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Africa Update - August 2015 #4

Leading the News - South Sudan: On August 25th, a panel of United Nations (U.N.) experts monitoring U.N. sanctions on South Sudan released a report disclosing evidence that South Sudanese solders raped children,...more

Spain Sets a New Milestone with its Corporate Compliance Statute

As of July 1 of this year, Spain becomes the latest in a string of nations with a corporate compliance defense. Article 33 of Spain’s criminal code will provide an exemption from corporate criminal liability where the company...more

Exclusivity Period of Biologics Remains a Hurdle in Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks

The latest round of talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed Pacific Rim free-trade agreement, has ended with disagreement on a number of key issues, including the non-patent exclusivity period for biologic...more

Cross-border infrastructure and presidential permits

A recent report casts doubt on whether proposed federal legislation would actually accelerate decisions on the siting of cross-border energy infrastructure. Cross-border pipelines and electric transmission lines play an...more

NIST draft report: international cybersecurity standardization needed

An interagency working group led by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and The Department of Commerce recently published a draft report (the “Report”) recommending that the U.S. government increase its...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #3

Leading the News - Libya: On August 13th, the latest round of the United Nations (U.N.)-facilitated Libyan political dialogue concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. According to the U.N. Support Mission in Libya...more

U.S. Business Groups Urge Obama Administration To Address Chinese Cybersecurity Rules

On August 11, 2015, a group of 19 U.S. business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the US-China Business Council, sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to push China to change its cybersecurity...more

For the First Time in 50 Years, U.S. and Cuban Banks Unite

Why it matters - A Florida bank has connected with a Cuban bank to allow direct transactions between the financial institutions—the first time such transfers will be possible in 50 years. Stonegate Bank, based in Pompano...more

U.S. Government Approves Crude Oil Swaps with Mexico While Congress Considers Repealing the Underlying Export Restrictions

On August 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) indicated that it would approve a number of export license applications permitting parties in the United States to swap crude oil...more

Switzerland Is the First Country to Lift Some Sanctions on Iran

Certain US sanctions on Iran may be lifted mid to late 2016 or even later. On August 13, Switzerland became the first country to formally lift certain sanctions on Iran, following the announcement of the Iran nuclear...more

A Welcome Change: Congress Finally Conforms FBAR and Tax Return Filing Deadlines

Last week Congress passed, and the President signed, a bill entitled “The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.” While this legislation was primarily directed at extending federal...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #2

Leading the News: Burundi - On August 6th, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to resume the political dialogue that was suspended last month and...more

International Trade Alert: Business Opportunities in Iran - Are You Properly Equipped to Join the Race?

As European business gears up for a post-sanctions environment and the strengthening of relationships in an economically significant emerging market, many clients continue to face mixed messages with regards to what they can...more

Possible Expansion of the List of Imported Medical Devices Falling under the "Third is Out" Restriction for State Procurement

Following lengthy discussion and despite the criticism of experts, RF Government Decree No. 102 "On Restricting the Admission of Certain Types of Medical Devices Originating in Foreign States for the Purposes of Procurement...more

US Imposes Significant Export Restrictions on Russian Oil and Gas Field

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) added the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye Field, a Russian oil and gas field, to the Entity List on August 7, 2015. The action effectively prohibits all persons from...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Face Tighter Timeline as Talks Continue

Trade ministers announced that they will continue negotiations over several unresolved provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a four-day meeting in Maui, Hawaii that concluded July 31. Trade ministers...more

Accelerating toward a clean energy future: EPA steps on the gas (and renewables) with the release of power plant carbon rules

On August 3, 2015, President Obama unveiled highly anticipated final Clean Air Act (CAA) rules to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new and existing power plants. Taken together, EPA’s rules represent the most...more

OFAC Provides Guidance to Financial Institutions to Help Comply with Crimea Sanctions Regulations

On July 30, OFAC issued a “Crimea Sanctions Advisory,” highlighting certain actions that have been used to circumvent or evade U.S. sanctions involving the Crimea region as described in Executive Order 13685. The Advisory...more

Africa Update - August 2015

Leading the News - Egypt: On July 30th-31st, the U.S. Embassy in Egypt announced plans to deliver eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt approved as part of a military package that was unfrozen earlier this year....more

New Trade Legislation Includes Provisions to Combat Human Trafficking and Forced Labor

The June passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation included a provision designed to prevent the United States from making trade deals with governments who fail to do their part in combatting global human...more

EU sanctions on Iran: Technical Amendments

The European Council has adopted two technical amendments to the EU’s sanctions on Iran. While related to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed with Iran on 14 July, their effect is...more

OFAC Releases Crimea Sanctions Advisory

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a Crimea Sanctions Advisory highlighting certain practices that have been used to circumvent or evade U.S. sanctions...more

OFAC Warns Financial and International Trade Sectors on Evasion of Crimean Sanctions

On Dec. 19, 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order 13685, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to the Crimea Region of Ukraine,” to impose sanctions relating to the...more

H.R. 3226: New Bill Calls for Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery in Corporate Supply Chains

In late July, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3226, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015. The bill, if passed, would require companies to file annual reports with...more

Upcoming EU Copyright Reform

It does not happen often to see European Institutions agreeing on a common strategy. Yet, the strong political will around the need to create a single market for digital content moved this item to the top of the agenda of the...more

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