Michelle Mitchell

Michelle Mitchell

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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New Sanctions Guidance Increases Due Diligence Burden on Companies

On August 13, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published guidance (“Revised Guidance”) that revises its 2008 guidance regarding how to treat entities that are owned or...more

8/18/2014 - Compliance Due Diligence Fifty Percent Rule OFAC Russia Sanctions Ukraine

United States and European Union Impose Broad Economic Sanctions Against Russia

On July 29, 2014, the United States and the European Union (EU) announced a significant expansion of sanctions against Russia in response to its continued support of separatists in eastern Ukraine. The measures introduced by...more

7/31/2014 - EU Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Obama Administration Imposes New Sanctions on Key Russian Energy, Financial and Defense Companies; EU Considering Expanded...

The Obama Administration announced new sanctions on Wednesday, July 17, 2014, targeting key companies in Russia’s energy, financial and defense sectors, as well as other companies, regional separatist governments, and...more

7/18/2014 - Energy EU Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

EU, U.S., Ukraine and Russia Sign Pact to Deescalate Crisis, but Sanctions Threats Still Loom

On April 17, 2014, U.S., EU, Russian and Ukrainian representatives endorsed an agreement outlining initial steps to deescalate tensions in Ukraine. For the moment, the agreement may temporarily stall additional U.S. and EU...more

4/22/2014 - EU Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine US

President Obama Signs Ukraine Bill 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 (Public Law No. 113-95). The law includes new authority, not specifically...more

4/8/2014 - Barack Obama Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Certain Trade with Russia on Hold

The Obama administration announced this week that companies with pending license requests to export certain controlled dual-use goods or technology, defense articles or defense services to Russia will face an indefinite hold...more

3/31/2014 - Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Trade Policy Ukraine

Sanctions Relating to Situation in Ukraine: An Overview of Recent Developments

The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has led to recent changes in sanctions laws that have significance for U.S., European Union (EU) and Russian companies as well as companies that do business within these...more

3/25/2014 - EU Sanctions Ukraine

Iran Sanctions Relief Offers Limited Opportunities and Substantial Risks

Introduction and Summary - On January 20, 2014, the departments of State and the Treasury announced details of the United States’ plan to suspend certain sanctions against Iran pursuant to the November 24, 2013 Joint...more

1/29/2014 - Department of State EU Foreign Policy Iran Iran Sanctions Middle East U.S. Treasury

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