Office of Foreign Assets Control Export Controls

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Anti-Corruption, Sanctions and Export and Import Risks

Forgive me for overusing the term “convergence” but when the shoe fits, I say “wear it.” If you are managing corporate risks and responsible for securing export licenses, ensuring that you are complying with OFAC sanctions...more

Cleared for Takeoff: OFAC’s General License J Allows Boeing, Airbus and Other Aircraft to Land in Iran

On July 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a new General License J (GL-J). GL-J authorizes the reexportation of certain civil aircraft on temporary sojourn to Iran,...more

Red Notice Newsletter - May 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Former Securency Manager Convicted of Corruption - On May 11, 2016, Peter Michael Chapman, former manager of polymer banknote manufacturer Securency PTY Ltd. (“Securency”), was...more

New sanctions impose further restrictions on North Korea

The United Nations, the European Union and United States recently expanded sanctions on North Korea, issuing new restrictions which impact the mineral, energy, shipping, banking, finance, and aviation industries. United...more

New Commerce Department Procedure Available for U.S. Cuba License Holders – It’s a Bit Hard to Find, But if You Need It, You Need...

We all know that export regulations cannot keep up with reality. Reforms are happening very quickly, especially regarding Cuba. So, here’s a new procedure we just discovered. Perhaps it can help you if you are ever similarity...more

Red Notice Newsletter - April 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Final Judgments Entered Against Seven Former DAP Employees; Four Ordered to Pay - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced earlier this month that on April 6 and 7, 2016,...more

Additional Steps to Ease U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls for Cuba prior to Obama Visit

In advance of President Obama’s highly publicized trip to Cuba, the Administration took additional steps to ease restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba. These changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and...more

Red Notice Newsletter - March 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Olympus to Pay $646 Million for Anti­Kickback and FCPA Violations - Early this month, Olympus Corp. of the Americas (OCA) settled government investigations related to violations of the...more

OFAC Authorizes Certain Commercial Passenger Aircraft Transactions with Iran

On March 24, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued General License I authorizing U.S. persons to undertake certain transactions ordinarily incident to the negotiation of, and...more

Epsilon Case Highlights the Need for Sanctions Due Diligence on Resellers

As global companies begin to reenter the Iranian market, a decision issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is an important reminder that resellers and distributors can generate liability for U.S....more

Obama Administration Further Eases Sanctions in Advance of Cuba Visit

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) implemented amendments to the Cuban...more

"US Further Eases Sanctions Ahead of President’s Historic Trip to Cuba"

On March 15, 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 regulatory amendments that further eased U.S....more

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions

On March 15, 2016, in advance of the historic visit to Cuba by the President, the United States announced significant amendments to existing Cuba-related economic sanctions and export control regulations to implement the...more

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2016

DOJ and SEC Announce Settlement with PTC, Inc. in FCPA Case Involving SEC’s First Individual Deferred Prosecution Agreement - On February 16, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S....more

Iran Sanctions Eased, But Restrictions Remain

The United States recently lifted certain sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the general prohibition on exporting to Iran remains in place. Specifically, on January 16, 2016 (commonly known as...more

"OFAC and BIS Ease Cuba Restrictions With New Amendments"

On January 27, 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) further eased U.S. sanctions and export control regulations...more

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2016

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Convicted Printing Company Ordered to Pay £2.2 Million - On January 8, 2016, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced that Smith & Ouzman Ltd, a U.K. security printing company, was...more

Obama Administration Further Relaxes Sanctions in Support of Cuba Policy

If you read one thing… - Further relaxation of sanctions on Cuba, effective on January 27, 2016, allows U.S. financial institutions to finance authorized exports and reexports to Cuba of items other than...more

Implementation Day and the Lifting of Sanctions Against Iran

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

US and EU Iran Sanctions Relief: What Non-US Persons Need to Know

Even in light of EU and US relaxation of sanctions against Iran after Implementation Day, non-US Persons should evaluate any proposed dealings with Iran to make sure such activities do not violate any new or continuing...more

How the OFAC Stole Christmas

A spokesman for the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) told Export Law Blog this morning that discussions between OFAC and the North Pole over Santa Claus’s Christmas Eve itinerary had once again...more

US expands list of medical items authorized for export or re-export under Iran general license

On November 2, 2015, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) updated and expanded the list of “medical supplies” that can qualify for export or re-export to Iran under the existing...more

OFAC Expands List of Medical Supplies Eligible for Export to Iran under General License

On November 2, 2015, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated the List of Medical Supplies eligible for export or reexport to Iran under the general license set forth at Section...more

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2015

Welcome to the October 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a Japanese multinational conglomerate settles U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Important Changes to Byzantine Cuban Assets Control Regulations

For over 50 years, the ability to travel to Cuba and do business or trade with Cuban nationals has been governed by a byzantine set of regulations administered by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control...more

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