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"Latest US Export Control Reforms Impact Companies in the Military Electronics Industry"

On July 1, 2014, the U.S. government issued the latest in a series of ongoing reforms to the U.S. export controls on defense articles, defense services and “dual-use” items (i.e., items that have both civilian and military...more

Red Notice Newsletter - June 2014

Welcome to the June 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month, on the anticorruption front, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit defines key Foreign Corrupt...more

European Commission Provides insight into possible directions for future EU dual-use export control regime

The European Commission has recently outlined its priorities and suggestions for modernising and improving the EU’s Dual-Use export controls regime in a Communication. The proposed approach focuses on ‘smarter’ controls,...more

ECR Episode IX – Serving up the Third Round: The Next Wave of Export Control Reform Takes Effect on July 1, 2014

In the country pubs of Ireland, it has long been the practice of the barkeep to “stand the third round” for good customers, meaning to offer the third drink for free. The practice makes sense both as customer appreciation...more

Suspension of Certain UK Export Licences for Exports to Russia

In the context of an EU-wide review of export licensing for Russia, the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague announced in March 2014 that the UK Government would be suspending (i) all existing export licences and application...more

DOE Proposes New Procedures for LNG Export Authorizations

Yesterday, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) issued proposed new procedures for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export decisions. The proposal applies only to applications to export LNG from the Lower-48 states to...more

New Beginnings

Benjamin Franklin once said that no nation was ever ruined by trade. While that may be true, those of us in the private sector have seen our kind ruined by failures in trade law compliance far too often. Let’s be honest:...more

"US Government Announces Reforms to Space and Satellite Systems Export Controls"

On May 13, 2014, the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued interim final rules amending the U.S. export controls...more

WTO Panel Finds China's Export Restraints On Rare Earth Minerals Violate Trade Rules

On March 26, the World Trade Organization (WTO) released a dispute settlement panel report finding that China's imposition of export restraints on rare earths, tungsten, and molybdenum breach WTO rules. The United States,...more

No New Export Licenses For Items, Services, or Information Destined For Russia — Be Careful with Russian Nationals in the U.S.

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the two offices in charge of issuing export licenses for controlled dual-use and defense...more

The logistics of Export Control Reform for the aerospace industry

On October 15, 2013, the first pair of final rules implementing the President’s Export Control Reform (ECR) initiative became effective. These rules, which govern military aircraft and aircraft parts, redefine the line...more

Cloud Services and Export Control: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Cloud services in all forms are becoming widely adopted by enterprise customers. Public, private and hybrid cloud service offerings continue to grow in number and nature. Companies are migrating to Software-as-a-Service...more

Spacing Out: BIS Issues Report on Export Controls and the Space Industrial Base

In February 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a report (“Report”) detailing the impact of export controls on the U.S. space industry. Titled the “U.S. Space Industry...more

Smart Phone Technology and Exports

Export controls and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) have hit the big leagues. Even NPR’s Martin Kaste is covering it! I think such coverage is great because outside of the University research communities...more

Ukraine and US Energy Export Restrictions: Will Geopolitics Bring Reform?

The situation in Ukraine has intensified political and media scrutiny of the United States’ restrictions on the export of crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG). With supplies of Russian energy to Ukraine and Europe at...more

What’s New Out There? Highlights from the March 2014 Federal Register

A. EPA Adopts Final Rule: EPA-Specific Past Performance Regulations (79 Fed. Reg. 15921-24) (3/21/2014) - The EPA is deleting EPA-specific past performance regulations in the EPA Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR) because...more

Major Revisions to U.S. Export Controls: How the New Regulatory Landscape Will Impact Your Clients

•Overview of U.S. export controls •What is export control reform and what does it mean for you •Extraterritorial application of U.S. export controls •Other U.S. trade related regimes and how they may impact your...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2014

This month on the anticorruption front, a New York court orders two former Siemens executives to pay record civil penalties in a bribery case involving the company’s Argentina business; Canada prosecutes former executives...more

Major Revisions to U.S. Export Controls: How the New Regulatory Landscape Will Impact Your Clients [Video]

Major revisions to U.S. export controls, the largest such effort since the end of the Cold War, are well underway. The result is that many U.S. origin products and technology are moving from control under the U.S. State...more

U. S. Government Penalizes Company for Alleged "Deemed Export" and Other Technology Export Violations

In February 2014, the U.S. government imposed a US$115,000 penalty against Intevac, Inc., for alleged export control violations. The government's enforcement action against Intevac reflects far-reaching positions on...more

Business News Digest – March 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity: Coming Soon to a Government Contract Near You - Recent National Defense Authorization Act Presents Opportunities for Small Business Contractors - Iran Sanctions Deal Does...more

Texas Environmental Update - February 28, 2014

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

Conducting Operations Overseas: What Every Nonprofit Should Know

In this presentation: Road Map: Top Ten Steps to Successful and Compliant International Operations - - Identify Goals in the Foreign Market: What’s next? - Phased Approach: Considerations in entering...more

BIS Proposes First Rewrite of Routed Export Rules in Over a Decade

On February 6, 2014, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a Proposed Rule announcing its intent to clarify the responsibilities of parties involved in "routed exports." Delegation of...more

Shale Oil Production Leads To Fractured Debate On Crude Oil Export Ban

The debate regarding the U.S. ban on crude oil exports, which has been in effect for nearly forty years, is escalating. Due to the increasing domestic supply of crude oil, primarily from shale oil production, a number of...more

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