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Executive Regulation on Value Added Tax in the UAE

by Bracewell LLP on

The United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) Federal Tax Authority has recently published the draft Executive Regulations of Federal Decree Law No. 8 of 2017 on Value Added Tax (the “VAT Law”) which introduces a 5% VAT on the import and...more

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

EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - November 2017 #2

Wheeling Resident David Zatezalo Confirmed to Lead MSHA - "In a strict party-line vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Wheeling resident David Zatezalo to lead the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. The vote to...more

Trade and Manufacturing Alert - November 2017

by King & Spalding on

KORUS Renegotiation Update - As we have reported previously, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer formally notified Korea in July that the U.S. requested a special Joint Committee meeting under the...more

Grain, Ethanol Industry Send Letter To U.S. Trade Representative On Brazil Ethanol Tariff

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 14, 2017, the Governors' Biofuels Coalition announced that grain and ethanol industry stakeholders, including the U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), and Growth Energy, sent a letter to...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - Novermeber 2017

by King & Spalding on

U.S. Census Seeks Comments On Routed Export Transactions – On October 6, 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau published a Federal Register notice inviting public comment on the regulations for routed export transactions. Routed...more

Cuba Sanctions Guidance: November 2017 Update

by Baker Donelson on

On November 9, 2017, changes to the United States' Cuba Sanctions program went into effect, as the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and...more

U.S. Employs Rarely Used Tool to Probe China IP Practices

As President Trump visits China, U.S. is investigating a longstanding issue in bilateral relationship—technology transfer/intellectual property requirements—that has potential implications for trade. U.S. business and...more

Important amendments were introduced into the export-import regulations of Uzbekistan

by Dentons on

On 6 November 2017, the Resolution of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On measures for further liberalization of foreign trade activity and support of business entities” entered into force (the Resolution)....more

A Primer on Canadian Sanctions Legislation

Canada, like other major jurisdictions, has introduced a broad range of economic and financial sanctions targeting foreign states and their nationals, as well as various terrorist organizations. Given that Canada is in...more

BIS Clarifies Use of License Exceptions GOV and STA

On November 1, 2017, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) introduced clarifications to the Export Administrative Regulations (EAR) for the use of license exception “Governments, International...more

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Global Compliance Overhaul for SAP as DOJ and SEC Investigate Payments Allegedly Related to South African Government Contracts – On October 26, 2017, German software company SAP SE...more

Sudan Sanctions Revocation Formalized, But Compliance Challenges Remain

by Baker Donelson on

On October 12, 2017, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revoked certain parts of its economic sanctions regime with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan. OFAC issued a General License...more

U.S. State Department Issues Belated List and Guidance on Extraterritorial Sanctions Affecting Russian Defense and Intelligence...

• On October 27, 2017, the U.S. State Department issued guidance identifying 39 entities related to the defense and intelligence sectors of the Government of the Russian Federation and issued related guidance on criteria to...more

State-Owned Belarusian Oil, Petrochemical, and Refinery Companies Remain Open for U.S. Business

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On October 24, OFAC issued General License No. 2D renewing sanctions exemptions for nine Belarusian entities to make transactions otherwise prohibited by Executive Order 13405. Of note, the list of nine entities includes...more

Another Market Opens: U.S. Revokes Sudanese Sanctions Program Though Important Limitations Remain in Place

Effective October 12, 2017, the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (SSR) have been revoked in recognition of the Government of Sudan’s (GOS) sustained positive actions in stopping conflict and improving humanitarian access in...more

NAFTA Talks Will Continue Into 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

The time frame for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation talks has been extended and will now continue into 2018. The fourth round of talks between the U.S., Canada and Mexico took place October 11-17....more

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

by White & Case LLP on

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

Global In-House Centers in India, v2.0

GICs in India are evolving from cost-saving platforms into Innovation Centers for emerging digital technologies that can provide a competitive advantage. Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in GICs in India...more

Risk Management in the Export Controls Minefield (Part 2 in a Series)

by Blank Rome LLP on

As the recent Bright Lights USA case demonstrates, export violations continue to be met by aggressive enforcement actions by U.S. government authorities. In Bright Lights USA, the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of...more

TPP-11 Moving Forward

by Jones Day on

Steven Okun, Governor and Chair of the TPP Task Force of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore ("AmCham") and Senior Advisor to McLarty Associates, discusses with Jones Day partner Darren Murphy the progress of the...more

U.S. Lifts Sudan Sanctions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On October 12, 2017, the United States lifted its general commercial embargo on Sudan. Because Sudan has played a role in international terrorism, the U.S. has maintained a comprehensive embargo against Sudan since 1997....more

United States Eases Sudan Sanctions

by White & Case LLP on

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

Trump Administration Lifts U.S. Sanctions on Sudan; Important Limitations Remain

Based on certain State Department findings, effective October 12, 2017, long-standing U.S. sanctions on the Republic of Sudan administered by OFAC under the Sudan Sanctions Regulations will be terminated, and U.S. persons...more

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