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BREAKING: President Trump Signs Russia/Iran/North Korea Sanctions Bill

Yesterday, President Trump signed H.R. 3364, the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” enacting into law limited additional sanctions against Russia and, critically, restricting his ability to suspend or...more

House Passes Bill Authorizing Additional Sanctions Against Russia, North Korea and Iran

After weeks of discussion and procedural uncertainty, the U.S. House of Representatives passed new legislation by a vote of 419–3 that, if enacted into law, will strengthen existing sanctions against Russia and also impose...more

Brexit: A Softer Brexit Back on the Table?

The result of the UK’s general election on 8 June has reignited speculation that the UK government might pursue a softer Brexit. In this update, we provide a reminder of the main “softer” Brexit models which had previously...more

ECJ Decision Looms Large on the Future of Trade Agreements and Investor-State Arbitration with the EU

The Court of Justice of the European Union decided last week that free trade agreements concluded with the EU must receive prior approval by each Member State if they provide for investor-State arbitration. The ruling, given...more

Reminder: Modern Slavery Statement Deadline

A gentle reminder for all those with a turnover above £36 million and doing business in the UK. ...more

Brexit: The EU's Negotiating Directives

The European Commission has published draft objectives for the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, focused on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and a continuing role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This...more

Brexit: The Implications of the UK General Election

The UK will hold a General Election on 8 June. While this will mean that the ongoing work of the Government on Brexit will be put on hold, the two-year deadline for the negotiations continues to draw closer....more

4/24/2017  /  General Elections , UK , UK Brexit

Brexit: Article 50 Triggered

The UK Government today formally triggered the process of leaving the EU by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. How are the negotiations likely to affect your business? Defining your priorities, developing...more

5 Ways to Brexit–Proof Your Existing Contracts

Companies should be reviewing their existing contracts — at least those which may still apply at the point of Brexit — and amending the standard terms of business they propose to use from now on, to account for when the UK...more

Brexit: UK Trade Outside The UK

Roughly half of all UK trade is with non-EU countries1. It is argued that Brexit will accelerate the growth of this trade by enabling the UK to strike its own trade deals, particularly with the world’s largest and most...more

OFSI’s New Power to Issue Monetary Fines for Sanctions Breaches: Consultation

The consequences of breaching sanctions in the UK are due to increase in April. Prominent among the new measures is the power for the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) to impose a monetary penalty and to do...more

Why Brexit is Not Bad News For UK-Based Arbitration and Litigation

A lot has been said about the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and its likely impact on doing business with and within the UK. Will London remain Europe’s financial centre? Will the UK reinstate customs duties on imports and...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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