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POTENTIAL SANCTIONS IMPOSITION PURSUANT TO US ADMINISTRATION’S ANNOUNCED NEW STRATEGY ON IRAN

President Trump has repeatedly criticised the ‘Iran deal’, referring to it as an ‘embarrassment’ for the United States. On 13 October 2017, he laid out new strategies his administration is taking concerning Iran. In a speech delivered at the White … Continue reading

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IMPLEMENTS SECTORAL SANCTIONS TARGETING VENEZUELA

On August 24, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order targeting the current Venezuela regime.  The next day, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced the implementation of broad new “sectoral” sanctions applicable … Continue reading

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US PRESIDENT SIGNS IRAN, NORTH KOREA AND RUSSIA SANCTIONS BILL – WITH TWO SIGNING STATEMENTS

H.R. 3364 (the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”) overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate and has now been signed into law by the US President, albeit with two partly critical signing statements (here and here). The law represents significant … Continue reading

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US PRESIDENT RECERTIFIES IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL AND EXTENDS REVIEW OF SUDAN SANCTIONS

Iran Nuclear Deal Recertified with New Sanctions Imposed On July 17, the US President certified Iranian compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Under the JCPOA, Iran is reducing its nuclear capacity in exchange … Continue reading

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US to reinstate certain actions against Cuba

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced a policy framework for the re-imposition of certain US sanctions with respect to Cuba. In particular, the United States' new policy will restore certain restrictions with respect to American investments in the Cuban … Continue reading

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US Senate votes to impose new sanctions on Iran

The US Senate has voted to impose an array of new sanctions with respect to Iran, related to Iran's alleged activity concerning its ballistic missile program, international terrorism, and arms supply and training. The bill serves as a reminder that, … Continue reading

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US Senate approves Russia sanctions amendment

A bipartisan US Senate coalition has approved a wide-ranging package of new Russia-related sanctions as an amendment to the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 ("S.722" or "Iran Sanctions Bill") currently pending before Congress. The changes contemplated by these provisions-dubbed-Countering … Continue reading

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SFC focuses on the role of financial advisers and valuers in advising listed companies in corporate transactions

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has issued a circular to financial advisers to provide guidance on its expectations as to their role when advising listed companies on corporate transactions (FA circular). The FA circular reminds financial advisers of their … Continue reading

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US state department extends Iran JCPOA waivers but emphasises Human Rights, missile issues

On May 17, 2017, the day on which the US State Department made its semi-annual report to Congress under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA), the State Department announced that the current administration continues to … Continue reading

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U.S. administration imposes limited new sanctions against Iran

On February 3, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) added a number individuals and entities to its Specially Designated Nationals ("SDNs") list of blocked persons. OFAC stated that such actions were taken in response to … Continue reading

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