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Novel U.S. and EU Sanctions Targeting Russian Financing Activities Raise Unique Compliance Considerations for Global Financial...

Since March 2014, the United States and European Union have imposed multiple rounds of sanctions restricting certain activities with Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies as a result of the ongoing crisis in...more

China Update - October 2014

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: China’s Foreign Minister Meets with President Obama and Senior...more

Global Procurement Quarterly - Summer/Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Recent Trends in FCPA Enforcement – First Half of 2014 - Ukraine/Russia–Related Sanctions - New Executive Order Places Additional Reporting Obligations on Government Contractors and...more

Ratcheting up the Pressure: Reinforced Ukraine-related Sanctions on Russia

On September 12, 2014, the United States (“U.S.”) and European Union (“EU”) both announced expanded sanctions related to Russia and Ukraine. These measures seek to increase pressure on the Russian Government to stop...more

Corruption and Compliance In Russia: A Long Term View

The following is an interview conducted via e-mail with Anatoly Yakorev, Director at the Center for Business Ethics & Compliance, Moscow, Russia. ...more

Test Your Knowledge on OFAC Sanctions

Global sanctions have shot up the scale of high risks to be prioritized by international companies and financial institutions, including real estate, corporate and trust service provider businesses. The battle against...more

Roadblocks To Bali Package Implementation Remain As Summer Deadline Passes Without A Clear Path Forward

The spirit of compromise and political will that yielded the first multilateral trade agreement under the World Trade Organization (WTO) has proven insufficient to see the so-called "Bali Package" through to formal adoption...more

Intel Committee Chief Says Cyber Bill Could Face Two-Year Wait

On September 19, 2014, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers followed up on comments he and Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss made last week concerning the prospects for cybersecurity...more

New Treasury rulemaking aims to curb advantages of inversion - will this affect your deal?

Yesterday, following a summer during which a number of major American companies announced plans to invert (i.e., shift their tax domiciles overseas following cross-border mergers), the US Treasury Department issued a notice...more

Further Toughening of Canada’s Sanctions Against Russia

The initial round of economic sanctions imposed by the Canadian government in March 2014 in response to Russia’s military intervention in Crimea targeted certain former Ukrainian government officials and their family members...more

New U.S. Restrictions on Russia: OFAC Guidance and Industry-Specific Sanctions

OFAC Expands the 50 Percent Rule - Last month, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to entities owned or controlled by persons designated as a Specially...more

Sanctions on Russia Expanded Despite Tenuous Truce

On Friday , September 12th, while a tenuous truce between Ukraine and rebel forces showed signs of cracking and government officials continued to trade verbal jabs, the United States amped up pressure on Russia by expanding...more

China Update - September 2014

In This Issue: - U.S-China Relations - Chinese Embassy News - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: Ambassador Baucus Remarks on Corruption: On August 15,...more

U.S. Imposes Further Economic Sanctions Against Russia

On September 12, the United States implemented another round of economic sanctions against Russia in response to the continued crisis in eastern Ukraine. On September 11, U.S. President Barack Obama declared the U.S....more

The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons for Effective Compliance and Enforcement

Can one man make a difference? Stanley Sporkin is proof that the answer is “yes.” In the early 1970s he sat fixated by the Watergate Congressional hearings. As the testimony droned on about the burglary and cover-up, the...more

Corporate Tax Inversions: Will Either Congress Or The Administration Act In 2014?

There may be significant legislative and regulatory activity over the next few months as the US Congress and the Obama Administration continue to grapple with corporate tax inversions. While it remains unlikely that...more

OFAC Makes Important Update to Ownership/Control Guidance

On August 13, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new guidance on ownership/control for determining blocked parties. This represented the first significant update on this topic since February 14, 2008,...more

Don’t Stop Corporate Inversions

If you want to see specific stocks take a hit then stop corporate inversions. Corporate inversions are the relocation of a U.S. company’s corporate domicile, (its formal headquarters) to a lower tax jurisdiction. Inversions...more

Tax Policy Issues Prepare for a Rumble on the Gridiron

The clock is running out on the 113th Congress. While the calendar says we are not quite at the two-minute warning, with a truncated September congressional schedule and the campaign season taking up much of the fall, the...more

BIS Publishes Rule on Export Prohibitions to Russia

On August 6, 2014, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Department of the Treasury published a rule on export prohibitions to Russia on items for use in its energy sector. The rule also added one person, United...more

Russia Sanctions: Impact on Financial Institutions in the US, EU and Japan

New sanctions targeting Russia have been implemented in the US, EU and Japan. Although the consequences of breaching the sanctions are severe, navigating the rules is not straightforward. Transactions and business lines will...more

EU Sanctions Against Russia: Possible Effects on Aircraft Sector

Against the background of recent European Union (EU) sanctions targeting Russian airline Dobrolet, this note provides a general overview of relevant issues – especially in the context of the aircraft sector. I....more

Tit-for-Tat: Russia's Ban on Food Imports May Mean Leaner Times for Some U.S. and EU Exporters

Following a steady stream of sanctions by the U.S. and EU, Russia finally retaliated by imposing a ban on food imports. The one-year ban instituted on August 7, 2014, prohibits the importation into Russia of meat, fish,...more

OFAC Revises the “50% Rule” with Regards to Aggregate Ownership

On August 13, 2014, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued revised guidance relating to the status of entities owned by individuals or entities whose property and...more

"US Imposes New Licensing Requirements on Exports to Russia of Oil and Gas Equipment and ‘Dual-Use’ Items"

On August 6, 2014, in response to continuing developments in Ukraine, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a new final rule that significantly expands restrictions on U.S. exports to...more

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