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US Commerce and Treasury Departments Further Ease Restrictions Against Cuba

The U.S. Commerce and Treasury Departments announced on January 26, 2016, actions to ease certain restrictions on transactions involving Cuba. The new actions do not significantly expand the types of activities in which U.S....more

US Imposes Significant Export Restrictions on Russian Oil and Gas Field

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) added the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye Field, a Russian oil and gas field, to the Entity List on August 7, 2015. The action effectively prohibits all persons from...more

Additional U.S. Sanctions Imposed on Russian and Ukrainian Persons, But No Significant Escalation

On July 30, 2015, the U.S. Government added dozens of Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities to the Ukraine-related sanctions lists.1 U.S. officials have stated that these new additions are not an escalation of U.S....more

Russia and Ukraine Sanctions - One Year On

The spring and summer of 2014 saw the United States and European Union impose a range of sanctions relating to Ukraine and Russia in response to the series of events leading to the fall of the Yanukovyich government in...more

President Obama Issues New Executive Order Authorizing Sanctions Against Cyber Attackers

President Obama issued an Executive Order (the “Order”) on April 1, 2015 that authorizes financial sanctions against certain “persons” (including both individuals and entities) designated by the Treasury Secretary to be...more

U.S. Government Announces Significant Sanctions Enforcement Actions Against Schlumberger and PayPal

The U.S. Government announced two major sanctions enforcement actions this week that reinforce the compliance challenges faced by both U.S. companies with international activities and non-U.S. companies subject to U.S....more

New Law Significantly Expands Legal Basis for US Sanctions Against Russia

On 16 December 2014, President Obama announced that he will sign the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (hereinafter the “Act”) into law. As discussed in our update dated 12 December 2014, the Act represents a potentially...more

US Clarifies Sanctions Provisions and US Senate Passes a Bill to Codify and Expand Sanctions

As noted in previous updates, the United States and European Union continue to impose sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian individuals and entities as a result of the turmoil in Ukraine. On 11 December 2014, the US Senate...more

Amendments to EU Sanctions against Russia

The EU adopted amendments to the current EU sanctions against Russia on 4 December 2014. These amendments are implemented via Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 (as amended) (“Regulation 833/2014”). They are intended to both...more

EU Imposes Further Sanctions on Ukrainian Separatists

On 29 November 2014, the European Union (EU) published measures targeting additional individuals and organisations to be added to the scope of EU sanctions measures against Russia. These measures widen the EU sanctions in...more

12/2/2014  /  Asset Freeze , EU , Russia , Sanctions , SDN List , Ukraine

Novel U.S. and EU Sanctions Targeting Russian Financing Activities Raise Unique Compliance Considerations for Global Financial...

Since March 2014, the United States and European Union have imposed multiple rounds of sanctions restricting certain activities with Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies as a result of the ongoing crisis in...more

US and EU Impose Additional Sanctions on Russia

The United States and European Union implemented new sanctions against Russia on 12 September 2014 as a result of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. While the new US and EU measures share many similarities, companies subject to...more

9/15/2014  /  EU , Russia , Sanctions , Ukraine

New OFAC Guidance on 50% Rule Expands Reach of US Sanctions

The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) revised its guidance with respect to entities owned 50 percent or more in the aggregate by more than one blocked persons. The new guidance, issued on...more

Russia Bans the Import of Certain Agricultural and Food Products from the US, EU, Canada, Australia, and Norway

In response to the recent round of sanctions and export restrictions imposed on Russia, Russian Federation President Putin signed a decree on 6 August 20141 (the “Decree”) effectively banning or limiting for a period of one...more

Additional EU Sanctions Imposed on Russia

The European Union announced its intention to adopt a broad package of trade and economic sanctions against Russia, targeting access to EU capital markets, defence exports, energy related equipment and technology and...more

Change to HM Treasury's policy in relation to receiving funds from an individual or entity subject to EU Sanctions

The UK HM Treasury (“HMT”) is changing its policy in relation to funds received in the UK that have come either directly or indirectly from an individual or entity outside of the EU that is subject to EU Sanctions (a...more

7/29/2014  /  EU , Frozen Assets , Iran , Sanctions , UK

Additional US and EU Sanctions Imposed on Russia and the Russian Government Reaction

On July 16, 2014, the U.S. Government imposed additional sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies as a result of the ongoing crisis in Eastern Ukraine. In addition to adding five individuals and 11...more

7/18/2014  /  EU , Russia , Sanctions , US

BNP Paribas Agrees to Record Penalty for Violating US Sanctions Laws

On June 30, 2014, BNP Paribas SA (“BNPP”), the largest bank in France, pled guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions laws and agreed to pay a total of nearly $8.9 billion in criminal forfeiture and penalties to the U.S....more

Suspension of Certain UK Export Licences for Exports to Russia

In the context of an EU-wide review of export licensing for Russia, the UK Foreign Secretary William Hague announced in March 2014 that the UK Government would be suspending (i) all existing export licences and application...more

6/12/2014  /  Export Controls , Exports , Russia , Sanctions , UK

Latest Round of US and EU sanctions on Russia and the Russian Government Reaction

In response to recent events in Ukraine, the United States and European Union imposed yet another round of sanctions this week. In response, Russia is considering a number of countermeasures that may affect U.S. and EU...more

US, EU and Russia Swap Sanctions

President Obama issued yet another new Executive Order (E.O.) blocking property of additional Russian persons the U.S. Government holds responsible for the situation in Ukraine on 20 March 2014. For its part, on 21 March...more

3/26/2014  /  EU , Foreign Policy , Russia , Sanctions , Ukraine

US and EU Impose Additional Sanctions on Russia

The United States and the European Union imposed new targeted sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian political figures viewed as responsible for undermining Ukrainian sovereignty on 17 March 2014. Both the EU and U.S. have made...more

3/26/2014  /  EU , Foreign Policy , Russia , Sanctions , Ukraine

Russian Trade and Economic Sanctions Draw Even Closer

Trade and economic sanctions against Russia now look unavoidable unless diplomatic efforts can be revived. As such, it is now an important opportunity for companies to assess, and to start thinking about possible plans to...more

3/14/2014  /  Asset Freeze , EU , Sanctions , Ukraine

Two Non-U.S. Banks Agree to Pay Penalties Totaling $160 Million for Violations of U.S. Sanctions Laws Resulting from Omnibus...

Recent enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Government against non-U.S. banks for violations of U.S. sanctions laws demonstrate the need for financial institutions, particularly those that act as custodians or financial...more

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