Neil Ray

Neil Ray

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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U.S. Authorizes Targeted Sanctions Against Overseas Cyber Threats

Cyber threats are one of the U.S.’s top security threats. In just the past year, there has been a significant increase in the frequency, scale and sophistication of cyber intrusions and attacks – many of them originating...more

4/6/2015 - Barack Obama Critical Infrastructure Sectors Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Executive Orders National Security Sanctions

Add Importers to Those Facing Expanding Whistleblower Claims under the False Claims Act

On February 12, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that three U.S.-based importers had agreed to pay more than $3 million to resolve a lawsuit brought by the United States under the False Claims Act (FCA)...more

3/6/2015 - Antidumping Duties Countervailing Duties Customs and Border Protection DOJ Enforcement Actions False Claims Act False Statements Importers Whistleblowers

Mandatory Reporting of Foreign Direct Investments in the U.S.

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has reinstated the mandatory reporting requirements of the BE–13, Survey of New Foreign Direct Investment in the United States, which was discontinued in 2009 due...more

12/22/2014 - Foreign Direct Investment Reporting Requirements U.S. Commerce Department

New Russian Sanctions Legislation

On December 18, the President signed legislation passed by Congress that authorizes further sanctions on Russia.  The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (UFSA) is aimed to assist “in restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty and...more

12/22/2014 - Banking Sector Barack Obama Defense Sector Energy Sector Russia Sanctions UFSA Ukraine

China and Australia Conclude Landmark Free Trade Agreement Negotiations

Summary - On November 17, 2014, China and Australia completed their negotiations for a China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (“ChAFTA”) by signing a Declaration of Intent which contained the essential elements of the...more

12/1/2014 - Australia China Free Trade Agreement

EU Strengthens Economic Sanctions Against Russia

The European Union (EU) put into effect on Friday (September 12, 2014) a new round of economic sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine. ...more

9/19/2014 - Asset Freeze EU Russia Sanctions SDN List SSI List Travel Ban Ukraine

EU Targets Cyber Surveillance Exports and U.S. Considers Cyber Weapon Controls

In light of the recent high profile disclosures of cyber surveillance, there is increased political momentum in the U.S. and EU to control the export of particular cyber technology products and services. In the EU, the focus...more

8/21/2013 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity EU Export Controls Surveillance

Export Control Reforms Leads to Changes in Permanent Import Regime of Defense Articles and Services

In light of the upcoming changes associated with the Export Control Reform Initiative, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a final rule in April 22, 2013, which amends...more

8/21/2013 - ATF Export Controls US Munitions List

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