Matthew Levy

Matthew Levy

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Loosening of Cuban Sanctions Presents New Opportunities for U.S. Industries

Effective October 17, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have expanded the scope and nature of transactions...more

10/18/2016 - BIS Cuba Embargo Exports OFAC Sanctions Trade Relations

Expected Changes to Customs Regulations Will Require Increased Supply Chain Due Diligence by U.S. Importers

Anticipation among importers is growing as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prepares to amend its regulations to implement Congress’ repeal of an 85-year-old loophole that, until the Trade Facilitation and Trade...more

10/5/2016 - Customs and Border Protection DOL Importers Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act

Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act Enhances U.S. Intellectual Property Protections

Substantive changes to IP protection in the recently signed Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (the Act) may be advantageous to U.S. IP owners. However, many of the Act's enforcement tools still need to be...more

3/7/2016 - Customs and Border Protection Imports Infringement Intellectual Property Protection Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act

Iran Sanctions Lifted? Implementation Day Creates Compliance Minefield

U.S.-Iranian relations took a major step forward on January 16, 2016, with the arrival of “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Although this may present new business opportunities in...more

1/23/2016 - Foreign Subsidiaries Implementation Day Iran Sanctions ITSR Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Licensing Rules OFAC Popular SDN List

Deal Or No Deal, Iran Sanctions Will Remain In Place

With the world powers set to resume meetings in Vienna this week, the question on every U.S. business person’s lips is: will this be the end of sanction on Iran? Despite reports that neither side can afford to walk away...more

11/18/2014 - Foreign Policy Iran Sanctions Sanctions

Despite Fragile Peace in Ukraine, U.S. Sanctions Keep on Coming

On Friday, the White House issued new sanctions against Russia in response to Russian troop advances in eastern Ukraine that helped turn the tide of the conflict. However, a fragile truce was struck a week ago between...more

9/15/2014 - Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

As Trade War with Russia Intensifies, U.S. and EU Companies Feel the Effects

Despite the imposition of sanctions by the U.S. and EU since March, Russia had not retaliated economically until imposing the August 7 import ban on meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products from the U.S., EU, Canada,...more

9/8/2014 - EU Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Trade Policy Ukraine

Tit-for-Tat: Russia's Ban on Food Imports May Mean Leaner Times for Some U.S. and EU Exporters

Following a steady stream of sanctions by the U.S. and EU, Russia finally retaliated by imposing a ban on food imports. The one-year ban instituted on August 7, 2014, prohibits the importation into Russia of meat, fish,...more

8/22/2014 - Food Supply Imports Russia Sanctions

Top Ten Takeaways from the 2014 BIS Update

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) hosted its annual update conference from July 29-31 in Washington, DC. Attendance was strong as always, and there was plenty to discuss about the export...more

8/4/2014 - BIS Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions U.S. Commerce Department

Obama Beefs Up Russian Sanctions, But Still No Full Monty

President Obama announced yesterday the creation of the new Sectoral Sanctions Identification List (“SSI List”) issued pursuant the Russian sanctions program and the addition of two Russian energy companies and two Russian...more

7/18/2014 - Banking Sector Banks Barack Obama EU Executive Orders OFAC Russia Sanctions SDN List SSI List UK

End Of The Iran Sanctions? Not So Fast…

After the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) was signed last November by Iran and the P5+1 nations, many U.S. companies asked whether they could reestablish business relationships with Iran. That was a fair question, but...more

7/16/2014 - Automotive Industry Aviation Industry Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Plan of Action Metals Mining Oil & Gas P5+1 Nations

Big Bank gets Spanked to the Tune of $9 Billion

Last week French bank BNP Paribas (BNPP) became the latest financial institution to be penalized for violating the OFAC sanctions programs. BNPP was accused of processing thousands of transactions through U.S. banks for...more

7/8/2014 - Banks EU Fraud OFAC

Top Ten Issues when Drafting International Agreements – Part II

Method of Payment. If you’re the party providing the goods or services under the agreement, you want to be sure you get the consideration you bargained for. Any fool knows that, but international contracts can make...more

7/1/2014 - Consideration Contract Drafting Contract Negotiations Negotiations Sales Contracts

Top Ten Issues when Drafting International Agreements – Part I

Cross-border agreements come in all shapes and sizes, from manufacturing agreements to joint ventures, employment contracts to merger agreements. Each type has its own quirks, but we can boil down the most common legal issues...more

5/28/2014 - Choice-of-Law Commercial Contracts Contract Negotiations Cross-Border Cross-Border Transactions Dispute Resolution Employment Contract Extraterritoriality Rules Joint Venture Legal Writing Merger Agreements Young Lawyers

Warning all Foreign Companies in China: Don’t be the next GlaxoSmithKline

The fact that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been on China’s radar for bribery is nothing new – the Chinese authorities instituted an investigation against the company in July 2013. What is new is that GSK’s former Vice President...more

5/20/2014 - Anti-Corruption Bribery China Compliance Foreign Corporations GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Industry

New Beginnings

Benjamin Franklin once said that no nation was ever ruined by trade. While that may be true, those of us in the private sector have seen our kind ruined by failures in trade law compliance far too often. Let’s be honest:...more

5/19/2014 - Export Controls Exports FCPA Foreign Policy ITAR OFAC

Potential Flash Points for New Sanctions on Russia

Today, the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine held referundums on whether to declare independence from the rest of the country. The U.S. and EU view the referendums as heavily influenced by Russia and contrary to...more

5/11/2014 - EU Sanctions Ukraine

A Beacon of Light, or just more Fog?

The U.S., the EU, Ukraine and Russia met in Geneva on Thursday, April 17 and hammered out a deal to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine. While this development is welcome news, U.S. companies should not celebrate just...more

4/21/2014 - EU Executive Orders Sanctions Ukraine

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