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|Conflict Minerals Disclosures: Time for Final Preparations|
David S. Bakst, Harry R. Beaudry, John P. Berkery, Edward S. Best, Bernd Bohr; Mayer Brown LLP;
March 25, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014The filing deadline is drawing near for the first conflict minerals disclosures required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the conflict minerals rule adopted by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). SEC reporting companies, regardless of their fiscal...
|White House Expands Russian Sanctions: New Executive Order Targets Major Russian Industries|
Gregory Husisian, Christopher M. Swift; Foley & Lardner LLP;
March 24, 2014, previously published on March 21, 2014On March 20, 2014, President Obama issued a new Executive Order expanding sanctions against Russian officials and other entities involved in Moscow’s recent annexation of Crimea. Building on previous orders, the measure authorizes asset freezes, travel bans, and other punitive measures...
|Addressing Public Corruption is Fundamental to Trade Facilitation|
Evelyn M. Suarez; Williams Mullen;
March 24, 2014, previously published on March 12, 2014With the finalization of a Trade Facilitation Agreement (“TFA”) at the conclusion of the 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia, on December 7, 2013 (see: https://mc9.wto.org/system/files/documents/w8-0.pdf), the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) proved that it is not...
|Goldboro LNG Environmental Assessment Approved|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
March 24, 2014, previously published on March 21, 2014The Goldboro LNG export terminal project, sponsored by Pieridae Energy (Canada) Ltd., has received environmental assessment (EA) approval, with conditions, from the Minister of Environment for the Province of Nova Scotia. The proposed terminal would receive imported natural gas from the United...
|Ukraine-Related Economic Sanctions: U.S. and EU Adopt Economic Sanctions in Response to the Current Situation in Ukraine; Additional Measures Likely if Current Situation Persists or Escalates|
Sullivan Cromwell LLP;
March 20, 2014, previously published on March 19, 2014In response to the current situation in Ukraine, President Obama recently issued two Executive Orders authorizing so-called “targeted sanctions” against certain officials of the Government of the Russian Federation and certain other designated persons and entities determined, among...
|Further Legal Developments in Response to the Situation in Ukraine|
Renato Antonini, Sean Thomas Boyce, Michael P. Gurdak, Fahad A. Habib, Vladimir Lechtman; Jones Day;
March 20, 2014, previously published on March 2014As anticipated in our recent Commentary, "Imposition of Sanctions Measures in Response to the Developing Crisis in Ukraine," recent developments have led to the imposition of further sanctions by the U.S. and European Union.
|It Doesn’t Pay to Steal: In Largest Ever Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action, DOJ Seizes $458 Million|
Fatema K. Merchant; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 10, 2014On March 5, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had frozen over $458 million of ill-gotten assets that former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his co-conspirators had stashed in bank accounts across the globe. The DOJ is seeking to recover almost $100 million more. The...
|Are You FCPA Compliant?|
Robert G. Marasco, Edward C. Walton; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP;
March 18, 2014, previously published on March 2014The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) is alive and well-utilized by both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) these days. Fines and penalties from FCPA violations can reach into the tens of millions and...
|Canada Introduces Asset Freeze Against Ukraine's Former Regime|
Martha Harrison, Paul M. Lalonde, Jawaid Panjwani, Olivia Wright; Dentons Canada LLP;
March 13, 2014, previously published on March 12, 2014On March 5, 2014, at the request of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, the Government of Canada imposed targeted economic sanctions against former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, members of his family, close associates, and senior officials in his regime pursuant to the Freezing Assets of...
|Economic Sanctions Related to Events in Ukraine|
Jamie L. Boucher, Brian D. Christiansen, Frederic Depoortere, William J. Sweet, Sean M. Thornton; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 8, 2014With the events unfolding in Ukraine, many entities are assessing the potential impact on their international activities of U.S. and European sanctions. This alert highlights some key aspects of the U.S. and EU sanction regimes and outlines actions by President Obama and his counterparts in the...