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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

China Update - July 2014

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S-China Relations - Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: 6th Round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue On July 9-10, Secretary of...more

How the Ukraine Crisis is Redefining European, Russian and US Energy Relations

The continuing turmoil in Ukraine has once again heightened Europe’s concern over its energy security and rehashed memories of the gas disputes of January 2006 and 2009 when supplies to Europe were disrupted. Following these...more

China Update - June 2014

In This Issue: - Quote of the week - U.S.-China Relations - Chinese Embassy News - Trade -Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: White House Statement on Terrorist Attack in China - On May 22,...more

Where Two Worlds Collide: The Impact of Sanctions in Space

As we continue to find new ways to look at the implications of the Ukraine-related sanctions introduced by the United States over the past few months, we have shifted our perspective to the extra-terrestrial to focus on the...more

Africa Update - June 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

Africa Update - May 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 Leading the...more

SAFE Issues Circular 29 to Ease the Approval Requirements for Cross-Border Guarantees

On May 19, 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) released provisions aiming to simplify the existing process and ease approval requirements for foreign guarantees in China and further broaden the scope...more

SAFE Relaxes Control over Provision of Cross Border Security

On 19 May 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) released the long awaited Foreign Exchange Administrative Provisions on Cross-Border Security and its implementation guidelines (collectively the New SAFE...more

Africa Update - May 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 Leading the...more

Ukraine-Related Sanctions Regulations: An Update

On May 8, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued the Ukraine-Related Sanctions Regulations (“URSR”), 31 C.F.R. Part 589. The URSR implement the sanctions set forth in Executive Orders 13660, 13661, and...more

China Update

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - China News - Energy & Environment and Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: China to Participate in RIMPAC for First Time - On...more

United States Charges China with Cyber-Espionage in Unprecedented Indictment

This morning, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that a grand jury in the Western District of Pennsylvania has indicted five Chinese military officials on charges of computer hacking, economic espionage, and...more

United States v. China: The Battle over Cyber-Espionage Results in Criminal Charges

For those of us who have been active in cybersecurity, it is a well known fact that the Chinese government, acting through its military, has been the most prolific global perpetrators of cyber-espionage. Over the past several...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

New Executive Order Targeting Persons Contributing to the Conflict in the Central African Republic and Designating Five...

On May 13, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order (the “Order”) related to the situation in the Central African Republic and targeting those contributing to the conflict in that country. This Order allows the United...more

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