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Commerce Guidance Supports Benefits of Voluntary Disclosures and Improved Compliance Programs

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a voluntary disclosure guidance for export violations. The guidance takes effect July 22 and its intent is to make Commerce’s enforcement more...more

International Cyber Recommendations for the Financial Market: Collaboration is the Name of the Game

On June 29, 2016, the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued “Guidance on...more

Sanctions Updates: Iran, Myanmar (Burma) and Cuba

With the rise of OFAC Sanctions enforcement and compliance issues, companies have to devote significant resources to following changes in OFAC Sanctions. Over the last few years, the US government has significantly altered...more

BIS Revises Penalty and Settlement Guidance

On June 22, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) revised its guidance regarding administrative enforcement cases for violations of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), other than those related to...more

International Regulators Issue Cybersecurity Guidance to the Financial Industry

The Bank for International Settlement (BIS) Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) last week issued the first internationally agreed-upon...more

Review into increasing progression in the labour market for BME workers

BIS has launched a consultation to better understand the obstacles black and minority ethnic (BME) people face in the labour market....more

China’s ZTE Granted Further Temporary Reprieve From U.S. Export Sanctions

The U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) today announced that it has extended for a period of two months a previously granted temporary reprieve from U.S. export sanctions on China’s ZTE...more

Continuation of General License for Exports, Reexports, and Transfers to ZTE

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is extending until August 30, 2016, the general license for exports, reexports (shipments from one foreign country to another foreign country), and...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 12 - June, 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis In our last edition, we discussed a recent SEC enforcement action against a private equity fund advisory firm and its owner, who agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle charges that included...more

BIS and State Department Issue Rules on Key Export Control Definitions and Cloud Computing

On June 3, 2016, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued new rules revising existing definitions and adding new ones...more

Alert: US Government Issues Administrative Subpoena to Huawei Technologies

According to recent news reports, the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") issued a subpoena in April to Huawei Technologies Co. ("Huawei"), one of the world's largest telecommunications equipment...more

Export Control Reform Offers Revisions to Key Terms, and DDTC Increases Penalty Authority; More Work Remains (Part 1)

On June 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued changes to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations...more

Overview of US and EU Trade Sanctions

Overview of US and EU Trade Sanctions - Following is a summary of the current US and EU sanctions that restrict trade with and/or investment in certain countries, “Specially Designated Nationals” (SDNs) and “Blocked...more

New Commerce Department Procedure Available for U.S. Cuba License Holders – It’s a Bit Hard to Find, But if You Need It, You Need...

We all know that export regulations cannot keep up with reality. Reforms are happening very quickly, especially regarding Cuba. So, here’s a new procedure we just discovered. Perhaps it can help you if you are ever similarity...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition, May 2016

US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC and NYSE/Nasdaq Developments - FAST Act Amends JOBS Act and Creates New Exemption for Resales of Restricted Securities - On 4 December 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation...more

DOJ Guidance on Navigating between a Rock – Export Controls – and a Hard Place – Employment Nondiscrimination

U.S. companies, particularly defense and other high-tech companies, have long faced challenges of how to comply with both the deemed export rule, which may require employment discrimination in very limited circumstances, and...more

Global Impact: China's ZTE Added to BIS Entity List but Granted Temporary Export License

On March 8, 2016, the United States Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that China's ZTE Corporation (ZTE), along with three of its affiliates,...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, April 2016

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to Asian corporates and financial institutions. Please see full...more

Trade & Manufacturing - April 2016

President’s Trip to Cuba Accompanied by Expanded Treasury and Commerce Regulations - On March 20, President Obama arrived in Cuba for an historic visit, marking a significant step in the Obama Administration’s efforts to...more

Additional Steps to Ease U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls for Cuba prior to Obama Visit

In advance of President Obama’s highly publicized trip to Cuba, the Administration took additional steps to ease restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba. These changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and...more

President’s Trip to Cuba Accompanied by Expanded Treasury and Commerce Regulations

On March 20, President Obama arrived in Cuba for an historic visit, marking a significant step in the Obama Administration’s efforts to normalize relations, a process that began in December 2014. The Administration has stated...more

Please Read the Fine Print About Doing Business in Cuba

I am here to encourage newly authorized trade to and from Cuba. However, my job is also to ensure that exporters have all of the information they need to make informed business decisions and remain compliant with U.S. trade...more

BIS Grants Temporary Relief for Two ZTE Companies and their Suppliers

In an extraordinary development, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a new rule, effective March 24, 2016, creating a temporary general license for two entities—Zhongxing...more

OFAC and BIS Continue to Ease Cuba Shipping, Travel and Banking Sanctions

The Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have respectively published another round of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control...more

Recent Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions Ease Restrictions for Travel and Shipping Sectors

This client alert addresses the recent amendments to the Cuba sanctions regime in the wake of President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. The recent changes represent the increasing efforts of the U.S. government to restore...more

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