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

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

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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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?

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

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

US China Trade War

The October blog post will be broken up into two parts. This October 15th post will comment on the TPP Agreement signed today and well as President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to the US and my impressions from Beijing, China...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #5

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 25th, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council issued a statement welcoming the reinstatement of President Michel Kafando and the transitional authorities of Burkina...more

New Regulations Further Ease Maritime Transport and Travel Restrictions on Cuba

Action Item: The Administration further implemented its new Cuba policy facilitating passenger vessel service to Cuba and opening opportunities in Cuba’s maritime, telecommunications, and construction sectors. Considering the...more

China-U.S. Agreement on Cyber-Theft for Commercial Gain

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Washington D.C. led to a very significant agreement on cybersecurity, as reflected by The White House fact sheet released Friday (excerpted below). The agreement addresses a core U.S....more

Shrinking Sanctions: New Changes Allow U.S. Companies to Establish Cuban Business Presence

Policy changes announced by the Obama administration on September 18 will allow U.S. food and agriculture companies, U.S. telecommunications companies and U.S. building material supplier companies to establish a business...more

What is going on with STEM OPT?

A recent federal court ruling has created uncertainty and speculation about the STEM OPT program. This summary is provided to inform employers and F-1 STEM students of the facts about the effect of this decision....more

U.S. Business Groups Urge Obama Administration To Address Chinese Cybersecurity Rules

On August 11, 2015, a group of 19 U.S. business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the US-China Business Council, sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to push China to change its cybersecurity...more

For the First Time in 50 Years, U.S. and Cuban Banks Unite

Why it matters - A Florida bank has connected with a Cuban bank to allow direct transactions between the financial institutions—the first time such transfers will be possible in 50 years. Stonegate Bank, based in Pompano...more

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