Matthew Levy

Matthew Levy

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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 CISG Commercial Contracts Contract Negotiations Cross-Border Cross-Border Transactions Dispute Resolution Employment Contract Extraterritoriality Rules International 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

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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