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Real OFAC Policy Changes Toward Iran—OFAC will consider non Ag/Med exports

As a new round of nuclear talks involving American, European, and Iranian leaders commence this week in Vienna it appears that the first-step deal agreed upon in January has already led to significant changes in OFAC’ s...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2014

This month on the anticorruption front, a New York court orders two former Siemens executives to pay record civil penalties in a bribery case involving the company’s Argentina business; Canada prosecutes former executives...more

Business News Digest – March 2014

In this issue: - Cybersecurity: Coming Soon to a Government Contract Near You - Recent National Defense Authorization Act Presents Opportunities for Small Business Contractors - Iran Sanctions Deal Does...more

A Crude Bargain: Temporary Relaxation of U.S. Sanctions for the Iranian Petroleum Industry

On January 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") published its Guidance Relating to the Provision of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief in Order to Implement the Joint Plan...more

OFAC Expands and Clarifies License for Exports of Personal Communications Items and Services to Iran

The Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), amended the Iran personal communications General License D-1 (GL D-1) on Feb. 7, 2014, expanding, clarifying and superseding the May 2013 General...more

Iran sanctions relief: what does it mean for businesses in the Middle East?

On January 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Department of State issued guidance implementing the Joint Plan of Action (“JPOA”) entered into by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, the...more

OFAC Publishes New Guidance On Temporary And Limited U.S. Sanctions Relief For Iran

On January 30, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published in the Federal Register Guidance Relating to the Provision of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief in Order to Implement the Joint Plan of Action...more

U.S. Government Implements Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief Measures

As part of the recently negotiated interim agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”) to temporarily suspend certain aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, the United States and other countries have agreed temporarily...more

Iran’s Nuclear Agreement Negotiations Ease Certain US and EU Sanctions

Earlier this year, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had met its initial obligations under the Joint Plan of Action (Joint Plan) with the “P5+1” (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia,...more

Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief

Relief is very limited and alleviates threat of sanctions regarding transactions by non-U.S. or foreign persons. On January 30, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published...more

Iran Sanctions Deal Does Not Alleviate Current U.S. Economic Sanctions: "Iran Is Not Open for Business"

U.S. sanctions involving Iran have been a forefront topic recently, with some continuing confusion as to the current state of the sanctions' provisions for most U.S. businesses. On January 20, 2014, the P5 + 1 Agreement (or...more

Temporary Suspension of Limited US Sanctions Restrictions on Dealings With Iran

On January 20, 2014, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Guidance Relating to the Provision of Certain Temporary Sanctions Relief (Guidance) to explain the limited and temporary...more

Capital Thinking: International

Iran - In his State of the Union address last Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, President Obama acknowledged Congressional sanctions contributed to bringing about the P5+1 interim agreement with Iran. ...more

OFAC Announces Sanctions Settlement With Securities Intermediary

On January 23, the Treasury Department’s OFAC announced that a Luxembourg bank agreed to pay $152 million to resolve potential civil claims that the bank concealed the interest of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) in certain...more

Implementation of Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief

Last November, the group of nations known as the P5+1 (United States, U.K., Germany, France, Russia and China) reached an initial understanding with Iran whereby Iran agreed to accept limits on its nuclear program in exchange...more

Iran Nuclear Agreement Negotiation Advances Trigger Limited Easing of US and EU Sanctions

Iran’s suspension of sensitive nuclear activities triggers temporary relaxation of certain sanctions, but most restrictions and an aggressive enforcement climate remain in place. On January 20, 2014, the International...more

Iran Sanctions Relief Offers Limited Opportunities and Substantial Risks

Introduction and Summary - On January 20, 2014, the departments of State and the Treasury announced details of the United States’ plan to suspend certain sanctions against Iran pursuant to the November 24, 2013 Joint...more

Iranian Sanctions – Joint Action Plan is Implemented in EU

Background - Implementation of the Joint Action Plan agreed between the E3/EU+3 in October 2013 by suspending certain sanctions against Iran in relation to nuclear proliferation began on 20 January 2014. This...more

Iran Sanctions—Implementation of P5+1/Iran Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreement

The United States and the European Union have begun relieving Iran of some limited sanctions in exchange for Iran’s curtailing its nuclear proliferation activities....more

Sanctions Update - Iran: Easing of sanctions by the United States and European Union

The "Joint Plan of Action" reached between the United Kingdom ("UK"), the United States ("U.S."), Germany, France, Russia and China (collectively known as the "E3+3") and Iran in November 2013 envisaged a two-step process in...more

United States Implements Temporary Changes to Iran Sanctions under Interim Agreement

On January 20, 2014, the U.S. Treasury and State Departments took steps to implement temporary and limited changes to U.S. sanctions policy for Iran as agreed under the interim nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5 + 1...more

Sanctions Relaxation Implemented for Iran Nuclear Agreement

On January 20, 2014, after the International Atomic Energy Agency determined that Iran had begun to meet its obligations to curtail nuclear development activities, the United States and the European Union implemented...more

OFAC Publishes Key Guidance Related to the Lifting of Certain Sanctions on Iran

As part of the implementation of the initial understanding with Iran, pursuant to the Joint Plan of Action among the United States and certain of its trading partners ("the Agreement") regarding the rollback of Iran's nuclear...more

EU partially suspends Iran sanctions under nuclear deal

I. Introduction - On 20 January 2014, the Council of the European Union (EU) agreed to temporarily suspend certain sanctions against Iran, namely those relating to (re)insurance and transport services for Iranian crude...more

The Sanctions Divide: The White House Pushes to Ease Trade Restrictions on Iran While Congress Contemplates a New Round of...

On November 24, 2013 in Geneva, the five members of the UN Security Council – United States, United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia, plus Germany ("P5+1"), agreed on a Joint Plan of Action ("JPA") to lift some of the...more

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