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President Trump Blocks Foreign Acquisition by Chinese Firm: Isolated Case or Harbinger of Increased CFIUS Scrutiny?

On September 13, President Trump blocked the $1.3 billion acquisition of U.S. microchip manufacturer Lattice Semiconductor Corp. ("Lattice") by Chinese private equity firm Canyon Bridge Capital Partners Inc. ("Canyon...more

New Sanctions Law: Congress Seeks to Limit President Trump’s Ability to Modify U.S. Policy Toward Russia

On August 2nd, President Trump signed into law the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (H.R. 3364), which gives the President the power to solely waive or terminate sanctions against Russia if Congress...more

OFAC Fines American Honda for Foreign Subsidiary’s Business with Cuba

American Honda Finance Corporation (American Honda) has settled with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) over potential civil liability for 13 violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), which that...more

Update on NAFTA Negotiations

Baker Donelson's Trade and Compliance attorneys are pleased to introduce a quarterly series of client alerts that address how trade and compliance matters in the new Administration could affect your business, as well as how...more

OFAC Imposing Penalties on Non-U.S. Companies

A recent OFAC enforcement case illustrates that even non-U.S. companies that do business with sanctioned jurisdictions under the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) face significant risks...more

8/7/2017  /  Economic Sanctions , Exports , OFAC

Should Businesses Worry About Changes To Recent Trade Programs?

Wow. Trade issues had barely been addressed during the Obama Administration. Now in the last 6 months there has been a flurry of government activity. We have seen: 1. Continual increase in restricted parties added under...more

DOJ Releases Useful Corporate Compliance Resource

The Criminal Division’s Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) published an “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (the “Compliance Manual”) which offers guidance on the common questions contemplated by...more

Treasury Department Issues FAQ on Impact of Cuba Policy Shift

On June 16, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a press release answering 12 "Frequently Asked Questions" ahead of President Trump's announcement of a revised U.S. policy...more

OFAC Enforcement Trends in the Health Care, Agriculture and Tech Industries

The United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. governmental agency tasked with administering and enforcing economic sanctions against hostile targets in furtherance of U.S....more

OFAC’s Broad Latitude To Impose Iran Sanctions Affirmed by D.C. Circuit

A D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal’s panel recently issued a key opinion affirming the U.S. Treasury Department’s broad ability to enforce sanctions regulations through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). While the...more

6/19/2017  /  Exports , Iran , Iran Sanctions , ITSR , OFAC

Update on Regulatory Compliance in the Global Health Care Industry

A comprehensive understanding of the constantly evolving layers that make up federal anti-corruption statutes, sanctions regulations and export control restrictions is imperative for both the pharmaceutical and health care...more

Businesses Invited to Comment on NAFTA Renegotiation by June 12

The Trump Administration has recently notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). To assist the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as it develops negotiating objectives, the...more

What Is The New U.S.-China Trade Deal and How Will It Affect Exporters?

On May 12, Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, announced that the U.S. and China have reached a new trade deal with four components that are supposed to boost U.S. exports and close America’s trade gap with China. The...more

Trump Administration Stays the Course on Practical Export/Import Regulatory Reforms

The Trump Administration has implemented regulatory changes to continue its predecessors’ decade-long efforts to streamline requirements for exporters and importers. One such project, dubbed the International Trade Data...more

5/19/2017  /  Exports , Imports , Trump Administration

How Should Businesses Prepare for the Second 100 Days of the Trump Administration?

Baker Donelson's Trade and Compliance attorneys are pleased to introduce a quarterly series of client alerts that address how trade and compliance matters in the new Administration could affect your business, as well as how...more

What Exporters Need to Know For the Next 100 Days– (Sorry It Is Longer Than Usual but It Is a Quick Read)

We are 100 days into the Trump Administration and the question is not what did President Trump promise and what did he do, the question is how should business prepare for the future? Let’s begin with a “State of the...more

New ITAR Rules Possible: DDTC Rulemaking Unaffected By Trump Executive Order Limiting New Regulations

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defense Trade Controls made clear last week that the State Department’s Directorate for Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), which is responsible for the International Traffic in Arms...more

Three Important Lessons to Be Learned from the $1.2 Billion ZTE Settlements

On March 7, we learned that Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE) concluded 3 settlement agreements that could result in penalties as high as $1.2 billion for its violations of U.S. sanctions and export...more

President Trump’s Trade Policy Released

President Trump’s trade policy was released today. Comments will be forthcoming....more

Trump’s Trade Policy–Not as Protectionist as You May Think

I was fortunate enough to be on a panel last week with four foreign government representatives to discuss trade. The meeting was informative and I thought I would share my take-aways. My conclusion is that Trump’s trade...more

Another Reason To Always Run Compliance Screenings Even If You Are A Non-U.S. Party – OFAC Is Targeting Foreign Companies

If you are a foreign company that wants access to the U.S. financial markets, make sure you understand the U.S. Iran Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR). Administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of...more

Demonstration of Compliance with Hong Kong Law Now A Must for U.S. Exporters to Hong Kong

The Commerce Department’s Bureau for Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a new rule that requires exporters to Hong Kong of items subject to certain controls under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to obtain...more

Iran and Russia Sanctions Programs Under a Trump Administration–What to Expect

In the final weeks of December, President Obama amended sanctions to both the Iran and Russia programs. These changes further relaxed sanctions on Iran while they tightened sanctions on Russia. Yet, just three days from the...more

Trade Watch – Understanding U.S. Trade Policy in the New Trump Administration

Baker Donelson's Trade and Compliance attorneys are pleased to introduce a quarterly series of client alerts that address how trade and compliance matters in the new administration could affect your business, as well as how...more

CFIUS’ Global Reach – Users of U.S. Controlled Technology Beware

The U.S. government, and we mean the pre-Trump administration at that, has blocked an acquisition of a foreign company by another foreign company. The concern is that the target company has a U.S. presence and has access to...more

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