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De-Certification and the Iran Nuclear Deal: The Beginning of the End, or Much Ado about Nothing?

by Hogan Lovells on

Press reports indicate that President Trump intends to “de-certify” the Iran nuclear deal this week. In practical terms, that means he would refuse to re-certify one or more statutory elements of a law passed by the U.S....more

A case of continuity? UK sanctions policy post-Brexit

by DLA Piper on

The UK Government has committed to introducing an International Sanctions Bill in this session of Parliament. This primary legislation is required to ensure that, once it has left the European Union, the UK can continue to...more

China Issues Formal Guidance for Outbound Direct Investments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Key Points: ..The guidelines classify outbound investment into three groups: encouraged, restricted, and prohibited transactions. ..China will promote outbound direct investments transactions that are strategically...more

New executive order targets Venezuela’s access to U.S. financial markets

by Hogan Lovells on

Effective August 25, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order, (the Order), which targets the Government of Venezuela’s (GOV) and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.’s (PdVSA) ability to access capital from the United...more

New Executive Order Ramps Up Sanctions Against Venezuela and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• President Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order (the E.O.) imposing additional sanctions with respect to the situation in Venezuela, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has...more

New Sanctions Prohibit US Firms From Wide Range of Dealings With Venezuelan Government and PdVSA

by WilmerHale on

On August 24, 2017, the Trump Administration significantly expanded sanctions against the Government of Venezuela, including state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA). These latest sanctions reflect...more

U.S. Hits Venezuela and Petróleos de Venezuela (PdVSA) with Financial Sanctions

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Friday, August 25th, the U.S. government announced new financial sanctions on Venezuela. The move is the most recent U.S. response to the escalating political and humanitarian crisis in the country. ...more

Six Crucial Points About the New Russia, Iran and North Korea-Related Sanctions Law

Russia-Related Sanctions Codification: The new law codifies sanctions executive orders related to circumstances in Ukraine and Crimea as well as certain cyber-enabled activities, restricting the U.S. President's authority to...more

Foreign Investment in the U.S.: How The Trump Presidency Could Change Things

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Twelve years have passed since publication of the article Uncle Sam Watches Nervously: Foreign Investment in U.S. Industries in 2004. That article discussed the review process under the Exon-Florio Amendment delegated to the...more

United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela’s President and 13 Current and Former Government Officials

On July 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the addition of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to its list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons...more

US Enacts New Sanctions Against Russia

by Morgan Lewis on

On August 2, US President Donald Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which enacts a significant expansion of US sanctions against Russia as well as new measures relating to Iran...more

OFAC Updates FAQs on the Cuba Sanctions Program

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba, which began the process to alter some aspects of U.S. policy toward Cuba. On...more

Trump Administration Tightens Cuba Sanctions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced changes to United States’ Cuban sanctions regime which will stem the tide of liberalization that Obama Administration set in motion 2014. While the regulatory changes have not yet...more

After Washington Drama, New Russia (and Iran and N. Korea) Sanctions Set to Become Law

by Hogan Lovells on

On Tuesday, July 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act by a vote of 419-3. There is some uncertainty, but the legislation is expected to be...more

Ahead of Maduro Power Play, Trump Administration Sanctions Venezuelan Officials

by Hogan Lovells on

Ahead of a Constituent Assembly that could re-write the Venezuelan Constitution and dissolve state institutions, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has designated 13 current and former Venezuelan...more

Trump Administration Re-Certifies Iranian Compliance with Nuclear Agreement; Imposes Sanctions on Additional Entities for Other...

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 17, the Department of State communicated to Congress that Iran remains in compliance with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement reached over Iran’s nuclear program...more

Sanctions Round Up: First Half

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The first six months of the Trump Administration saw several notable developments for US sanctions, with particular implications for Russia and Iran. The Administration also declared a shift in US policy toward Cuba. ...more

President Trump Revises U.S. Policy on Cuba

by Jones Day on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced revisions to U.S. policy toward engagement with Cuba and a limited rollback of certain sanctions relief provided by the Obama Administration....more

Trump changes Cuba policy

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced that he was reversing several Obama-era policies regarding Cuba. Against the backdrop of a Miami museum that celebrates the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion, Trump’s announcement...more

Cuba & Trump: What the Changes Mean

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced that the United States would “chart a new course” on its Cuba policy. Starting in January 2015, and for the next two years, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets...more

UK: Government announces International Sanctions Bill

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK government has set out plans in this week’s Queen’s Speech for a new International Sanctions Bill (the “Bill“) that aims to ensure that the UK will continue to meet its international sanctions policy obligations and...more

Trump’s Cuba Policy Reverses Course Set By Obama

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Simpler and less expensive travel to Cuba by Americans is apparently short-lived, as more difficult and costly travel to the island nation appears forthcoming. In a recent speech in Miami outlining his policies on Cuban...more

President Trump Announces New Cuba Restrictions

by WilmerHale on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced new sanctions restrictions under the US embargo against Cuba. Although US policy since 2014 has been to normalize US-Cuba relations and liberalize trade with Cuba, President Trump...more

Trump’s More Restrictive Cuba Policy: Specifics to Come

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 16, 2017 during a speech in Miami, President Trump announced changes to US sanctions targeting Cuba. The speech announced two substantial changes to the previous administration’s Cuban sanctions regime: first, the new...more

Trump Recasts U.S.-Cuba Policy

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Friday, June 16, President Trump announced policy changes towards Cuba while speaking in Miami. Trump’s new policy directive reverses many of the Obama administration’s policies with Cuba. ...more

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