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The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) or Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries. The finalized proposal was signed on 4 February 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand, concluding seven years of negotiations.

The TransPacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Agreement is the cornerstone of the Obama Administration’s trade policy. The Agreement, if approved by Congress, will reshape the rules of trade for twelve countries that account for more than 40% of global GDP.  

Please join David Spooner, Co-Chair of Barnes and Thornburg’s International Trade practice and a former chief U.S. trade negotiator, for an overview of the TPP’s provisions and of the odds of congressional passage. This webinar will review the ways in which the TPP Agreement will impact companies that do business among the covered Pacific Rim nations. In particular, the session will provide an overview of the TPP’s:
  • Customs enforcement and trade facilitation provisions,
  • Rules of origin (what manufacturing must take place for a manufactured good to qualify for TPP benefits),
  • Tariff phaseout provisions,
  • Labor requirements, 
  • Intellectual property provisions, and
  • The timing and likelihood of congressional passage.   

About Our Presenter ...
David Spooner, Partner
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

David Spooner is Co-Chair of the International Trade Practice Group at Barnes & Thornburg. Mr. Spooner represents governments, trade associations, and corporate clients on international trade matters, including trade remedies, trade policy and customs issues.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Spooner served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration. In that capacity, Mr. Spooner led U.S. Government enforcement of trade remedy laws; administered the Foreign Trade Zone system; managed trade remedy negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as dispute resolution proceedings at the WTO; and chaired U.S.-China talks on macroeconomic reforms and the steel industry.  

Prior to his Senate confirmation as Assistant Secretary, Mr. Spooner served as a Chief Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).  While at USTR, he was a principal negotiator for free trade agreements with several nations, and was heavily involved in building support for congressional passage of the Bush Administration’s trade agenda.  

Before his appointment to USTR, Mr. Spooner worked on Capitol Hill, managing the Washington D.C. office and serving as the legislative director and press secretary for a member of Congress, serving as Communications Director for the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, and working for the U.S. House Committee on Rules.  

Mr. Spooner earned his J.D. from the College of William & Mary and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.