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Cuba Sanctions Guidance: November 2017 Update

On November 9, 2017, changes to the United States' Cuba Sanctions program went into effect, as the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and...more

Cuba Policy Shift Stalls as Businesses Await OFAC Implementation

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued a National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba. The Memorandum outlined a framework for agencies such as the Treasury...more

Sudan Sanctions Revocation Formalized, But Compliance Challenges Remain

On October 12, 2017, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revoked certain parts of its economic sanctions regime with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan. OFAC issued a General License...more

Iran Speech Shifts Pressure to Congress, But Changes Little for U.S. Businesses

President Trump’s October 13 speech denounced Iran’s “fanatical regime” as a “menace,” and threatened to terminate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal negotiated by Barack Obama and formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

As “Significant Conceptual Gaps” Persist, NAFTA Talks Extended to 2018

On October 17, 2017, trade representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico wrapped up the fourth round of negotiations concerning the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in Washington D.C. The latest round...more

Your Foreign Business Partners Must Choose – Do Business with the U.S. or North Korea

On Thursday September 21st, President Trump signed Executive Order 13810 Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea (” the E.O.” or “E.O. 13810”). E.O. 13810 significantly expands the U.S. Treasury...more

President Trump Blocks Foreign Acquisition by Chinese Firm: Isolated Case or Harbinger of Increased CFIUS Scrutiny?

On September 13, President Trump blocked the $1.3 billion acquisition of U.S. microchip manufacturer Lattice Semiconductor Corp. ("Lattice") by Chinese private equity firm Canyon Bridge Capital Partners Inc. ("Canyon...more

New Sanctions Law: Congress Seeks to Limit President Trump’s Ability to Modify U.S. Policy Toward Russia

On August 2nd, President Trump signed into law the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” (H.R. 3364), which gives the President the power to solely waive or terminate sanctions against Russia if Congress...more

OFAC Fines American Honda for Foreign Subsidiary’s Business with Cuba

American Honda Finance Corporation (American Honda) has settled with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) over potential civil liability for 13 violations of the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR), which that...more

Update on NAFTA Negotiations

Baker Donelson's Trade and Compliance attorneys are pleased to introduce a quarterly series of client alerts that address how trade and compliance matters in the new Administration could affect your business, as well as how...more

OFAC Imposing Penalties on Non-U.S. Companies

A recent OFAC enforcement case illustrates that even non-U.S. companies that do business with sanctioned jurisdictions under the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) face significant risks...more

8/7/2017  /  Economic Sanctions , Exports , OFAC

Should Businesses Worry About Changes To Recent Trade Programs?

Wow. Trade issues had barely been addressed during the Obama Administration. Now in the last 6 months there has been a flurry of government activity. We have seen: 1. Continual increase in restricted parties added under...more

DOJ Releases Useful Corporate Compliance Resource

The Criminal Division’s Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) published an “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (the “Compliance Manual”) which offers guidance on the common questions contemplated by...more

Treasury Department Issues FAQ on Impact of Cuba Policy Shift

On June 16, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a press release answering 12 "Frequently Asked Questions" ahead of President Trump's announcement of a revised U.S. policy...more

OFAC Enforcement Trends in the Health Care, Agriculture and Tech Industries

The United States Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. governmental agency tasked with administering and enforcing economic sanctions against hostile targets in furtherance of U.S....more

OFAC’s Broad Latitude To Impose Iran Sanctions Affirmed by D.C. Circuit

A D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal’s panel recently issued a key opinion affirming the U.S. Treasury Department’s broad ability to enforce sanctions regulations through its Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). While the...more

6/19/2017  /  Exports , Iran , Iran Sanctions , ITSR , OFAC

Update on Regulatory Compliance in the Global Health Care Industry

A comprehensive understanding of the constantly evolving layers that make up federal anti-corruption statutes, sanctions regulations and export control restrictions is imperative for both the pharmaceutical and health care...more

Businesses Invited to Comment on NAFTA Renegotiation by June 12

The Trump Administration has recently notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). To assist the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as it develops negotiating objectives, the...more

What Is The New U.S.-China Trade Deal and How Will It Affect Exporters?

On May 12, Wilbur Ross, the U.S. Commerce Secretary, announced that the U.S. and China have reached a new trade deal with four components that are supposed to boost U.S. exports and close America’s trade gap with China. The...more

Trump Administration Stays the Course on Practical Export/Import Regulatory Reforms

The Trump Administration has implemented regulatory changes to continue its predecessors’ decade-long efforts to streamline requirements for exporters and importers. One such project, dubbed the International Trade Data...more

5/19/2017  /  Exports , Imports , Trump Administration

How Should Businesses Prepare for the Second 100 Days of the Trump Administration?

Baker Donelson's Trade and Compliance attorneys are pleased to introduce a quarterly series of client alerts that address how trade and compliance matters in the new Administration could affect your business, as well as how...more

What Exporters Need to Know For the Next 100 Days– (Sorry It Is Longer Than Usual but It Is a Quick Read)

We are 100 days into the Trump Administration and the question is not what did President Trump promise and what did he do, the question is how should business prepare for the future? Let’s begin with a “State of the...more

New ITAR Rules Possible: DDTC Rulemaking Unaffected By Trump Executive Order Limiting New Regulations

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defense Trade Controls made clear last week that the State Department’s Directorate for Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), which is responsible for the International Traffic in Arms...more

Three Important Lessons to Be Learned from the $1.2 Billion ZTE Settlements

On March 7, we learned that Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation (ZTE) concluded 3 settlement agreements that could result in penalties as high as $1.2 billion for its violations of U.S. sanctions and export...more

President Trump’s Trade Policy Released

President Trump’s trade policy was released today. Comments will be forthcoming....more

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