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Energy & Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection Agency - Government Accountability Office -...more

EU expands Ukraine-related asset freeze list to four more persons, work on possible Russia sanctions continues

In an attempt to strengthen European Union (EU) sanctions targeting misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds, the EU has added another four names to the existing list of individuals subject to an asset freeze. These...more

Germany's Draft Bill on Combating Late Payment in Commercial Transactions: Potential Consequences for Businesses on Both the Legal...

On April 1, 2014, the German cabinet (Bundeskabinett) agreed upon a draft bill on combating late payment in commercial transactions in order to transform certain articles of the Directive 2011/7/EU1 into German law. The...more

Africa Update

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 News:...more

The United States Designates Seven Additional Ukrainian Individuals and One Energy Company under Executive Order 13660

On April 11, 2014, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") issued further designations under Executive Order 13660 ("EO 13660"). EO 13360, which was signed on March 6, 2014, authorizes the United States to impose...more

Real OFAC Policy Changes Toward Iran—OFAC will consider non Ag/Med exports

As a new round of nuclear talks involving American, European, and Iranian leaders commence this week in Vienna it appears that the first-step deal agreed upon in January has already led to significant changes in OFAC’ s...more

New Executive Order Targeting Persons Responsible for the Situation in South Sudan

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13664 (“EO 13664”) related to the situation in South Sudan and targeting those responsible for the conflict in that country. EO 13664 allows the United States to impose...more

Ukraine-related sanctions – a month in: Key issues for financial institutions

What is the status of the evolving international sanctions against Ukraine and Russia? Since the recent escalation of the Ukraine crisis in March, there have been almost daily developments regarding economic sanctions...more

Ukraine-related sanctions – a month in: Key issues for companies

What is the status of the evolving international sanctions against Ukraine and Russia? Since the recent escalation of the Ukraine crisis in March, there have beenalmost daily developments regarding economic sanctions...more

China Update

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - China News - Energy & Environment and Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: President Obama meetings Chinese President Xi...more

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Agriculture - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection Agency - International - States -...more

President Obama Signs Ukraine Bill Into Law

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (Public Law No. 113-95). The law includes new authority, not specifically...more

Starving the Bear: The United States Restricts Exports to Russia

The pressure on Russia continues to build. As we previously reported here and here, throughout March, the United States and other Western powers implemented a series of sanctions against individuals and entities deemed to be...more

Ukraine Sanctions and Aid Bill Passes into Law

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The Act supplements the three Executive Orders authorizing...more

Africa Update

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

Putin Up With Russia

In response to months of civil strife and violence in Ukraine, in March Vladimir Putin sent heavily armed Russian troops into Crimea, an autonomous republic within Ukraine. Within days, Russian forces seized control over...more

Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2014

In this edition: - Implementation of the Joint Plan of Action with Iran - Additional US Iran-Related Sanctions and Licenses - OFAC Civil Settlements - US and EU Sanctions in Response to the Situation in...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2014

In This Issue: - Putin Up With Russia - Downturn in Chinese Economy May Be Triggering An Export Surge - EPA Issues Guidance On American Iron And Steel Requirement For $2.4 Billion In FY 2014 Clean Water And...more

"US Government Halts Licensing for Key Exports to Russia in Response to Events in Ukraine"

In a further sign of the broadening of U.S. restrictions relating to Russia because of the situation in Ukraine, the United States has taken steps to limit trade with Russia in U.S.-origin goods and services that are...more

House Energy & Power Subcommittee Review of Bill to Expedite LNG Export Approval

Last week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power reviewed H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, which was introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) to expedite liquefied...more

U.S. and UK Take Modest Steps to Restrict Exports to Russia

The Obama Administration has threatened to impose additional sanctions on Russia in response to the Ukraine crisis but so far has only blocked the assets of 32 individuals and one bank. Additionally, with little fanfare, the...more

A Potential Fork in the Road: US and EU Sanctions Relating to the Ukrainian Crisis

Both the United States and the European Union have issued calibrated Ukraine-related sanctions as a direct response to the recent political upheaval in Ukraine. Although both US and EU sanctions target certain persons for...more

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International; States; and...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week, the President was traveling overseas. President Obama announced his backing for an overhaul of the NSA bulk phone data collection program, a plan that differs from the...more

Certain Trade with Russia on Hold

The Obama administration announced this week that companies with pending license requests to export certain controlled dual-use goods or technology, defense articles or defense services to Russia will face an indefinite hold...more

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