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[Webinar] Trade and Foreign Investment in Cuba: New Legal Framework - May 10th, 1:00 p.m. U.S. CDT

Understanding the current circumstances facing the Republic of Cuba will help to take advantage of opportunities for the promotion as well as the protection of foreign investment and trade which have motivated the firm to...more

TD Bank and Sanctions Violations

by Michael Volkov on

Sanctions enforcement continues to be a significant risk. With the focus on unraveling elaborate corporate ownership schemes, the risk of conducting business with sanctioned individuals or entities is increasing....more

Journalists Ponder Future of U.S. Cuba Relations

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

Journalists who cover United States Cuba relations are hopeful but mystified by the potential for improvement under the Trump administration, according to a report from the Miami Herald. Journalists spoke on a panel titled,...more

Distillations: A Rum Thing

by Fish & Richardson on

The first time this blogger wrote about the HAVANA CLUB trademark dispute, it was for the November/December issue of World Trademark Review in 2006. Even then, it was a long-running and complicated feud. I wrote at the...more

HAVANA CLUB: The Rum’s Back on Ice

Last year, I blogged about the decades-long dispute for the HAVANA CLUB trademark in the United States. Nearly ten months later, well, its spirit lives on....more

Expect Focus - International, Spring, March 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Rules of the (International) Road - An Overview - Going international is a complicated undertaking. Your specific situation and concerns will determine the steps required. The following outlines, very generally,...more

Market Solutions, Volume 26, No. 1

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Sanctions: Will the Trump Administration Stay the Course? President Trump made many statements during the campaign regarding actions he plans to take to reverse Obama administration sanctions policies. These included...more

Doing Business in Cuba Under the FCPA

by Thomas Fox on

I want to consider the impending opening of Cuba to US business, what you can do now and what you must wait for until the embargo is lifted; all from the perspective of compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Post-Election Update on Cuba

by Carlton Fields on

New Administration’s Cuba Policy Plans - Prior to President Trump’s inauguration, and in an effort to continue normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations, President Obama ended the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy which since 1995 has...more

Growing Congressional Support to Lift the Cuba Embargo

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

As warming temperatures precede the coming of Spring, there is a growing chorus of support in the U.S. Congress for ending the U.S. embargo of Cuba. Writing in his hometown newspaper, U.S. Congressman James Comer (R-KY)...more

Cuba Sanctions Eased, but too Early for a ‘Gold Rush’

As much of the world now knows, beginning in January 2015, the Obama Administration began easing some of the sanctions that have been imposed on Cuba for generations. Since that easing, there has been a great deal of interest...more

Cuban Refugees Are Waiting at the Border

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Many Cubans who were making the long and dangerous trek through jungles and other countries to the United States before the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20 are waiting at the U.S. border for word from the...more

Red Notice Newsletters - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Las Vegas Sands Corporation Agrees to Pay Approximately $7 Million to Resolve DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action – On January 19, 2017, Las Vegas Sands Corporation (“Sands”), a Nevada-based...more

End of Immigration Privileges for Cuban Nationals Signals Changes in U.S.-Cuba Relationship

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Before former President Barack Obama left office, one of his last acts was to repeal the policy granting asylum to every Cuban national who made it to the United States. As part of the normalization of formal diplomatic...more

"Future of Sanctions on Iran, Russia and Cuba Uncertain Under Trump"

Throughout the eight years of the Obama administration, the development and implementation of economic sanctions was a key element of U.S. foreign and national security policy. This strategy continued into the post-election...more

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Las Vegas Sands Corporation Agrees to Pay Approximately $7 Million to Resolve DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action – On January 19, 2017, Las Vegas Sands Corporation (“Sands”), a Nevada-based...more

OFAC Sanctions: No Entity Too Small or Too Far for Enforcement

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

- Canadian bank pays penalties for U.S. dollar transactions involving Cuba and Iran - Bank receives Finding of Violation – but no penalty – for violations by European subsidiaries - Disclosure and cooperation...more

Donald Trump and Shipping: What to Expect

by Blank Rome LLP on

The election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States took many by surprise. Of additional import to the industry, the Republican Party has maintained control of the House of Representatives and the Senate,...more

DHS Announces Changes to U.S. & Cuba Migration Policies

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced changes to the policies and regulations affecting Cuban nationals. DHS stated the “changes represent another important step in the normalization of...more

It’s Annual Report Time—Recent Developments and Trends for the Preparation of Form 20-F

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

It is now time for a large number of foreign private issuers to prepare their annual reports on Form 20-F. For companies with a calendar year-end, the Form 20-F must be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Smoother Sailing Ahead for Shippers After OFAC Clarifies Cuba Sanctions

by Reed Smith on

On Friday, 6 January 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revised its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), adding five new FAQs (numbers 86-90) pertaining to vessel transactions with...more

What's at Stake with U.S.-Cuba Normalization?

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project and the Chile Documentation Project at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., writing in The Nation, provides a good description of what’s at stake in the...more

How Could Trump Change U.S. Policy on Cuba?

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

A number of writers have recently looked at the possibilities for changes in U.S. policy coming out of the Trump administration.  In that regard, it’s important to note how fragile the current arrangement is with Cuba and how...more

Legal Bases for Iran Sanctions, Cuba Sanctions, and NAFTA

by Morgan Lewis on

How easily can the Trump administration change the status quo? The International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C §§1701-1707 enacted October 28, 1977, authorizes the US president to broadly regulate...more

Insights Newsletter - December 2016

SHINING LIGHT INTO THE HEART OF DARKNESS:An Update on the Cuban Embargo - I. Executive Summary - Sixty years after the imposition of the Cuban Embargo, the orthodoxy and ideology that caused it to persist are no...more

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