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Flights of Fancy; Notable Approach; Farmer Protests

Flights of Fancy In response to a recent WTO ruling on respective subsidies for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, USTR announced the proposed retaliatory tariffs against European aircraft and core agricultural products like dairy, seafood and wine. Brussels immediately said it would retaliate against American goods with tariffs that are bigger than those imposed by the U.S. Both Washington and Brussels have conflicting accounts of what the WTO dispute settlement panel concluded in the 14-year-old case. Each claimed to have won greater retaliation rights than the other, which will only be settled when the WTO panel opines the actual monetary figures allowed. Meanwhile, China has reportedly agreed with the EU to intensify discussions regarding int...

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WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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