Posts tagged international trade
OFAC to De-List Certain Sanctioned Russian Entities*

On December 19, the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced their intention to remove three Russian entities from their List of Specially Designated and Blocked Persons List (SDN List) within 30 days. The SDN’s that were de-listed are En+ Group plc (“En+), UC Rusal plc (“Rusal”), and JSC EuroSibEnergo (“ESE”).

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The Foreign Corrupt Practice Act and Cross-Border M&A*

The United States Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) was passed in 1977 and is now the most widely enforced anti-corruption law. The FCPA contains two main elements: (1) the anti-bribery provision, which prohibits U.S. firms, companies, and individuals from paying bribes to foreign officials for the advancement of a business deal; and (2) the accounting provision, which requires U.S. and foreign public companies to create, implement, and maintain accurate books, records, and internal accounting systems.

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NAFTA Update*

The renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began with a rocky start when President Trump threatened to withdraw from the Agreement unless it was renegotiated on terms more favorable to the United States. The renegotiations began on August 16, 2017, and have proceeded at an unexpectedly slow pace, due in large part to the steel and aluminum tariffs that have overshadowed NAFTA-specific trade issues.

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