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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

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

U.S. releases public guidance on entities tied to Russian Defense and Intelligence sectors

by Hogan Lovells on

On 27 October, the U.S. Department of State published guidance with respect to Russia’s Defense and Intelligence sectors under section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries The Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Section 231...more

New Law Imposes Expansive New Sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea While Limiting the President’s Ability to Ease Russia...

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (Pub. Law. No. 115-44, H.R. 3364) (the “Act”), which significantly expands economic sanctions against...more

Client alert: New law may significantly impact international trade

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The President signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (“CAATSA”) on August 2, 2017, which could have a significant impact on international trade. CAATSA targets three countries with new...more

New Law Marks Significant Increase in US Sanctions on Russia, Stays the Course on Iran, North Korea

On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (the Act), which significantly expands U.S. sanctions against Russia while enacting modest new sanctions on...more

After Washington Drama, New Russia (and Iran and N. Korea) Sanctions Set to Become Law

by Hogan Lovells on

On Tuesday, July 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act by a vote of 419-3. There is some uncertainty, but the legislation is expected to be...more

U.S. Announces Updates to Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against entities and individuals with ties to Iran. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of the Treasury have listed 18 entities...more

Chinese walls? Germany reinforces the control of foreign investments

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 July 2017, the German Federal Government significantly reinforced the barriers for the acquisition of German companies by non-EU companies. The new Regulation for the Amendment of the Foreign Trade and Payments...more

Damming the Funding to North Korea: Anticipatory Seizure Warrants as a Tool to Enforce Sanctions and Thwart Money Laundering...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two days after North Korea’s successful long-range ballistic missile test, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia unsealed a memorandum opinion which granted the Department of Justice “damming” warrants to seize...more

Reforms Lead to New Opportunities in Saudi Arabia - Transformative changes in Saudi Arabia are opening up new opportunities in...

Saudi Arabia has recently adopted new policies aimed at transforming its economy, including plans to sell shares in the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, and to expand its Public Investment Fund (PIF) to diversify its...more

The Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin

by Goodwin on

Blockchain - While many people in the U.S. are still skeptical that bitcoin will become a mainstream currency, both private and public sectors are gaining interest in the idea that the underlying blockchain technology...more

CFIUS Actions Highlight Focus on Critical Technologies and Infrastructure

by WilmerHale on

In its latest report to Congress, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the US government's interagency body that vets foreign investment with national security implications, reported that it...more

UN Security Council Tightens and Expands Sanctions Against North Korea

by Cozen O'Connor on

On March 2, 2016, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2270 imposing new sanctions and tightening old measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The resolution is in...more

Corruption’s Impact on the Rule of Law & Security: Moving from the Vicious to the Virtuous

No country is free from the risk of corruption, but from Ukraine to Afghanistan, from Nigeria to Iraq, the tide is turning on the acceptance of corruption as a benign issue that ‘greases the wheels of bureaucracy.’ Rather,...more

Analysis of Close Proximity Issues in Transactions Reviewed by CFIUS

by White & Case LLP on

A US business’ close proximity to facilities or areas considered sensitive by the US Government can raise concerns when the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is evaluating the potential national...more

Washington, D.C. Update – October 2015

by Baker Donelson on

House Leadership Elections: Republican House leadership changes remain in flux in the wake of Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) decision to retire and the unexpected delay of the vote to select his successor. House Majority...more

EU Extends Current Sanctions Against Russia and Crimea

Signaling increased tensions with Russia regarding its alleged intervention in eastern Ukraine, the European Union on June 19 and 22, 2015, took action extending sanctions targeting Russia and Crimea, including measures that...more

Top 10 Things to Know About the Future of Sanctions on Iran

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

As deadline for nuclear agreement approaches, any easing of sanctions will be gradual, and global businesses will continue to face compliance and enforcement risks. This Client Alert outlines the approaches the US...more

Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2015

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this edition: - US and EU continue targeting Russia for its activity in Ukraine - Cuba-related regulatory reforms announced - P5+1 and Iran reach framework agreement - US enforcement actions:...more

Africa Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub - Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt...more

Nuclear Agreement Lacks Details on Relaxing Sanctions Against Iran

by Morgan Lewis on

Although the provisions that limit Iran's nuclear program are spelled out in some detail, those related to relaxing economic sanctions against Iran are quite vague....more

U.S. Implements Targeted Sanctions on Venezuela

On March 9, 2015, following failed diplomatic efforts to bring Venezuela in line with its human rights commitments under international law, President Obama issued an Executive Order (E.O.) declaring Venezuela a national...more

Canada Imposes Additional Sanctions, Including Against Rosneft

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On February 17, 2015, the Government of Canada announced a new round of sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities, including leading Russian oil firm NK Rosneft OAO....more

EU sanctions against Russia: New targets and state of play

by DLA Piper on

On 9 February 2015, the EU Foreign Affairs Council imposed new sanctions - asset freezes and travel bans - against 19 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and 9 entities that have been added to the 'black list' of sanctioned...more

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