On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order (EO) prohibiting a broad range of transactions related to the Crimea region of Ukraine and authorizing the United States to impose sanctions on certain persons...more
On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (the “Act”), authorizing sanctions related to Russia’s defense, energy, and financial sectors. The Act is the latest in US...more
DG Competition of the European Commission just published its 5th patent monitoring report. It covers patent settlements entered into in 2013. Each year, the Commission claims that the report shows a “steady increase” of...more
The Advocate General’s advisory Opinion in the Huawei v. ZTE FRAND Case (C- 170/13) would, if followed by the full European Court of Justice (ECJ), usher in a significant shift in the playing field in German litigation on...more
As per a recent request from the EU Council, the EU has extended its sanctions in relation to Ukraine by adding 13 persons and five organizations to the asset freeze list based on their involvement in recent elections in the...more
This alert summarizes certain recent EU sanctions developments with respect to Iran, Syria, Belarus, and Serbia/Montenegro. In sum, they are as follows:
• Iran: Today, the EU decided to extend the existing temporary...more
As the global economy recovers, how will regulators respond? Experts provide perspectives on trends in regulatory and corporate investigations.
Global trends in regulation -
In the wake of the financial crisis,...more
On September 12, 2014, the United States issued another round of targeted sanctions against the Russian financial, defense, and energy sectors. Today’s measures were a combination of new measures and modifications of prior...more
Today, the EU published a second round of targeted sanctions against Russia. These new measures expand the EU’s existing Russia sanctions and restrict access to capital markets covering certain loans and credit, trade in...more
Against the background of recent European Union (EU) sanctions targeting Russian airline Dobrolet, this note provides a general overview of relevant issues – especially in the context of the aircraft sector.
On August 13, 2014, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued revised guidance with respect to the “50% Rule,” which established that an entity owned 50% or more, directly or indirectly, by a...more
Both the Electrabel case and the Marine Harvest case serve as harsh wake-up calls that companies and their antitrust advisers must adopt a high level of caution when analysing whether a transaction must be notified under the...more
On August 1, 2014, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced further export restrictions targeting Russia generally and the Russian oil and gas sector in particular, effective August 6, 2014. This action implements...more
The EU has adopted and published targeted sanctions against Russia covering banks, the oil sector and arms in response to the situation in Ukraine. The new sanctions include an EU ban on purchase or sale (and related...more
On July 29, 2014, the United States expanded sectoral sanctions, targeting the Russian financial, defense and energy sectors in response to the ongoing unrest in Ukraine. The new sanctions include the addition of three...more
This alert resumes three changes to EU sanctions adopted over the past week. This week is likely to be equally busy as further sanctions on Ukraine and Russia are expected imminently.
First, and most important, the...more
On July 16, 2014, the United States issued new sanctions targeting the Russian financial and energy sectors in response to the ongoing unrest in Ukraine. The new sectoral sanctions target four Russian companies by placing...more
The EU has introduced new sanctions measures, namely the following:
• The addition of 11 ‘rebel’ names to the Ukraine asset freeze list; and
• The introduction of an asset freeze in relation to South Sudan,...more
The European Commission (“EC”) has long sought to eliminate so-called harmful tax competition, which it sees as undermining the integrity of the internal market, fair competition and the fiscal sustainability of the Member...more
The EU Council on 23 June 2014 took several sanctions-related actions,1 all effective on 24 or 25 June 2014, including:
• the introduction of an EU import ban for products from Crimea and Sevastopol (and related...more
The European Commission has recently outlined its priorities and suggestions for modernising and improving the EU’s Dual-Use export controls regime in a Communication. The proposed approach focuses on ‘smarter’ controls,...more
On June 20, 2014, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued further designations under Executive Order 13660 (“EO 13660”). EO 13660, which was signed on March 6, 2014, authorizes the United States to impose...more
On 14 May 2014, in the run-up to the fifth negotiating round taking place 19-23 May 2014 in the US, the European Commission has published its negotiating position in the ongoing Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership...more
On 12 May 2014, the EU Council broadened the scope of EU sanctions in response to the situation in Ukraine. The legal basis for EU sanctions was broadened notably to cover obstruction of the work of international...more
What is the status of the evolving international sanctions against Ukraine and Russia?
Since the recent escalation of the Ukraine crisis in March, there have been almost daily developments regarding economic sanctions...more