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The Sun is Setting On Myanmar’s Sanctions Regime

The United States imposed trade sanctions on Myanmar (a.k.a. Burma) beginning in May 1997 after determining that the military junta had committed large-scale repression of the democratic opposition in Burma. The Burma...more

New Economic Opportunities with Cuba Present Financial Rewards Along with Associated Compliance Challenges

The opening of Cuba to greater commercial and financial activity offers many possibilities for U.S. financial institutions but, with those possibilities, comes a responsibility to meet the complex compliance challenges that...more

Overview of US and EU Trade Sanctions

Overview of US and EU Trade Sanctions - Following is a summary of the current US and EU sanctions that restrict trade with and/or investment in certain countries, “Specially Designated Nationals” (SDNs) and “Blocked...more

Please Read the Fine Print About Doing Business in Cuba

I am here to encourage newly authorized trade to and from Cuba. However, my job is also to ensure that exporters have all of the information they need to make informed business decisions and remain compliant with U.S. trade...more

OFAC and BIS Continue to Ease Cuba Shipping, Travel and Banking Sanctions

The Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have respectively published another round of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control...more

Recent Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions Ease Restrictions for Travel and Shipping Sectors

This client alert addresses the recent amendments to the Cuba sanctions regime in the wake of President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. The recent changes represent the increasing efforts of the U.S. government to restore...more

OFAC Further Amends Cuban Assets Control Regulations – President Obama Authorizes More Travel and U.S. Establishments in Cuba in...

On March 16, 2016, in what could be the final set of amendments  to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) under the Obama Administration, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a Final Rule that further...more

Another New Day in Cuba: The Obama Administration Further Loosens U.S. Sanctions

On March 16, 2016, the Obama Administration further loosened sanctions on Cuba in accordance with President Obama’s policy previously announced on December 17, 2014, and partially implemented thus far, to engage and empower...more

Enhanced North Korea Sanctions Adopted

The United Nations Security Council (“UNSC”) approved a Resolution last week imposing new sanctions against North Korea in response to its recent nuclear and missile tests. This UNSC action follows the enactment of the North...more

The Day of North Korea Sanctions: the UN Imposes the Toughest North Korea Sanctions Yet While OFAC and State Designate More North...

After weeks of negotiations and a Putin-backed delay, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2270 on March 2, 2016, imposing new sanctions against North Korea. According to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,...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

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - February 2016

Eye on the Courts—Recent Opinions and Rulings of Note - Why it matters: From a white collar and securities fraud standpoint, there has been a lot of noteworthy activity in the courts of late. The Supreme Court granted...more

Further Relaxation of Sanctions for Commercial Aircraft Operations in Cuba

On January 27, the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), took steps to further ease trade restrictions against Cuba, including...more

OFAC Finds "Facilitation" Violation Against Health Product Giant

The Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) reminded the public Thursday of the breadth and danger of the prohibition on "facilitation" of transactions with sanctioned entities and countries and the importance of carefully...more

OFAC Codifies Cyber-Related Sanctions Regulations But Questions Remain

On December 31, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new regulations that codify the U.S. CyberRelated Sanctions program. These regulations (31 C.F.R. Part 578) implement President...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

New York State Department of Financial Services Proposes Regulations to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Compliance for...

Proposed regulations impose new certification requirements that could result in personal liability for compliance officers of financial institutions. On December 1, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial...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

EU and US Take Actions to Ease Belarus Sanctions

On October 29, 2015, the EU and the United States took separate action to ease certain Belarus-related sanctions. As of October 31, 2015, the EU suspended asset freezes and travel restrictions imposed on 170 persons, as well...more

Expect Focus – International, Summer 2015

In This Issue: - TTIP’s Impact on U.S. and EU Trade Relations - Proposed Innovation Box Legislation - Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014 - Rules...more

Cuba Sanctions Relief: Baby Steps Today, But What About Tomorrow?

For more than 50 years, an embargo and related sanctions regime has restricted U.S. businesses and individuals from virtually all economic activity involving Cuba or its nationals. This regime was implemented through a...more

Trading with Cuba: Too soon to mix up the Cuba Libres?

Now that the Obama administration has loosened its restrictions on Cuba, you’re ready to sell your widgets to a Havana factory, right? Not so fast! Although you may be able to do some things in or with Cuba that you couldn’t...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - October 2015

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update reports on Congress’s six-month extension of FAA’s reauthorization; new U.S. Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements with the European Union and Canada; the FAA’s...more

US Implements Additional Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions

On September 21, 2015, the United States further 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...more

"OFAC and BIS Further Ease Cuba Restrictions"

On September 21, 2015, 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) amended their respective Cuba regulations to...more

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