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United States Announces New Cuba Policy

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued the "National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba" (the "Cuba Memorandum") describing the Administration’s policy on Cuba and...more

Taiwan: Cross-border opportunities amid global change: What Taiwanese businesses need to know about Brexit - Europe's complicated...

Since the United Kingdom (UK) joined the European Union (EU) 44 years ago, the UK and the EU had been working to progressively integrate their legal, economic and financial systems. Then last year, UK voters opted to "Brexit"...more

EU Court confirms EU competence on wide range of trade areas in opinion on EU-Singapore FTA

Following the Advocate General's related advisory opinion in December 2016, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has delivered its Opinion (2/15) on the EU-Singapore FTA. While the Court's Opinion confirms that the EU alone...more

EU Rosneft judgment clarifies bank transfers are not sanctioned "financial assistance"

On 28 March 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its judgment in a case referred by the UK High Court in which Rosneft has challenged the validity of the EU's sanctions targeting Russia, as well...more

Economists Must Respect Due Process Too! EU General Court annuls Commission decision blocking UPS/TNT merger

The judgment reinforces due process and transparency in EU merger control proceedings. The Court made clear that due process standards will be strictly enforced in merger cases, despite the relatively tight deadlines. The...more

United States Issues Executive Order, General License Easing Sudan Sanctions

On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed an Executive Order entitled "Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions."...more

EU Court's Advocate General delivers opinion on EU-Singapore FTA

An Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has delivered an advisory opinion on the EU-Singapore FTA. In this opinion – which is non-binding on the Court, but would normally influence its decision – AG...more

US Expands Cyber-Related Sanctions Executive Order and Designates Russian Parties

On December 29, 2016, President Obama issued a new Executive Order (EO) entitled "Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities."...more

US Issues Additional Russian/Ukrainian Designations and New General License, EU Extends Sanctions Targeting Russia

On December 20, 2016, the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added 15 individuals and entities and two vessels to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) and...more

OFSI to impose higher fines for UK sanctions breaches

In a statement published on 1 December 2016, HM Treasury's Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation ("OFSI") has confirmed that it will be able to impose higher monetary penalties for breaches of financial sanctions in...more

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On October 14, 2016, the United States announced additional measures to liberalize Cuba sanctions and export controls, effective October 17, 2016. The new measures, which are summarized below, authorize additional...more

US Designates Additional Russian and Ukrainian Individuals and Entities, Issues New General License

On September 1, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added 37 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN...more

EU Agreement on Trade Rules for Conflict Minerals

The European Union (EU) institutions have reached broad agreement on trade rules for so-called "conflict minerals". While the technical details still need to be established, we summarize the expected new EU rules below....more

US Issues Additional Guidance Regarding Iran Sanctions Relief

On June 8, 2016, the US further clarified the scope of the sanctions relief provided to Iran as of January 16, 2016 (known as "Implementation Day") under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Department of the...more

US Further Liberalizes Burma Sanctions

On May 17, 2016, the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further eased the sanctions on Burma by issuing and expanding general licenses and removing certain parties from the Specially...more

US Significantly Expands Sanctions Targeting North Korea

On March 16, 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) expanded sanctions on North Korea (the DPRK) pursuant to Executive Order 13722 (EO 13722). This action implements in...more

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions

On March 15, 2016, in advance of the historic visit to Cuba by the President, the United States announced significant amendments to existing Cuba-related economic sanctions and export control regulations to implement the...more

Opt-out class actions in the UK – off the blocks, on a mobility scooter

A new opt-out class action regime was introduced into the UK on 1 October 2015 under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the "CRA"). Since then, practitioners have been waiting patiently; intrigued to see when the first claim would...more

Highest EU court strikes down vague and ambiguous information requests

Statement of reasons was excessively vague in light of the extent of information requested and the advanced investigation stage. Introduction - On 10 March 2016, the European Court of Justice issued a landmark...more

EU Lifts (and Extends) Sanctions against Belarus and Zimbabwe

The EU has lifted most of the asset freezes under sanctions against Belarus and Zimbabwe, but at the same time extended certain limited measures. We provide further details about these sanctions developments below....more

Overview of US and EU “Implementation Day” Guidelines on Iran Sanctions Relief

This overview describes the status of US and EU sanctions following the first round of nuclear-related sanctions relief that occurred on “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concluded with...more

“Implementation Day” Sanctions Relief Provided to Iran by UN, US, and EU

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran has met its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). On this day, known as “Implementation Day,”...more

European merger control: Well-oiled machine or spluttering engine?

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager was in a celebratory mood when she addressed an audience in Brussels in March 2015 as the EU merger control body celebrated its 25th anniversary: "There is reason to celebrate because the...more

EU and US Take Actions to Ease Belarus Sanctions

On October 29, 2015, the EU and the United States took separate action to ease certain Belarus-related sanctions. As of October 31, 2015, the EU suspended asset freezes and travel restrictions imposed on 170 persons, as well...more

Adoption Day Marks Start of Preparations for Iran Sanctions Relief

October 18, 2015 marked the starting point for official preparations for the expected lifting of sanctions against Iran under the recently agreed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). On this day, termed “Adoption Day,”...more

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