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The Network and Information Security Directive: Serious Cyber Attacks Will Require Notification

The Council of the European Union adopted the EU Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive (the ‘Directive’) 17 May, ready for final adoption by the European Parliament. The Directive, initially proposed in 2013, has...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - March 2016 #18

FCA finalises CCA first charge mortgage rules - FCA has published its policy statement and final rules following its consultation (see FReD 13 November 2015) on the treatment of first charge mortgages that are regulated...more

President Expands North Korean Sanctions

On March 16, the President issued an Executive Order broadening sanctions in response to North Korea’s continuing pursuit of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The order blocks the Government of North Korea and the...more

European Union and United Kingdom Sanctions Update: March 2016

Below is a summary of developments since our previous update in January relating to European Union (“EU”) sanctions on Iran, Russia, Belarus, North Korea and other jurisdictions as well as highlights of recent changes with...more

OFAC Further Amends Cuban Assets Control Regulations – President Obama Authorizes More Travel and U.S. Establishments in Cuba in...

On March 16, 2016, in what could be the final set of amendments  to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) under the Obama Administration, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a Final Rule that further...more

EU Trademark Registrations Covering Class Headings May Require Amendments before September 24, 2016

The European Union has recently amended its trademark law which may impact the protection given by European Union Trademarks (formerly known as Community Trademarks). These reforms will also cover EU designations of...more

United States Government Continues to Take Steps Expanding Opportunities to Serve U.S.-Cuba Telecommunications Routes and Cuban...

In a recent flurry of activity to implement the President's policy agenda to reestablish relations with Cuba, federal agencies are moving forward with a wave of proceedings and regulations with specific provisions geared...more

The WSGR Data Advisor - February 2016

With a new year come exciting new developments in the world of privacy and data protection. We are thrilled to announce the launch of the digital version of The WSGR Data Advisor. Please visit our site for the latest news and...more

"OFAC and BIS Ease Cuba Restrictions With New Amendments"

On January 27, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) further eased U.S. sanctions and export control regulations...more

Another Shoe Drops: More Changes to the U.S. Cuban Sanctions from the White House

On January 25, the Obama Administration made concurrent announcements about its evolving posture on the Cuban sanctions. On that date, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released more changes to the Cuban Assets...more

Negotiators Reach Agreement on Replacement EU-U.S. Safe Harbor

After nearly four months of diplomatic discussions, negotiators reached agreement on February 2, on how the U.S. and the European Union share data across the Atlantic. The new agreement, called the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield,...more

FCC Clears Path for U.S. Telecom Companies to Provide Services to Cuba

The Federal Communications Commission recently removed Cuba from its "Exclusion List," allowing telecommunications companies to offer telephone and internet services between the United States and Cuba without separate...more

China Passes (De) Encryption Cyber Law

On December 27, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's national legislative body, passed the Counter-Terrorism Law of China, which entered into force on January 1, 2016. Although the law's...more

(Un)COOL: How Congress (Unsuccessfully) Made Sausage Labeling Laws

Crises averted in international trade usually make good economics, but unsatisfying politics. They’re a half-loaf of success in which positioning, inertia and self-interest usually win. So it is with the recent repeal of meat...more

Argentina Lifts its Currency Exchange, Exports, and Imports Restrictions

Mr. Mauricio Macri was sworn-in as President of Argentina on December 10, 2015. Four business days after taking office, Mr. Alfonso Prat-Gay, the new Minister of Finance, announced the fulfilment of the campaign promise to...more

China’s new Food Safety Law “the harshest ever”

China’s new Food Safety Law took effect on October 1, 2015, and will have a far-reaching impact on importers, producers and sellers of food. The new law significantly expands the scope of the previous Food Safety Law, which...more

Cuba Sanctions Relief: Baby Steps Today, But What About Tomorrow?

For more than 50 years, an embargo and related sanctions regime has restricted U.S. businesses and individuals from virtually all economic activity involving Cuba or its nationals. This regime was implemented through a...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

U.S. Departments of the Treasury and Commerce Announce Additional Revisions to Cuba Sanctions Regulations

Last week, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Commerce announced additional revisions to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), building off the changes put...more

OFAC Updates Cuban Assets Control Regulations Easing Sanctions on Cuba

On September 18, OFAC issued a final rule amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) to reflect policy changes previously announced by the Obama administration. With respect to financial transactions, the...more

You Want to Export to Cuba? Get Ready, But You Probably Can’t Quite Yet.

New rules came out on September 21, 2015 from both the Commerce and Treasury Departments. Although for the most part these changes only slightly broaden or clarify pre-existing exceptions to the embargo against Cuba, they...more

Cuba Sanctions Relief: The Knot Further Loosens

Effective September 21, the U.S. Department of Treasury amended its Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), providing further Cuba sanctions relief. In a coordinated action, the U.S. Department of Commerce simultaneously...more

Net Neutrality And The End Of EU Roaming Charges ? Not There Yet

Following years of debate and intense lobbying, a long awaited agreement has finally been reached on a proposed EU regulation on net neutrality and mobile roaming surcharges. This has its origins in the more ambitious...more

Cuba Si! Trade With Cuba … Not Quite Yet

There has been much fanfare surrounding the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba, starting with President Obama’s announcement of the resumption of bilateral relations, and followed by the formal establishment of...more

The New Cuba Reality and Your Intellectual Property

With the recent changes to the Cuba-U.S. relationship, certain aspects of the Cuban economy are opening up to U.S. companies. You may now be contemplating joining other businesses that are or will be selling or manufacturing...more

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