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Update: Turkey’s Actions Spur Transatlantic Sanctions Response

The Trump Administration issued an Executive Order (EO) on October 14, 2019, that authorized US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and US Department of State to impose sanctions on various Turkish individuals and entities involved in the conflict in Northern Syria. The same day that the EO was issued, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated three individuals and two entities as … Continue Reading

US Export Controls Workshop – “The ITAR ‘Virus’ Continues to EARvolve!” – Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK – July 23-25, 2018

Our Aerospace & Defense Group is pleased to partner once again with EGADD and Strategic Shipping Company Ltd to host the upcoming “The ITAR ‘Virus’ Continues to EARvolve!” US Export Controls Workshop in Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK, Monday, July 23 – Wednesday, July 25, 2018. 2018 welcomes the 11th anniversary of the workshop.… Continue Reading

European Commission Starts Consultations on Its Guidelines for “Specially Designed for Military Use” Under the Transfer Directive

Directive 2009/43/EC (so-called the “Transfer Directive”) regulates terms and conditions of the transfer of defense-related products within the EU. According to the Transfer Directive, products are subject to licensing requirements to the extent they are “specially designed for military use”. The European Commission, in close cooperation with member states, has undertaken an initiative to clarify the scope of the term “specially designed … Continue Reading

Proposed Bill to Assess Chinese Acquisitions of US Financial Services Company and Temporarily Halt Pending Acquisitions

On November 2, 2017, Representative Christopher Smith (R-NJ), introduced a bill that would “authorize a review of financial services industry requirements of the People’s Republic of China and the implications of such requirements on national security interests of the United States.” (H.R. 4235, 115th Congress, Nov. 2, 2017).  The bill would require the Secretary of … Continue Reading

European Commission Considers a CFIUS-like Framework for Screening Foreign Investments

On September 13, 2017, the European Commission published the draft of the EU regulation establishing a common European framework for the review of incoming foreign direct investment (FDI), akin to the process in the US administered by Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS).… Continue Reading

High Court Rules That UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Are Lawful

On 10 July 2017, the High Court ruled that the export of UK arms and weapons to Saudi Arabia is lawful. The claimant, Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), had challenged the government’s continued granting of licences for UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, claiming that the UK was in breach of international humanitarian law. The court held that … Continue Reading

EU Extends Economic Sanctions Against Russia by Six Months

On 28 June 2017, the European Council extended the economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 January 2018. These sanctions were originally introduced on 31 July 2014 in response to Russia’s actions destablising the situation in Ukraine and to target the financial, energy and defence sectors, as well as dual-use goods. The EU has expressed that … Continue Reading

Chinese National Enters Guilty Plea for Violating US Export Controls

On 21 April 2017, the US Department of Justice announced that Fuyi Sun pled guilty to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the law underlying US export controls. Specifically, Sun admitted to attempting to export to China high-grade carbon fiber – an item with aerospace and defense applications – without the required license.… Continue Reading

UK Export Control Organisation (ECO) Revokes Six Open General Export Licences (OGELs)

On 5 April 2017, the ECO revoked the following OGELs, including: Exports of military goods, software and technology (new OGEL for Military Goods, Software and Technology) Exports under the US-UK Defence Trade Co-operation treaty (new OGEL for Exports under the US-UK Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty) Exports of military goods, software or technology to a government … Continue Reading

US Export Controls Workshop: “The ITAR Continues to EARvolve!” – Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK – 12-14 June 2017

Squire Patton Boggs’ Aerospace, Defense & Government Services Industry Group will co-host the three-day ITAR and EAR workshop sessions, popularly known as “The ITAR Virus EARvolves!“, with EGADD and Strategic Shipping Company Ltd. This year marks the 10th anniversary of these annual workshops, as the ITAR and the EAR continue to evolve. The 2017 conference will … Continue Reading

UK Export Control Symposium 2017 – London, UK – 21 March 2017

The UK government’s Department of International Trade Export Control Organisation (ECO) will put on this year’s Export Control Symposium on Tuesday 21 March at the Westminster Conference Centre. The symposium will include plenary session covering wide ranging global trading issues, four specialist workshops, and networking “village” for delegates and exhibitors.… Continue Reading

EU Extends Russia Sanctions

On 19 December, the European Council extended the application of economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy for a further six months until 31 July 2017. These restrictions were introduced on 31 July 2014 by way of Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 “concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in … Continue Reading

Free Event – SME Briefing on Potential US Business Opportunities – London, UK – 27 January 2017

As part of a broader UK government-led Prosperity Agenda to provide UK companies support to identify and pursue potential export business opportunities, ADS – the premier trade organization for companies in the UK aerospace, defense security and space sectors –  is hosting a complimentary, interactive half-day briefing for SMEs to assist with developing and applying … Continue Reading

Trade Talk: Week in Review (28 November – 4 December 2016)

Iran – Sanctions Measure Advances.  Last week, the Senate passed the Iran Sanctions Extension Act (H.R. 6297) by a vote of 99-0, sending the measure to President Obama’s desk. Members of Congress and Administration officials have said they do not believe renewal of the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) would violate terms of the nuclear agreement … Continue Reading

What Does a Trump Trade Agenda Look Like? Here is Our Take

Likely Major Policy Developments   President-Elect Trump will enter the White House facing a dramatic decline in global trade growth. A recent World Trade Organization (WTO) report notes that 2016 marks the slowest pace of trade and output growth since the 2008 financial crisis. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo called slowing trade growth “a wake-up call,” … Continue Reading

Trade Talk: Week in Review (26 September – 2 October)

The U.S. Congress is in recess until after the 8 November elections. JASTA – Congress Overturns the Veto.  Both chambers of Congress voted last week to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA; S. 2040), marking the first time lawmakers have successfully overridden a veto during his eight years … Continue Reading

Trade Talk – Week in Review (9-13 May 2016)

Nordic Leaders Summit.  In a joint statement released after their meeting last Friday, the leaders of the United States, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden pledged to deepen cooperation on international issues related to security and defense; migration and refugees; climate, energy and the Arctic; and economic growth and global development.  The Leaders stressed the … Continue Reading
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