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The Developing CFIUS Framework and Recent Presidential Order Prohibiting the Aixtron Transaction

Among the various challenges facing stakeholders in cross-border M&A deals is a potential national security review of the transaction by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the possibility of...more

BIS Issues Final Rule Altering Encryption Controls

On Sept. 20, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule that revises the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the Commerce Control List (CCL), primarily to implement changes that were agreed...more

9/29/2016  /  BIS , Commerce Control List , EAR , ECCNs , Encryption

BIS Revises Penalty and Settlement Guidance

On June 22, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) revised its guidance regarding administrative enforcement cases for violations of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), other than those related to...more

7/7/2016  /  BIS , EAR , Exports , OFAC , Transparency

BIS and State Department Issue Rules on Key Export Control Definitions and Cloud Computing

On June 3, 2016, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued new rules revising existing definitions and adding new ones...more

Implementation Day and the Lifting of Sanctions Against Iran

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had fulfilled its initial nuclear-related obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that had been reached in July between...more

Budget Bill Compromise Leads to Historic Reversal of the Ban on Crude Oil Exports

On Friday, December 18, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed a bill to fund the federal government through September 2016, which includes a provision lifting the 40-year-old ban on the export of crude...more

Federal Court Sets Strict Standards for Bringing Customs Penalty Cases

In United States v. Nitek Electronics, Inc., decided December 1, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a U.S. Court of International Trade decision that limited the government’s powers in seeking to...more

The Nuclear Deal With Iran: The Lifting of Sanctions and Implications for Business

On July 14, 2015, after two years of sometimes intense negotiations, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China (known as the “P5+1” countries), along with the European Union, signed a Joint...more

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Obama Administration Announces Regulatory Amendments to U.S. Cuba Sanctions

On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 515 (“CACR”), and the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Export Administration...more

Commerce Department Clarifies Rules on Exports of Lease Condensate

On December 30, 2014, the Commerce Department issued new Frequently Asked Questions on exports of “Crude Oil and Petroleum Products,” the responses to which make it clear that certain types of lease condensate are eligible,...more

U.S. Enacts New Russia Sanctions Law; President Obama Imposes Trade/Investment Embargo on Crimea

On December 18, President Barack Obama signed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (UFSA) into law. Passed by the Congress in response to Russia’s support of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine, it authorizes...more

Department of Commerce and OFAC Continue Imposing Hefty Sanctions on Russia, While Russia Retaliates with Own Sanctions

On August 6, the U.S. Department of Commerce (the “Commerce Department”) issued new regulations, implementing additional sanctions against Russia and introducing new restrictions on exports for its energy sector. These new...more

U.S. Imposes Further Economic Sanctions on Russian Officials and Entities in Connection with the Crisis in Crimea

On April 28, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed a new round of Ukraine-related sanctions on more than two dozen Russian companies and government officials. The latest sanctions, supplementing previous...more

State Department Consent Agreements with Aeroflex, Inc. and Meggitt-USA, Inc. Provide Blueprint for Compliance Success

On August 6 and 23, 2013, the US Department of State entered into Consent Agreements with Aeroflex, Inc. (Aeroflex) and Meggitt-USA, Inc. (Meggitt) to resolve numerous alleged violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA)...more

President Obama's Export Control Reform Initiative Continues with Final Revisions to Four U.S. Munitions List Categories and...

On July 8, 2013, the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce published final rules (78 Fed. Reg. 40892 and 40922), effective in 180 days (January 6, 2014), transferring export control jurisdiction over certain items previously...more

The United States Increases - and, in One Case, Eases - Sanctions Against Iran

Most significantly, on June 3, 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13645 (78 Fed. Reg. 33945) that, effective July 1, 2013, implements provisions of the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 and imposes...more

New Iran Sanctions Enacted

Satellite Export Controls Now Eligible to be Returned to Commerce Department Jurisdiction - On January 3, 2013, President Obama signed into law Public Law No. 112-239, the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of...more

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