiation.

    Key Points: 
    • "In both professional and personal settings, I'm frequently asked for quick tips or advice to help someone through a pressing negotiation.
    • "In my new book, I reveal new hacks to help readers find the 'sweet spot' that can measurably enhance relational and economic value for everyone involved.
    • What's more, you don't have to be a senior manager or licensed clinician to successfully use these strategies."
    • She is the author of ten books including "The Truth about Negotiations" and "Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration."

    Statement: end of the Brexit transition period

    Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 12:02am

    Today in the Commons chamber, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster made a statement on the preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period.

    Key Points: 
    • Today in the Commons chamber, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster made a statement on the preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period.
    • Michael Gove told the House that from 1 January 2021, "we will embark on our next chapter of history as a fully independent United Kingdom."
    • And we're also releasing for the first time an operating model for the border that will benefit importers and exporters."
    • "Second, the Trade Secretary highlights that there are EU facing ports where the infrastructure to implement controls does not currently exist.