Laura Brank

Laura Brank

Dechert LLP

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US Imposes Significant Export Restrictions on Russian Oil and Gas Field

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) added the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye Field, a Russian oil and gas field, to the Entity List on August 7, 2015. The action effectively prohibits all persons from...more

8/13/2015 - BIS Blocked Person Export Administration Regulations Exports OFAC Oil & Gas Russia Sanctions SDN List U.S. Commerce Department

Additional U.S. Sanctions Imposed on Russian and Ukrainian Persons, But No Significant Escalation

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Government added dozens of Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities to the Ukraine-related sanctions lists.1 U.S. officials have stated that these new additions are not an escalation of U.S....more

8/3/2015 - Minister of Foreign Affairs Retaliation Russia Sanctions SDN List SSI List U.S. Treasury Ukraine

Russia and Ukraine Sanctions - One Year On

The spring and summer of 2014 saw the United States and European Union impose a range of sanctions relating to Ukraine and Russia in response to the series of events leading to the fall of the Yanukovyich government in...more

6/29/2015 - Russia Sanctions Ukraine Ukraine Freedom Support Act

Doing Business with Russia Following Sanctions: What PE Firms Need to Know

It has now been over a year since the United States and the European Union began imposing sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities in connection with the situation in Ukraine. The sanctions have major...more

5/20/2015 - Debt Securities Due Diligence Equity Securities Global Market Private Equity Private Equity Funds Russia Sanctions SDN List SSI List Ukraine

Important Updates Concerning the Accreditation Procedure for Branches/ROs of Foreign Companies in Russia

The procedure for the accreditation of branches/representative offices of foreign companies (“Branches/ROs”) in Russia, as well as for obtaining the personal accreditation of foreign employees of such Branches/ROs, was...more

2/3/2015 - Accreditation Foreign Corporations New Legislation Russia

New Law Significantly Expands Legal Basis for US Sanctions Against Russia

On 16 December 2014, President Obama announced that he will sign the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (hereinafter the “Act”) into law. As discussed in our update dated 12 December 2014, the Act represents a potentially...more

12/18/2014 - Banking Sector Defense Sector Energy Sector FFI New Legislation OFAC Russia Sanctions Ukraine

US Clarifies Sanctions Provisions and US Senate Passes a Bill to Codify and Expand Sanctions

As noted in previous updates, the United States and European Union continue to impose sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian individuals and entities as a result of the turmoil in Ukraine. On 11 December 2014, the US Senate...more

12/14/2014 - Banking Sector Defense Sector Energy Sector OFAC Oil & Gas Russia Sanctions SDN List SSI List Ukraine

Novel U.S. and EU Sanctions Targeting Russian Financing Activities Raise Unique Compliance Considerations for Global Financial...

Since March 2014, the United States and European Union have imposed multiple rounds of sanctions restricting certain activities with Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies as a result of the ongoing crisis in...more

10/16/2014 - EU Financial Instruments Russia Sanctions SSI List Ukraine

Russian Joint Stock Companies Will be Required to Have a Professional Registrar Starting from October 2014

By October 2, 2014, all Russian joint stock companies (both open joint stock companies and closed joint stock companies) that maintain their own shareholder registers must transfer their registers to professional registrars. ...more

9/18/2014 - Joint Stock Companies Russia Securities Shareholders Third-Party Service Provider

US and EU Impose Additional Sanctions on Russia

The United States and European Union implemented new sanctions against Russia on 12 September 2014 as a result of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. While the new US and EU measures share many similarities, companies subject to...more

9/15/2014 - EU Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Russia Bans the Import of Certain Agricultural and Food Products from the US, EU, Canada, Australia, and Norway

In response to the recent round of sanctions and export restrictions imposed on Russia, Russian Federation President Putin signed a decree on 6 August 20141 (the “Decree”) effectively banning or limiting for a period of one...more

8/8/2014 - Australia Canada EU Foreign Policy Imports Norway Russia Sanctions

Additional EU Sanctions Imposed on Russia

The European Union announced its intention to adopt a broad package of trade and economic sanctions against Russia, targeting access to EU capital markets, defence exports, energy related equipment and technology and...more

8/1/2014 - Capital Markets Energy Sector EU Export Controls Exports Financial Institutions Oil & Gas Russia Sanctions

Additional US and EU Sanctions Imposed on Russia and the Russian Government Reaction

On July 16, 2014, the U.S. Government imposed additional sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies as a result of the ongoing crisis in Eastern Ukraine. In addition to adding five individuals and 11...more

7/18/2014 - EU Russia Sanctions US

Latest Round of US and EU sanctions on Russia and the Russian Government Reaction

In response to recent events in Ukraine, the United States and European Union imposed yet another round of sanctions this week. In response, Russia is considering a number of countermeasures that may affect U.S. and EU...more

4/30/2014 - BIS EU Executive Orders Exports Licenses OFAC Russia Sanctions Ukraine Visas

Russia’s Imposition of Russian Law in Crimea: What Does This Mean for Companies Operating in Crimea and How Can Investors Protect...

Against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving domestic and international legal landscape in Ukraine, this OnPoint focuses on the practical steps that companies operating in Crimea may consider taking in view of the legal...more

4/18/2014 - Foreign Banks Foreign Corporations Foreign Investment Foreign Subsidiaries Investment Russia Russian Civil Code Ukraine

US, EU and Russia Swap Sanctions

President Obama issued yet another new Executive Order (E.O.) blocking property of additional Russian persons the U.S. Government holds responsible for the situation in Ukraine on 20 March 2014. For its part, on 21 March...more

3/26/2014 - EU Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

US and EU Impose Additional Sanctions on Russia

The United States and the European Union imposed new targeted sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian political figures viewed as responsible for undermining Ukrainian sovereignty on 17 March 2014. Both the EU and U.S. have made...more

3/26/2014 - EU Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

CIS Legal Update - May 2013: Cyprus Bailout: Legal Issues Arising

Many with significant balances in certain Cyprus banks are going to suffer substantial losses as a result of the terms of the Cyprus bailout and the restructuring of the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki Bank. Account holders will...more

5/30/2013 - Breach of Duty Cyprus Bailout Misrepresentation

Recent Changes to Mongolia's Foreign Investment Laws: Opportunities and Challenges for Foreign Investors

Driven by its vast abundance of coal, copper, iron ore, gold and uranium (to name a few), Mongolia is forecast to have the world’s fastest growth rate in 2013, at 12% of GDP—a figure Western economies can only dream of in the...more

5/29/2013 - Amended Regulation China Commodities Emerging Markets Foreign Investment International Arbitration

CIS Legal Update - May 2013: Measures Taken to Strengthen Russian Anti-Corruption Laws

Despite Russia’s reputation for corruption, the anti-bribery climate in Russia is evolving. A recent flurry of anti-bribery legislation, as well as Russia’s ratification of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign...more

5/14/2013 - Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption Compliance Enforcement FCPA OECD Russia UK Bribery Act

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