Archives: US

Subscribe to US RSS Feed

Recent Cuba Travel-related Settlements With OFAC Demonstrate Importance of Robust Sanctions Compliance Program

On June 13, 2019, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced settlements with three travel companies – Expedia Group, Inc. (Expedia), Hotelbeds USA, Inc. (Hotelbeds USA) and Cubasphere Inc. (Cubasphere) – for their alleged involvement in booking travel to Cuba or arranging trips for Cuban nationals between 2011 and 2014.… Continue Reading

Training Material Available: Export Controls and Technology Transfers Conference – June 19-20, 2019 | Washington DC

George Grammas’s presentation on “Strengthening Trade Compliance in Line with Recent Legislative Developments and Impacts to Controls via an Examination of Extraterritorial Applications, Order of Review, and Classification” is now available in our Learning Center, in which you can also find other training resources and information.… Continue Reading

CFIUS Filing Clearance: Edwards Vacuum, Atlas Copco and Brooks Automation’s Semiconductor Cryogenics Business

Status:  Clearance   Acquirer:  Edwards Vacuum LLC (US); Atlas Copco AB (Sweden) Acquired:  Semiconductor cryogenics business of Brooks Automation, Inc. (US) Value:  US$675 million Industry:  Industrial Products and Services… Continue Reading

Huawei Motions for Summary Judgement in Complaint Against US Government

On May 28, 2019, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese telecommunications company, and its US-based affiliate, Huawei Technologies USA, Inc. (collectively “Huawei”), filed a Motion for Summary Judgment. (See Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment, Huawei Technologies USA, Inc. et al v. United States of America, et al, No. 4-19-cv-159-ALM (E.D. Tex. filed May 28, 2019) … Continue Reading

Prime Minister May Resigns – Another Twist in the Brexit Saga: What Does This Mean for Trade?

By now, avid watchers can agree that Prime Minister May’s resignation will further complicate the already-complex Brexit landscape. Her tenure in office had been looking increasingly challenged for some time. The immediate trigger for her resignation was her final attempt to get her Brexit deal done, which included the offer of the possibility of a … Continue Reading

US-Russia: Anticorruption, Sanctions, Counter-sanctions and Compliance for Companies Doing Business – Webinar Presentation Material – Russian Counter-sanction Legislation

Russian Counter-sanctions: Bill Introduced to Criminalize Dissemination of Information That May Result in Introduction or Expansion of Sanctions Against Russian Persons Following our recent webinar, our Moscow Team prepared an analysis of a draft Russian legislation that would prohibit media communications that reveal non-compliance with sanctions or facilitate imposition of sanctions and would also impose criminal … Continue Reading

President Trump: “When It Comes to Leverage, Tariffs Are King” – What You Need to Know

Since taking office in January 2017, President Trump has made use of several provisions of US law – including Section 301, targeting unfair trade practices, and Section 232, targeting threats to national security – to bring trading partners to the negotiating table. Major developments over the last two weeks could impact global supply chains across a wide range … Continue Reading

US Commerce Department Offers Huawei and Affiliated Suppliers Interim Reprieve by Granting Temporary General License Until August 2019

On May 22, 2019, the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is expected to publish in the Federal Register a Final Rule creating a 90-day Temporary General License (TGL) for Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) and the 68 affiliated Huawei entities (collectively, the “Huawei Listed Companies”) that were added to the … Continue Reading

US Changes Policy on Helms-Burton Act – Litigation Strategy for Companies Active in Cuba

On May 2, the Trump Administration ceased waiving Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, thus allowing US individuals and companies to file lawsuits against companies that are operating in Cuba and “trafficking” in (meaning, using or profiting from) property in Cuba which was confiscated from them by the government of Cuba. (For additional details, read our earlier publication.) The … Continue Reading

Trump Secures US Telecom Supply Chain with Executive Order; Related Huawei Actions

On May 15, 2019, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) titled “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain.” The long-awaited EO addresses the use in US communications networks of technologies from certain types of foreign companies.… Continue Reading

US Adds Huawei and Affiliates to the Department of Commerce Entity List – What to Expect From the Final Rule

On May 21, 2019 the US Commerce Department, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is expected to publish in the Federal Register a Final Rule designating Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) and 68 affiliated Huawei entities located in 26 countries (collectively, the “Huawei Listed Companies”) to the Entity List. … Continue Reading

The Real Significance of OFAC’s Sanctions Compliance Guidance | Sanctions Webinar on May 16, 2019

On May 2, 2019, the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released guidance on effective sanctions compliance programs. While this is the first document of this kind from OFAC, similar guidance documents by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have been on the books … Continue Reading
LexBlog