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UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL FROM THE JCPOA, AND PROVIDES WINDING-DOWN PERIOD BEFORE SANCTIONS RE-IMPOSITION

On May 8, 2018, President Trump announced that the United States will completely withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the “JCPOA“). The JCPOA, signed in July 2015 and implemented on January 16, 2016, lifted most US nuclear related … Continue reading

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US ANNOUNCES NEW RUSSIA SANCTIONS DESIGNATIONS, RELEASES NEW GUIDANCE

On April 6, 2018, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced new designations of seven high-net-worth Russian individuals and 12 companies they own or control, 17 senior Russian government officials, and a state-owned Russian … Continue reading

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US IMPOSES SANCTIONS TARGETING DIGITAL CURRENCIES ISSUED BY THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT AND DESIGNATES MORE VENEZUELAN OFFICIALS

  On March 19, 2018, President Trump issued an executive order that aims to curb sanctions circumvention by the Maduro regime in Venezuela through the use of digital currencies. This unprecedented executive order prohibits US persons from participating or being … Continue reading

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Corporate Crime update – February 2018

Welcome to the February 2018 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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US SUPREME COURT LIMITS THE SCOPE OF “WHISTLEBLOWERS” UNDER DODD-FRANK ACT’S ANTI-RETALIATION PROVISION

On February 21, 2018, the US Supreme Court decided that the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower protections do not extend to an individual who has not reported a potential securities law violation to the SEC. The decision resolved a previous split among … Continue reading

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES IRAN SANCTIONS WAIVERS, BUT SIGNALS DESIRE FOR CHANGES

Following the announcement of the new strategies on Iran in October 2017, on January 12, 2018, the Trump administration announced that it will continue to waive the application of certain nuclear sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) … Continue reading

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DOJ ENHANCES AND MAKES PERMANENT FCPA SELF-DISCLOSURE PILOT PROGRAM

On November 29, 2017, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the Pilot Program it launched in 2016 to encourage companies to self-report potential violations of the federal anti-bribery Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) would be made permanent, subject … Continue reading

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OFAC, BIS AND STATE DEPARTMENT PUBLISH NEW REGULATIONS TIGHTENING US SANCTIONS CONCERNING CUBA

On 8 November 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published significant amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export … Continue reading

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US AUTHORITIES ISSUE COMPREHENSIVE IMPLEMENTATION GUIDANCE ON NEW US SANCTIONS LEGISLATION

Following our earlier bulletin, on October 31, 2017, the US Department of State and Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) posted comprehensive guidance related to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (“CAATSA”). The new … Continue reading

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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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