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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

2017 Key Trade Issues: U.S. Embargoes and Economic Sanctions on Iran, Russia, and Cuba

U.S. embargoes and economic sanctions on countries such as Iran, Russia and Cuba were discussed at length by both candidates during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and President-Elect Trump has stated that he intended to...more

Presidential Pulse: 10 Key Ways the Trump Administration May Impact The Way You Do Business in 2017

Today marks just over a month since Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States. As each cabinet appointment is announced, we get more clues to help us predict which direction the Trump...more

Cuban Entrepreneurs Ask President-Elect Trump to Continue Opening Trade Relations with Cuba

The U.S. advocacy group, Engage Cuba, announced yesterday that a group of Cuban entrepreneurs has penned a letter to President-elect Trump, asking him to continue opening trade and relations between the U.S. and Cuba....more

Negotiation By Tweet: The Uncertain Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations

After the announcement of Fidel Castro’s death on November 26, 2016, President Barack Obama sent a message to the Cuban people highlighting his administration’s efforts to improve relations between the United States and Cuba....more

The Trump Administration’s International Trade and Economic Policy: Available Options and Possible Implications for Industry

During the recent campaign and the transition, President-elect Donald Trump generally has advocated a more aggressive U.S. international trade and economic policy as part of his plan to generate economic growth and retain and...more

Forecasting the Trump Administration's First 100 Days

With the 2016 election in the rearview mirror, manufacturers must be mindful of the early initiatives you can expect from Congress and the new administration. With a return to one-party rule, the coming congressional term is...more

Still Serious About Sanctions: OFAC Settles Violations Involving Cuba and Iran

Lest U.S. companies think that Cuba and Iran are entirely open for business, a U.S. government settlement announced earlier this month with National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV), a U.S. oilfield services company, will serve as a...more

The Latest from Canada, Cuba, and the United Kingdom - Updates to Previous Announcements

In various bulletins earlier in the year, we let you know about some significant changes that were coming in Canada, Cuba, and the United Kingdom, and we promised to keep you updated as the situations continued to develop....more

Post-Election Sanctions Hangover

With the results in from the U.S. presidential election, companies should begin to consider the potential impact of a Trump presidency on their international business. U.S. economic sanctions were among the hot-button issues...more

November 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s recently issued consumer protection rules and initiatives, the GAO’s report on air traffic control reorganization, DOT’s tentative approval of...more

Trade Compliance Issues in the New Administration, Part I: Export/Sanctions Laws

A change in administration will likely bring changes in export/sanctions laws and compliance obligations. This will include both last minute amendments by the outgoing administration and initiatives by the new President....more

"Looking Ahead: The U.S. Legal and Regulatory Environment Under a Trump Administration"

Election Day brought an end to a long period of uncertainty that caused market fluctuations and delayed business planning decisions. As we navigate the post-election landscape, many questions remain regarding the potential...more

Sanctions Update: Burma, Cuba, and Iran

Over the past month, substantial changes were made to several sanctions programs affecting Burma, Cuba, and Iran by President Obama and the Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)....more

New Administration May Change Landscape of U.S. Trade and Export Policy (IRB No. 560)

Although it is impossible to tell whether the new Trump administration will follow through on its campaign promises to alter the landscape of U.S. trade with foreign countries, businesses should realize that the new...more

Ramifications of US Election for International Sanctions

Yesterday’s election has significant implications for international sanctions, particularly with respect to Iran, Cuba, and Russia. Although we do not want to be unduly alarmist, President-elect Trump’s statements on the...more

Investing in Cuban Health Care Biotech Industries

The Obama Administration made significant new regulatory changes to allow certain investment opportunities in the Cuban health care and biotech industries. While many barriers remain, US firms in the health care industry...more

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – DOJ Issues First-Ever Declinations Requiring Disgorgement of Profits to Resolve FCPA Violations - On September 29, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the first time announced...more

New Changes to Federal Regulations Create New Opportunities in Cuba for U.S. Businesses

On October 17, 2016 the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published respective amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and...more

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