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Sanctions Updates: Cuba, North Korea, Russia, Sudan, Venezuela

by Michael Volkov on

Sanctions compliance is challenging because of the changing nature of sanctions regulations and individuals identified as Specially Designated Nationals. With each new administration, foreign policy priorities are usually...more

Revised U.S. Regulations Support Cuba's Private Sector, but Travel Restrictions Remain

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Regulations implementing tightened U.S. policy towards engagement with Cuba have rolled back a number of Obama-era initiatives and are effective immediately. The Result: Provisions that encourage Cuban...more

U.S. Government Takes Steps Toward Implementation of Sanctions on Russia

by Jones Day on

The United States has taken significant steps toward fully implementing the sanctions imposed on Russia pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017, which codifies and strengthens certain...more

The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill

by DLA Piper on

On Wednesday 18 October 2017, the UK Government introduced the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill (the "Sanctions Bill") into Parliament. The Sanctions Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on 1...more

The US Revises Commercial and Travel Sanctions Against Cuba

by WilmerHale on

On November 9, 2017, the US Departments of the Treasury and Commerce implemented President Trump's June 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) that was designed to tighten restrictions on individual travel to...more

U.S. Restrictions on Travel to and Trade With Cuba Return

Effective November 9, 2017, new regulations took effect limiting U.S. travel and trade with Cuba. Decades ago, the United States imposed a commercial embargo on Cuba. The embargo existed in one form or another until 2015,...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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #5

Drive for ANWR Oil Bonanza Could Prove to be a Bust for the Republicans' Budget - "Congressional Republicans counting on a $1 billion windfall from selling oil-drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to help...more

Iran: Following President Trump’s “Decertification,” New U.S. Sanctions on Iranian Entities and All Eyes on the U.S. Congress

• Effective October 13, 2017, President Trump declined to provide certification that the JCPOA is in the United States’ national interest. Following this “decertification,” the U.S. Congress has 60 days in which to introduce...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

Secondary Sanctions Targeting Russia’s Defense and Intelligence Sectors Move Closer to Implementation

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last Friday the State Department belatedly released a list of 39 Russian entities that operate as part of Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors (the full list is below). Congress required the Trump Administration to...more

President Trump 'Decertifies' the JCPOA, but the US Remains a Party to the Deal

Pursuant to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (INARA), the president is required to make certifications every 90 days that Iran is complying with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action...more

US Persons and Financial Institutions: Beware when engaging financially with Venezuela

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

On 8/25/17, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) restricting and prohibiting certain transactions between US Persons and Venezuela. The transactions that are prohibited by US Persons apply wherever a US...more

Trump Announces New Iran Strategy, Decertifies Iran's Compliance with Iran Nuclear Deal

by Jones Day on

On Friday, October 13, 2017, President Trump announced that he would not certify that the suspension of sanctions pursuant to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ("JCPOA") (commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal) is...more

De-Certification and the Iran Nuclear Deal: The Beginning of the End, or Much Ado about Nothing?

by Hogan Lovells on

Press reports indicate that President Trump intends to “de-certify” the Iran nuclear deal this week. In practical terms, that means he would refuse to re-certify one or more statutory elements of a law passed by the U.S....more

A case of continuity? UK sanctions policy post-Brexit

by DLA Piper on

The UK Government has committed to introducing an International Sanctions Bill in this session of Parliament. This primary legislation is required to ensure that, once it has left the European Union, the UK can continue to...more

China Issues Formal Guidance for Outbound Direct Investments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Key Points: ..The guidelines classify outbound investment into three groups: encouraged, restricted, and prohibited transactions. ..China will promote outbound direct investments transactions that are strategically...more

New executive order targets Venezuela’s access to U.S. financial markets

by Hogan Lovells on

Effective August 25, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order, (the Order), which targets the Government of Venezuela’s (GOV) and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.’s (PdVSA) ability to access capital from the United...more

New Executive Order Ramps Up Sanctions Against Venezuela and Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• President Donald Trump has issued an Executive Order (the E.O.) imposing additional sanctions with respect to the situation in Venezuela, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has...more

New Sanctions Prohibit US Firms From Wide Range of Dealings With Venezuelan Government and PdVSA

by WilmerHale on

On August 24, 2017, the Trump Administration significantly expanded sanctions against the Government of Venezuela, including state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA). These latest sanctions reflect...more

U.S. Hits Venezuela and Petróleos de Venezuela (PdVSA) with Financial Sanctions

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Friday, August 25th, the U.S. government announced new financial sanctions on Venezuela. The move is the most recent U.S. response to the escalating political and humanitarian crisis in the country. ...more

Six Crucial Points About the New Russia, Iran and North Korea-Related Sanctions Law

Russia-Related Sanctions Codification: The new law codifies sanctions executive orders related to circumstances in Ukraine and Crimea as well as certain cyber-enabled activities, restricting the U.S. President's authority to...more

Foreign Investment in the U.S.: How The Trump Presidency Could Change Things

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Twelve years have passed since publication of the article Uncle Sam Watches Nervously: Foreign Investment in U.S. Industries in 2004. That article discussed the review process under the Exon-Florio Amendment delegated to the...more

United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela’s President and 13 Current and Former Government Officials

On July 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the addition of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to its list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons...more

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