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Unveiling the New EU Foreign Investment Regime

To address growing geopolitical tensions and technological shifts, the European Commission presented, on 24 January 2024, five new initiatives for strengthening the EU’s economic security. Part of the package is a proposal for a new regulation on the screening of foreign investments, whose aim is to update Regulation 2019/452 (FDI Regulation), which is currently in … Continue Reading

BIS Amends the EAR To Implement Additional Sanctions Against Russia and Belarus and To Revise Existing Export Controls on Russia, Belarus and Iran

On January 25, 2024, the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published amendments to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) expanding the sanctions against Russia and Belarus through new and revised licensing requirements. The amendments also refined existing export controls on Russia, Belarus and Iran to enhance the effectiveness of, and better … Continue Reading

Forced Labor Legal Developments in Europe: EU Council and Parliament Negotiate Final Text for Proposed Regulation

While many have focused in recent months on the US enforcement of the forced labor import ban (19 U.S.C. 1307) and the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) (Public Law No. 117-78), the EU is working on its own set of regulations prohibiting products made with forced labor from entering the EU market. A proposal … Continue Reading

US ITC to Investigate Global Rice Trade

In a February 5, 2024 letter to the US International Trade Commission (ITC), US House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee Chair Jason Smith (Republican-Missouri) requested that the ITC conduct a Section 332 investigation into the global rice market. The ITC will institute the investigation in the coming weeks, and it could be the first … Continue Reading

CFIUS Filing Pending: Czechoslovak Group a.s. and Sporting Products business of Vista Outdoor Inc.

Status:       Pending Acquirer:            Czechoslovak Group a.s. (Czech Republic) Acquired:            Sporting Products business of Vista Outdoor Inc. (U.S.) Value:                  $1.91 billion Industry Tags:    Firearms; Law Enforcement… Continue Reading

Another Domino Falls: UK to Follow the EU in Ending the Antitrust Exemption for Liner Shipping

In our blog back in October, we noted the European Commission’s decision to let the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER) as to liner shipping expire on 25 April 2024. In a subsequent client alert, we noted that we were also waiting to see what the US Congress and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) would do … Continue Reading

No More ‘Safe Harbor’ – European Commission to End the Antitrust Exemption for Liner Shipping

The European Commission has decided to end a rule exempting liner shipping services from certain EU antitrust rules, by letting the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER) expire on April 25, 2024. The decision came after the European Commission concluded that the CBER “is no longer fit for purpose.”… Continue Reading

OFAC Expands Russian Sanctions

On May 19, 2023, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) expanded U.S. economic sanctions against Russia through the issuance of: In addition, OFAC issued four general licenses related to these expansions. (Recent Actions, Department of Treasury, Russia-related Designations; Issuance of Amended Russia-related Directive 4, Russia-related General Licenses; Publication of Russia-related Determinations; … Continue Reading

CFIUS Clearance: AGS Health LLC (U.S.); AGS Health Private Limited (India) and Mediscribes Solutions, Inc.

Status:        Clearance or No Action Acquirer:              AGS Health LLC (U.S.); AGS Health Private Limited (India) Acquired:             Mediscribes Solutions, Inc. (U.S.) Value:                   $56 million Industry Tags:    Software; Healthcare… Continue Reading

DDTC revises USML Category XI

On April 27, 2023, the U.S. Department of State published an Interim final rule and request for comments to amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to “remove from U.S. Munitions List (USML) Category XI certain high-energy storage capacitors and to clearly identify the high-energy storage capacitors that remain in USML Category XI.”… Continue Reading

BIS Amends the EAR to Impose Additional Sanctions Against Russia and Belarus and to Impose Additional Export Controls on Iran

Sanction, toned photoOn Friday, February 24, 2023, the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register four new Final Rules amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR parts 730-774) to implement additional sanctions against Russia and Belarus, refine existing controls, implement export control measures on Iran, and add new entities to the … Continue Reading

EU Agrees to 10th Package of Sanctions Against Russia

On 25 February 2023, the EU Council adopted the tenth package of restrictive measures in response to Russia’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine. The new regulations include tighter restrictions on the export of dual-use goods, as well as measures against entities that support the conflict or deliver drones used by Russia. According to a statement by … Continue Reading

Trade Alert: New Antidumping (AD) and Countervailing Duty (CVD) Petitions on Certain Tin Mill Products from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom

On January 18, 2023, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, filed a petition to impose (a) antidumping (AD) duties on imports of Certain Tin Mill Products from Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom; and, (b) countervailing … Continue Reading

BIS Amends EAR to Apply Recent Advanced Computer and Semiconductor Export Controls to Macau

On January 18, 2023, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register an Interim Final Rule, 88 Fed. Reg. 2821, amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR Parts 730-774) by adding Macau to the recent controls implemented on certain advanced computing and semiconductor manufacturing items destined for … Continue Reading

BIS ISSUES FIRST FAQS FOR CHINESE SUPERCOMPUTERING AND SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING EXPORT CONTROLS

On Friday, October 28, 2022, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued its first Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Interim Final Rule, 87 Fed. Reg. 61286, entitled “Implementation of Additional Export Controls: Certain Advanced Computing and Semiconductor Manufacturing Items; Supercomputer and Semiconductor End Use; Entity List Modification.” These FAQs cover … Continue Reading

BIS Implements New Chinese Supercomputer and Semiconductor Manufacturing Export Controls

On Thursday, October 13, 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register an Interim Final Rule, 87 Fed. Reg. 62186, amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR parts 730-774) to impose new export controls on Chinese advanced computing integrated circuits (ICs), computer commodities containing such … Continue Reading

Executive Order on CFIUS Review Factors Provides Insights into Heightened CFIUS Risks Faced by Specific Activities

On September 15, 2022, President Biden signed an Executive Order 14083 (the “Order”), titled “Ensuring Robust Consideration of Evolving National Security Risks by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States” (87 Fed. Reg. 57369). The Order does not expand the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ (“CFIUS” or the “Committee”) authority … Continue Reading

BIS Updates Policy Regarding Enforcement of Antiboycott Rules 

On October 7, 2022, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register (87 Fed. Reg. 60890) a final rule updating its guidance regarding BIS’s penalty determinations in the settlement of administrative enforcement cases involving violations of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The final rule … Continue Reading
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