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A New Trend? Singapore Company Targeted for U.S. Dollar Payments to Iranian Entities

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") recently announced a settlement with CSE TransTel Pte. Ltd. ("TransTel"), a wholly owned subsidiary of CSE Global Limited ("CSE Global"), both of...more

US Enacts “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” Expanding Its Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Programs

by White & Case LLP on

On August 2, 2017, the President signed into law the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," providing a number of new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The President also issued a signing...more

OFAC Pushes New Limits on Jurisdiction of U.S. Sanctions by Penalizing Non-U.S. Companies for “Causing” Violations by Making U.S....

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the civil settlement with CSE TransTel Pte. Ltd. (“TransTel”) and CSE Global Limited (“CSE Global”) in the amount of...more

OFAC Targets Alleged Mexican Drug Boss and “His Vast Network,” Including International Soccer Superstar

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Describing him as a “longtime Mexican Drug Kingpin,” the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury has designated Raul Flores Hernandez and the “Flores Drug Trafficking Organization,” or ...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

May, June and July Developments

by Sullivan & Worcester on

With a straight face, President Trump has issued an executive order on June 20th that would expand Apprenticeship opportunities in the US in order to expand jobs. The CFTC has adopted some final rules on records...more

Toughening of sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea: Ten key provisions (Russian and English)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Trump signs the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which — among other measures — requires Congressional review to ease Russia-related sanctions. On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, President...more

President Trump Signs New Sanctions Legislation into Law

by Jones Day on

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" ("Act") into law. The Act, which codifies and strengthens sanctions against Russia and expands sanctions against Iran and...more

New Sanctions Law Complicates Trade Compliance

by Michael Volkov on

Politics and sanctions law go hand-in-hand. In a rare instance of bi-partisanship, Congress united to constrain the administration’s ability to modify the existing sanctions program against Russia. At the same time, Congress...more

United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela’s President and 13 Current and Former Government Officials

On July 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the addition of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to its list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons...more

Trump Administration’s North Korea Travel Ban to Start September 1, Likely Prelude to Expanded North Korea Sanctions Effort

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Citing both “serious risk to United States nationals of arrest and long-term detention” and the “imminent danger to the physical safety of United States nationals,” on August 2, the U.S. State Department issued a Geographical...more

Trading with China – New Reasons to Be Wary!

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 3364, the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”. The general press is covering this story by writing about Russia’s initial retaliation taking the...more

OFAC Imposing Penalties on Non-U.S. Companies

by Baker Donelson on

A recent OFAC enforcement case illustrates that even non-U.S. companies that do business with sanctioned jurisdictions under the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) face significant risks...more

New Law Extends U.S. Sanctions Against Russia

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Over the past month, we have closely monitored efforts by the U.S. Congress to tie the president’s hands over sanctions on Russia. Today, the president signed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act...more

Red Notice Newsletter - July 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - U.K. Opens Corruption Investigation of Rio Tinto over Guinea Operations - On July 24, 2017, the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that it had opened an investigation...more

OFAC Updates FAQs on the Cuba Sanctions Program

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

ExxonMobil Fined $2 Million for Ukraine/Russia Sanctions Violations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a $2 million civil monetary penalty against Exxon Mobil Corp., including its U.S. subsidiaries ExxonMobil Development...more

One Year From Now, You May Be Out of Iran: Trump Administration Policy and the Timeline for Snapback

On July 17, 2017, the U.S. State Department certified that Iran continues to meet the conditions of the Iran nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. As a result, for the next 90 days, the...more

Congress Passes Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Bill in Sweeping Move

by Reed Smith on

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (“CAATSA”). President Trump is expected to sign the bill. The legislation...more

Trump Administration Re-Certifies Iranian Compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action but Applies New Sanctions to...

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Trump administration recently re-certified that Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, otherwise known as the “Iran Deal”), thereby extending the sanctions relief afforded to Iran...more

In Shot Across the Bow, U.S. Sanctions Venezuela’s Maduro

by Hogan Lovells on

One day after the Venezuelan government held elections for a Constituent Assembly that the United States has asserted is aimed at rewriting the national constitution, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets...more

US expands and enhances Venezuelan sanctions

by Dentons on

As tensions mount in the run-up to the election of a National Constituent Assembly in Venezuela on July 30, 2017, the United States Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC"), on July 26, 2017, imposed...more

U.S. Treasury Releases Revised FAQs Clarifying Upcoming Changes to U.S.-Cuba Sanctions Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a revised set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) further clarifying the scope and implementation process for the...more

Trump Administration Tightens Cuba Sanctions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced changes to United States’ Cuban sanctions regime which will stem the tide of liberalization that Obama Administration set in motion 2014. While the regulatory changes have not yet...more

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