Kristina Zissis

Kristina Zissis

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US Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Crimea-Related Transactions and General License No. 4 Authorizing Humanitarian Exports to...

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

12/23/2014 - Barack Obama Crimea Executive Orders Exports OFAC Sanctions SDN List Ukraine

President Signs Russia Sanctions Law But Does Not Intend To Impose New Sanctions At This Time

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

12/19/2014 - Banking Sector Barack Obama Defense Sector Energy Sector New Legislation Russia Sanctions Ukraine

US Announces Liberalization of Cuba Sanctions Policy

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced the relaxation of certain aspects of the comprehensive trade embargo against Cuba that the United States has maintained since the early 1960s. As set forth by the White House,...more

12/18/2014 - Barack Obama Cuba Foreign Relations

Iran sanctions suspension extended, and other EU sanctions news (Syria, Belarus, Serbia/Montenegro)

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

11/26/2014 - EU Extensions Iran Sanctions JPOA P5+1 Nations Sanctions

United States Tightens Sanctions Against Russian Financial, Defense, and Energy Sectors

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

9/15/2014 - Banking Sector Defense Sector Energy Sector Russia Sanctions SSI List

New EU Russia sanctions: ban on oil project services; wider capital market sanctions (loans and credit, shorter-term equity, with...

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

9/12/2014 - Asset Freeze Capital Markets Defense Sector Energy Sector EU Oil & Gas Russia Sanctions SDN List SSI List Travel Ban

OFAC Issues Revised Guidance on Aggregation of Ownership Interests

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

8/15/2014 - Aggregation Rules Executive Orders OFAC Sanctions SDN List

US Expands Export Restrictions on Russia and Targets Russian Energy Sector

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

8/8/2014 - BIS Energy Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions

United States Issues Further Sanctions Targeting Russian Financial, Defense and Energy Sectors

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

7/31/2014 - Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

US Imposes Sectoral Sanctions on Russian Financial and Energy Companies, Expands Ukraine-Related Designations and Adds Further...

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

7/17/2014 - Banking Sector Energy Sector Export Controls Exports OFAC Russia Sanctions SDN List U.S. Treasury 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

The United States Designates Seven Individuals Under Executive Order 13660 Relating to Separatist Activity in Ukraine

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

6/23/2014 - Executive Orders OFAC Sanctions Ukraine

New Executive Order Targeting Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic and Designating Five...

On May 13, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order (the “Order”) related to the situation in the Central African Republic and targeting those contributing to the conflict in that country. This Order allows the United...more

5/16/2014 - Africa Executive Orders Foreign Policy Sanctions

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

The United States Designates Seven Russian Individuals and Seventeen Companies under Executive Order 13661, Imposes Additional...

Further Sanctions Designations: On April 28, 2014, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued further designations under Executive Order 13661 (“EO 13661”). EO 13661, which was signed on March 16, 2014,...more

4/29/2014 - Executive Orders Foreign Policy OFAC Russia Sanctions

The United States Designates Seven Additional Ukrainian Individuals and One Energy Company under Executive Order 13660

On April 11, 2014, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") issued further designations under Executive Order 13660 ("EO 13660"). EO 13360, which was signed on March 6, 2014, authorizes the United States to impose...more

4/14/2014 - Executive Orders Russia Sanctions Ukraine

New Executive Order Targeting Persons Responsible for the Situation in South Sudan

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13664 (“EO 13664”) related to the situation in South Sudan and targeting those responsible for the conflict in that country. EO 13664 allows the United States to impose...more

4/11/2014 - Barack Obama Executive Orders Human Rights Sanctions Sudan

Ukraine Sanctions and Aid Bill Passes into Law

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The Act supplements the three Executive Orders authorizing...more

4/4/2014 - Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

US Suspends Dual-Use Export Licensing for Exports and Re-Exports to Russia

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that effective March 1, 2014, it has placed a hold on the issuance of any export licenses authorizing the export or re-export of items to Russia....more

3/27/2014 - BIS Exports Licenses Russia Sanctions

US Designates Additional Individuals and Russian Bank under Ukraine-Related Sanctions and Issues Third Executive Order Targeting...

On March 20, 2014, the United States issued a second wave of designations under Executive Order 13661 published on March 17, 2014 (“EO 13661”), which authorized sanctions on officials of the Government of the Russian...more

3/21/2014 - Executive Orders Foreign Banks Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

US Issues Second Executive Order, Designates Ukrainian and Russian Officials

On March 17, 2014, President Obama signed a new Executive Order (“March 17 EO”), expanding on the Executive Order issued on March 6, 2014 (“March 6 EO”) relating to the unrest in Ukraine. The March 17 EO authorizes the United...more

3/18/2014 - Executive Orders Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

US Issues New Executive Order Targeting Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine

On March 6, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order ("EO") authorizing the United States to impose sanctions on certain persons if they are found to have engaged in certain actions or policies that contribute to the...more

3/7/2014 - EU Executive Orders Foreign Policy

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