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Sidley Austin LLP is the 2015 sponsor for ACC's International Legal Affairs Committee.


The International Legal Affairs Committee helps ACC members working in international legal and business affairs to develop professionally and serve their clients in a cost and time-effective manner. Resources provided include tips for managing global legal departments and hiring foreign nationals.

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Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM ET, 2:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

EMEA: Implications of Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations for Non-Signatories

The Office of the United States Trade Representative states that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will set high-standard trade rules and address 21st century issues in the global economy. But what does that mean for the countries that are not at the negotiating table? Although not yet released to the public, salient features of the agreement appear to include rules on intellectual property, investment, and state-owned enterprises. This presentation will examine the potential economic consequences for companies, how the TPP fits into the existing world of the World Trade Organization, US International Trade Commission, and patent infringement litigation, and discuss new economic opportunities as well as new threats. Christine McDaniel, Senior Economist, Sidley Austin LLP

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM ET, 3:00 PM GMT
Includes an online presentation

Developments in European Union ? United States Free Trade Agreement Negotiations and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Trade Agreements

The EU is currently conducting 32 trade negotiations. The most eye-catching negotiation may be the FTA with the US, also called the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). Negotiations with Japan are also important, as well as discussions with China on an investment agreement. This Legal Quick Hit will provide an update from the perspective of the EU, discussing the key ,hotŠ variables, timing and how companies can still participate and ensure they are ready to reap the benefits when the FTAs are concluded. To illustrate this: after the conclusion of the FTA between South Korea and the EU, South Korean companies were able to directly take profit while EU companies still had to start evaluating the possibilities. Arnoud R. Willems, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Recent Committee-Developed Resources

Mitigating Consumer Fraud Class Action Litigation Risk: Top Ten Methods

Jul 2015 Top Ten
Sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP
This top ten shows how companies that design, manufacture, distribute, or sell consumer products are increasingly vulnerable to consumer fraud class action litigation.

Customs Provisions in International Business Agreements

Mar 2015 QuickCounsel
This QuickCounsel examines the diversity and the efficiency of provisions that drafters of international contracts may dedicate to customs costs and formalities.

Contractual limitation of currency risks

Feb 2015 QuickCounsel
This QuickCounsel outlines the importance of foreseeing exchange rate risks by including provisions in a contract between parties involved in overseas transactions.


Public Procurement Multi-Jurisdictional Guide

Sep 2014 InfoPAK
Sponsored by Practical Law
The Public Procurement Multi-Jurisdictional InfoPak Guide provides practical analysis of topical cross-border issues and country-specific Q&A guides on public procurement law and practice worldwide. ...