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China Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Energy & Environment - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “The Asia-Pacific region – and you know the U.S. is a Pacific power – is...more

Africa Update - April 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

"Facilitation": A New Tool for Extraterritorial Sanctions Enforcement?

Recent OFAC and DOJ actions have focused on certain entities – overseas financial institutions – and particular conduct – US dollar clearing and associated “stripping.” The DOJ’s recent $232 million settlement and negotiated...more

A Carriage of Justice: Obama to Remove Cuba from Terrorist Sponsor List

In a move that may honestly mean more to America than to Cuba, the White House has announced that President Obama will remove Cuba from the U.S. list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism.” The U.S. Department of State has listed...more

President Recommends Cuba’s Removal from State Sponsors of Terrorism List

On April 14, 2015, President Obama notified Congress that he intends to remove Cuba from the State Department’s State Sponsors of Terrorism list. While this is a newsworthy occurrence, it does not have immediate, or even...more

Cuba Update

President Obama has asked Congress to take Cuba off the list of countries that sponsor terrorism. The President made a formal recommendation to Congress, setting in motion a 45-day review process during which lawmakers can...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #3

DOL Fiduciary Standard Proposal. The Department of Labor issued a notice of proposed rulemaking including a definition of the term “fiduciary,” a conflict of interest rule for retirement investments, new exemptions and...more

Generic Drug Manufacturers to be Investigated by HHS for Recent Price Hikes

On April 13, 2015, the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Health and Human Services announced in a letter to Senator Bernard Sanders (I. VT), that it would investigate recent price hikes for generic drugs. Generic...more

Congressional Panel Approves Legislation on Iran Nuclear Deal

Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed legislation that would allow Congress to review—and potentially block—any final deal reached with Iran over its nuclear program. The Iran Nuclear Agreement...more

President Issues Executive Order to Block Assets of Foreign Cyber Attackers

President Obama recently issued Executive Order 13694 (EO 13694 or EO), “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities.” EO 13694 is aimed at deterring cyber attacks,...more

United States Goes on the Offensive Against International Cybercrime - 2015 Cybersecurity Executive Order

On April 1, President Obama signed an Executive Order to combat the "national emergency" sparked by a rapidly evolving global cybercrime environment. The Executive Order directs the U.S. Treasury Department to impose...more

Africa Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt...more

Energy & Environment Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of Justice - Department of State -...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2015

In This Issue: - Made in America: U.S. Manufacturing and the President's 2015 Trade Policy Agenda - Congressional Action Allowing Commerce to Retroactively Apply the Subsidy Law to Exports From China Survives a...more

Preliminary Framework Agreed Upon to Reduce Iran’s Nuclear Program

On April 2, the United States, along with the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, and the EU (the “P5+1”), agreed with Iran on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”). The JCPOA is a preliminary framework to reduce...more

President Obama Signs New Executive Order Targeting Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities

On April 1, 2015, the Obama Administration issued an Executive Order that will sanction individuals and entities that attempt, carry out or support malicious cyber-enabled activities that pose a significant threat to U.S....more

New Executive Order Authorizes Economic Sanctions to Combat Malicious Cyber Activity

Calling cyber threats “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States” and declaring a national emergency relating to those threats, on April 1, 2015, President Obama issued an...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - April 2015

United States Imposes New Sanctions Against Certain Venezuelan Officials - On March, 8 President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order blocking, or "freezing," the property and interests in property of "certain...more

White House Issues Executive Order To Combat Against Cyber Attacks

On April 1, President Obama issued an executive order granting the Department of Treasury new authority to impose sanctions against individuals or entities that engage in activities which benefit from cyber attacks against...more

Parameters of Iran Sanctions Relief Announced

On April 2, 2015, the United States and its P5+1 negotiating partners, together with Iran, announced the key parameters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Further details are...more

United States and Five World Powers Agree on Framework with Iran

On April 2, 2015, the Obama Administration announced that the U.S., Germany, Russia, the U.K., China and France (the “P5+1”) had agreed on the framework of a deal with Iran to address concerns surrounding that country’s...more

DOJ Announces Indictment of U.S. Senator Menendez and Friend Salomon Melgen for Conspiracy, Bribery, and Honest Services Fraud

On April 1, the DOJ indicted Senator Robert Menendez and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen for an alleged bribery scheme in which Menendez accepted financial gifts from Melgen in exchange for using his position of power...more

"President Obama Announces New Cybersecurity Sanctions Regime"

On April 1, 2015, President Barack Obama issued an executive order (the Order) authorizing sanctions against foreign individuals or entities found to be responsible for certain malicious cyberattacks. Under the Order, the...more

President Obama Signs Executive Order Authorizing Sanctions In Response To Malicious Cyber Activity

On April 1, 2015, President Obama signed an executive order authorizing the first sanctions program to combat malicious cyber activity. The order permits the U.S. Department of the Treasury to freeze the assets of...more

Nuclear Agreement Lacks Details on Relaxing Sanctions Against Iran

Although the provisions that limit Iran's nuclear program are spelled out in some detail, those related to relaxing economic sanctions against Iran are quite vague....more

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