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Qatar – Sanctions and Restrictions: Key Developments

by Reed Smith on

Readers may be aware that a number of countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, have recently severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar. Saudi Arabia has now, via Kuwait which is acting as a mediator,...more

United States Announces New Cuba Policy

by White & Case LLP on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued the "National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba" (the "Cuba Memorandum") describing the Administration’s policy on Cuba and...more

Force majeure and the Qatar crisis: implications for UAE businesses

by Dentons on

On 5 June 2017, the UAE announced that it would be severing all diplomatic ties with Qatar. In separate announcements, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt also severed ties with Qatar, with other countries in the region following...more

Obama to Trump: Before and After on Cuba

by Hogan Lovells on

On Friday, 16 June 2017, President Trump made his first major foray into U.S. - Cuban relations since assuming office. While it was a radical departure in tone from his predecessor, the changes he announced appear to leave...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

MENA Countries Sever Ties with Qatar

by Jones Day on

On Monday, June 5, 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya's eastern region-based government, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates ("UAE"), and the internationally recognized government of Yemen severed ties with Qatar,...more

Qatar crisis highlights question of force majeure

by Dentons on

Imports of construction materials needed for the State of Qatar to deliver its World Cup and Vision 2030 infrastructure schemes are being severely impacted by the recent closing of borders by key neighbours Saudi Arabia and...more

Arab Countries Cut Ties with Qatar

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 5, 2017, four Arab countries – Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates – announced they were severing diplomatic ties with Qatar. This includes suspending all air, land and sea travel to and from the...more

Arab countries sever links with Qatar

by DLA Piper on

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain have severed diplomatic relations with their neighbour and GCC trading partner Qatar. At the time of publication, this move has been supported by Yemen,...more

Our Armchair Santería on Cuba Policy: What Will President Trump do on Cuba?

According to reports published this week, the Trump Administration is preparing to release the results of its policy review on Cuba in the “coming weeks.” We don’t have a crystal ball (or a leaking insider). But we continue...more

Strategic Planning in Uncertain Times: A “How To” for Businesses

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

If you are a company whose growth, profitability, operating costs or business model is directly or indirectly affected by what happens in national politics, how are you prepared to engage in effective business and strategic...more

[Webinar] Trade and Foreign Investment in Cuba: New Legal Framework - May 10th, 1:00 p.m. U.S. CDT

Understanding the current circumstances facing the Republic of Cuba will help to take advantage of opportunities for the promotion as well as the protection of foreign investment and trade which have motivated the firm to...more

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

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