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Adobe PDFConflict Minerals Disclosures: Time for Final Preparations
David S. Bakst, Harry R. Beaudry, John P. Berkery, Edward S. Best, Bernd Bohr; Mayer Brown LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 25, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014
The 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...


HTMLWhite House Expands Russian Sanctions: New Executive Order Targets Major Russian Industries
Gregory Husisian, Christopher M. Swift; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2014, previously published on March 21, 2014
On 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...


HTMLAddressing Public Corruption is Fundamental to Trade Facilitation
Evelyn M. Suarez; Williams Mullen;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2014, previously published on March 12, 2014
With the finalization of a Trade Facilitation Agreement (“TFA”) at the conclusion of the 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia, on December 7, 2013 (see:, the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) proved that it is not...


HTMLGoldboro LNG Environmental Assessment Approved
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2014, previously published on March 21, 2014
The 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...


Adobe PDFUkraine-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;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2014, previously published on March 19, 2014
In 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...


HTMLFurther Legal Developments in Response to the Situation in Ukraine
Renato Antonini, Sean Thomas Boyce, Michael P. Gurdak, Fahad A. Habib, Vladimir Lechtman; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
March 20, 2014, previously published on March 2014
As 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.


HTMLIt Doesn’t Pay to Steal: In Largest Ever Kleptocracy Forfeiture Action, DOJ Seizes $458 Million
Fatema K. Merchant; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 10, 2014
On 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...


Adobe PDFAre You FCPA Compliant?
Robert G. Marasco, Edward C. Walton; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 18, 2014, previously published on March 2014
The 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...


HTMLCanada Introduces Asset Freeze Against Ukraine's Former Regime
Martha Harrison, Paul M. Lalonde, Jawaid Panjwani, Olivia Wright; Dentons Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2014, previously published on March 12, 2014
On 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...


HTMLEconomic 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;
Legal Alert/Article
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 8, 2014
With 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...


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