James R.M. Killick

James R.M. Killick

White & Case LLP

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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

6/30/2016 - Conflict Mineral Rules Due Diligence EU Exclusions Exporters Importers Manufacturers Metals OECD Sellers

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

6/16/2016 - Banks Controlled Foreign Corporations Financial Institutions General Licenses Implementation Day Iran Sanctions ITSR Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Non-US Entities OFAC SDN List Senior Managers

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

5/19/2016 - Burma Economic Sanctions Exports Financial Institutions General Licenses Myanmar OFAC SDN List State-Owned Enterprises US Department of State

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

3/21/2016 - Economic Sanctions North Korea OFAC SDN List U.S. Treasury UN Security Council

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

3/16/2016 - BIS Corporate Counsel Cuba Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) Economic Sanctions Export Controls Exports Financial Services Industry OFAC Shipping Travel

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

3/15/2016 - Class Action Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) Consumer Protection Act Corporate Counsel Durable Medical Equipment OFT Opt-Outs UK Young Lawyers

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

3/11/2016 - Ambiguous Antitrust Investigations Corporate Counsel EU European Commission European Court of Justice (ECJ) Exports Imports Information Requests Manufacturers Price-Fixing Set-Asides

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

2/29/2016 - Belarus Belarus Sanctions Economic Sanctions EU Zimbabwe

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

2/10/2016 - Automotive Industry Banking Sector Energy Sector EU General Licenses IAEA Implementation Day Iran Iran Sanctions ITSR Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Metals OFAC SDN List Shipping

“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

1/18/2016 - Economic Sanctions EU Implementation Day International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) SDN List UN Security Council

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

11/11/2015 - Acquisitions EU European Commission Joint Venture Merger Controls

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

11/2/2015 - Asset Freeze Belarus Sanctions EU Executive Orders General Licenses OFAC Reporting Requirements Sanction Suspensions Sanctions SDN List Travel Restrictions

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

10/22/2015 - Adoption Day EU Council of Ministers Implementation Day International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power OFAC SDN List Secretary of State UN Security Council

The EU’s new trade and investment policy in a nutshell

A new template for future initiatives - On 14 October 2015, the European Commission revealed its long-awaited communication setting out an updated trade and investment policy for the EU, entitled “Trade for all: Towards...more

10/21/2015 - Bilateral Investment Treaties EU European Commission Exports Foreign Investment GSP Regime TiSA Trade Agreements Trade Policy Transparency TTIP Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices WTO

New era dawns in UK competition damages actions

The entry into force of the UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the "CRA") on 1 October 2015 marks the introduction of opt-out class actions in the UK, further transforming the legal landscape for private damages claims in the UK....more

10/13/2015 - Antitrust Violations Class Action Competition Competition Act 1998 Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) Damages Enterprise Act 2002 EU Damages Directive Opt-Outs UK UK Consumer Rights Act

Europe's Highest Court Recently Delivered a Judgment Imposing Affirmative Duties on SEP Holders

The EU Court of Justice sets out specific requirements with which an SEP holder needs to comply in order to be able to seek an injunction without abusing its dominant position (Huawei / ZTE)- Standards lie at the heart...more

8/26/2015 - Abuse of Dominance China Competition EU European Court of Justice (ECJ) FRAND IP License License Agreements Microsoft Patent Infringement Patent Royalties Patents Preliminary Injunctions Standard Essential Patents Tech Industry

First EU Steps to Prepare for Sanctions Relief under Iran Deal

On July 31, 2015, the European Union (EU) adopted the first measures to prepare for the implementing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran by allowing EU Member States to authorise certain activities...more

8/4/2015 - Asset Freeze EU Implementation Day International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power P5+1 Nations Transition Day UN Security Council

ECJ rips up Orange Book! New standards in Europe for SEP injunctions

Standards lie at the heart of the digital economy – without standards, we would not have smartphones, tablets and other key parts of modern life. Europe’s highest court recently delivered a judgment in Huawei v. ZTE1...more

7/29/2015 - Abuse of Dominance Competition EU European Court of Justice (ECJ) FRAND Injunctions License Agreements Orange Book Patent Infringement Patent Royalties Patents Standard Essential Patents

Overview of Sanctions Relief in Nuclear Deal with Iran

On July 20, 2015, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted resolution 2231 endorsing the final nuclear deal agreed between the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (US),...more

7/22/2015 - Aircraft Equipment Automotive Industry Energy Sector Financial Institutions Implementation Day Insurance Industry International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Metals Nuclear Power P5+1 Nations Shipping Transition Day UN Security Council United Nations

Final Nuclear Deal Reached Between Iran and the International Community

On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States (US), plus Germany), the European Union (EU), and Iran announced the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA) regarding the...more

7/20/2015 - EU International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power Nuclear Weapons P5+1 Nations United Nations

Additional Extension of Temporary Sanctions Relief for Iran Through July 13, 2015

On June 30, 2015, the P5 + 1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States), the European Union (EU), and Iran decided by mutual consent to extend the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) for seven days,...more

7/15/2015 - EU Extensions Iran Iran Sanctions JPOA P5+1 Nations Sanctions

Joint Plan of Action Temporary Sanctions Relief for Iran Continued Through July 7, 2015

On November 24, 2013, the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, coordinated by the European Union's High Representative) and Iran reached an initial understanding, which was outlined...more

7/9/2015 - Iran Iran Sanctions JPOA Negotiations P5+1 Nations Time Extensions

EU continues sanctions against Russia and Crimea into 2016

On 19 June 2015, the EU Council decided to extend until 23 June 2016 the EU sanctions against Crimea/Sevastopol imposed in June 2014 in response to the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. On 22 June 2015, the EU...more

6/24/2015 - Asset Freeze Crimea EU Jurisdiction Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Deal or no deal?

Energy and resources companies that have been steering clear of the complexities of three distinct but overlapping Iran sanctions regimes would have been encouraged by an interim deal between Iran and international community...more

5/29/2015 - Commodities Energy Sector EU Exports Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Mining Nuclear Power UN Security Council

Sanctions implications of the nuclear deal between Iran and the international community

Yesterday, an important tentative deal was agreed between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran. Below, we look at what elements of the current sanctions could potentially be suspended or lifted if final agreement is reached...more

4/8/2015 - Iran Iran Sanctions JPOA Nuclear Power Nuclear Weapons

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