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ITAR/EAR Amendments for Military Electronics Become Effective December 30

The amendments affecting military electronics products under Export Control Reform become effective on December 30, 2014. This will cover a large number of products in the electronics, computer, telecom and avionics...more

New Sanctions-Easing Initiative Could Mean New Opportunities in Cuba

President Obama recently announced changes to U.S.-Cuba policy, opening diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 50 years after the imposition of the Cold War-related sanctions against the country. The full scope of the...more

U.S. Announces Major Policy Shift on Cuba

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced the beginning of major reforms regarding the relationship between the United States and Cuba. In a statement made from the White House, President Obama announced that the...more

U.S. Embargo Against Cuba: Historic Changes Ahead

On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes in the diplomatic and trade relationships between the United States and Cuba. These changes, outlined below, will require time to implement; certain...more

President Obama’s Announcement on U.S.-Cuban Relations Could Create Strategic Opportunities for American Companies

On December 17, 2014, the United States announced its intention to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. President Obama stated that, after nearly 54 years of economic and political isolation, his administration will be...more

A New U.S. Course for Cuba Relations: What Does It Mean for Business?

President Obama made an unexpected announcement this week signaling a “new course” for Cuba after more than fifty years of comprehensive U.S. sanctions. Reestablishing diplomatic relations is a major change. In terms of...more

Amendments to EU Sanctions against Russia

The EU adopted amendments to the current EU sanctions against Russia on 4 December 2014. These amendments are implemented via Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 (as amended) (“Regulation 833/2014”). They are intended to both...more

New Senate Bill Significantly Expands U.S. Sanctions Against Russia

The bill, if passed, would impose severe sanctions on “foreign persons” that make significant investments in Russian crude oil projects....more

Drop Your Weapons: The United States Restricts Military Exports to Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to restrict exports to Venezuela of certain items intended for “a military end use or end user.” ...more

U.S. and EU Extend Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief a Second Time

The temporary and limited changes to U.S. and European Union (“EU”) sanctions policy for Iran, as agreed under the interim nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5 + 1 countries, have been extended until June 30, 2015. Most...more

What happens in the cloud stays in the cloud: BIS reinforces export control insulation for cloud-based computing and processing

The US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) recently released a redacted Advisory Opinion dated November 13, 2014 that confirms for cloud-based software vendors (or Software as a Service providers)...more

Red Notice Newsletter - November 2014

Welcome to the November 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a life sciences company settles multi-country bribery investigations, a...more

Ten Tips for International Business

Fred Lipp, business law attorney and practice group leader, offers ten tips on doing business abroad: - Technology licensing and energy projects will continue as primary global drivers - Chinese products are...more

"Expansion of Military End-Use Controls Creates Potential Pitfalls for Exporters"

On November 7, 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a final rule implementing controls on exports, re-exports and transfers of a variety of goods, software and technologies for...more

Localized Barriers to Trade: What They Are and How They Harm Our Economy

Localized Barriers to Trade (LBTs) are an increasingly common phenomenon across the globe. Such barriers hurt job creation, impede growth, and limit economic opportunities. What does this mean for manufacturers in the United...more

New Export Control Requirement for Electronics Manufacturers in Defense and Aerospace Industries

The State and Commerce Departments recently issued significant new regulations under Export Control Reform affecting the export control requirement for military electronics. These will have a major impact on manufacturers of...more

Managing Legal and Business Risks Under the Russia/Ukraine Sanctions

On October 9, 2014 a team of US, Russia and UK based Latham & Watkins lawyers hosted “Managing Legal and Business Risks Under the Russia/Ukraine Sanctions: Views from the US, Europe and Moscow,” a webcast focusing on the...more

5 Compliance “Hot Spots” for Technology Companies Under Export Controls and Sanctions Laws

Increasingly interconnected global businesses need to focus on how export controls and trade sanctions can affect their cross-border activities in unexpected ways. For decades, the US Government has used trade...more

Imports From Chinese Companies Owned And Controlled By Chinese Government Entities Now Likely Subject To Higher Dumping Duties

If you import goods that are subject to an antidumping duty (AD) order from a Chinese exporter that is owned and controlled by the Government of China (GOC), your imports may be liable for U.S. AD duties based on the...more

Bulletin: Commerce Department Statistics on the First Year of Export Control Reform

Here is a summary of export data for the first year after the initial implementation of ECR: There have been over 61,000 shipments of 600 series items since October 2013. The 600 series exports are valued at...more

Export Control Reform Update: 2014 and Beyond

It’s been just about a year since the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative kicked off with revisions to four categories of the United States Munitions List (USML). Since then, two more rounds of changes has brought...more

ECR Episode IX: The Export Control Reform Turns One – What are Your Plans for the Big Celebration?

The Year Mark - Apparently, it is now fashionable among my peers to host elaborate parties in honor of the first birthdays of their children. I have attended a number of these fêtes, and been impressed to just what...more

Overview of the U.S. and EU Sanctions on Russia

Over the past six months, the United States and the European Union have coordinated efforts through sanctions and trade controls to respond to Russian activity in Crimea and Ukraine. Following a long series of incremental...more

2014-15 Compliance Developments & Calendar for Private Fund Advisers

Introduction - Registered investment advisers are required to review their policies and procedures on at least an annual basis. As aid to the required review, below is a summary of material developments during the past...more

U.S. Steps Up Sanctions and Export Controls Against Russia’s Defense Industry

The United States recently expanded sanctions and export controls against the Russian defense sector. These designations and export control steps have implications for defense contractors, parts suppliers and brokers....more

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