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Retrenchment on Cuban Sanctions; The Search for a Middle Ground

The Trump Administration has made good on its promise to cut back on the liberalized Cuban policy implemented by the Obama Administration with a new regime that introduces new travel restrictions as well as broad prohibitions...more

OFAC Increases Clarity Regarding Financial Transactions with Cuba

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (the “CACR”), with the stated intent of channeling economic...more

Cuba update: Trump tightens travel authorizations and targets new restricted parties

by Hogan Lovells on

On 9 November 2017, the Trump Administration implemented new regulations to support its change to U.S. policy on Cuba. The U.S. Government has created a new Cuba Restricted List administered by the State Department. Through...more

US Implements Changes to Cuba Sanctions

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Government this week announced changes to U.S. sanctions against Cuba to implement various policy changes announced by President Trump in July 2017 (for additional background, see our prior OnPoint from June 2017)....more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress continues its heavy workload with the Thanksgiving recess roughly three weeks away. On October 26, the House passed the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution by the slim margin of 216-212—opening the door for...more

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

by Jones Day on

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

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

by Dentons on

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

United States Imposes Additional Sanctions Targeting North Korea

by White & Case LLP on

On September 21, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled "Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea." The EO authorizes the US to impose blocking sanctions on North Korean persons,...more

Made in the USA: Executive Order Promotes Strict Adherence to Buy American Laws and Signals Potential Legal Reform in Fall 2017

“It shall be the policy of the executive branch to buy American and hire American.” On April 18, 2017, President Trump announced this policy in an executive order, aptly titled “Buy American and Hire American.” The order...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 7 - NAFTA Renegotiation Part 1: A Tense Start, Then Progress

by Benesch on

This publication is our seventh installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

White House Wants to Renegotiate NAFTA to Help Automotive Companies, Who May Not Want the Help

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As anticipated by the Dashboard as far back as December 2016, the current administration is determined to renegotiate (or scrap) the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in a way that helps out the United States’...more

Sen. McCain's New Jones Act Repeal Effort Not Likely to Progress

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Sen. John McCain's proposed "Open America's Waters Act of 2017" is the Arizona Republican's fourth effort to eliminate or sharply pare back Jones Act cabotage restrictions in the past eight years. • McCain's latest...more

The Court of Justice of the European Union validates the Passenger Name Record accord with Canada, but commands a review of the...

by Bryan Cave on

Seized by the European Parliament to decide on the conformity of the agreement (the “PNR Agreement”) initialed between the European Union and Canada on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (“PNR”) data with the protection of...more

U.S. Treasury Releases Revised FAQs Clarifying Upcoming Changes to U.S.-Cuba Sanctions Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a revised set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) further clarifying the scope and implementation process for the...more

House FAA Reauthorization Bill Proposes Implicit Revocation of US–EU Air Transport Agreement

On June 28, the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure reported out to the floor of the House of Representatives for consideration by the full House H.R. 2997, the 21st Century Aviation...more

STRONGER Patents Act of 2017 Disadvantages Domestic Manufacturers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In late June, Senators Coons, Cotton, Durbin, and Hirono introduced the STRONGER Patents Act of 2017. The Act includes provisions that seek to heavily change the inter partes review and post-grant review processes. However,...more

President Trump’s Cuba Proposals Would Roll Back Current Policies

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump proposed new Cuba policies that would roll back certain changes made by the Obama Administration. Chief among the President’s sought changes are: a complete ban on economic activities that...more

President Trump Revises U.S. Policy on Cuba

by Jones Day on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced revisions to U.S. policy toward engagement with Cuba and a limited rollback of certain sanctions relief provided by the Obama Administration....more

Our Cuba Sanctions Predictions: How Did We Do?

In our last post, we made a few cocky predictions about the new Trump Administration’s Cuba policy. We correctly asserted that the President would try to chart a narrow course between the Scylla of conservative Cuban-American...more

United States Announces New Cuba Policy

by White & Case LLP on

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

Iran and Russia Sanctions Pass US Senate

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the U.S. Senate acted to pass both new Iran and Russia sanctions by large bipartisan margins. The House of Representatives has not yet acted on either piece of legislation. We anticipate that Congress will...more

Cuba Sanctions: President Trump Announces Tightening of U.S. Sanctions While Maintaining Certain Sanctions Relief Implemented by...

On June 16, 2017, the Trump administration issued a national security presidential memorandum entitled “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba” (the “Presidential Memorandum”). Related to this...more

U.S. Treasury Releases FAQs Addressing Trump's Announcements on Changes to U.S.-Cuba Sanctions Regulations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On the afternoon of June 16, 2017, shortly before President Donald Trump announced new changes to the U.S.-Cuba policy, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued 12 frequently asked...more

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