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Evolving U.S. and UN Sanctions Against North Korea

Following President Trump’s trip to Asia, sanctions policies for North Korea continue to evolve. The U.S. government has strengthened sanctions through legislation and Presidential Executive Orders. Further, it is enforcing...more

U.S. Government Agencies Publish Changes to Cuba Sanctions Program Pursuant to President Trump’s Policy Announcement

On November 8, 2017, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations...more

Russia Sanctions under CAATSA – U.S. Updates Rules and Provides Guidance on Enforcement

This week, the U.S. government took several steps to implement sections of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA), with implications for Russia-related sanctions and their enforcement. On...more

A UK Version of OFAC?

The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation ramps up enforcement activities in London - A new UK sanctions enforcement body with added civil enforcement tools is ramping up activities. ...more

Another Market Opens: U.S. Revokes Sudanese Sanctions Program Though Important Limitations Remain in Place

Effective October 12, 2017, the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR) have been revoked in recognition of the Government of Sudan’s (GOS) sustained positive actions in stopping conflict and improving humanitarian access in...more

Three Birds with One Stone: New Russia, North Korea and Iran Sanctions

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which strengthened U.S. sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran. CAATSA had been passed by overwhelming...more

OFAC Updates FAQs on the Cuba Sanctions Program

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba, which began the process to alter some aspects of U.S. policy toward Cuba. On...more

A Message to China? New U.S. Sanctions and AML Measures for North Korea

On June 29, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department announced new steps applying pressure on North Korea in relation to its proliferation activities. Specifically, this involved (1) sanctions designations against Chinese shipping...more

President Trump Announces Policy Changes Towards Cuba

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba, which begins a process to alter some aspects of U.S. policy towards Cuba, but...more

Senate Bill Expands Sanctions on Russia and Iran

On June 15, 2017, the Senate passed the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S.722) by a vote of 98-2. Included with the bill is a significant Russia sanctions amendment, the Countering Russian Influence...more

6/16/2017  /  Iran , Iran Sanctions , Russia , Sanctions

New Draft EU Conflict Mineral and Metals Laws – How Will the Due Diligence and Transparency Rules Impact Your Industry?

On 16 March 2017, the European Parliament approved a draft EU regulation intended to ensure that trade in certain minerals and metals from high-risk or warn-torn areas does not fund conflict and human rights abuses. The...more

EU Proposes Significant Changes to Anti-Money Laundering Laws

Policy makers in Europe continue to explore responses to the Panama Papers revelations and recent terrorist attacks. On 28 February, European law makers approved important amendments to the EU’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML)...more

Great Expectations - DOJ holds anti-corruption compliance programs to a high standard in evaluating their credibility

On February 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a list of important topics and sample questions that the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section has frequently found relevant in evaluating the adequacy of a...more

General License for Commercial Authorizations from Sanctioned Russian Security Agency

OFAC has issued a new General License to address problems raised by the sanctioning of the Federal Security Services (FSB). This adjustment serves to authorize permits by the FSB needed for certain commercial transactions...more

New General License Authorizes Transactions with Sudan

Effective January 17, 2017, a new general license authorizes a broad range of activities previously prohibited under the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR), including most transactions with individuals and entities in Sudan...more

1/18/2017  /  BIS , ECCNs , General Licenses , OFAC , Sanctions , SDN List , Sudan , TSRA

New OFAC Guidance Offers Clarity on Operations Involving Iran

On December 15, 2016, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) provided updated guidance on what companies can expect in the event of the “snapback” of sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). ...more

On the Eve of a New Administration, Sanctions on North Korea Tighten

On November 30, 2016, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed a unanimous resolution strengthening sanctions against North Korea. The Resolution comes in response to the conduct of the latest round of nuclear tests...more

International Trade in the Trump Era — Issues to Watch

Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 Presidential election put the Republican Party in charge of the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade. President-elect Trump ran as an anti-establishment candidate who...more

U.S. Government Continues to Create New Opportunities for Trade with Cuba

Both the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have announced new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export...more

U.S. Announces End of Myanmar Sanctions – What Will Go and What Remains?

On September 15, 2016, President Obama announced that U.S. economic sanctions on Myanmar (also known as Burma) would end, but the announcement left many questions as to what would change and what sanctions might remain. On...more

Redefining U.S. Export Controls: Takeaways from Key Changes Effective September 1st

On September 1, 2016 new rules previously published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will become...more

Redefining U.S. Export Controls: Takeaways from Key Changes Effective September 1st

On September 1, 2016 new rules previously published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)1 and the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)2 will become...more

US Terminates Arms Embargo Policy for Vietnam

On May 23, 2016, during President Obama’s visit to Ho Chi Minh City, the United States announced the termination its long-standing arms embargo policy for Vietnam. Exports of defense articles and defense services to Vietnam...more

A New Age of Transparency: U.S. Announces

On May 11, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Treasury, published its final rule addressing Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions (CDD Rule)....more

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