James R.M. Killick

James R.M. Killick

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EU adds names to Ukraine sanctions and widens criteria in preparation for further sanctions, possibly this week; prolongs Iran...

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

7/28/2014 - Asset Freeze EU Iran Sanctions Russia Sanctions Syria Ukraine

EU adds 11 ‘rebel’ names to Ukraine list, introduces South Sudan asset freeze

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

7/15/2014 - Asset Freeze EU Sanctions Sudan Ukraine

EU updates sanctions against Libya and Syria, and introduces import ban for Crimean products

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

6/26/2014 - Asset Freeze EU Illegal Imports Importation Limits Imports Oil & Gas Sanctions Syria Vessels

European Commission Provides insight into possible directions for future EU dual-use export control regime

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

6/24/2014 - EU Export Controls Exports Reasonable Accommodation

EU publishes TTIP negotiating positions for five key sectors to increase transparency

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

5/21/2014 - Automotive Industry Chemicals Cosmetics EU Negotiations Pharmaceutical Transparency TTIP

EU broadens Ukraine sanctions and adds two companies and 13 individuals to sanctions list

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

5/14/2014 - EU Sanctions Ukraine

Ukraine-related sanctions: Key issues for companies

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

5/7/2014 - Asset Freeze Australia Canada EU Executive Orders Obama Administration Russia Sanctions Ukraine

EU adds 15 persons to Ukraine related asset freeze list and travel ban, but holds off imposing broader economic sanctions

In response to the most recent developments in the Crimea crisis, the EU Council decided on 28 April 2014 to add another 15 individuals to the EU’s asset freeze list and travel ban. The names have been published in Council...more

4/29/2014 - EU Frozen Assets Russia Sanctions Ukraine

New EU Energy and Environmental State Aid Guidelines Adopted: Phase Out of Renewable Energy Subsidies in Sight

On 9 April 2014, the European Commission adopted its new Energy and Environmental State Aid Guidelines (the "EEAG") which will take effect from 1 July 2014 onwards, replacing the Environmental State aid Guidelines ("EAG")...more

4/17/2014 - Energy EU Renewable Energy Subsidies

EU expands Ukraine-related asset freeze list to four more persons, work on possible Russia sanctions continues

In an attempt to strengthen European Union (EU) sanctions targeting misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds, the EU has added another four names to the existing list of individuals subject to an asset freeze. These...more

4/16/2014 - EU Frozen Assets Russia Sanctions Ukraine

EU adds 12 individuals (politicians, military and one journalist) to Ukraine sanctions, more sanctions may follow

As a further response to recent developments in Crimea, the EU today added another 12 names to the existing list of individuals in Russia and Crimea subject to a visa ban and asset freeze. These restrictions were published in...more

3/24/2014 - EU Russia Sanctions Ukraine

EU imposes sanctions on 21 politicians and military officers from Russia and Crimea

In response to the Crimea crisis, the EU Council decided to impose sanctions against individuals in Russia and the Crimea in the form of an asset freeze targeting persons responsible for actions which threaten the...more

3/18/2014 - EU Russia Sanctions Ukraine

EU responds to Ukrainian crisis by imposing asset freeze on 18 politicians, family members and businessmen

I. Introduction Following a promise by the Council of the European Union (EU) on 20 February 2014 to impose various restrictive measures against Ukraine in response to the deteriorating political situation, the EU list of...more

3/6/2014 - EU Foreign Policy Frozen Assets

EU partially suspends Iran sanctions under nuclear deal

I. Introduction - On 20 January 2014, the Council of the European Union (EU) agreed to temporarily suspend certain sanctions against Iran, namely those relating to (re)insurance and transport services for Iranian crude...more

1/22/2014 - EU Iran Iran Sanctions Middle East Nuclear Power Oil & Gas

EU GSP – China, Thailand, Ecuador, Maldives losing GSP benefits; GSP Plus list released

The EU’s new Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) regime started to apply on 1 January 2014; recently, some key announcements were made relating to removal of certain GSP beneficiary countries and granting of GSP Plus...more

1/9/2014 - China EU GSP Regime Tariffs World Bank

Patent Settlements as an endangered species: DG Comp’s latest Monitoring Exercise on Patent Settlements in Europe

Executive Summary - On 9 December 2013, DG Comp published its fourth report on the monitoring in Europe of patent settlements. Like its predecessors, the report welcomes the continuously low level of settlements that...more

12/23/2013 - Antitrust Litigation EU Patent Litigation Patents Settlement

New EU procedures for trade defence measures agreed

The Council and European Parliament recently agreed on new procedural rules for the adoption of trade defence measures (i.e. anti-dumping, antisubsidy, and safeguard measures) by the European Commission. The new rules...more

12/19/2013 - Anti-Dumping Duty Anti-Subsidies EU European Commission New Amendments Trade Policy

The Commission simplifies its procedures for most mergers, but demands extra information for the rest

Summary - On 5 December 2013, the European Commission (“Commission”) reformed its merger procedures. The new rules will apply as of 1 January 2014. The reforms will impact the standard procedure (Form CO), the...more

12/13/2013 - EU European Commission Filing Requirements Mergers Notice Requirements

Commission launches long-awaited consultation on revised guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in...

On 5 November 2013, the European Commission launched a consultation on its proposed new guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in difficulty (“the draft R&R guidelines”) which will replace the current...more

11/21/2013 - Economic Development EU European Commission Restructuring

European Union publishes new Union Customs Code

On 9 October 2013, the European Union (EU) adopted the Union Customs Code (“UCC”), which was published in the EU Official Journal the following day. It will on 1 June 2016 replace the current Community Customs Code as the new...more

10/18/2013 - Customs EU

Giving Teeth To The General Court’s Unlimited Jurisdiction To Review Competition Law Fines: Advocate General Wathelet’s Opinion In...

The level of fines imposed by the European Commission in competition cases has attracted controversy for more than ten years. The often deferential approach of the European courts to hearing appeals has also been criticised,...more

10/2/2013 - Competition ECJ EU European Commission Fines Judicial Review Jurisdiction Penalties

EU outlines preliminary goals in connection to first TTIP round

Last week, the EU and US met for the first round of negotiations of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement. In statements following the closing of this round, chief negotiators for both sides...more

7/18/2013 - Competition EU European Commission Negotiations Proposed Legislation Treaties TTIP

European Commission adopts a package on private damages actions in antitrust cases

On 11 June 2013, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted a proposal for a directive on how citizens and companies can bring damages claims under EU antitrust rules. According to the Commission, the proposal serves to...more

6/13/2013 - Antitrust Litigation EU European Commission

EU renews sanctions against Syria (except the arms embargo), and updates/implements measures against Belarus and Libya

I. Introduction - The EU has renewed its sanctions against Syria until 1 June 2014, with the exception of the arms embargo. For Belarus, the Council has decided to delist three parties from the asset freeze...more

6/5/2013 - Arms Embargo EU Frozen Assets Middle East Sanctions

ECJ dismisses Spanish and Italian challenge to EU-wide unitary patent system, but obstacles remain

Summary - On 16 April 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) handed down its judgment in Joined Cases C-274/11 and 295/11 in which it dismissed the challenges brought by Spain and Italy to the other...more

4/25/2013 - Coopertive Patent Classification System EU European Court of Justice Patents Unified Patent Court Unitary Patent

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