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Now and Next Podcast Series: Russia/Ukraine Conflict

In our Now & Next podcast series, we spotlight the “Now” (the ongoing global responses to the conflict and crisis in Ukraine) and the “Next” (the immediate- and long-term rippling effects of those responses), as well as what businesses should do now and next to navigate the situation and mitigate their risk exposures. Matthew Kirk, … Continue Reading

Italian Government Updates Golden Powers Rules on National Security and Investment Controls

The Italian Golden Powers Rules have intricate and unique features and broad-reaching effects, which set them apart from other foreign investment control regimes in the EU. For example, a notification requirement may apply to EU as well as national buyers in certain instances and may apply to Italian companies operating in sectors deemed of strategic … Continue Reading

US Export Controls Workshops in the UK – June 27-29, 2022

For the past 14 years, we have jointly hosted a successful annual workshop series on US export controls regulations with EGADD. In celebration of its 15th anniversary, this June’s workshop will also be organized in close partnership with BAE Systems, a major, multinational company that has considerable practical experience in dealing with the challenges arising … Continue Reading

US Actions on Russia and Russia-related Sanctions

The US has responded to the conflict in Ukraine with the following sanctions measures (listed by date, beginning with most recent). With relevant developments, we will update this post on a weekly basis. The latest developments occurred on April 1 and April 6. Additional jurisdictions we are tracking include: EU, Japan, Republic of Korea and … Continue Reading

BIS Amends Export Administration Regulations with Respect to Russia and Belarus

On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published in the Federal Register a Final Rule amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) (15 CFR parts 730-774) to add four additional countries to the list of countries excluded from certain license requirements (Supp. No. 3 to part 746) … Continue Reading

Russia-related Sanctions and New US Export Controls – Implications for US Trade Contracts and Negotiations

Our Trade Practitioners recently provided an overview on Russia-related sanctions and newly imposed export controls by the US, and shared insights on how to manage US trade contracts and negotiations via two webinars. Please visit our Learning Center for the webinar recordings and presentation slides.… Continue Reading

The US Imposes New Export Controls on Russia and Regions of Ukraine; UK and EU Assessing Measures

On February 25, 2022, the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) unveiled extensive new export control regulations on Russia and Russian-aligned regions of Ukraine as part of the Biden Administration’s economic sanctions package in response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. This alert is the second installment of the Biden Administration’s response to the … Continue Reading

The United States, United Kingdom, and European Union Impose a Series of New Targeted and Territorial Russia-Related Sanctions

Additional U.S. Sanctions on Russian Financial Institutions, State-Owned and Private Entities, and Russian Individuals Deemed Close to Putin (February 24) On February 24, the United States responded to the Russian-Ukraine conflict by blocking certain Russian financial institutions and individuals, and imposing varying degrees of sanctions prohibitions on other listed Russian banks and entities, including their … Continue Reading

US ITAR Export Control Workshop in the UK – September 20-22, 2021

For the past 13 years, we have jointly hosted a successful annual workshop series on US export controls regulations with EGADD. In celebration of its 14th anniversary, this September’s workshop will take place immediately after DSEI 2021. This year’s event will also be organized in close partnership with BAE Systems, a major, multinational company that … Continue Reading

UK Launches Corruption Sanctions Regime with First Listings

UPDATE:  Since our last post below, on April 26, the UK introduced its new global anti-corruption sanctions regime. This sanctions regime follows other EU and UK sanctions regimes and is based on two types of sanctions imposed on listed individuals, i.e., assets freeze and travel ban. On the same day, the UK government also announced … Continue Reading

Biden Administration Expands Russia Sanctions

On April 15, 2021, the US announced a marked expansion of sanctions against Russia and President Biden issued a new Executive Order authorizing the imposition of yet more sanctions. The sanctions include restrictions on certain transactions involving Russian sovereign debt, as well as the designation of 46 individuals and entities implicated in Russia’s annexation of Crimea, foreign … Continue Reading

Talk to the Experts: Multi-country M&A Is Getting More Complex: Evolving FDI Regimes Across the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the US

International M&A practitioners are used to dealing with CFIUS for any transaction involving assets in the US. The Europeans M&A practitioners are, however, catching up, and many multijurisdictional deals will now face clearance in a number of countries. The latest addition to the list, the UK National Security and Investment Bill, is broad in scope … Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade Week in Rewind (Week of February 1, 2021)

In the week of February 1, 2021, here are key developments in transatlantic trade: The EU’s COVID-19 vaccine export control mechanism is unable to escape ongoing criticism and a proposal was raised that would invoke Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, increasing UK-EU tension Lawmakers in the US attempt to move the “American Rescue … Continue Reading

This Week in Transatlantic Trade

This week in transatlantic trade: Countries on both sides of the Atlantic are accelerating their efforts to stave off the spread of the COVID-19 variants by speeding up vaccination and adding travel restrictions The EU intends to increase export transparency on COVID experimental vaccines produced within its boundaries; and the European Commission is going to … Continue Reading
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