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Iranian Nuclear Accord Reached, But Specific Implementation of Meaningful Sanctions Relief Will Not Be Immediate

On July 14, 2015, the “P5+1” nations (the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom), together with the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”), reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan...more

Ferry Service Between The United States And Cuba—Imminent Or Not?

Recent decisions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury have increased the prospects for regular air and vessel service to and from Cuba. Those decisions do not open the floodgates for...more

Gambling and the Bank Secrecy Act

The Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) is a complex set of federal laws and regulations that require “financial institutions” to keep records, make reports, and conduct due diligence as a means of helping the federal government detect...more

Registration of Cyprus Ships

Cyprus is a leading forum in the international maritime industry mostly due to its attractive tax system for ship owners and ship managers and due to its ratification of major international maritime conventions. Cyprus is...more

Major Changes to Cuban Assets Control and Export Regulations Create New Opportunities for Trade

Action Item: On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration...more

OFAC Clarifies Treatment of Deferred Payments, Oil and Gas “Production,” and Artic Offshore Projects Under Russia Sanctions Regime...

On December 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to existing U.S. sanctions against Russian entities designated on the Sectoral Sanctions...more

VP Biden Calls for Greater Investment in Port Infrastructure

On November 12, during a keynote address at the annual convention of the American Association of Port Authorities in Houston, Vice President Biden issued a call to action for greater investment in U.S. port facilities....more

Calculating Title Insurance Claims: Reduction in Value vs. Insured Claim

First Am. Bank v. First Am. Transp. Title Ins. Co., 759 F.3d 427 (5th Cir. 2014) – After a mortgagor filed bankruptcy, a lender brought claims under a ship mortgage insurance title policy. The lender appealed the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 102-interview with Bruce Carton [Video]

In this interview I visit with Bruce Carton, founder and editor of Securities Docket. We discuss the recently concluded 2014 Securities Enforcement Forum; its panels, discussions and vibe. ...more

The Issue of Priority and Statutory Ship Mortgages in the British Virgin Islands

Shipping business in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is fast developing, and with this development, it is important to understand some critical elements, being financing and taking of security; hence, the significance of BVI...more

How Convenient: Vessel Registration and Mortgages in the Republics of the Marshall Islands and Liberia

Two registries of significant interest to shipowners are the registries of the Republics of the Marshall Islands and Liberia. Significantly, insofar as it does not conflict with the statutory laws, each country has adopted...more

Historic Water Resources Reform and Development Act Enacted into Law

On June 10, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (“WRRDA”) (Public Law No: 113-121). The primary purpose of the bill is to provide funding for improvements to rivers...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 62-Self Disclosure Issues Under the FCPA, a conversation with Bill Athanas and David... [Video]

In this episode I visit with Bill Athanas and David Simon on what issues a company should consider when evaluating whether it should self-disclose to the DOJ/SEC about potential FCPA violations...more

Restructuring & Beyond: The marine industry’s routes to safety: Survival strategies and new opportunities for companies, banks and...

Shipping has its fortunes anchored to the health of the global economy. As long as supply exceeds demand, there will be companies at risk of failure. More than four years into the industry’s downturn, market equilibrium...more

A Checklist: What to Expect When Financing Vessel Construction

When seeking construction financing for a proposed newbuilding, shipowners should understand and be prepared to address the particular concerns that lenders have in assessing risk and documenting vessel construction...more

August 16, 2011 - The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News

The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News discusses current OFAC SDN issues written by a OFAC SDN Removal Lawyer....more

August 11, 2011 - The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News

The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News discusses current OFAC SDN issues written by a OFAC SDN Removal Lawyer....more

August 10, 2011 - The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News

The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News discusses current OFAC SDN issues written by a OFAC SDN Removal Lawyer....more

Vessel Hypothetical - A Lawyer's Perspective

After the euphoria of the evening wears off, the questions begin to swirl. How do we choose the right yard? Have we timed the market correctly? Where will we get the money? We haven’t heard too much about our owner’s...more

OTC Derivative Litigation Update

Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement, Similar Clauses and Insolvency There have been so many articles written and opinions expressed on the spate of cases on the effect of how netting provisions in...more

When the Tempest Subsides: Investment in the U.S. Maritime Sector by Marilyn Muench

The economic crisis is far from over. But heartening signs have recently begun to appear, including indications of positive growth in some European nations, a healthier stock market in the United States, and heightened...more

Shipping Industry Problems

Most maritime shipping companies were operating profitably through the summer of 2008 until the "perfect storm" of the credit crisis and the worldwide recession struck, leading to the collapse of both the commodity and...more

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