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Implications of U.S. Sanctions Program on Intellectual Property Owners

To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31...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: President Obama meetings Chinese President Xi...more

President Authorizes Sanctions in Response to Unrest in South Sudan

On April 3, 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order (EO) authorizing sanctions against certain persons found responsible for the recent violence in South Sudan. The President declared a national emergency to deal with...more

Ukraine Sanctions and Aid Bill Passes into Law

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The Act supplements the three Executive Orders authorizing...more

Africa Update

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

U.S. and UK Take Modest Steps to Restrict Exports to Russia

The Obama Administration has threatened to impose additional sanctions on Russia in response to the Ukraine crisis but so far has only blocked the assets of 32 individuals and one bank. Additionally, with little fanfare, the...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week, the President was traveling overseas. President Obama announced his backing for an overhaul of the NSA bulk phone data collection program, a plan that differs from the...more

Certain Trade with Russia on Hold

The Obama administration announced this week that companies with pending license requests to export certain controlled dual-use goods or technology, defense articles or defense services to Russia will face an indefinite hold...more

Responding to the Ukraine Situation: A Time to Update All International Trade Policies and Agreements

Over the last several years, the United States and other countries have constantly changed international trade regulations in response to ongoing foreign events. Now, in response to the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine,...more

Turmoil In Ukraine (Part II): U.S. Halts Export Licenses For Dual-Use And Defense Items To Russia; Congress Acts To Codify And...

U.S. government agencies announced this week that they have suspended issuing export licenses to companies sending or releasing sensitive goods, services and technology to Russia. This development will prevent companies from...more

Africa Update

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

DOE approves LNG exports to non-free trade countries - US foreign policy may be bigger factor moving forward

The US Department of Energy has issued an Order granting approval to Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Jordan Cove’s liquefaction and export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon, to countries...more

New Sanctions Increase Risk for Companies Dealing with Russia

U.S. business leaders are concerned about the potential impact of a new set of sanctions authorized by President Barack Obama last week in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea. The new sanctions broaden those already in...more

U.S. Expands Sanctions on Russia in Light of Crisis in Ukraine

In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision earlier this month to reclaim the Crimean Peninsula as a part of the Russian Federation, President Barack Obama issued three executive orders authorizing the...more

Obama Administration Sanctions Numerous Russian, Ukrainian Officials

This week, President Obama issued two new Executive Orders, one on March 17 and another on March 20, authorizing the Treasury Department to impose sanctions on...more

"An Update on Economic Sanctions Related to Events in Ukraine"

Last week the United States and European Union continued to ramp up economic sanctions related to events in Ukraine and Russia. Because the most recent round of sanctions is likely to have a much broader reach, entities must...more

Ukraine/Russia Sanctions Escalate

Sanctions escalated at a rapid pace last week as western powers responded to the crisis in Ukraine and Russian’s annexation of Crimea. The United States, European Union (EU), Canada and Australia have implemented sanctions....more

Crimea River: U.S. Rushes to Impose Sanctions

The situation with respect to U.S. sanctions related to Russia and Ukraine is evolving rapidly. As we previously reported, on March 6, 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order 13660, which authorized the blocking of...more

US, EU and Russia Swap Sanctions

President Obama issued yet another new Executive Order (E.O.) blocking property of additional Russian persons the U.S. Government holds responsible for the situation in Ukraine on 20 March 2014. For its part, on 21 March...more

US and EU Impose Additional Sanctions on Russia

The United States and the European Union imposed new targeted sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian political figures viewed as responsible for undermining Ukrainian sovereignty on 17 March 2014. Both the EU and U.S. have made...more

Crisis in Ukraine: U.S. Imposes Additional Sanctions Targeting President Putin's Inner Circle

The United States has blocked the assets of a number of senior Russian officials considered to be part of President Putin's inner circle as well as the assets of one Russian bank owned by targeted officials. U.S. companies...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both on recess this week. On Tuesday, the U.S. suspended the operations of Syria’s U.S. embassy and consulates as the Syrian civil war enters its fourth year. Also Tuesday, details of an NSA...more

China Update

In This Issue: Quote of the Week; U.S.-China Relations; China News; Trade; and Energy & Environment. Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations - Ambassador Baucus Arrives in Beijing On March 17, the new U.S....more

Update: Impact of Sanctions in Ukraine and Russia Under the Laws of Cyprus, the BVI and the Cayman Islands

In an earlier update we outlined in summary the application of the first round of EU sanctions on Ukraine, relevant to former President Viktor Yanukovich and his close allies. Here we provide an update on the fast moving pace...more

U.S. Imposes additional sanctions targeting Russian individuals and a financial institution; Executive order sets the stage for...

President Obama announced Thursday the imposition of sanctions on additional senior Russian officials and a Russian bank over the annexation of Crimea. On the same day, the President also issued a new Executive Order that...more

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