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Africa Update - August 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Africa Update - August 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Department of Commerce and OFAC Continue Imposing Hefty Sanctions on Russia, While Russia Retaliates with Own Sanctions

On August 6, the U.S. Department of Commerce (the “Commerce Department”) issued new regulations, implementing additional sanctions against Russia and introducing new restrictions on exports for its energy sector. These new...more

China Update - August 2014

In This Issue: - U.S.-China Relations - Chinese Embassy News - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom...more

The new EU sanctions against Russia – key points to know, key steps for companies with business interests in Russia

The European Union has adopted economic sanctions against Russia – the latest step relating to the protection of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Earlier this year, the Council of the European Union had already adopted...more

Africa Update - August 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Russia Bans the Import of Certain Agricultural and Food Products from the US, EU, Canada, Australia, and Norway

In response to the recent round of sanctions and export restrictions imposed on Russia, Russian Federation President Putin signed a decree on 6 August 20141 (the “Decree”) effectively banning or limiting for a period of one...more

US Expands Export Restrictions on Russia and Targets Russian Energy Sector

On August 1, 2014, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced further export restrictions targeting Russia generally and the Russian oil and gas sector in particular, effective August 6, 2014. This action implements...more

Top Ten Takeaways from the 2014 BIS Update

The U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) hosted its annual update conference from July 29-31 in Washington, DC. Attendance was strong as always, and there was plenty to discuss about the export...more

EU imposes targeted Russia sanctions (banks, arms and oil sectors); imposes Crimea/Sevastopol trade/investment restrictions and...

The EU has adopted and published targeted sanctions against Russia covering banks, the oil sector and arms in response to the situation in Ukraine. The new sanctions include an EU ban on purchase or sale (and related...more

Overview of Central and West Africa

Orrick lawyers Pascal Agboyibor, Bruno Gay and Gabin Gabas authored the first "Overview of Central and West Africa," an outline of the electricity and oil & gas sector legislation in 14 francophone African countries, that has...more

United States and European Union Impose Broad Economic Sanctions Against Russia

On July 29, 2014, the United States and the European Union (EU) announced a significant expansion of sanctions against Russia in response to its continued support of separatists in eastern Ukraine. The measures introduced by...more

United States Issues Further Sanctions Targeting Russian Financial, Defense and Energy Sectors

On July 29, 2014, the United States expanded sectoral sanctions, targeting the Russian financial, defense and energy sectors in response to the ongoing unrest in Ukraine. The new sanctions include the addition of three...more

Update on EU Sanctions against Russia

Late on 25 July, the EU added 15 further persons and 18 entities responsible for action against Ukraine's territorial integrity to the list of those subject to an asset freeze, a prohibition against making funds or economic...more

Extension Of The Sanctions Relief Provided For In The Joint Plan Of Action Between The P5+1 And The Islamic Republic Of Iran

On July 18, 2014, the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China) agreed with Iran to extend their commitments under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA). The JPOA, originally agreed upon in...more

U.S. Ukraine-Related Sanctions: Another List to Check and What It Means

On July 16, 2014 in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control announced that it was adding several individuals and entities to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. As with...more

China Update - July 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S-China Relations - Energy & Environment - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: U.S.-China Counterterrorism Dialogue - On July 15,...more

Iran: limited sanctions relief extended to 24 November 2014

January 2014, both the EU and U.S. brought into force measures which temporarily suspended and relaxed (for a period of six months, to end on 20 July 2014) some of the sanctions in place against Iran. This reflected the Joint...more

Big Talk After a Cautious Expansion of Ukraine-Related Sanctions by the U.S. – But Still No Big Changes for U.S. Exporters

Although Obama Administration officials undoubtedly recognize the need to punish Russia and Russian-backed rebels for their alleged role in the MH17 tragedy, they also will continue to weigh the effects of further sanctions...more

Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions: Significant Expansion of Sanctions Presents Additional Compliance Challenges

On July 16, 2014, the United States announced another expansion of sanctions in response to events in southern and eastern Ukraine. The United States for the first time imposed sanctions against major Russian companies and...more

New Ukraine-Related Sanctions Imposed on Russian Interests

On July 16, 2014, the Obama Administration responded further to developments in Ukraine by imposing another new round of sanctions on Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean parties. Importantly, for the first time, the United States...more

U.S. Issues New Sanctions On Russia Targeting Defense, Energy Sectors

The Obama administration expanded U.S. sanctions against Russia on July 17th targeting the country’s financial, energy and defense industries in response to Russia’s continued support for Ukrainian separatists. Along with...more

Obama Administration Imposes New Sanctions on Key Russian Energy, Financial and Defense Companies; EU Considering Expanded...

The Obama Administration announced new sanctions on Wednesday, July 17, 2014, targeting key companies in Russia’s energy, financial and defense sectors, as well as other companies, regional separatist governments, and...more

Fifth Round of Sanctions Target Certain Russian Banks, Energy Companies and Arms Manufacturers

The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a fifth round of designations imposing limited sanctions on two Russian banks and two major Russian energy companies. OFAC also designated and blocked the assets of...more

July Sanctions Update: Ukraine and Iran

We have set out below a summary of the recent changes in respect of the Ukraine as well as an update on the position regarding the “Joint Plan of Action” in respect of Iran....more

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