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TPP-11 Moving Forward

by Jones Day on

Steven Okun, Governor and Chair of the TPP Task Force of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore ("AmCham") and Senior Advisor to McLarty Associates, discusses with Jones Day partner Darren Murphy the progress of the...more

Comprehensive Embargo on Sudan Lifted, Although Some Restrictions Remain

by K&L Gates LLP on

Effective October 12, the Trump administration revoked the U.S. embargo on Sudan in accordance with Executive Order 13761 (Jan. 13, 2017) and Executive Order 13804 (July 11, 2017). As a result of this action, Sudan and the...more

New Protocol Circular Notes on Loss or Theft of Special IDs and Residence Permits in Belgium

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Protocol Directorate of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued two new Circular Notes with information on the procedure to follow in case of loss or theft of a special identity card or a special residence permit...more

Caution with the Models of the “Commission de Bons Offices” when Employing Local Staff in Belgium as a Diplomatic Mission

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Good Offices Commission, better known under its French name “Commission de Bons Offices”, has developed model work rules and a model employment agreement for local staff of diplomatic missions. Although both the...more

CFIUS Annual Report Shows Increased Scrutiny, Risk for Foreign Investment

by Reed Smith on

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recently published a summary of its Annual Report to Congress for the fiscal year 2015 (the 2015 CFIUS Annual Report) reflecting a trend that has become evident...more

U.S. Lifts Sudan Sanctions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On October 12, 2017, the United States lifted its general commercial embargo on Sudan. Because Sudan has played a role in international terrorism, the U.S. has maintained a comprehensive embargo against Sudan since 1997....more

Mainbrace: October 2017 (No. 4)

by Blank Rome LLP on

Note from the Maritime Industry Team - Large sectors of the maritime industry—especially offshore—remain in the doldrums, but it nonetheless has been a busy few months for our Blank Rome Maritime group. Our Washington,...more

President Trump’s JCPOA Announcement Is More Complicated Than It Looks

by Alston & Bird on

On October 13, 2017, President Trump announced a new national security strategy regarding Iran that may eventually affect current economic sanctions restrictions involving Iran. The President in his comments noted that he...more

Treasury Would Overhaul 2016 Regulatory Guidance

by Alston & Bird on

With tax reform on the horizon, Treasury takes aim at three sets of regulations with clear cross-border implications. Our International Tax Group explains the department’s recommendations to scrap much of Section 385 and...more

Turkey Arrests and Convicts UN Judge in Spite of Diplomatic Immunity

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Turkish authorities arrested UN Judge Aydin Sefa Akay, and on 14 June 2017 convicted him to seven years and six months of imprisonment in first instance. Judge Aydin Sefa Akay is a member of the Appeals Chamber of the United...more

NAFTA is not the only important trade issue on Congress’ radar this Fall

by Dentons on

The US trade policy conversation has been dominated by the NAFTA renegotiations, the Trump administration’s resurrection of Section 232 national security investigations on aluminum and steel, Section 201 safeguard...more

United States Eases Sudan Sanctions

by White & Case LLP on

After 20 years of comprehensive sanctions against Sudan, the US government has revoked most sanctions with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan effective October 12, 2017. As a result of this action, US persons1 are...more

International Competition Network Addresses Bid-Rigging in Government Procurement

In October 2017, Canada’s Commissioner of Competition John Pecman (Commissioner) joined competition law enforcement authorities from around the world in Ottawa for the International Competition Network’s (ICN) 14th annual...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 30

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House Passes Bill on Disaster Funding: House Republicans easily passed a supplemental spending bill that included $36.5 billion of disaster aid with a vote of 353-69 after some initial worries on Thursday afternoon that it...more

CFIUS’s Report and the Year Ahead for Foreign Natural Resource Investment

by Snell & Wilmer on

On September 21, 2017, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) issued a public version of its most recent classified annual report to Congress on covered transactions for CY 2015. CFIUS is the...more

Trump Administration Lifts U.S. Sanctions on Sudan; Important Limitations Remain

Based on certain State Department findings, effective October 12, 2017, long-standing U.S. sanctions on the Republic of Sudan administered by OFAC under the Sudan Sanctions Regulations will be terminated, and U.S. persons...more

FinTech Highlights from CFTC Chairman Giancarlo’s Testimony Before House Agricultural Committee

by Perkins Coie on

Earlier this week, CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo testified before the House Agricultural Committee. The following are highlights of “Fin Tech” issues addressed during the course of that testimony....more

US lifts most sanctions on Sudan—but key controls and heightened concerns remain

by Dentons on

On October 12, 2017, the United States lifted its general commercial embargo on Sudan, removing sanctions that had prohibited US Persons from engaging in or facilitating most transactions involving Sudan or its government....more

Today, President Trump Decertified the Iran Deal and Announced Tougher Sanctions on Iran

What does decertification mean? For the time being, decertification is a solely U.S. issue. Under the Iran nuclear agreement (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), Iran agreed to limits on its nuclear...more

United States Revokes Sanctions on Sudan; Some Restrictions Remain in Place

by Jones Day on

On October 6, 2017, the United States announced that, effective October 12, 2017, it will substantially revoke sanctions on Sudan and the Government of Sudan in recognition of the Government of Sudan's sustained positive...more

US Revokes Sudan Sanctions

On October 6, 2017, President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of State announced the revocation of economic sanctions on Sudan, following the temporary lifting of sanctions on January 17, 2017. The announcement concluded...more

De-Certification and the Iran Nuclear Deal: The Beginning of the End, or Much Ado about Nothing?

by Hogan Lovells on

Press reports indicate that President Trump intends to “de-certify” the Iran nuclear deal this week. In practical terms, that means he would refuse to re-certify one or more statutory elements of a law passed by the U.S....more

Importers Beware: U.S. Customs Targets Imports Made in China by North Korean Workers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The AP recently reported that North Koreans are working in China as forced labor and their products are being imported into the U.S. The AP followed the production of seafood from Chinese facilities to U.S. retailers, but...more

Trump Announces Nomination of Two ITC Commissioners

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On September 28, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of two Commissioners to the United States International Trade Commission. Dennis M. Devaney of Michigan for the remainder of a nine-year term, expiring June...more

Commerce Announces Preliminary Subsidy Rates on Chinese and Indian Mechanical Tubing Exports

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On September 19th, the Department of Commerce announced that they will impose preliminary countervailing duties (“CVD”) on Chinese and Indian exports of cold-drawn mechanical tubing of carbon and alloy steel. ...more

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