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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Highlights of the Resettlement Process and Tips for Employers

The terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th have heightened Americans’ concern over security as President Obama has pledged to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing that troubled, violent, and oppressive land. A number...more

House Votes to End Crude Oil Export Ban

On October 9, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 261-159 to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The bill has been sent to the Senate for consideration, where it is unclear if it will be passed....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

OFAC Issues Finding of Violation to a Bank for Violations of Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations

On October 21, OFAC issued a Finding of Violation to a Chicago-based bank as the successor of a bank that processed six funds transfers totaling approximately $67,000. According to OFAC, the predecessor bank, between February...more

Treasury updates sanctions

Treasury has updated the sanctions lists...more

Preparing for Implementation Day - EU Approves Regulations to Relieve Irananian Sanctions

The EU introduced several new regulations1 on 18 October ('Adoption Day') to prepare to eventually terminate Iranian sanctions measures. Adoption Day marked 90 days after the endorsement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

Iran Sanctions: Treasury and White House Comment on JCPOA Adoption Day

On October 18, the Department of the Treasury released a statement on reaching the formal “Adoption Day” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the plan reached between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran...more

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Adoption Day

October 18, 2015, marked “Adoption Day,” the day on which the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) (the agreement reached by Iran, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China,) went into effect. The...more

President Obama directs key US agencies to prepare for sanctions waivers under the JCPOA

On October 18, 2015, President Obama published a memorandum to the Secretaries of State, the Treasury, Commerce, and Energy instructing them to prepare to implement the US’s commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

Iran: Adoption Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

On 14 July 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed between the E3/EU+3 (or the P5+1, comprising the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany), together with Iran. This was...more

US State Department Releases Contingent Waivers of Iran Extraterritorial Sanctions

On October 18, 2015, the day on which the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) became effective (“Adoption Day”), the U.S. Department of State (“State Department”) issued contingent waivers of certain extraterritorial...more

Coordinated Hackers Infiltrate 200 Targeted Employees’ LinkedIn Networks

Cybersecurity researchers at the Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (“Dell CTU”) uncovered a network of approximately 25 fake LinkedIn profiles that Dell CTU believes were used by an Iran-linked hacker group to establish at...more

“Adoption Day” Marks Official Launch of P5 + 1 Nuclear Deal with Iran

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), intended to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be directed toward exclusively peaceful purposes, went into effect...more

What Exactly Is “Constructive Engagement”?

Yesterday, I wrote about SB 185 (De León) which mandates that California’s two giant pension funds to liquidate their investments in thermal coal companies on or before July 1, 2017.  One aspect of the bill that I didn’t...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2015

Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban - On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The Committee vote was passed by a Republican...more

Iran Nuclear Deal Survives Congressional Review Period, But Opponents Are Not Conceding Defeat

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran survived its first major test last month when the United States Congress failed to pass a resolution of disapproval that would have prevented U.S. implementation of the...more

Mining in Iran: Post-deal Opportunities

US$20 billion worth of investment opportunities in Iran's mining sector has piqued the interest of international mining companies. Opportunities were presented by Iran's Minister of Industry and Mines at an investment...more

Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban

On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The Committee vote was passed by a Republican majority, with three Democrats adding their...more

Crime Doesn’t Pay (as much as it used to) – FBI Cracks Down on Trade of Looted Syrian and Iraqi Cultural Artifacts

In support of the international crackdown on the black market trade of looted cultural artifacts, the FBI recently announced that art dealers may be prosecuted for engaging in the trade of stolen Iraqi and Syrian antiquities....more

Iran Sanctions Relief: Opportunities and Challenges for US and EU Financial Institutions

Although US and EU sanctions targeting Iran are not likely to be lifted before early 2016, there are a number of issues which US and EU-based financial institutions should be aware of in preparation for sanctions relief as a...more

Checking In on Sanctions Enforcement

The Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control continues to ramp up sanctions enforcement. Even with the likely relaxation of the Iran and Cuba sanctions, OFAC has been continuing its aggressive enforcement...more

Iran Nuclear Deal Clears Senate Obstacle, But Will “Snap-Back” Bite?

On Thursday, September 10, 2015, U.S. Senate Democrats cleared a hurdle for the proposed Iran nuclear agreement by blocking a Senate resolution that would have rejected the deal. The result, in which Senate Republicans...more

Insurance Newsletter September 2015

On May 26, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a District Court decision and ruled that the Internal Revenue Service could not impose excise tax on certain wholly-foreign retrocessions...more

Manufacturing Outlook - July 2015 - 2015 Q3

Welcome to the 2015q3 Manufacturing Outlook report in partnership with DLA Piper. It has been an eventful summer in the world economy; while not quite four seasons in one day, we’ve seen the future of the eurozone on the...more

Iran Deal “Clears” Congress, But No Sanctions Relief Yet

On September 10, 2015, Senate Democrats in the U.S. Congress blocked a vote on a widely anticipated resolution to reject the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. On September 11, the...more

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