Nicole D'Avanzo

Nicole D'Avanzo

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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EU Extends Current Sanctions Against Russia and Crimea

Signaling increased tensions with Russia regarding its alleged intervention in eastern Ukraine, the European Union on June 19 and 22, 2015, took action extending sanctions targeting Russia and Crimea, including measures that...more

6/29/2015 - Crimea EU Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Obama Administration Loosens Restrictions on Cuba Travel and Commerce

On January 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) released regulatory amendments implementing the Cuba...more

1/16/2015 - BIS CACR Cuba EAR Foreign Relations Obama Administration OFAC Trade Relations

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

New Item for Diligence Review Process: OFAC’s Foreign Sanctions Evaders List

On February 6, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published notice that it was listing 11 named parties as “Foreign Sanctions Evaders,” pursuant to Executive Order 13608 (May 1, 2012)...more

3/20/2014 - Due Diligence OFAC Sanctions

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 - EU Foreign Policy Iran Iran Sanctions Middle East U.S. Treasury US Department of State

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