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EU expands sanctions against North Korea, as well as Russia and Libya

The EU has adopted a wide range of new sanctions measures against North Korea including a broad investment ban applicable across all sectors. In addition, the EU has designated certain Russian persons involved in a transfer...more

United States Eases Sudan Sanctions

After 20 years of comprehensive sanctions against Sudan, the US government has revoked most sanctions with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan effective October 12, 2017. As a result of this action, US persons1 are...more

Intra-EU Bilateral Investment Treaties: compatible with EU law after all?

In an advisory Opinion to the CJEU, Advocate General Wathelet has advised that an Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism between two Member States is not contrary to EU law. He also considers that, in disputes arising...more

US Imposes Sanctions Targeting Debt, Equity, and Securities of the Venezuelan Government and PdVSA

On August 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13808 entitled "Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to the Situation in Venezuela." EO 13808, which became effective on August 25, 2017, prohibits certain...more

US Enacts “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” Expanding Its Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Programs

On August 2, 2017, the President signed into law the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," providing a number of new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The President also issued a signing...more

United States Announces New Cuba Policy

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued the "National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba" (the "Cuba Memorandum") describing the Administration’s policy on Cuba and...more

EU Court confirms EU competence on wide range of trade areas in opinion on EU-Singapore FTA

Following the Advocate General's related advisory opinion in December 2016, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has delivered its Opinion (2/15) on the EU-Singapore FTA. While the Court's Opinion confirms that the EU alone...more

EU Rosneft judgment clarifies bank transfers are not sanctioned "financial assistance"

On 28 March 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its judgment in a case referred by the UK High Court in which Rosneft has challenged the validity of the EU's sanctions targeting Russia, as well...more

United States Issues Executive Order, General License Easing Sudan Sanctions

On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed an Executive Order entitled "Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions."...more

EU Court's Advocate General delivers opinion on EU-Singapore FTA

An Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has delivered an advisory opinion on the EU-Singapore FTA. In this opinion – which is non-binding on the Court, but would normally influence its decision – AG...more

US Expands Cyber-Related Sanctions Executive Order and Designates Russian Parties

On December 29, 2016, President Obama issued a new Executive Order (EO) entitled "Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities."...more

US Issues Additional Russian/Ukrainian Designations and New General License, EU Extends Sanctions Targeting Russia

On December 20, 2016, the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added 15 individuals and entities and two vessels to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) and...more

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On October 14, 2016, the United States announced additional measures to liberalize Cuba sanctions and export controls, effective October 17, 2016. The new measures, which are summarized below, authorize additional...more

US Designates Additional Russian and Ukrainian Individuals and Entities, Issues New General License

On September 1, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added 37 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN...more

US Issues Additional Guidance Regarding Iran Sanctions Relief

On June 8, 2016, the US further clarified the scope of the sanctions relief provided to Iran as of January 16, 2016 (known as "Implementation Day") under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Department of the...more

US Further Liberalizes Burma Sanctions

On May 17, 2016, the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further eased the sanctions on Burma by issuing and expanding general licenses and removing certain parties from the Specially...more

US Significantly Expands Sanctions Targeting North Korea

On March 16, 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) expanded sanctions on North Korea (the DPRK) pursuant to Executive Order 13722 (EO 13722). This action implements in...more

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions

On March 15, 2016, in advance of the historic visit to Cuba by the President, the United States announced significant amendments to existing Cuba-related economic sanctions and export control regulations to implement the...more

Highest EU court strikes down vague and ambiguous information requests

Statement of reasons was excessively vague in light of the extent of information requested and the advanced investigation stage. Introduction - On 10 March 2016, the European Court of Justice issued a landmark...more

EU Lifts (and Extends) Sanctions against Belarus and Zimbabwe

The EU has lifted most of the asset freezes under sanctions against Belarus and Zimbabwe, but at the same time extended certain limited measures. We provide further details about these sanctions developments below....more

Overview of US and EU “Implementation Day” Guidelines on Iran Sanctions Relief

This overview describes the status of US and EU sanctions following the first round of nuclear-related sanctions relief that occurred on “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concluded with...more

“Implementation Day” Sanctions Relief Provided to Iran by UN, US, and EU

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran has met its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). On this day, known as “Implementation Day,”...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

European Commission adopts first two decisions in EU tax probe in push for corporate tax reform

On 21 October, the European Commission (“EC”) adopted its first decisions in its investigation into Member States’ tax rulings. The investigation, which began in June 2013, has also targeted tax rulings given to Apple and...more

Adoption Day Marks Start of Preparations for Iran Sanctions Relief

October 18, 2015 marked the starting point for official preparations for the expected lifting of sanctions against Iran under the recently agreed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). On this day, termed “Adoption Day,”...more

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