David J. Levine

David J. Levine

McDermott Will & Emery

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Historic Agreement Reached with Iran—Iranian Nuclear Commitments in Exchange for Sanctions Relief

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - On July 14, 2015, following two years of negotiations, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union (referred to as P5+1 or...more

7/19/2015 - Dispute Resolution European Commission Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power Nuclear Weapons OFAC P5+1 Nations United Nations

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - June 2015

In This Issue: - Distinguishing Between Captive Insurance and Related Party Derivatives: Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum 201511021 - Achieving Tax-Free ‘Rollover’ Treatment for Certain Shareholders in Acquisition of...more

6/23/2015 - Captive Insurance Company Corporate Restructuring Foreign Currency IRS Transfer Taxes

New IRS Rulings Should Provide Greater Certainty for Corporate Restructurings

On May 5, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued two long-awaited rulings, Rev. Rul. 2015-09 and Rev. Rul. 2015-10, that should ease the lives of corporate tax planners. Each ruling addressed an increasingly common...more

5/12/2015 - Corporate Restructuring Corporate Taxes Debt Restructuring IRS

P5+1 Reach Framework Agreement with Iran

As widely reported, the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom (the P5+1), coordinated by the European Union’s High Representative, reached a Framework Agreement with Iran on April 2, 2015,...more

4/6/2015 - Iran Nuclear Weapons P5+1 Nations Sanctions

United States Changes Policy on Cuba

As widely reported, President Obama announced on December 17, 2014, significant changes to U.S. policy relating to Cuba. The broad policy revisions include the following...more

12/24/2014 - Barack Obama BIS Cuba Embargo Financial Products Foreign Policy OFAC Sanctions Trade Policy Travel

International News: Focus on Mining and Metals

In This Issue: - Features ..Investors in Africa Benefit from Regional Trading Blocs ..Understanding the COMESA Merger Control Regime ..Protecting Your UK Business Against Departing...more

9/17/2014 - Africa Brand China Coal COMESA Cross-Border Environmental Policies Metals Mining Multinationals Natural Resources Private Equity Trademarks UK

New Ukraine-Related Sanctions Imposed on Russian Interests

On July 16, 2014, the Obama Administration responded further to developments in Ukraine by imposing another new round of sanctions on Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean parties. Importantly, for the first time, the United States...more

7/21/2014 - Foreign Policy OFAC Russia Sanctions Ukraine

New G-7 Sanctions Against Russia

The United States, in coordination with other G-7 nations, announced on Monday, April 28 new sanctions on individuals and entities with ties to the Russian government and President Putin. The newly announced sanctions build...more

5/1/2014 - Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions

Trade Sanctions Imposed in Response to Events in Ukraine

For any companies with interests in Russia or Ukraine, the events of the past several weeks and sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union (EU), Switzerland, Canada and others may impact their business. ...more

3/25/2014 - Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Fast Developing Events in Ukraine Prompt EU and US Trade Sanctions

Today, March 6, 2014, the European Union (EU) published a regulation imposing sanctions on several specific Ukrainian persons, including the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. In addition, today President Obama...more

3/7/2014 - EU Sanctions

Delaware Chancery Court Declines to Apply Offer-of-Judgment Rule in Appraisal Proceedings

In Huff Fund Investment Partnership v. CKx, Inc., Civil Action No. 6844-VCG, 2014 WL 545958 (Del. Ch. Feb. 12, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.), the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a request by respondent CKx, Inc. (“CKx”) to compel...more

2/26/2014 - Appraisal Interest Rates

Iran Sanctions—Implementation of P5+1/Iran Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreement

The United States and the European Union have begun relieving Iran of some limited sanctions in exchange for Iran’s curtailing its nuclear proliferation activities....more

1/24/2014 - EU Foreign Policy Iran Iran Sanctions Middle East Nuclear Power

EU Court Strikes Down Iran Asset Freeze Sanctions: Council of the European Union Urged to Act with more Rigour

In September 2013, the EU General Court annulled a series of asset freeze sanctions imposed by the Council of the European Union on a number of Iranian entities and one person. The General Court requires the EU regulators to...more

9/23/2013 - EU Frozen Assets Iran Sanctions Middle East Nuclear Weapons

SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals Rules

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently published limited guidance on frequently asked questions relating to the SEC’s new Conflict Mineral Rules, which require U.S. issuers that manufacture or contract to...more

6/14/2013 - Africa Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements SEC

U.S. Whistleblower Recovers Large Sum from Antidumping Duty Evasion

The False Claims Act may furnish a powerful new tool for U.S. producers that believe their foreign competitors are evading antidumping/countervailing duty or other customs duties by misclassifying imports or misrepresenting...more

2/22/2013 - Anti-Dumping Duty Attorney's Fees Compliance Countervailing Duties Customs and Border Protection False Claims Act Misclassification Misrepresentation U.S. Commerce Department Whistleblowers

International Trade Actions Complicate Global Market for Renewable Energy Businesses, Particularly in the Solar Sector

As a result of several recent actions, developers of solar energy projects may face increased costs. Two cases pending before the World Trade Organization challenge domestic content requirements of solar sector...more

12/4/2012 - WTO

EU Considers Extending Disclosure Obligations for Government Payments

On 18 September 2012, the European Parliament approved a package of proposals that impose on loggers of primary forests, and large companies that extract oil, gas and minerals, a new obligation to provide full details on...more

11/26/2012

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