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A Game-Changing Misstep for Walmart?

A federal district court recently sanctioned Walmart for "spoliation of evidence" in an employment litigation case. Although Walmart has asked the Court to reconsider its decision or allow it to appeal the decision to the...more

U.S. Government Implements Cuba Policy Changes

On January 16, 2015, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury (“OFAC”), and the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce (“BIS”), each published regulations implementing the...more

OFAC Issues Cuban Asset Control Regulations Focused on the U.S. Financial Sector

On January 15, 2015, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba announced by President Obama on December...more

Cuba Regulations Change – Round 1

In today’s Federal Register, both the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published the first revisions to the U.S.’ Cuba economic sanctions. As expected, those changes...more

Treasury and Commerce loosen Cuba embargo

In implementation of the policy changes announced by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014, the US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31...more

The Obama Administration Revises the Cuba Sanctions Regulations to Expand Trade Opportunities While Certain Law Makers Question...

On January 15, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) released important updates to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”). The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry...more

Treasury Department Eases Cuba Sanctions

New Rules Open Opportunities for Exports, Financial Services, and Travel- On January 16, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department issued new sanctions regulations easing the 54-year old Cuban embargo. Coming in the wake of...more

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Obama Administration Announces Regulatory Amendments to U.S. Cuba Sanctions

On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 515 (“CACR”), and the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Export Administration...more

Update: U.S. Ramps Up Ukraine-Related Sanctions Yet Again

On December 19th, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13685 specifically targeting Crimea and those responsible for the usurpation of the peninsula back in March. This latest EO was the forth in a series aimed at...more

Partial Relaxation of Cuban Sanctions: New Regulations Issued

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Commerce have released new regulations that loosen restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba....more

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2014

2014 was a year replete with new legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting federally regulated financial institutions. The key initiatives introduced or implemented in 2014 are outlined in our annual year in review....more

U.S. Relaxes the Half-Century-Old Embargo on Cuba

As promised by President Obama in December 2014, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today issued regulations that lessen the...more

"OFAC and BIS Implement Changes in Cuba Policy"

Since the 1960s, the United States has maintained an embargo on Cuba that in many respects is the most comprehensive set of economic and trade restrictions on any country. On January 16, 2015, amendments to regulations issued...more

US Implements Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On January 16, 2015, the United States amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014, liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a result, the US...more

What Will the "New Chapter" in U.S.-Cuba Relations Entail?

On January 15, both the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published final rules implementing President Obama's initial reforms....more

OFAC Issues Cuban Asset Control Regulations focused on the U.S. Financial Sector

Today, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014....more

OFAC Sanctions Compliance Provisions in Various Agreements

Due to costly settlements secured by U.S. regulatory agencies, banks, insurers, and corporations are increasingly inserting rigorous OFAC sanctions compliance language into their credit agreements, insurance policies,...more

The First Law of International Dynamics: Sanctions May Be Transformed But Never Created or Destroyed

U.S. economic sanctions, by their nature, often change without warning. Since sanctions reflect U.S. foreign and national security policy, they must evolve rapidly with world events. Often, it seems that when one door is...more

U.S. Treasury and Commerce Release Revised Cuba Sanctions Regulations

A pre-release of the revised regulations from the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) identifies the extensive changes in...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - January 2015 #2

Editor’s Note - Rich Matheny Comments on New Format of OFAC Sanctions List: On January 5, OFAC announced the release of a new format of its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) List. With the new...more

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2014

In this issue: - US and EU continue sanctions against Russia for its activity in Ukraine; - US and EU sanctions against the Crimea region; - US makes major change in Cuban relations; - The EU...more

Credit Crunch Digest - December 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on Libor civil penalties; three former ICAP brokers pleading not guilty to criminal Libor charges; a large whistle-blower award to a former Countrywide Financial Corp. executive;...more

SEC Sanctions Two Exchanges for Failing to Accurately Describe Order Types and Making Preferential Disclosure to High Frequency...

On January 12, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had obtained a $14 million settlement against two exchanges formerly owned by Direct Edge Holdings, EDGA and EDGX (the “Respondent Exchanges”) for...more

FINRA Panel Precludes Evidence & Awards Punitives as Discovery Sanction

An all-public panel of FINRA arbitrators entered a preclusion order and awarded $750,000 in punitive damages for Respondents’ failure to participate in discovery and disregard of pre-hearing filing requirements....more

European Commission Guidance on Implementing Russian Sanctions

On December 18, the government published a European Commission notice (dated December 16) containing guidance on implementing certain provisions of EU Regulation 833/2014. The notice explains that the Regulation...more

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