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EU Court Affirms Independence of EU and National Leniency Programs

On January 20, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment reaffirming the independence of the cartel immunity and leniency regimes of the EU and member states. The ruling reasserts the obligation of...more

Obama Administration Further Relaxes Sanctions in Support of Cuba Policy

If you read one thing… - Further relaxation of sanctions on Cuba, effective on January 27, 2016, allows U.S. financial institutions to finance authorized exports and reexports to Cuba of items other than...more

Implementation Day: Not Such a Special Day for U.S. Companies

After months of preparations, January 16, 2016 was “Implementation Day” – the day when the world’s sanctions on Iran were officially rolled back. On January 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency determined that Iran had...more

EU and National Leniency Applications Independent Rules ECJ

On the 20 January 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down its ruling on a preliminary reference made by the Italian Council of State on the relationship between EU and national member state leniency applications...more

Top Counterfeiting Risks Manufacturers Face in 2016

The global market for all counterfeit items is booming, with the value of goods seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in fiscal year 2014 exceeding $1.2 billion. Moreover, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security...more

International Trade & Regulatory Advisory: Implementation Day Arrives: The Promises and Perils of Iran Sanctions Relief

On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), the European Union (EU) and Iran reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to restrict and ensure the...more

First trial in the financial list over validity of derivatives transactions draws to a close

The trial of the first case to be heard in the new Financial List has finished and we await the judgment from Mr Justice Blair with interest. The case was transferred in the middle of October, shortly after the Financial List...more

Top 10 Things to Know About the Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

The EU and UN terminate most of their sanctions on Iran, while the US implements more limited changes to its longstanding embargo. On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran...more

Electronic Bills of Lading

With the inclusion of an electronic bills of lading clause in the latest iteration of the NYPE form, as well as the International Group of P&I Clubs’ approval of 3 electronic trading systems, we discuss some of the possible...more

Electronic Bills of Lading: Another step forward!

Electronic trading systems (‘ETS’’) are online platforms by which electronic bills of lading (‘e-bills’) can be created and traded. It is crucial to the use of e-bills within the shipping industry that they behave similarly...more

SOLAS Convention Container Weight Verification Requirements Arrive Sooner Than You Think

Beginning July 1, 2016, the SOLAS Convention will require the shipper of a packed export container to verify the container’s weight before it is loaded aboard a ship. In November 2014, the International Maritime...more

European Commission targets cross-border parcel delivery as part of its Digital Single Market Strategy

On 22 December 2015, the European Commission announced its next steps towards completing the single market for cross-border parcel delivery. The Commission’s aim is to enhance price transparency and regulatory oversight of...more

New OFAC General License Will Facilitate Trade with Burma

A new general license issued by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will make it easier to transport goods between the United States and Burma....more

Insights Newsletter - Autumn 2015

What to Do When the Government Comes Calling - In today’s complex world of e-commerce and international competition, increasingly governmental agencies (both state and federal) are resorting to “dawn raids” (i.e.,...more

Competition and Market Regulation Update: A Win for Unregulated Infrastructure Providers - Government Response to Harper and PC...

Last week the Government released its response to the Harper Competition Policy Review. Whilst much of the media focus has been on this response the Government also released at the same time its response to the Productivity...more

Manufacturing Outlook - 2015 Q4

Welcome to the 2015q4 Manufacturing Outlook report in partnership with DLA Piper. Last quarter we signalled that storm clouds were gathering on the horizon, and in the past three months it seems that the gloom – mainly...more

Regulatory Expansions Provide Enhanced Business Opportunities in Cuba

On September 21, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published updates to their respective Cuba embargo regulations. These...more

FMC Issues Final Rule Regarding Freight Forwarder and NVOCC Requirements

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued its Final Rule in FMC Docket 13-05 on Nov. 3, 2015. The Commission's October vote in favor of issuing the Final Rule concluded a multiyear review and rulemaking that largely...more

Will the FDA’s Proposed Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Food Apply to International Shipments?

Yes, the FDA’s Proposed Rule, required to be published by March 31, 2016, will apply to food shipments being transported into the U.S., directly, by motor or rail vehicle, or transferred onto a motor or rail vehicle for...more

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

The Cape Town Convention in the UK: Effective 1 November 2015

Following accession to the Cape Town Convention1 by the UK on 27 July 2015, the International Interests in Aircraft Equipment (Cape Town Convention) Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) will enter into force on 1 November...more

Wholesale Licensing in the Downstream Petroleum Industry in South Africa and Certain Other African Jurisdictions

The oil and gas industry is material to any economy as it has an impact on our everyday lives in various areas, including transportation, electricity, heating, lubricants and a variety of petrochemical products. The...more

US Implements Additional Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions

On September 21, 2015, the United States further amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014 liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a...more

How Can the Automotive Industry Strengthen Its Regulatory Compliance Process and Reduce Its Compliance Risks?

Many Americans listened last week to the admissions by the now former President of Volkswagen that the company had been “dishonest” and had cheated on the U.S. emissions tests. How was this happening at the world’s #1...more

UK Ratification of the Cape Town Convention

It cannot have escaped the attention of anyone involved in the aviation finance industry that the UK is currently in the process of ratifying the Cape Town Convention (being the Convention on International Interests in Mobile...more

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