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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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Corporate Crime Monthly Update January 2017

Welcome to the January 2017 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. For the full update on each jurisdiction, … Continue reading

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Trump administration announces entry and visa ban for citizens of certain countries

On January 27, 2017, the Trump administration issued a new Executive Order that temporarily suspends from entry to the US persons who are nationals of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen, with very limited exceptions. It also temporarily … Continue reading

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US OFAC issues guidance on sanctions compliance services

New guidance issued by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) clarifies that U.S. attorneys, compliance personnel, and others are not prohibited from providing services related to compliance with U.S. sanctions laws, even where sanctions would otherwise … Continue reading

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New US Cyber Security sanctions targeting Russia

On 29 December 2016, President Obama signed an Executive Order entitled "Taking Additional Steps To Address The National Emergency With Respect To Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities".  In an official statement, President Obama said that the Executive Order was issued "in response to the … Continue reading

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