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Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2015

In this edition: - US and EU continue targeting Russia for its activity in Ukraine - Cuba-related regulatory reforms announced - P5+1 and Iran reach framework agreement - US enforcement actions:...more

Energy & Environment Update - April 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection...more

Is Congress Ready To Act On Trade Legislation? Bill To Renew Trade Promotion Authority About To Be Considered

On April 16, long-awaited trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation was introduced in the House and Senate. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (S. 995/H.R. 1890) is sponsored by the...more

Cybersecurity Update: U.S. Sanctions on the Horizon for Malicious Cyber-Attackers

Executive Order 13694 is the Obama Administration’s latest tool to combat cybersecurity threats. On April 1, 2015, President Obama declared a national emergency to address the “increasing prevalence and severity of malicious...more

Russia Bulletin - April 2015

Russia is in the midst of strategically overhauling its economy, seeking to modernize its business methods, “de-offshore” business interests and impose stricter constraints on foreign investors and multinationals operating...more

EU: new AML rules approved by the Council of Europe

On 20 April 2015, the Council of Europe adopted its position at the first reading on new rules aimed at preventing money laundering and terrorist financing. This is the part of the final stages of the passage of what will...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

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

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

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

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

"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

Obama Executive Order Targets International Cyberattacks Against U.S. with New Sanctions

As part of a series of measures aimed at increasing preparedness and defenses against international cyberattacks on U.S. industries and government agencies, on April 1, President Obama issued Executive Order No. 13694,...more

Now's the Time to Review Your OFAC Compliance Program

Obama Executive Order Targets International Cyberattacks Against U.S. with New Sanctions - New Sanctions Are Part of U.S. Escalation of Efforts to Bolster Cyber-Security: As part of a series of measures aimed at...more

Executive Order Blocks Property of Those Engaging in Malicious Cyber Activities

The executive order enables US government agencies to block the assets of any foreign person determined to have engaged in malicious cyber-enabled activities....more

How U.S. Sanctions Can Affect Companies With Russian Investors

When the White House recently announced that it was extending sanctions against Russia for another year, it cited a continued “unusual and extraordinary threat” from Russia’s activities in Ukraine. President Obama also...more

OFAC Announces Settlement with Money Services Business for Violations of Sanctions Programs

On March 23, Department of the Treasury’s OFAC announced a settlement agreement with a large money services business (MSB) for failing to implement an effective compliance program “to identify, interdict, and prevent...more

PayPal To Pay Dearly for Alleged Violations of OFAC Sanctions

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced a $7,658,300 settlement with PayPal, Inc. (PayPal) to resolve potential civil liability for 486 alleged violations of the Iranian,...more

A Modern Approach to Tackling CFIUS Concerns

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into American businesses is a major component of the U.S. economy. American companies use FDI to fund domestic manufacturing plants, research and development facilities, and support the growth...more

UK Budget 2015 – Key Tax Measures

The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s final Budget of the current Parliament, given on 18 March 2015, was held in the shadow of the UK’s general election on 7 May 2015. With the backdrop of the UK’s GDP growth increasing,...more

Commerzbank: Remediation Under the Government Hammer and Microscope (Part III of III)

The Commerzbank bank case provides a chilling story of a systemic breakdown in compliance, and the far-reaching consequences of such a breakdown. Even in the context of a systemic breakdown, there are valuable lessons to be...more

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