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What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress entered into its spring recess on April 7 having delivered regulatory reforms to President Trump’s desk. In the first 75 days of the Trump administration, legislators approved 13 Congressional Review Act resolutions,...more

Forum on China Africa Cooperation

by Dentons on

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is an official forum between the People’s Republic of China and the states in Africa. FOCAC holds a Ministerial conference every three years and holds a Summit every nine years....more

A time of change: Global Insurance Summit - February 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

We welcomed over 100 clients to our Global Insurance Summit last month. They gathered, in the heart of the City of London, to hear from industry leaders, academics and new market players. The discussions centred around the...more

Cuba Sanctions Eased, but too Early for a ‘Gold Rush’

As much of the world now knows, beginning in January 2015, the Obama Administration began easing some of the sanctions that have been imposed on Cuba for generations. Since that easing, there has been a great deal of interest...more

Africa Stand Up: Navigating the new world order

by Hogan Lovells on

Following a year of landmark political changes, could it be that the time has never been more opportune for Africa to seize control of its place in the global market? Whilst it is still too early to predict the long-term...more

"Future of Sanctions on Iran, Russia and Cuba Uncertain Under Trump"

Throughout the eight years of the Obama administration, the development and implementation of economic sanctions was a key element of U.S. foreign and national security policy. This strategy continued into the post-election...more

Trade Compliance Issues in the New Administration, Part I: Export/Sanctions Laws

by Williams Mullen on

A change in administration will likely bring changes in export/sanctions laws and compliance obligations. This will include both last minute amendments by the outgoing administration and initiatives by the new President....more

In the Global Trenches: bWise Russia

by Atma Global on

Russia has certainly captured the headlines this past year, from geopolitical issues around the world to its interference in the US elections and unclear relationship with the new presidential administration. Will President...more

District Court Upholds Indictment of Turkish/Iranian Billionaire Charged with Evading US Economic Sanctions against Iran

by Dechert LLP on

U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman denied a motion to dismiss the indictment in the closely followed criminal prosecution of Reza Zarrab, a Turkish/Iranian businessman charged with conspiring to evade U.S. economic...more

ManattJones Global Strategies

CEO’s Note: The anti-Mexico sentiments evident at the Republican National Convention coincided with more positive developments in U.S.-Mexico relations, including a one-day official visit by President Peña Nieto to Washington...more

What's the Future of Hospitality and Tourism in Cuba as U.S. Embargo Loosens?

by Carlton Fields on

The loosening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba has generated significant discussion regarding the country's potential for economic transformation. Most analysts agree that Cuba will be a very different country 10 years from...more

Prime Minister Modi’s Visit to the U.S.: U.S., India Seek Stronger Ties, Increased Trade

by King & Spalding on

The world’s largest democracy and the world’s most powerful democracy continue to seek ways to create deeper ties. Given larger geopolitical trends, it appears the relationship is blossoming, which presents opportunities for...more

Doing Business in Cuba Under the FCPA – Part III

by Thomas Fox on

I continue my exploration of the issues raised under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when doing or attempting to do business in Cuba. On Monday, I referred to the one person I am aware of you might consult for advice...more

Doing Business in Cuba Under the FCPA – Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I continue my exploration of doing business in Cuba from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) perspective. Yesterday, I made clear that anyone you do business with in Cuba is going to be a foreign official under...more

U.S. Tax Considerations for Corporate Dealings in Cuba

by Baker Donelson on

On March 1, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2016-8, which removed Cuba from a blacklist of foreign countries that are denied certain favorable tax rules under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC)....more

Withholding Tax Set to Increase

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) subjects foreign sellers to U.S. tax when they sell their interest in real property located in the U.S., including interests in companies that predominately hold real...more

Africa Update - January 2016 #2

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 12th, the Burundian Justice Ministry indicated the verdict on the trial of former Defense Minister Cyrille Ndayirukiye and 27 others accused of plotting the failed coup...more

Implementation Day for the P5+1 Iran Nuclear Agreement: What It Means for Canadian and International Businesses

by Bennett Jones LLP on

January 16, 2016, marked “Implementation Day” for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the historic nuclear non-proliferation and sanctions reduction agreement reached between the “P5+1” countries (the United...more

Africa Update - January 2016

Leading the News: Burundi - On December 30th, the African Union (AU) threatened to sanction rival factions in Burundi if they fail to attend the peace talks scheduled to take place in January. AU Commission...more

Argentina: foreign investors and the coming Macri presidency – 5 things to know

by DLA Piper on

In Argentina’s first ever run-off presidential elections on November 22, center-right candidate Mauricio Macri of the political alliance Cambiemos (“Let’s Change”) defeated current President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s...more

Sanctions Against Iran: EU Adopts the Legal Acts to Prepare for the Lifting of All Nuclear-Related Economic and Financial...

by McGuireWoods LLP on

First, Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1863 amends Council Decision 2010/413/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Iran. It provides for the termination of all Union nuclear-related economic and financial restrictive...more

Australian Anti-Bribery & Compliance Trends

Today we welcome Ted Williams, Partner, Piper Alderman. Ted, can you share some of your background and experience? TW: Thank you, Richard, for the opportunity to engage with your community, and it was a pleasure to...more

Movement Towards Implementation of Iran Nuclear Agreement Brings Limited Easing of Sanctions into Focus

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recent and upcoming milestones fuel expectations of Iran opportunities in 2016. As reported in our Client Alert dated July 16, 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) provides for the eventual termination of...more

Cuba Libre?

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Cuba banned all private enterprise and foreign investment following Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. For more than 50 years, the U.S. has imposed an almost total embargo on all trade with the largest Caribbean island nation. ...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #3

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

On October 17th, members of the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council urged all Libyan parties to endorse and sign the recently finalized political agreement for the creation of a Government of National Accord. The Security...more

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