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As businesses and governments around the world prepare for a new US presidency, Baker McKenzie practitioners are taking a close look at the shifting legal and policy landscape. There are still many unknowns, and following the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol and the second impeachment of Donald Trump, 2021 has left many in Washington with a sense of uncertainty about the future.

Yet in other respects, a clearer picture of the overall political environment has begun to emerge, with the two Senate run-off elections in Georgia going to Democrats and President-elect Biden having completed a substantial number of Cabinet appointments.

As a new US president and vice president enter office, Baker McKenzie’s new report, Looking Ahead: How Will US Law and Policy Change under the Biden Administration? offers insights from partners various areas, with commentary on key changes, areas of highest impact, as well as contacts for more information.

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The report also raises and answers the following questions:

  • One of the Biden administration’s immediate priorities is environment and climate change. What will he focus on first?
  • How likely are we to see an increase in the corporate tax rate or the GILTI tax rate during the Biden presidency?
  • How will the Biden administration change companies’ obligations to employees?
  • Which immigration policies will the Biden administration focus on first?
  • What are the big changes coming in the healthcare sector both related to the pandemic and otherwise?

US Law and Policy Under the Biden Administration: A Conversation

As the Biden-Harris administration enters office, Partners Miguel Noyola and Rod Hunter join Associate Eunkyung Kim Shin for a conversation on the future of commerce, trade, and global cooperation under the new US presidency.


Rod Hunter, a partner based in the Washington, DC office of Baker McKenzie, practices trade and investment law. He previously served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and senior director for international economics at the National Security Council (NSC), the White House office that coordinates trade policy and supervises CFIUS. In that role, he managed CFIUS cases, including negotiating resolution of the most sensitive cases. A recognized expert in the field, he has testified before Congress during the legislative process leading to recent amendments to CFIUS’ authorizing legislation. Previously, in addition to coordinating U.S. trade policy at the White House’s NSC, he served as senior counsel at the US Trade Representative’s office, where he litigated cases before the World Trade Organization. He has also taught trade law and policy at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and has testified before the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Earlier in his career, Rod practiced regulatory law in Brussels, Belgium for a decade, served as a judicial clerk to Judge Boyce F. Martin, US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, served as an associate to Chief Justice Sir Anthony Mason, High Court of Australia and served as an assistant to Senator John W. Warner, US Senate.


Miguel Noyola advises leading multinational companies on doing business and investing in Mexico and Latin America. He concentrates his practice on cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures, and has extensive experience advising on cross-border supply chain strategies and complex commercial and licensing arrangements. He has assisted many clients in developing and implementing solutions to investment, operational and compliance challenges faced in cross-cultural and international settings.