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United States Announces New Cuba Policy

by White & Case LLP on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued the "National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba" (the "Cuba Memorandum") describing the Administration’s policy on Cuba and...more

Treasury Department Issues FAQ on Impact of Cuba Policy Shift

by Baker Donelson on

On June 16, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a press release answering 12 "Frequently Asked Questions" ahead of President Trump's announcement of a revised U.S. policy...more

Obama to Trump: Before and After on Cuba

by Hogan Lovells on

On Friday, 16 June 2017, President Trump made his first major foray into U.S. - Cuban relations since assuming office. While it was a radical departure in tone from his predecessor, the changes he announced appear to leave...more

US announces new Cuba sanctions policy, changing the landscape in key sectors

by Dentons on

On June 16, 2017, US President Donald Trump unveiled his much-anticipated Cuba sanctions policy in what was billed as a major speech in Miami, Florida. While implementing regulations have yet to be published, the president's...more

President Trump Announces New Cuba Restrictions

by WilmerHale on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced new sanctions restrictions under the US embargo against Cuba. Although US policy since 2014 has been to normalize US-Cuba relations and liberalize trade with Cuba, President Trump...more

President Trump Announces Changes to Cuba Policy

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced changes to the U.S. policy toward Cuba aimed at tightening travel restrictions on U.S. persons and limiting the Cuban military’s access to U.S. dollars. Although announced on June...more

Cuba Sanctions: President Trump Announces Tightening of U.S. Sanctions While Maintaining Certain Sanctions Relief Implemented by...

On June 16, 2017, the Trump administration issued a national security presidential memorandum entitled “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba” (the “Presidential Memorandum”). Related to this...more

President Trump’s Cuba Policy Changes Have Limited Practical Impact – For Now

by Dechert LLP on

President Trump announced just before the weekend that he will reinstate certain travel and commercial restrictions related to Cuba that had been eased under the Obama Administration. While President Trump declared that he...more

OFAC Enforcement Trends in the Health Care, Agriculture and Tech Industries

by Baker Donelson on

The United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. governmental agency tasked with administering and enforcing economic sanctions against hostile targets in furtherance of U.S....more

President Trump Announces Rollback on Obama-era Cuba Sanctions Easing

by Morgan Lewis on

Changes to unwind will not take effect until new regulations are issued. On June 16, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to revoke some—but not all—of the relaxations in Cuba sanctions initiated under former...more

Trump Recasts U.S.-Cuba Policy

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Friday, June 16, President Trump announced policy changes towards Cuba while speaking in Miami. Trump’s new policy directive reverses many of the Obama administration’s policies with Cuba. ...more

President Trump Announces Policy Changes Towards Cuba

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba, which begins a process to alter some aspects of U.S. policy towards Cuba, but...more

OFAC’s Broad Latitude To Impose Iran Sanctions Affirmed by D.C. Circuit

by Baker Donelson on

A D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal’s panel recently issued a key opinion affirming the U.S. Treasury Department’s broad ability to enforce sanctions regulations through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). While the...more

The Long Arm of U.S. Sanctions: Penalty Imposed Against Canadian Subsidiary of U.S. Subsidiary of Japanese Company

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 8, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a monetary penalty against American Honda Finance Corporation (American Honda) for alleged violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), the...more

Update on Regulatory Compliance in the Global Health Care Industry

by Baker Ober Health Law on

A comprehensive understanding of the constantly evolving layers that make up federal anti-corruption statutes, sanctions regulations and export control restrictions is imperative for both the pharmaceutical and health care...more

Updated U.S. Civil Penalties Raise the Cost of Noncompliance

In 2016, we let you know about the redundantly titled “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015,” which required that heads of government agencies adjust civil penalties yearly to account for...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Steven Peikin Reported to Become Co-Director of SEC’s Enforcement Division - On May 26, 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that recently confirmed Commissioner Jay Clayton will hire...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Steven Peikin Reported to Become Co-Director of SEC’s Enforcement Division - On May 26, 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that recently confirmed Commissioner Jay Clayton will hire...more

Court Opinion on Liability for Re-Exports to Iran Spurs Practical Guidance for U.S. Exporters

by Perkins Coie on

A recent federal appeals court decision addresses a familiar issue for many companies: When can a U.S. exporter be liable for a product that is re-exported to a sanctioned country, such as Iran? This update summarizes the...more

Proposed Legislation Would Combat Terrorist Financing, Money Laundering

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

- Proposed legislation targets current gaps in U.S. financial crime law and enforcement - Bi-partisan Senate legislation would likely expand compliance obligations for banks and others in financial services industry -...more

Red Notice Newsletter - May 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Steven Peikin Reported to Become Co-Director of SEC’s Enforcement Division - On May 26, 2017, The Wall Street Journal reported that recently confirmed Commissioner Jay Clayton will...more

Sanctions Penalty Reviewed By The D.C. Circuit Reversing $4M Penalty

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Last week, the D.C. Circuit affirmed the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (“OFAC”) wide latitude to impose Iran sanctions, but it set aside a $4.07 million penalty against car accessory seller...more

A New Sleuth in Britain: The UK Quietly Empowers a Sanctions Enforcement Office

On April 3, 2017, the UK Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) announced new penalties for economic sanctions violations of £1 Million or 50% of the value of the transaction, whichever is higher. As a...more

The ZTE Case: U.S. Sanctions and Export Control Laws

by Benesch on

The settlement reached by China’s giant telecommunication company, ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) with various U.S. government agencies, including U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Commerce’s...more

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Former Magyar Telekom Executives Settle Bribery Charges – On April 24, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that two former executives of Magyar Telekom, a...more

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