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President Obama's New Executive Order Blocks Trade to Crimea

The executive order bans the export of goods, technology, and services to the Crimea region of Ukraine, but that’s not all it does. On December 19, 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama issued Executive Order #13685,...more

From EMIR to Eternity? - The EU Financial Regulatory Agenda Into 2015 and Beyond

2014 was a very active year for financial regulation in the European Union (EU). There was a push to finalise much of the outstanding primary legislation on the regulatory reform agenda in advance of the European...more

Red Notice Newsletter - December 2014

Welcome to the December 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a major cosmetics retailer as well as its subsidiary pleads guilty to...more

US China Trade War–Developments in Trade , TAA, 337/IP, Antitrust and Securities

There have been major developments in the trade politics, trade, trade agreements, trade adjustment assistance, 337/IP, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. This month the blog post has grown substantially...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - November 2014

The Day After: There are still a few undecided races but we know that Republicans will control the House and the Senate in the next session of Congress. This may provide an opportunity for more bipartisan legislation in the...more

The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons for Effective Compliance and Enforcement

Can one man make a difference? Stanley Sporkin is proof that the answer is “yes.” In the early 1970s he sat fixated by the Watergate Congressional hearings. As the testimony droned on about the burglary and cover-up, the...more

House Approves CFTC Reauthorization, Changes to Dodd-Frank

After a nearly two year process, on June 24, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 266-144 to pass H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act, which would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading...more

Congress and Industry Want Resource Extraction Rules Finalized

In 2013 the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the SEC resource extraction disclosure rules that were mandated by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Fifty-eight Democratic lawmakers have...more

Africa Update - June 2014

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

Africa Update - May 2014

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

Africa Update - May 8, 2014

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

What Comes Next in Derivatives Regulation?  [Video]

Apr. 22, 2014 -- Houman Shadab, Associate Professor at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about recent developments in the regulation of derivatives....more

New Ukraine Sanctions Announced – U.S., EU and Canada Take Action

In response to political developments in the Ukraine and Russian military action in Crimea, the United States and European Union (EU) announced new sanctions on March 6, 2014. Canada issued its sanctions on March 5, 2014. The...more

UCITS 5 Political Agreement Reached

On February 25, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that political agreement has been reached with the Council of the EU on the proposed UCITS V Directive....more

US China Trade War – Default Dangers, Trans Pacific Partnership In Jeopardy, Trade, Customs Antitrust And Securities

There have been some major developments in litigation, including dangers of default judgments, trade, Solar Cells, Chinese Antidumping, patents, US/Chinese antitrust, and securities areas. January was a very important...more

China Update - January 29, 2014

In This Issue: Quote of the Week; U.S.-China Relations; Energy & the Environment; and Trade. Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations - Baucus Nomination Hearing: On January 28, the Senate Foreign...more

Trialogue Agreement on MiFID II

On January 14, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament reached political agreement in trialogue on the MiFID II legislative proposals (the proposed MiFID II Directive and the proposed Markets in Financial...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- November 18, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; International; Miscellaneous; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - While Washington and the country were...more

"Effect of US Government Shutdown on CFIUS and DSS"

As of October 1, nonessential federal government activities have been suspended due to the failure of Congress to pass appropriations to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2014, or a continuing resolution to...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- September 16, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; and Executive Branch. Leading the Past Week - Congress returned this week from its August Recess period and hit the ground running, with the...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- July 15, 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; International; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Although there were several hearings and major...more

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Derivatives Legislation

The House recently passed four discrete bills that address particular issues with the derivatives provisions of Dodd-Frank, including legislation to ensure there is a clear end-user exemption and legislation to address the...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- June 17‚ 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - Once again, the markets and Congress came together to offer an...more

Financial Services Legislative and Regulatory Update -- June 10‚ 2013

In This Issue: Leading the Past Week; Legislative Branch; Executive Branch; International; and Upcoming Hearings. Excerpt from Leading the Past Week - And the beat goes on… Another week with the White...more

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