Miriam Gonzalez

Miriam Gonzalez

Dechert LLP

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Brexit Timing in Doubt

The UK High Court ruled yesterday that the Government cannot rely on its historic prerogative powers to launch the Article 50 process to withdraw the UK from the EU. The Government has said it will appeal the decision to the...more

11/4/2016 - Appeals Article 50 Treaty of the EU EU UK UK Brexit

Brexit Bulletin: Issues That Firms Should Be Considering Now

Four months have passed since the UK voted to leave the EU. We are still some way from knowing the likely terms of a post-Brexit agreement, even if the Conservative Party conference and other recent statements have given some...more

10/27/2016 - Brussels Convention Contract Terms Data Protection Environmental Policies EU EU Data Protection Laws Free Movement Immigration Reform Intellectual Property Protection Member State One-Stop Shop Popular Rome Regulation UK UK Brexit

Tackling Modern Slavery

Pressure on businesses to do more to address slavery is ramping-up. In July, the UK Prime Minister described slavery as ‘the greatest human rights issue of our time’. Today, 18 October, marks Anti-Slavery Day in the UK....more

10/20/2016 - Annual Reports Anti-Slavery Commissioner Human Rights Modern Slavery Act Subsidiaries Supply Chain UK

Brexit Bulletin: Leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union

The Prime Minister has set out key principles for the government’s policy on Brexit, which indicate that the UK will not remain fully in the EU Single Market or the Customs Union, but will be negotiating a bespoke trade deal...more

10/6/2016 - EU EU Single Market Financial Markets Immigrants Jurisdiction Member State Referendums Trade Policy UK UK Brexit WTO

UK Votes To Leave The EU: The Implications Of Brexit And What Next

The British people voted on Thursday to leave the EU. What happens next and what are the implications for business are crucial questions that need to be addressed. What does this mean? Whilst the vote is not legally...more

6/24/2016 - EU Referendums UK UK Brexit

Tough New EU-Wide Cybersecurity Rules in Prospect: The Network and Information Security Directive

Two-thirds of large UK companies have come under cyber attack in the past year, according to the UK Government, and a quarter have been attacked at least once a month. But only half have taken any recommended actions to...more

5/23/2016 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Digital Service Providers EU European Commission Notice Requirements Operators of Essential Services UK

United States Further Eases Economic Sanctions on Burma/Myanmar

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) eased certain sanctions against Burma/Myanmar on May 17, 2016, including by allowing most transactions involving Burmese financial institutions....more

5/19/2016 - Burma Economic Sanctions Financial Institutions General Licenses Myanmar OFAC SDN List US Department of State

New UK Open General Export Licences for Components

UK exporters may now use two new Open General Export Licences (OGELs), reducing the administrative burden of exporting a range of military and dual use components, including printed circuit boards....more

4/19/2016 - Component Parts Doctrine Exporters Exports Licenses Member State Military Goods Open General Export Licences (OGELs) UK

UK Financial Sanctions Enforcement – New Powers and Tougher Sentences

The UK Government put a package of proposals to Parliament in February to increase both the type and the potential severity of consequences for persons and companies who breach EU financial sanctions. If approved, these...more

3/7/2016 - Corporate Counsel Criminal Prosecution Deferred Prosecution Agreements Economic Sanctions Enforcement Actions HM Treasury Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) UK

BREXIT? Are You Prepared?

Late on Friday night in Brussels, European leaders agreed on a package they hope will keep the United Kingdom as part of the EU. The British people will now be asked whether they want to stay in the EU or leave, in a...more

2/19/2016 - Board of Directors EU International Finance International Relations Risk Assessment Risk Management Trade Agreements UK

US Commerce and Treasury Departments Further Ease Restrictions Against Cuba

The U.S. Commerce and Treasury Departments announced on January 26, 2016, actions to ease certain restrictions on transactions involving Cuba. The new actions do not significantly expand the types of activities in which U.S....more

1/27/2016 - Air Carriers Corporate Counsel Cuba Embargo Export Controls Financing Sanctions Travel Restrictions

Iran Sanctions: What is Prohibited or Licensable for EU Businesses?

Despite the easing of sanctions on Iran on 16 January under the Joint Comprehensive Programme of Action (JCPOA), some prohibitions and licensing requirements continue to apply to EU businesses. These are summarised below,...more

1/19/2016 - Dual Use Goods EU Exports Imports Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Licenses Military End Use Military Goods Nuclear Power Procurement Guidelines UN Security Council

Implementation Day: Iran Sanctions Eased Today

On Saturday, 16 January 2016, the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) submitted a report to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) certifying that Iran has satisfied its obligations under the Joint...more

1/18/2016 - Implementation Day International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) SDN List Subsidiaries UN Security Council

Iran Sanctions: Early Easing of Sanctions Increasingly Possible

Public officials from the United States increasingly are making public statements regarding the likelihood that “Implementation Day” – the day on which many US and EU sanctions against Iran will be eased – will arrive in the...more

1/6/2016 - EU Implementation Day International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power OFAC UK

EU Sanctions: Commercial and Contract Risks

Sanctions programmes are established and developed as a political response to international relations developments; yet they impose significant obligations on commercial entities in terms of compliance. They may interfere...more

12/18/2015 - Affirmative Defenses Commercial Contracts Contract Drafting Contract Terms Economic Sanctions EU Force Majeure Clause

Reforms in the UK Export Control Organisation (ECO)

The ECO is making a combination of reforms, intended to improve its service in support of responsible defence and security exports while at the same time ensuring that the objectives of strategic trade controls to protect...more

12/1/2015 - Dual Use Goods Export Control Organisation (ECO) Export Controls License Agreements National Security Tariff Classifications UK

Modern Slavery Act Guidance. Are you a supplier of goods or services in the UK with a turnover above £36m? If you are, this...

The UK Government has published guidance1 on the transparency in supply chains provision of the Modern Slavery Act. Starting with those with a year-end of 31 March 2016, all organisations with a turnover above £36m will be...more

11/5/2015 - Annual Statements Audits Filing Requirements Franchisors Human Trafficking Modern Slavery Act Parent Corporation Partnerships Publicly-Traded Companies Reporting Requirements Risk Assessment Services Subsidiaries Supply Chain UK

EU Control List Update

The European Commission is revising the list of dual use items subject to EU export, transit and brokering controls. This briefing summarises the main new and deleted entries, primarily concerning machine tools, avionics...more

11/4/2015 - Aircraft Equipment Dual Use Goods EU European Commission Export Controls Exports Software Technology

Adoption Day in Iran Sanctions Deal: US and EU Give Clarification, But No Lifting of Sanctions Yet

The United States and European Union took preparatory steps on 18 October 2015 to begin fulfilling their commitments to suspend certain sanctions against Iran pursuant to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”)...more

10/22/2015 - Adoption Day Amending Regulation EU Financial Transactions Implementation Day Insurance Litigation International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Metals Military Goods Nuclear Power OFAC Oil & Gas SDN List Shipping UN Security Council

U.S. Government Takes Steps to Further Ease Restrictions on Cuba

U.S. Commerce and Treasury Department measures intended to further ease existing export and sanctions restrictions regarding Cuba took effect on September 21, 2015. These amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations...more

9/28/2015 - Cuba Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) Export Administration Regulations Export Controls Internet Telecommunications Trade Restrictions U.S. Commerce Department U.S. Treasury

Iran Deal “Clears” Congress, But No Sanctions Relief Yet

On September 10, 2015, Senate Democrats in the U.S. Congress blocked a vote on a widely anticipated resolution to reject the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. On September 11, the...more

9/14/2015 - Adoption Day Asset Freeze EU Implementation Day Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power Nuclear Weapons Political Parties UN Security Council United Nations

EU-Vietnam Trade Deal

The EU and Vietnam have concluded the substantive elements of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), widely-hailed as one of the most ambitious and comprehensive such agreements that the EU has concluded with a developing country....more

8/28/2015 - ASEAN Funds Customs Duties EU Exports Imports Origin Public Contracts Tariffs Trade Agreements Vietnam

EU sanctions on Iran: Technical Amendments

The European Council has adopted two technical amendments to the EU’s sanctions on Iran. While related to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed with Iran on 14 July, their effect is...more

8/6/2015 - EU Implementation Day International Atomic Energy Agency Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power Nuclear Weapons UN Security Council

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the Act”) enters into force today. If you are a supplier of goods or services with a turnover of...

Annual Statements - The Act requires commercial organisations to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. This must set out the steps that the organisation has taken in that financial year to ensure...more

8/5/2015 - Human Trafficking Modern Slavery Act Reporting Requirements Sale of Goods Act (SOGA) Suppliers UK

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