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DOJ Fines Bank Record $9 Billion for OFAC Sanctions Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently sent a strong message to international banks with a record penalty of nearly $9 billion on one of the world's largest banks for violating U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Cuba and...more

Prohibited Country Sanctions and Embargoes: Make Sure You Know the Difference When Drafting Contract Language and Evaluating...

Casually, the words ‘embargo’ and ‘sanction’ are often used interchangeably. But when it comes to drafting a contract or assessing the viability of an export opportunity, failing to use the correct word can have serious...more

Greater Energy Efficiency Could Be An Unlikely Outcome of the Ukrainian Crisis

“Fuel switching”—changing power plants over to natural gas from coal—is one of the compliance paths for achieving the carbon emission reductions in the EPA’s proposed existing power plant carbon emissions reduction rule. ...more

Iran Nuclear Talks: Extension of Joint Plan of Action

On Friday, July 18, 2014, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement that the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) negotiated between the P5+1 nations1 and Iran would be extended until November 24, 2014. As we reported...more

AML BSA and Sanctions Compliance I of II June 10 2014 [Video]

The Department of Justice and the Treasury Department have stepped up AML/BSA and Sanctions Enforcement. With the ever-increasing expansion and modification of sanctions, risks for all businesses, not just financial...more

United States and European Union Ratchet Up Russia Sanctions

On July 16, 2014, the United States ratcheted up its sanctions on Russia in connection with escalating tensions in Eastern Ukraine. Specifically, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”)...more

Increasing Russian Sanctions Target Financial and Energy Sectors

On July 16, the U.S. government further expanded the sanctions imposed in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to reclaim the Crimean Peninsula as a part of the Russian Federation. These expanded sanctions...more

Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions: Significant Expansion of Sanctions Presents Additional Compliance Challenges

On July 16, 2014, the United States announced another expansion of sanctions in response to events in southern and eastern Ukraine. The United States for the first time imposed sanctions against major Russian companies and...more

New Ukraine-Related Sanctions Imposed on Russian Interests

On July 16, 2014, the Obama Administration responded further to developments in Ukraine by imposing another new round of sanctions on Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean parties. Importantly, for the first time, the United States...more

US and EU Increase Sanctions against Russia

Following weeks of diplomatic discussions, on July 16 the United States and European Union announced a new round of sanctions against Russia over the continued crisis in Ukraine. Although the US and EU have coordinated these...more

Carbon Tax Repeal Places Spotlight on Price Reductions

After months of delay, the Australian Government has passed legislation to repeal Australia's carbon tax and introduce new sanctions against energy and gas refrigerant entities that do not pass on cost savings arising from...more

United States Imposes New Sanctions and Export Restrictions Against Russian Banks, Companies, and Individuals

On July 16, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed new sanctions against Russia, which target the country’s financial, energy and defense sectors. In a parallel action, the U.S....more

Ukraine Crisis Update: US Imposes New Sanctions on Major Russian Banks and Energy Companies

US announces “sectoral” sanctions on major banks and energy companies, adds to the Specially Designated Nationals list; European Council considers additional sanctions. On July 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of the...more

U.S. Issues New Sanctions On Russia Targeting Defense, Energy Sectors

The Obama administration expanded U.S. sanctions against Russia on July 17th targeting the country’s financial, energy and defense industries in response to Russia’s continued support for Ukrainian separatists. Along with...more

Obama Administration Imposes New Sanctions on Key Russian Energy, Financial and Defense Companies; EU Considering Expanded...

The Obama Administration announced new sanctions on Wednesday, July 17, 2014, targeting key companies in Russia’s energy, financial and defense sectors, as well as other companies, regional separatist governments, and...more

Obama Beefs Up Russian Sanctions, But Still No Full Monty

President Obama announced yesterday the creation of the new Sectoral Sanctions Identification List (“SSI List”) issued pursuant the Russian sanctions program and the addition of two Russian energy companies and two Russian...more

Court Recommends Supervalu/Jewel-Osco Be Held in Contempt for Violations of EEOC Consent Decree in Disability Case

Federal Agency Obtains Relief for Three Jewel Employees Denied Accommodation, Court Calls for Extension of Decree and Appointment of Special Master - CHICAGO - Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Mason has entered a...more

Fifth Round of Sanctions Target Certain Russian Banks, Energy Companies and Arms Manufacturers

The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a fifth round of designations imposing limited sanctions on two Russian banks and two major Russian energy companies. OFAC also designated and blocked the assets of...more

July Sanctions Update: Ukraine and Iran

We have set out below a summary of the recent changes in respect of the Ukraine as well as an update on the position regarding the “Joint Plan of Action” in respect of Iran....more

Additional US and EU Sanctions Imposed on Russia and the Russian Government Reaction

On July 16, 2014, the U.S. Government imposed additional sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies as a result of the ongoing crisis in Eastern Ukraine. In addition to adding five individuals and 11...more

EY Sanctioned For Acting As An Advocate For Audit Clients

Auditor independence is critical. The opinion issued by the audit firm regarding the financial statements of an audit client represents in part that the firm is independent. That judgment is based on an assessment of all the...more

US Imposes Sectoral Sanctions on Russian Financial and Energy Companies, Expands Ukraine-Related Designations and Adds Further...

On July 16, 2014, the United States issued new sanctions targeting the Russian financial and energy sectors in response to the ongoing unrest in Ukraine. The new sectoral sanctions target four Russian companies by placing...more

Don’t try this at Home or Abroad: Export Controls and Sanctions Violations Lead to $21 Million in Penalties for Dutch Company...

We frequently discuss enforcement actions in this blog, because understanding enforcement is a key aspect of trade compliance. From a fifty-thousand foot view, each enforcement case serves as a cautionary tale about the...more

Uganda Be Kiddin’ Me: United States Slaps On Sanctions in Response to Anti-Gay Law

Last month, the United States announced new sanctions against Uganda in response to human rights violations, targeted discrimination, and draconian criminal penalties. Specifically, on June 19, the Obama administration...more

EU adds 11 ‘rebel’ names to Ukraine list, introduces South Sudan asset freeze

The EU has introduced new sanctions measures, namely the following: • The addition of 11 ‘rebel’ names to the Ukraine asset freeze list; and • The introduction of an asset freeze in relation to South Sudan,...more

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