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A New U.S. Course for Cuba Relations: What Does It Mean for Business?

President Obama made an unexpected announcement this week signaling a “new course” for Cuba after more than fifty years of comprehensive U.S. sanctions. Reestablishing diplomatic relations is a major change. In terms of...more

12/19/2014 - Barack Obama Cuba Export Controls Foreign Policy Sanctions

U.S. and EU Extend Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief a Second Time

The temporary and limited changes to U.S. and European Union (“EU”) sanctions policy for Iran, as agreed under the interim nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5 + 1 countries, have been extended until June 30, 2015. Most...more

12/4/2014 - Automotive Industry EU Export Controls Iran Sanctions Oil & Gas Time Extensions

Doing Business in the United States

In This Book: - Choice Of A Business Entity - Introduction To Federal Securities Laws - From Let’s Go Shopping To Closing: M&A Process In The United States - Employment Considerations -...more

10/16/2014 - Business Formation Choice of Entity Commercial Real Estate Market Corporate Taxes Dispute Resolution Energy Policy Environmental Policies Foreign Investment Immigration Procedures International Trade Agreements Securities Act of 1933 Securities Exchange Act

U.S. Steps Up Sanctions and Export Controls Against Russia’s Defense Industry

The United States recently expanded sanctions and export controls against the Russian defense sector. These designations and export control steps have implications for defense contractors, parts suppliers and brokers....more

9/30/2014 - Banking Sector BIS Defense Sector Energy Sector Export Controls OFAC Russia Sanctions SDN List U.S. Commerce Department

OFAC Makes Important Update to Ownership/Control Guidance

On August 13, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new guidance on ownership/control for determining blocked parties. This represented the first significant update on this topic since February 14, 2008,...more

9/2/2014 - Compliance Due Diligence Foreign Policy OFAC Sanctions

Further European Union Sanctions Target Russia, Whilst Russia Retaliates

The United States, European Union and Canada each took steps recently to expand sanctions against Russia, including the targeting of major defense companies and the addition of export controls. These designations and export...more

8/11/2014 - EU Russia Sanctions

Western Sanctions Expand as Tension in Ukraine Continues

The United States, Canada and the European Union have designated a number of additional officials and companies as the unrest continues in eastern Ukraine. The United States also imposed sanctions on the head of Russian...more

5/15/2014 - Banking Sector BIS Canada Energy Market EU OFAC Rosneft Sanctions Ukraine

European Subsidiary Incurs Liability Under U.S. Cuba Sanctions for Travel Services

On April 18, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced a settlement of nearly $6 million with CWT B.V. (“CWT”) for violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”), 31 C.F.R. Part 515. CWT is a...more

4/24/2014 - Cuba Foreign Subsidiaries OFAC Sanctions Travel

U.S. and UK Take Modest Steps to Restrict Exports to Russia

The Obama Administration has threatened to impose additional sanctions on Russia in response to the Ukraine crisis but so far has only blocked the assets of 32 individuals and one bank. Additionally, with little fanfare, the...more

4/2/2014 - Exports Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions UK

Ukraine/Russia Sanctions Escalate

Sanctions escalated at a rapid pace last week as western powers responded to the crisis in Ukraine and Russian’s annexation of Crimea. The United States, European Union (EU), Canada and Australia have implemented sanctions....more

3/26/2014 - Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

New Ukraine Sanctions Announced – U.S., EU and Canada Take Action

In response to political developments in the Ukraine and Russian military action in Crimea, the United States and European Union (EU) announced new sanctions on March 6, 2014. Canada issued its sanctions on March 5, 2014. The...more

3/11/2014 - Canada EU Foreign Policy Ukraine

U.S. Ex-Im Bank Opens for Business in Burma/Myanmar

The U.S. Government has taken another important step in helping to reintegrate Myanmar (referred to as Burma for official purposes) into the global economy. On February 6, 2014, the Export-Import Bank of the United States...more

2/21/2014 - Banks Exports Foreign Policy Trade Policy

United States Implements Temporary Changes to Iran Sanctions under Interim Agreement

On January 20, 2014, the U.S. Treasury and State Departments took steps to implement temporary and limited changes to U.S. sanctions policy for Iran as agreed under the interim nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5 + 1...more

1/23/2014 - Department of State EU Foreign Policy Iran Iran Sanctions Middle East OFAC U.S. Treasury

Interim Deal on Iran Sanctions Policy Involves Limited Changes

Despite some confusing media reports, the interim nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5 + 1 on November 24, 2013 would change very little in U.S. and multilateral sanctions policy. These limited changes are still pending...more

11/27/2013 - EU International Trade Agreements Iran Sanctions Joint Plan of Action Nuclear Power

State Department Publishes Interim Final Rule to Clarify Defense-Broker Requirements

Section 38(f) of the Arms Export Control Act requires the registration of brokers of defense articles and defense services, pursuant to regulations currently published in Part 129 of the International Traffic in Arms...more

8/29/2013 - Department of State DOD ITAR Registration

New U.S. Sanctions Designations Target Airlines and Lessors in Europe and Asia

The United States has added three airlines from Europe and Asia, as well as two individual airline executives and 13 aircraft, to the list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) due to the airlines’ support for Iran Air and...more

6/11/2013

United States Issues Final Investment Reporting Requirements for Burma/Myanmar

On May 23, 2012, the U.S. State Department issued final “Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements” for Burma (also known as Myanmar). The long-awaited final rule confirms that U.S. persons will be required to submit: (a)...more

5/31/2013 - Department of State Foreign Investment Public Disclosure Reporting Requirements Sanctions

Doing Business in the U.S.

In This Issue: - Preface - Chapter 1 Choice Of A Business Entity - Chapter 2 Introduction To Federal Securities Laws - Chapter 3 From Let’S Go Shopping To Closing: U.S. M&A Process - Chapter 4...more

4/17/2013 - Anti-Bribery Anti-Money Laundering Antidumping Duties Commercial Real Estate Market Corporate Governance Corporate Taxes Dodd-Frank Environmental Policies FCPA FLSA Incentives LLC Partnerships Proxy Voting Guidelines Regulation FD Renewable Energy Reporting Requirements Sarbanes-Oxley SEC Securities Exchange Act Tax Liability

United States Lifts Burmese Import Ban in Advance of Visit by President Obama

On November 16, 2012, the United States lifted its ban on the import of most products of Burma (also known as Myanmar) via General License 18 issued by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)....more

11/20/2012

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