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In the Global Trenches: Making Sense of the Global Economies

On a daily basis, there’s regular media references to trade, global economies, emerging markets, BRICS – and now CIVETS and the Next Eleven. There’s continuous debate whether the category of emerging markets is even valid...more

Important Changes to HEAR Act Preserve New York’s Demand and Refusal Rule (For Now)

The Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act of 2016 has been pending for several monthsnow, and was recently recommended favorably by the Senate Judiciary Committee in September. The bill would create a uniform...more

US lifts remaining sanctions on Burma

On October 7, 2016, the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the termination of all remaining financial and trade sanctions against Burma (aka Myanmar). The removal of sanctions followed...more

Brexit’s Impact on the Insurance Industry

Following the UK’s historic advisory vote to leave the EU, key questions must be answered before any real change occurs. These include: Must the government implement the advisory vote, and if so, how? Will the UK...more

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On October 14, 2016, the United States announced additional measures to liberalize Cuba sanctions and export controls, effective October 17, 2016. The new measures, which are summarized below, authorize additional...more

A Subtle Snare of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act for Businesses Indirectly Supporting International Terrorism

While countless news outlets have reported the recent Congressional override of President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), few have given much thought to the more nuanced consequences...more

Tough Talk: What is the difference between hard Brexit and soft Brexit - and why does it matter?

There remains a vast array of possibilities and potential scenarios as to the contours of the UK's relationship with the EU and its remaining 27 member states following any negotiated settlement for the UK's withdrawal....more

US Implements Sixth Round of Eased Cuba Sanctions

On October 17, the US Departments of Commerce and the Treasury announced the sixth round of eased sanctions and export controls designed to bolster trade between the United States and Cuba. The amendments by the Bureau of...more

Proposed Regs May Limit US Estate Plan

On August 2, 2016, the US Treasury issued long-awaited pro- posed regulations under Code section 2704 that make comprehensive and very significant changes to the valuation of interests in many family-controlled entities for...more

EU Competition Newsletter – October 2016

'Great Repeal Bill' more likely to be 'Great Preservation Bill' - After what seemed like an eternity, but in reality has only been a few months, the Prime Minister announced on 2 October 2016 that Article 50 of the...more

Lifting of Myanmar sanctions

On October 7, 2016, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an executive order lifting U.S. sanctions against Myanmar (also known as Burma) imposed under earlier executive orders and setting aside other statutory blocking and...more

The Impact of U.S. Export Controls and Economic Sanctions on Colleges and Universities

At the core, a University holds most dear the ability for faculty and students to freely engage in research in an open environment, permitting unrestricted access to the University’s underlying research data, the research...more

New Round of Cuba Sanctions Changes Expand Opportunities for Health Sector

Key Points - - OFAC’s latest changes expand opportunities for U.S. persons to engage in medical research with Cuban nationals, authorize U.S. persons to obtain FDA approval of Cuba-origin pharmaceuticals, and market...more

District Court Upholds Indictment of Turkish/Iranian Billionaire Charged with Evading US Economic Sanctions against Iran

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman denied a motion to dismiss the indictment in the closely followed criminal prosecution of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish/Iranian businessman charged with conspiring to evade U.S. economic...more

Brexit: Hard Landing/Soft Landing or Down the Rabbit Hole: What’s Ahead?

This is the third in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”)...more

OFAC Provides Further Guidance On Iranian Sanctions

This month the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its ‘Frequently Asked Questions Relating to the Lifting of Certain U.S. Sanctions Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)...more

Proposed Amendments to UK Proceeds of Crime and Terrorism Legislation 

A Bill was introduced in the UK Parliament proposing amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and Terrorism Act 2000. The Bill forms part of the UK Government’s Action Plan to counter money laundering and the funding of...more

U.S. Further Eases Embargo on Cuba

To further implement President Obama's December 2014 policy to support independent economic activity and improve communications and living conditions in Cuba, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security...more

Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize – Cuba Slowly Opening for Business (under the FCPA)

Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature. Those were words I never thought I would see in the same sentence, let alone write in the same sentence. Yet here we are, the first rock and roller to win the Nobel Prize. While...more

U.S. Taxes and the 2016 Election: More of the Same on the International Front

When it comes to proposed tax reform, the devil is always in the details. Business Taxes - On the business tax front, Mr. Trump’s proposal lowers the corporate tax rate to 15% (from a maximum 35%), while Mrs....more

Brexit timing clarified: employment law set to continue intact

The Conservative Party Conference has provided Theresa May, and her Government, with an opportunity to publicise their plans for the timing of Brexit. ...more

US Terminates Burma Sanctions Program, Accompanied by Limited FinCEN Relief

On October 7, 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order terminating the national emergency with respect to Burma (Myanmar), revoking the Burma sanctions Executive Orders, and waiving other statutory blocking and...more

After Nearly 20 Years, US Lifts Burma Sanctions

After nearly two decades, the United States has formally ended economic sanctions on Burma (Myanmar). Citing substantial efforts undertaken to promote democracy, President Barack Obama issued an executive order, on October 7,...more

The Oman Update - Official Gazette 1164

Ministerial Decisions - Ministry of Education - Ministerial Decision No. 298/2016 - Determining the fees for services provided by the Ministry of Education. - Issued on 29 September 2016. Effective the day...more

JASTA Amendments to FSIA Become Law

On September 28, 2016, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly voted to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), a bill whose purpose was to curtail foreign states’ ability to invoke...more

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