Office of Foreign Assets Control Export Controls

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OFAC Authorizes Certain Dealings with Russian Security Agency

In its first public statement since the inauguration, the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on February 2, 2017, that it had authorized limited dealings with the Federal Security...more

White Collar Enforcement and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

Enforcement activity under the Obama administration often made headlines for the eye-popping level of fines, with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, and economic sanctions...more

Red Notice Newsletters - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Las Vegas Sands Corporation Agrees to Pay Approximately $7 Million to Resolve DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action – On January 19, 2017, Las Vegas Sands Corporation (“Sands”), a Nevada-based...more

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Las Vegas Sands Corporation Agrees to Pay Approximately $7 Million to Resolve DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action – On January 19, 2017, Las Vegas Sands Corporation (“Sands”), a Nevada-based...more

U.S. Government Loosens Controls on Transactions Involving Sudan

Before leaving office, former President Barack Obama signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13761 on Jan. 13, 2017, in response to "positive actions" by the Government of Sudan. E.O. 13761 establishes a basis for complete revocation...more

Federal Trade Commission Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds

As it does every year at this time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Act (HSR) jurisdictional thresholds for the upcoming year. The FTC is required by law to revise the filing thresholds...more

Significant Sanctions and Export Control Amendments Regarding Hong Kong and Sudan Are Announced in Final Days of Obama...

In the past week, there has been an easing of sanctions against Sudan, and requirements have been added to the export control regulations regarding exports and reexports of certain commodities, technology, and software to...more

Sudan Embargo Lifted

On January 13, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a general license that authorizes all transactions with Sudan that were previously prohibited by the Sudanese Sanctions...more

Obama Administration Issues Changes to Iran Sanctions Regulations That Benefit Exporters of Medicine, Medical Devices and...

On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published a number of changes to the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR,” 31 C.F.R. Part 560) that expanded the...more

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

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

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

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

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

One Step Up: U.S. Export Controls for Pharma/Device Companies

2016 was an active year for U.S. export control developments impacting U.S. pharma/device companies. We expect 2017 also to be busy, especially with the upcoming change in Administrations. This article briefly will review for...more

White Collar Crime Law Enforcement in a Trump Justice Department - 8 Predictions

After a conventional presidential campaign, determining the policy priorities and direction of the incoming administration with respect to the Justice Department’s white collar law enforcement responsibilities can be a...more

DOJ Establishes Voluntary Self-Disclosure Program for Criminal Violations of U.S. Economic Sanctions and Export Controls

On October 2, 2016, the National Security Division (NSD) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) established a formal, voluntary self-disclosure program for criminal violations of U.S. economic sanctions and export controls...more

US Department of Justice Guidance Seeks to Encourage Voluntary Self-Disclosure of Export Controls and Sanctions Violations

The Guidance parallels the DOJ approach under the FCPA, but does not specify the value of mitigation and may create contradictory incentives. The National Security Division (NSD) of the US Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

US Sanctions Against Burma Lifted on October 7 With President's Executive Order

On Friday, October 7, 2016, President Obama delivered on a promise that he had made in September by signing an executive order terminating the economic and financial sanctions program on the country of Burma (Myanmar). The...more

"OFAC and BIS Implement Additional Amendments in Support of Cuba Policy Shift"

On October 14, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced further amendments to ease U.S. sanctions and...more

DOJ Publishes Guidance Encouraging Voluntary Self-Disclosures, Full Cooperation and Timely and Appropriate Remediation

On Oct. 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), National Security Division (NSD) published Guidance setting forth its policy of encouraging business organizations to voluntarily self-disclose criminal violations of...more

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On October 14, 2016, the United States announced additional measures to liberalize Cuba sanctions and export controls, effective October 17, 2016. The new measures, which are summarized below, authorize additional...more

US Implements Sixth Round of Eased Cuba Sanctions

On October 17, the US Departments of Commerce and the Treasury announced the sixth round of eased sanctions and export controls designed to bolster trade between the United States and Cuba. The amendments by the Bureau of...more

Update on Life Sciences Exports to Iran and Sudan

On September 28, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued its Biennial Report of Licensing Activities Pursuant to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000,...more

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