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Proposed Change to Export Controls Would Allow Use of the Cloud for Encrypted Data

On June 3, 2015 the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published proposed regulations which would change the definition of the...more

State and Commerce Seek Comments on Proposed Export Control Rules Regarding Electronic Transmissions, Defense Services and Other...

On June 3, 2015, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published proposed rules amending the International Traffic...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

State and Commerce Departments Publish Next Set of Proposed Export Control Reform Rules: Fire Control, Range Finder, Optical...

In This Issue: - Export Control Reform Initiative - DDTC Proposed Rule - BIS Proposed Rule - For More Information - Excerpt from Export Control Reform Initiative: By way of background, the Export...more

US Department of Commerce proposes licensing requirements for export and transfer of cybersecurity items

In December 2013, the Wassenaar Arrangement - a group of 41 countries including the United States - agreed to add so-called cybersecurity items to its list of controlled dual-use items. On May 20, 2015, the Department of...more

An attempt at Harmonization: Export Documentation Changes

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is currently accepting comments on methods of improving the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) as well as harmonizing these regulations with the clearance requirements under the...more

Strict Controls Proposed on the Export of Cybersecurity Items

On May 20, 2015, the Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) proposed to establish controls on the export of cybersecurity items. These items would be classified under new Export Control Classification...more

OFAC Issues Guidance Regarding the Parameters of Authorized Travel Between the U.S. and Cuba

On May 5, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued guidance regarding travel between the United States and Cuba. In particular, the guidance clarifies that companies authorized to...more

BIS Proposes Broad New Licensing Requirements for Exports Involving Cybersecurity Technology

In December 2013, members of the Wassenaar Arrangement, a group of 41 countries, which includes the United States, agreed to broaden its list of dual-use controls to include certain cybersecurity items. The new items added to...more

"Agencies Propose Expanding US Export Controls on Cameras, Night Vision Equipment and Sensing Technology"

On May 5, 2015, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) proposed extensive revisions to the current U.S. export...more

Show me the money! – New rules on disclosing invoice payment practices

The Government has confirmed it intends to require large publicly-traded companies to publish extensive details on their practices and policies for paying invoices....more

Restrictions Eased for Communications-Related Items Exported to Sudan

On February 18, 2015, in a coordinated action, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced and implemented changes to the...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #4

ICE Futures Fined US $3 Million by CFTC for Reporting Errors and Untimely Response to Inquiries - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission fined ICE Futures U.S., Inc. US $3 million last week for filing allegedly...more

New Authorizations to Export Personal Communications Items and Services to Sudan

On February 18, 2015 the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published changes to the Export Administration Regulation (“EAR”) and...more

U.S. Government Agency Narrows Scope of Crude Oil Export Ban

On December 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") issued answers to six FAQs regarding the longstanding U.S. crude export oil ban. In these FAQs, BIS stated that lease condensate...more

U.S. Sanctions Update

Recent actions by the U.S. Congress and several executive branch agencies have resulted in changes to sanctions related to various countries and regions, including Cuba, North Korea, Crimea, and Venezuela....more

Sanctions Update: Continuing Implementation of US Embargo of Crimea Region

New US rules define scope of prohibitions and authorized activities, as Crimea region remains subject to broad US embargo and EU trade and investment restrictions. On January 29 and 30, 2015, the US Department of...more

Crimea-related Developments: OFAC Issues Authorizations for Certain Crimea-related Communications Activity and Personal...

On January 30, 2015, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued three General Licenses, authorizing certain personal remittances, the operation of personal accounts and certain mail and...more

U.S. Shift in Policy Eases Cuba Sanctions and Opens Door for New Opportunities

The Obama Administration recently announced it will undertake efforts to repair diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba and end decades of political estrangement and economic isolation of the island nation....more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - January 2015

In this issue: - Directive Regarding Disclosure of Non-Financial and Diversity Information Published in Official Journal - ESMA Publishes Transparency Directive Consultation on European Electronic Access Point...more

Shifting Course: Expanding the Scope of Permissible Cuba Transactions

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has issued its first set of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”) to begin implementing a major policy shift in United States–Cuba...more

New Opportunities in Cuba for U.S. Travel and Medical Companies – Cigars but not Commerce

After President Obama's announcement that his Administration will pursue a policy aimed at improving U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations and ultimately eliminating the economic embargo on Cuba, the U.S. Treasury and Commerce...more

Important Changes to the U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba

The Obama administration recently announced the most significant changes in years to U.S. sanctions against Cuba, allowing expanded travel, trade, and exchange in targeted areas....more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, January 2015

In this issue: - Japan Releases Exposure Draft of New Corporate Governance Code - Launch of Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect - SEC and NYSE Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation...more

Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade

As part of a broader, ongoing effort to forge closer relations with Cuba, the Obama administration has enacted a new set of regulations intended to facilitate certain forms of authorized travel to Cuba. The regulations, which...more

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