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End Of The Iran Sanctions? Not So Fast…

After the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) was signed last November by Iran and the P5+1 nations, many U.S. companies asked whether they could reestablish business relationships with Iran. That was a fair question, but...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

Energy Newsletter - March 2014

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: Oil & Gas Regulatory, Government Relations: Congress Probes Crude Rail Safety Developments; Voluntary Industry-Regulator Agreement Addresses Safety Concerns - Environmental: A "Diesel...more

Exports from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and U.S. Sanctions on Iran

Recently there has been much speculation around the prospects for independent oil exports from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the easing of international sanctions against Iran. These events continue to cause uncertainty...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

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

Singapore: Persian Gulf Money, Energy, and Non-Energy Export Risks

In September 2013, the GCC-Singapore Free Trade Agreement came into force, and it has some wondering whether this will mean an influx of oil and gas trade from the Persian Gulf. The agreement is well-timed, as U.S. Secretary...more

Why China’s Growing Appetite For Iraqi Oil Is Good For America, And The World

For the mass media chorus, postwar Iraq has come to resemble an emblem of American failure. Spurts of violence seem to be embedded into the fabric of everyday life, plaguing the country with disturbing regularity. ...more

Red Notice: A Monthly Update on Global Investigations and Prosecutions - June 2013

Welcome to the June 2013 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. In this month’s edition, a French energy giant agrees to one of the most expensive Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: - DISPUTE RESOLUTION: - International Arbitration: EU Member State Defends Measures Adverse to Energy Sector Investments on the basis of EU law - REGULATORY: - Competition Law/Russia: Russia...more

Wire Stripping: What is Old is New Again

Recently, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) was in the news again for stripping original wire details so that payments would go undetected by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)....more

The New Year Brings New Sanctions Against Iran

As 2013 begins, the United States has reiterated its commitment to countering the threat posed by Iran by passing new legislation, issuing new regulations and guidance, and bringing into effect new requirements to increase...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2013

In This Issue: - TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London; Maritime - Maritime Boundaries: UNCLOS and disputes over the right to explore and develop offshore reserves and the effect on the oil and gas industry -...more

Compliance Issues with the New SEC Reporting and Disclosure Requirements Under the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights...

Originally published in Securities Regulation & Law Report on December 12, 2012. In August 2012, the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (‘‘ITRSHRA’’) was passed to expand U.S. sanctions against Iran...more

EU defines scope of expanded Iran sanctions, including new natural gas, metals and vessels/ tankers bans

On 21 December 2012, the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted the EU-wide legislation clarifying important details of the expanded sanctions measures already agreed by the Council in broad terms on 15 October 2012.1...more

Iran - Sanctions Update: Council Regulation 1263/2012

This alert is an update on the position set out in our client alert of 22 October 2012 (the "October Alert"), which can be found here. ( Please see below for link.)...more

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