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

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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

FinTech Highlights from CFTC Chairman Giancarlo’s Testimony Before House Agricultural Committee

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Earlier this week, CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo testified before the House Agricultural Committee. The following are highlights of “Fin Tech” issues addressed during the course of that testimony....more

Trade and Manufacturing Alert - October 2017

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NAFTA Renegotiation Status Update: Third Round Of Talks Conclude In Ottawa, Fourth Round Begins In Washington On October 11 The third round of talks on “renegotiation and modernization” of the North American Free Trade...more

Political Crisis in Spain

Following the 1 October referendum on the independence of Catalonia and the national police’s actions to prevent the referendum—which many viewed as both disproportionate and ineffective—the president of the Generalitat of...more

Timing is Everything

In immigration news, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 that it has resumed its premium processing program for all H-1B visa petitions. USCIS had previously suspended...more

Implementing CAATSA - OFAC Issues Amended Russian-Related Sectoral Sanctions Under Directives 1 and 2

On September 29, 2017, OFAC modified Directives 1 and 2 of Executive Order 13662 to reduce the permissible maturity for new debt issued by Russian financial and energy entities designated under these directives, as well as...more

Russian Sanctions Roundtable - October 2017

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Dechert London’s International Trade and EU Law Team with the support of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a roundtable discussion on the sanctions against Russia. ...more

CLO Market Booms as Regulatory Uncertainty Abates

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European Leveraged Finance Alert Series: Issue 8 - Collateralised loan obligations ("CLOs") have provided over $515 billion in financing to non-investment grade corporates in the US since 2011, and over €75 billion to...more

US-EU Covered Agreement: An Overview

On January 13, 2017, the then-US Secretary of the Treasury and the then-US Trade Representative (USTR) notified Congress that they had negotiated a covered agreement with the European Union (EU). After a period of uncertainty...more

US Amends Russia Sanctions Directives on Debt for Financial and Energy Sectors

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On September 29, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended Directive 1 and Directive 2 of the Russia Sectoral Sanctions in accordance with Section 223 of the Countering...more

With Tensions Rising, the United States Imposes Additional Sanctions on North Korea

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In Short - The Situation: Over the past several months, North Korea has engaged in several activities, particularly relating to missile and nuclear testing, that violate several United Nations resolutions and that...more

US Dramatically Increases Sanctions on North Korea

On September 21, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13810, which broadly expanded U.S. sanctions against North Korea. E.O. 13810 targets, among others, individuals and entities that are part of certain...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on Widespread Public Corruption in Venezuela

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The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released an advisory on September 20, 2017, to alert financial institutions of widespread public corruption in Venezuela and the methods Venezuelan senior political figures...more

CFIUS’s 2015 Annual Report and Published 2016 Data Demonstrate Uptick in Review Activity and Scrutiny

On September 19, 2017, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS or the “Committee”) released its annual report (“Report”) to Congress. One day later, CFIUS also released more limited data on foreign...more

Trump Administration Significantly Expands Sanctions Against North Korea

On September 21, 2017, the White House announced additional sanctions against North Korea, following a new round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations on September 11 and an escalation of U.S. sanctions previously...more

US Announces New Sanctions Against North Korea; Non-US Persons Face Significantly Increased Risk

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On September 21, 2017, President Trump, in response to North Korea's nuclear activities, issued an Executive Order "Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea” (EO). The EO provides for expansive designation...more

CFIUS Publishes 2015 Annual Report and 2016 Statistics Amid More Recent Dynamic CFIUS Environment

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The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) recently released the public version of its Annual Report covering calendar year 2015 along with some statistics regarding filings in calendar year 2016. By...more

Expanded Beneficial Ownership Reporting and AML Duties Under the Corporate Transparency Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Second of a Two-Part Blog: Anti-Money Laundering Programs Coming to the Legal Profession? Earlier this week, we began our discussion of the proposed Corporate Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Act”), and observed that, if...more

The Corporate Transparency Act: A Proposal to Expand Beneficial Ownership Reporting for Legal Entities, Corporate Formation...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In late June, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Peter King of New York introduced The Corporate Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Act”). In August, Senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio introduced companion legislation in the...more

Potential regulatory and transactional impacts for financial institutions

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On 29 March 2017 the UK Government triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, giving notice to European Council of the EU of its intention to leave the EU and triggering a two year period of withdrawal...more

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

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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

Trump Administration Imposes Targeted Financial Sanctions on Venezuela

by Jones Day on

On August 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order imposing new sanctions intended to restrict financing connected to the Government of Venezuela. These sanctions supplement existing sanctions imposed by the...more

New Sanctions Target the Government of Venezuela's Access to US Capital Markets

On August 25, 2017, the U.S. government dramatically increased sanctions on the government of Venezuela. Unlike the Venezuela-related sanctions already in effect, which are list-based and to date have targeted only specific...more

President Trump and OFAC Announce Targeted Economic Sanctions on Venezuela

On August 25, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) imposing economic sanctions related to Venezuela. The new measures prohibit U.S. persons from engaging in certain debt-, equity-, and securities-related...more

A Tale of Two Years; This Time Will Be Different

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The Wall Street Journal reminded us this month that it was ten years ago, August 9, 2007, that the first regulatory domino in The Great Recession fell as BMP Paribas froze a series of resi investment funds for lack of a...more

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