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Canada to lift strict export sanctions against Belarus

On May 7, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it would immediately relax sanctions against Belarus and initiate the regulatory process to remove Belarus from the Area Control List (ACL), a regulation made pursuant...more

New sanctions impose further restrictions on North Korea

The United Nations, the European Union and United States recently expanded sanctions on North Korea, issuing new restrictions which impact the mineral, energy, shipping, banking, finance, and aviation industries. United...more

FinCrimes Update - April 2016 Summary, Volume 4, Issue 4

AML/BSA & OFAC: FINCEN ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF DIRECTOR CALVERY - On April 26, FinCEN announced the departure of Director Calvery. Commenting on Calvery’s accomplishments during her tenure as Director, the agency...more

European Union and United Kingdom Sanctions Update: May 2016

Below is a summary of developments since our previous update in March relating to European Union (“EU”) sanctions on Iran, North Korea and other jurisdictions as well as highlights of recent changes with respect to the...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

The Export/Immigration Dilemma: Don’t Let OSC Catch Your HR Department Unawares

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) issued a carefully worded technical assistance letter addressing the complex interplay...more

DOJ Civil Rights Division Underscores Risk of Discrimination Claims When Requesting Information from Applicants and Employees for...

On March 31, 2016, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (“DOJ”) issued a technical assistance letter (TAL) that highlights the potential for employers to create discrimination claims inadvertently when requesting...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – May 2016

Special Focus on “Safe Harbor 2.0,” Privacy Shield and E.U. Data Transfers: Alston & Bird’s privacy team has been closely following the development of Privacy Shield, the proposed successor to the E.U.-U.S. Safe Harbor...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

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Final Judgments Entered Against Seven Former DAP Employees; Four Ordered to Pay - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced earlier this month that on April 6 and 7, 2016,...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

DC Circuit curtails judicial exercise of supervisory powers over deferred prosecution agreements

In a ruling with important implications for corporate criminal resolutions, the DC Circuit has upheld DOJ's wide prosecutorial discretion to enter into Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) with defendants - and severely...more

USA FDI News - April 2016

USA FDI News highlights the FAQs arising from your projects - from how to finance a deal to selecting the right visa or tax strategy and more. We want to keep USA FDI News interactive and relevant to your international...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

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Olympus to Pay $646 Million for Anti­Kickback and FCPA Violations - Early this month, Olympus Corp. of the Americas (OCA) settled government investigations related to violations of the...more

OFAC Authorizes Certain Commercial Passenger Aircraft Transactions with Iran

On March 24, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued General License I authorizing U.S. persons to undertake certain transactions ordinarily incident to the negotiation of, and...more

Epsilon Case Highlights the Need for Sanctions Due Diligence on Resellers

As global companies begin to reenter the Iranian market, a decision issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is an important reminder that resellers and distributors can generate liability for U.S....more

Commerce at its Best – A True Export Promotion Tool for U.S. Exporters

Trade Agreements are political hot potatoes, which as a trade attorney I always find interesting. The presidential candidates have been debating the pros and cons of trade agreements for years from a 60,000 foot level. Is the...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

Easy Come, Easy Go: Latest Developments in US Sanctions

Making regular updates to policies and procedures related to international trade compliance has always been an important aspect of ensuring their effectiveness, and particularly in light of the myriad changes to various U.S....more

Changes in U.S. - Cuba Regulations

On March 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce issued new amendments to regulations governing travel, trade, and financial transactions with Cuba....more

Obama Administration Further Eases Sanctions in Advance of Cuba Visit

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) implemented amendments to the Cuban...more

"US Further Eases Sanctions Ahead of President’s Historic Trip to Cuba"

On March 15, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced regulatory amendments that further eased U.S....more

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions

On March 15, 2016, in advance of the historic visit to Cuba by the President, the United States announced significant amendments to existing Cuba-related economic sanctions and export control regulations to implement the...more

United States To Renegotiate Controls On Intrusion Software

Since the end of 2013, an important question has loomed over the computer security industry: would the U.S. government impose strict controls on the sharing of technology and research related to cybersecurity vulnerabilities?...more

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