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- Sanctions/Export Highlights [As of May 26, 2022]
Russia Sanctions: The EU and UK each made several amendments regarding previously-designated individuals and entities. The amendments included corrections to names and dates of birth. General Licenses: The U.S. made two announcements related to general licenses (“GLs”). The U.S. announced that it will not renew GL 9C. The specific provisions that expired are: (a)(1) –...
- Small Businesses Don’t Recognize Risk of Cyber-Attack Despite Repeated Warnings
CNBC surveys over 2,000 small businesses each quarter to get their thoughts on the overall business environment and their small business’ health. According to the latest CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey, despite repeated warnings by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI that U.S.-based businesses are at an increased risk of a cyber-attack following...
- Sanctions evasion to become an EU crime under Commission’s proposal
This week, the European Commission is reportedly expected to present a legal proposal to make the evasion of sanctions an EU crime. This step will equip EU countries with a legal tool to confiscate frozen assets as part of the measures taken against Russia. It is estimated that to date around €30 billion in assets...
- Three Chabad Rabbis Are On Russia’s List Of Those Banned From Travel To Russia
As reported by Axios, Russia last Saturday released a list of 963 Americans who are banned from traveling to Russia in retaliation for American sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. JTA reports that included in the list are three rabbis who are leaders of Agudas Chassidei Chabad which has been attempting for years to...
- Regulation Around the World – Beyond Sanctions
What have the financial services regulators been doing following the sanctions imposed on Russia? In the latest instalment of our Regulation Around the World series we cover some of the regulatory alerts that financial services regulators have issued in key jurisdictions. Our global updater focussing on the regulatory alerts is accompanied by further analysis in our...
- Sanctions/Export Highlights [As of May 19, 2022]
Russia Sanctions: This week the UK designated 12 individuals and three Russian airlines, JSC Rossiya Airlines, JSC Ural Airlines, and PJSC Aeroflot. The individuals include: (i) the chair of the board of directors of Russia’s National Media Group; (ii) a member of the board of directors of JSC SOGAZ (an EU- and UK-designated entity); (iii)...
- U.S. Sanctions On Russia May Lead To Chabad Recovering Assets In Suit Over Return Of Jewish Library Collection
As previously reported, in 2013 the D.C. federal district court held the Russian government and three of its agencies in civil contempt for not complying with a 2010 default judgement ordering it to return two expropriated collections of valuable Jewish religious books and manuscripts to Chasidei Chabad of United States. Despite objections by the United...
- SEC Issues New Guidance Regarding Russia Sanctions and Public Company Disclosures
In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine in February, the U.S. government announced sweeping sanctions against Russia. As the conflict nears the three-month mark, businesses around the world are continuing to address compliance with these sanctions. To that end, the SEC recently issued guidance on how companies affected by the Russian...
- OFAC Issues New Sanctions Prohibiting Certain Accounting, Auditing, Corporate Formation and Management Services to Persons in Russia Effective June 7, 2022; And Additional Bank Designations and General Licenses
On May 8, 2022 the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s (“Treasury”) Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) further escalated U.S. sanctions against the Russian Federation (“Russia”) by issuing two Determinations, adding new individuals and entities to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list (“SDN List”), and issuing three new general licenses in connection with...
- Now and Next Podcast Series: Russia/Ukraine Conflict
In our Now & Next podcast series, we spotlight the “Now” (the ongoing global responses to the conflict and crisis in Ukraine) and the “Next” (the immediate- and long-term rippling effects of those responses), as well as what businesses should do now and next to navigate the situation and mitigate their risk exposures. Matthew Kirk,...
- Back from Russia
For someone who grew up during an era when our collective image of Russia was based on grainy black-and-white photos of May Day military parades in Moscow’s Red Square, my trip to Russia this week was eye-opening. Our destination was the Siberian city of Tomsk and our focus was media and the courts....
- LNG and Energy Security
We noted recently the energy security issues highlighted by Russia’s restrictions of natural gas supplies to the Ukraine. One possible response – greater reliance on LNG (see this article from the Guardian)....
- Russia Considers Improving its Data Protection Law
The Russian Federation is considering amending the country's data protection law....
- Royal Sweet Bakery Recalls Herring
Tubs of herring sold by Royal Sweet Bakery in Brooklyn, N.Y., are being recalled by the company, warned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The packages may contain fish that have been improperly eviscerated and possibly cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness. The...
- Squire Sanders Webinar Series: Employment Laws Around the Globe – Russia
Squire Sanders presents a series of monthly webinars featuring the employment laws of various key countries throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. These webinars will provide participants with an understanding of the essential characteristics of the employment laws in these countries...
- Russia to Ban U.S. Meat Over Ractopamine Residues This Month
Russia will ban U.S. pork and beef imports starting this month over concerns about ractopamine, a veterinary drug commonly used in North America to boost growth and leanness that is increasingly controversial overseas, according to Russian media reports. “Since the violations continue and we are...
- Zip Herring Fillets Recalled
Zip International Group LLC of Edison, NJ is recalling herring fillets due to Listeria contamination. The recalled herring fillet in oil is a product of Russia and was sold to retail grocery stores in New York state between Nov. 1 and Nov. 14. The 400-gram plastic package has a best by date of 18/01...
- Russia Set To Pass Anti-Harassment Law “To Protect The More Beautiful, But Weaker Sex”
The good news, according to an article in the Moscow Times: Russia is about to pass its first anti-sexual harassment law. The not-so-good news: while the law may reduce the sexual harassment rate against women at work (now at 30% of women reporting), it may very well be aimed, at least partly, at...
- U.S. Expands Export Restrictions Targeting Russia’s Oil and Gas Production
Effective August 6, 2014, the United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued new regulations, identified as the “Russian Industry Sector Sanctions,” restricting exports and other transfers of certain items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”...
- New U.S. Restrictions on Russia: OFAC Guidance and Industry-Specific Sanctions
OFAC Expands the 50 Percent Rule Last month, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to entities owned or controlled by persons designated as a Specially Designated National (SDN) on OFAC’s SDN list. Although the guidance leaves intact the ...