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Iran and Russia Sanctions Pass US Senate

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the U.S. Senate acted to pass both new Iran and Russia sanctions by large bipartisan margins. The House of Representatives has not yet acted on either piece of legislation. We anticipate that Congress will...more

Predicting the Unpredictable: Will President Trump Tear Up the Iran Nuclear Deal?

As a candidate for President, Donald J. Trump was widely reported to despise the Iran nuclear agreement, which is known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. As President, he responded to reports of Iranian missile tests...more

Trump Administration Takes Moderate Steps Against Iran. What Comes Next?

by Hogan Lovells on

On Friday, February 3, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced it was designating 25 entities and individuals as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) for their involvement in...more

Trump Administration Sanctions Iran in Response to Missile Test

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration responded on Feb. 3, 2017, to Iran's latest series of ballistic missile tests by sanctioning certain individuals and companies involved in Iran's efforts to procure ballistic missile technology or...more

"Future of Sanctions on Iran, Russia and Cuba Uncertain Under Trump"

Throughout the eight years of the Obama administration, the development and implementation of economic sanctions was a key element of U.S. foreign and national security policy. This strategy continued into the post-election...more

The UN Security Council Adopts Diplomatic Relations Sanctions Against North Korea

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In the wake of the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 9 September 2016, the Security Council, acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, has adopted new measures on 30 November...more

2017 Key Trade Issues: U.S. Embargoes and Economic Sanctions on Iran, Russia, and Cuba

by Polsinelli on

U.S. embargoes and economic sanctions on countries such as Iran, Russia and Cuba were discussed at length by both candidates during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and President-Elect Trump has stated that he intended to...more

The Table Flip: Trump, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and American Business

- A President Trump will have authority to reinstate sanctions lifted by the Iran Nuclear Deal as well as revoke certain authorizations provided for business with Iran. - Several economic and geopolitical factors may...more

National security reviews: A global perspective — Russian Federation

by White & Case LLP on

Russia targets 45 "strategic activities" that trigger a national review. The Government Commission on Control Over Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation (the Government Commission), which was established by the...more

Trade & Manufacturing - May 2016

by King & Spalding on

Relief from Unfair Imports of Plastic Retail Carrier Bags to Continue for Five More Years - On April 27, the International Trade Commission (Commission) issued the public views of its unanimous determination in favor of...more

Opening Iranian Skies: OFAC Issues General License I to Jumpstart the Commercial Aviation Industry, and Iran Tests its Ballistic...

by King & Spalding on

The sanctions stranglehold on Iran is loosening as the Obama Administration continues to chip away at restrictions on the commercial passenger aircraft industry. Pursuant to the phased enactment of the Joint Comprehensive...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Navy Satisfied NEPA in Considering Terror Threat to San Diego Facility

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit last week rejected a claim under the National Environmental Policy Act that the Navy did not adequately consider the environmental consequences of a potential terrorist threat...more

European Union and United Kingdom Sanctions Update: March 2016

by K&L Gates LLP on

Below is a summary of developments since our previous update in January relating to European Union (“EU”) sanctions on Iran, Russia, Belarus, North Korea and other jurisdictions as well as highlights of recent changes with...more

UN Security Council Tightens and Expands Sanctions Against North Korea

by Cozen O'Connor on

On March 2, 2016, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2270 imposing new sanctions and tightening old measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The resolution is in...more

The Day of North Korea Sanctions: the UN Imposes the Toughest North Korea Sanctions Yet While OFAC and State Designate More North...

After weeks of negotiations and a Putin-backed delay, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2270 on March 2, 2016, imposing new sanctions against North Korea. According to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,...more

Iran Sanctions Relief and Further EU Regulatory Developments in 2016

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 16 January 2016 (“Implementation Day”), the majority of the European Union’s (“EU”) economic/financial sanctions against Iran were lifted after the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”) verified that Iran is abiding...more

“Implementation Day” Marks Lifting of Certain Nuclear-Related “Secondary” Sanctions on Iran by the United States in Accordance...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”) verified that the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”) had satisfied its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), which was entered...more

‘Implementation Day’: Key Aspects of US and EU Implementation of Iran Sanctions Relief

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran had complied with the nuclear-related technical aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action it had to complete before the first phase of...more

Some Sanctions Relief for Iran, But Mostly Status Quo for the U.S. Auto Industry

by Dickinson Wright on

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declared that Iran had implemented its commitments to ensure that its nuclear program will be limited to peaceful purposes. With that, the United States...more

Sanctions Against Iran Are Lifted

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 16, 2016, the United States and European nations lifted oil and financial sanctions that have been imposed against Iran since 1979. These actions signal what is being called “Implementation Day” which refers to the...more

Implementation Day and the Lifting of Sanctions Against Iran

by BakerHostetler on

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had fulfilled its initial nuclear-related obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that had been reached in July between...more

The Partial Lifting of Iranian Sanctions – Not Quite Business As Usual

Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany), the European Union, and Iran (“JCPOA”) came on January 16, 2016 and...more

Implementation Day: Iran Sanctions Relief Officially Takes Effect - IAEA Verifies That Iran Fulfilled Nuclear-Related Obligations...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Jan. 16, 2016, marked a significant milestone ("Implementation Day") as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had fulfilled its nuclear-related obligations under the landmark Joint Comprehensive...more

Iran: Adoption Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

by Reed Smith on

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

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

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