Tag Archives: Iran

Iran Missile Test Leads to New Sanctions

On February 2nd the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) imposed new sanctions on 13 individuals and 12 entities that were believed to be “involved in procuring technology and/or materials to support Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods … Continue Reading

News on Iran Sanctions: Adoption Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

18 October 2015, marked ‘Adoption Day’ for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  The JCPOA was agreed upon 90 days earlier, between the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, together with Iran.  While the latest measures taken by the EU, the United States and Iran make the necessary legal preparations … Continue Reading

Iran: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed, but no immediate sanctions relief

On 24 November 2013, the P5+1 countries (comprising the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France and Germany) together with Iran, agreed the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), which relaxed some of the sanctions imposed against Iran by the EU and U.S. The JPOA was intended to provide interim sanctions relief, while the parties worked … Continue Reading

July Sanctions Update: Ukraine and Iran

This post was also written by Laith Najjar. Since March 2014, we have been closely monitoring the developments relating to the situation in the Ukraine and reporting them as Client Alerts and blog updates. We have set out below a summary of the recent changes in respect of the Ukraine as well as an update … Continue Reading

OFAC Issues General License Authorizing Certain Academic Exchanges with Iran

On March 19, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued a general license under the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations that authorizes several specific forms of academic exchanges with Iran. The newly issued general license – General License G (the “License”) – authorizes qualifying U.S. colleges and universities to engage in certain transactions related … Continue Reading

Benefits for Business Travelers in the New Iran Personal Communications General License

U.S. persons traveling to Iran for business can now take heart, because they, as well as most laptops and smart phones, may do so without the need for a license. A recent amendment to the wordily-named “General License with Respect to Certain Services, Software, and Hardware Incident to Personal Communications” (formerly “General License D,” now … Continue Reading

Smoke with No Fire: Despite Agreement in Geneva, U.S. Sanctions Continue To Prohibit Most Iran Transactions

On November 23, 2013, the White House issued a Press Release (“the Announcement”)  outlining the first of a two-step negotiation process between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China (the “P5+1”).  The Announcement calls for the P5+1 countries to provide limited sanctions relief to Iran in exchange for Iran’s … Continue Reading

It’s 2013: Do You Know Where Your TSRA License Is?

When your work involves export controls, it’s good to remember that reform – especially in the form of decontrol – seldom has an immediate impact. It’s been just over a year since the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) lifted its restrictions on the export and re-export of certain medicines and medical … Continue Reading

Manhattan Office Building Would Be the Largest Terrorist-Related Forfeiture

As members of the United Nations prepared to descend upon Manhattan’s East Side, the U.S. government was moving to seize a building only 13 blocks away. On Monday, September 16, 2013, following a civil complaint originally filed in 2008 by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New … Continue Reading

President Obama Enacts New Iran Sanctions

On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law an act that imposes new sanctions on Iran. The new sanctions target certain entities and transactions, but largely focus on the energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors of the Iranian economy. Several of these provisions will become effective on July 1, 2013. Please click here to read … Continue Reading

Growing Trend Among States Threatens Debarment for Contractors with Iran Ties

This post was also written by Gunjan Talati and Joelle E.K. Laszlo. Guilt by association seems to be a growing trend in government contracts. Under this trend, states are starting to use their contracting authority to promote U.S. foreign policy and impose mandatory debarment for policy violators. In the latest example, companies doing business with Michigan … Continue Reading

Foreign Subsidiaries of U.S. Companies Now Prohibited from Engaging in Transactions with Iran

In August of this year, President Obama signed the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. This law required presidential action to implement certain restrictions, and today, on October 9, 2012, President Obama issued a new Executive Order (EO): “AUTHORIZING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF CERTAIN SANCTIONS SET FORTH IN THE IRAN THREAT REDUCTION … Continue Reading

Sanctions Against Iran Increased by United States

This post was also written by Matthew J. Thomas and Charles A. Brown. Yesterday, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) made dozens of significant additions to its list if Iran-linked sanctioned parties, adding new energy, finance and shipping companies, as well as many new individuals and vessels. An update from our shipping, energy and commodities … Continue Reading

Senate Approves Revisions to the Iran Sanctions

This post was also written by Matthew J. Thomas. Just ahead of this week’s meeting in Baghdad between Tehran and other nations concerning Iran’s controversial nuclear program, the U.S. Senate passed an Iran sanctions bill by a unanimous voice vote. This bill is the Senate counterpart to the “Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011” (H.R. 1905), … Continue Reading

New OFAC Guidance Promotes Internet Freedom in Iran…As Long As the Internet Is Free

This post was written by Joelle E.K. Laszlo. What if you issued a general license and no one used it? The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has faced such a conundrum since March 2010, when it published a final rule amending U.S. regulations on Cuba, Iran, and the Sudan to … Continue Reading

Iran and Syria Sanctions Update

This post was written by Matthew J. Thomas. US and EU sanctions continue to escalate on Iran and Syria, catching an ever-broadening group of global targets, as detailed in this latest update.  While the EU continues to add dozen of names to its lists of blocked parties, the US today began imposing secondary sanctions on … Continue Reading

California Contracting Notice

For everyone out there contracting with the State of California — here is a quick heads up. Remember way back in 2010 when Congress passed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act? Well, it turns out that California has decided to take advantage of the Divestment part. The Iran Contracting Act of 2010 requires … Continue Reading

The Freakonomics of the Iran Sanctions?

This post was written by Anne Borkovic. After months of intense global negotiations, and facing increased sanctions from the United States, the EU, and the United Nations, what is life like in Iran?  As expected, Iranians are experiencing increased gas prices, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is having some financing difficulties.  Some of the more interesting effects, … Continue Reading

Increased Iranian Sanctions: Washington Responds to Continued Nuclear Development by Tehran

On July 1, 2010, President Barack Obama, preceded by Congressional voting signaling overwhelming support, signed into law the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act (“Act”). The Act is an effort by the United States to hinder what appears to be Iran’s intent to develop nuclear weapons. Action by the United States comes at a … Continue Reading

Iran Sanctions Update

This post was also written by Paul Skeet and Dan Gallagher. Introduction: Recent weeks have seen the United Nations, the United States and the European Union all tightening sanctions against Iran with the aim of impeding the country’s nuclear programme. As many of the new sanctions are directed particularly at Iran’s trade, transport links and banks, it … Continue Reading

Pending Iranian Sanctions Could Significantly Impact European Entities

This post was also written by Anne Borkovic. The United States Congress is currently considering legislation that would increase the scope and application of the U.S. sanctions against Iran: The Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2009 (S. 2799) and the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009 (H.R. 2194). These changes could significantly … Continue Reading
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