Today, the EU published a second round of targeted sanctions against Russia. These new measures expand the EU’s existing Russia sanctions and restrict access to capital markets covering certain loans and credit, trade in...more
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) posted a summary of a settlement with a bank (the “Bank”) relating to a transaction that OFAC alleged was processed by the Bank in violation of OFAC’s Sudanese Sanctions...more
On August 6, 2014, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the Department of the Treasury published a rule on export prohibitions to Russia on items for use in its energy sector. The rule also added one person, United...more
OFAC expands the scope of its 50% rule.
On August 13, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued “Revised Guidance on Entities Owned by Persons Whose Property and Interests in...more
New sanctions targeting Russia have been implemented in the US, EU and Japan. Although the consequences of breaching the sanctions are severe, navigating the rules is not straightforward. Transactions and business lines will...more
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued new guidance regarding the status of entities that are 50% or more owned by persons or entities whose property and interests in property are...more
On August 13, 2014, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued revised guidance with respect to the “50% Rule,” which established that an entity owned 50% or more, directly or indirectly, by a...more
The New York State Department of Financial Services (the “Department”) recently published its proposed rules and regulations (the “Proposed Rules”) for vendors conducting business involving virtual currency. The Proposed...more
The sanctions directly affect companies involved in Russia's oil and gas industries by imposing new export license requirements....more
This Alert follows our previous alerts on the Russia/Ukraine sanctions available on our website. July continued to be a busy time as the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament), the EU and the United States intensified...more
Following an intense week of diplomatic negotiations, on July 29, the European Union and United States jointly announced a new round of economic sanctions targeting certain sectors of the Russian economy. The development...more
Welcome to the July 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
This month on the anticorruption front, two Noble Corporation executives settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more
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
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
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
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
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
Welcome to the May 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
This month, on the anticorruption front, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) agrees to pay USD $135 million to settle a...more
On May 8, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued regulations to implement three Executive Orders issued by President Obama in March regarding the situation in Ukraine. The...more
This E-Alert provides an update on the U.S. and EU sanctions discussed in the Allen & Overy E-Alerts dated March 13, 2014, titled “United States and European Union authorize sanctions relating to situation in Ukraine”; March...more
Following the agreement between G7 leaders on 25 April to promptly impose additional sanctions on Russia as it has failed to deliver on its Geneva commitments, the EU and the U.S. have now added new individuals and entities...more
It is odd how a foreign crisis can have a dramatic impact on the world of ethics and compliance. Foreign policy headaches turn into compliance nightmares when the United States becomes embroiled in foreign events....more
On January 12th, 2014, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (“P5+1”) along with Iran arrived at a technical understanding for implementation of the agreed-upon Joint Plan of Action (“JPOA”)...more
The United States agreed to suspend certain sanctions against Iran over the weekend as part of an agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program. The agreement, which provides for a six-month first step towards a...more
Most significantly, on June 3, 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order 13645 (78 Fed. Reg. 33945) that, effective July 1, 2013, implements provisions of the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 and imposes...more
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