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November 13, 2017, Covington Alert

On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Commerce published regulatory amendments that impose new restrictions on financial, travel, and trade-related transactions with Cuba by persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

August 29, 2017, Covington Alert

Last week, President Trump issued an Executive Order imposing new economic sanctions on the Venezuelan government in response to President Nicolás Maduro’s increasingly authoritarian actions. The new sanctions expand the U.S. restrictions against Venezuela, which previously were comprised of sanctions against a few key individuals, but they do not amount to a ...

June 19, 2017, Covington Alert

On Friday, June 16, 2017, President Donald J. Trump announced a tightening of the United States’ long-standing Cuba embargo, rolling back some of the easing implemented during the Obama Administration and described in our prior client alerts. The Trump Administration’s approach is outlined in a National Security Presidential Memorandum, but the full scope of ...

January 13, 2017, Covington Alert

Over the past few months, the agencies responsible for criminal and civil enforcement of U.S. export control and economic sanctions laws have implemented a number of important changes in their enforcement practices. In October 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), National Security Division (“NSD”) published guidance on voluntary self-disclosures of ...

October 17, 2016, Covington Alert

Effective today, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (“CACR”) and the U.S. Commerce department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) to expand permissible dealings involving Cuba, further easing the longstanding U.S. ...