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United States Issues Executive Order, General License Easing Sudan Sanctions

On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed an Executive Order entitled "Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions."...more

New General License Authorizes Transactions with Sudan

Effective January 17, 2017, a new general license authorizes a broad range of activities previously prohibited under the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR), including most transactions with individuals and entities in Sudan...more

Obama Administration To Terminate Sudan Sanctions Program

Key Points - - Effective today, a new general license reverses two decades of U.S. policy by authorizing all transactions otherwise prohibited by the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR), including all transactions...more

United States to Lift Sanctions Against Sudan

On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a Final Rule, announcing that it would amend the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations to authorize all transactions previously...more

The Future of Russia Sanctions: The Awkward Edition

On January 10, 2017, Senate Republicans and Democrats introduced bi-partisan legislation called the “Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017,” which would impose broad sanctions on Russia. The Act would codify the...more

"OFAC Eases Restrictions on the Export of Medical Devices to Iran"

On December 22, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced amendments to the general license (GL) that authorizes the export or re-export of certain medical devices to Iran....more

New U.S. Sanctions Concerning Russia: President Obama Logs Out of 2016 with an Amendment to the U.S. Cyber-related Sanctions...

On December 29, 2016, OFAC (the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control) imposed sanctions on five Russian entities and four Russian individuals in connection with their alleged efforts to interfere...more

Smoother Sailing Ahead for Shippers After OFAC Clarifies Cuba Sanctions

On Friday, 6 January 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revised its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), adding five new FAQs (numbers 86-90) pertaining to vessel transactions with...more

OFAC Eases Restrictions on Medical and Agricultural Exports to Iran

On December 23, 2016, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a final rule amending the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR) to expand the scope of permissible exports and...more

Obama Uses Executive Order Authority to Respond to Malicious Russian Cyber Activity - President Amends EO 13964 From April 2015 in...

President Barack Obama amended Executive Order (EO) 13964 on December 29, 2016, in response to intelligence community findings that the Russian government engaged in malicious cyber activity with respect to the U.S. electoral...more

Enforcement Trends: Sanctions and International Risk (Transcript)

How will the regulatory and enforcement landscape change under a new Presidential administration? In this podcast, Michael Casey and Alex Rene of Ropes & Gray’s government enforcement practice group discuss the potential...more

United States Imposes Cybersecurity Sanctions on Russia

Key Points - - This action marks the first time sanctions have been imposed under the Cybersecurity Sanctions Program established on April 1, 2015, with the designation of nine entities and individuals. -...more

Hey! Did You Hear? The United States Imposed Sanctions Against Russia.

For those of us who live and breathe U.S. economic sanctions, we are used to most people largely ignoring what goes on in our world. The United States’ recent imposition of new sanctions against Russia, however, was not one...more

OFAC Expands Iran-Related Authorizations for Medicine, Medical Devices and Agricultural Commodities

On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a Final Rule amending the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 560 (ITSR) to expand the...more

US Expands Cyber-Related Sanctions Executive Order and Designates Russian Parties

On December 29, 2016, President Obama issued a new Executive Order (EO) entitled "Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities."...more

New York Mandates Economic Sanctions Compliance Program

The New York rule became effective January 1, 2017. The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has issued a regulation that requires certain New York regulated financial institutions to maintain programs...more

Red Notice Newsletter - December 2016

Anticorruption Developments - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit Rules That the SEC's Use of ALJs is Unconstitutional - On December 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled 2-1...more

President Obama Sanctions Russia Over Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities

President Obama amended a previously-issued executive order designed to address cyber-enabled activities yesterday in response to “Russia's cyber activities [that] were intended to influence the election, erode faith in U.S....more

Happy New Year: OFAC Expands Exports of Medical Devices to Iran

Effective December 23, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR) to expand the scope of medical devices that can be exported to...more

US Issues Additional Russian/Ukrainian Designations and New General License, EU Extends Sanctions Targeting Russia

On December 20, 2016, the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added 15 individuals and entities and two vessels to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) and...more

US Government Modifies Sanctions Against Russia/Crimea

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) imposed sanctions on additional Russian and Crimean persons while also issuing a general license authorizing certain transactions with a...more

New OFAC Guidance Offers Clarity on Operations Involving Iran

On December 15, 2016, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) provided updated guidance on what companies can expect in the event of the “snapback” of sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). ...more

OFAC Provides Prospective Guidance on Potential “Snap-Back” of Iran Sanctions

On December 15, 2016, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) in the Department of the Treasury amended its Frequently Asked Questions guidance document (“FAQs”) regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action...more

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

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

Contract Considerations in Dealing with Foreign Entities

On December 14, Nexsen Pruet attorneys Peter Santos, Christy Myatt, and David Garrett led a presentation to members of the Association of Corporate Counsel Research Triangle Area. The team explored how more than 10,000...more

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