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Canada Relaxes Sanctions Targeting Iran

On February 5, 2016, the Government of Canada announced changes to its comprehensive economic and trade sanctions against Iran.

U.S. Government Takes Additional Steps to Relax Comprehensive Embargo of Cuba

On January 26, 2016, the U.S. OFAC and the U.S. BIS announced amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations to engage and empower the Cuban people.

Iran Trade Roadshow on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

"Implementation Day" of the nuclear agreement with Iran (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or “JCPOA”) and the re-opening of the Iranian market arrived on Saturday, 16 January. In response to this, Baker & McKenzie is organizing the Iran Trade Roadshow, a series of 2-3 hour seminars in various locations across the globe that will provide an overview of the potential changes to sanctions in relation to the JCPOA.

Overview of U.S. “Implementation Day” Sanctions Relief Under the JCPOA

This post provides you with a brief summary of the sanctions relief that the U.S. Government instituted on Implementation Day.

Lifting of Swiss sanctions against Iran following Implementation Day

As a consequence of the implementation of the JCPOA, Swiss sanctions against Iran will be lifted at the same time as those of the UN and the EU.

EU and US Sanctions Relief for Iran Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action...

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency certified that Iran had fulfilled its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in order for the JCPOA’s “Implementation Day” to take effect. Accordingly, EU and US sanctions relief for Iran that was outlined in the JCPOA has simultaneously gone into effect.

Russia’s sanctions against Turkey will affect work and services provided by Russian legal entities...

On December 28, 2015 President Putin issued a new decree pursuant to which the provision of certain services and performance of certain work by Russian legal entities should be prohibited or restricted, if such legal entities are controlled by Turkish persons.

US Government Issues Cyber-Related Sanctions Regulations

On Thursday, December 31, 2015, the US OFAC issued the Cyber-Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 578 , which implement Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015 (“Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities” or the “Cyber EO”).

The Expanding Sanctions Regimes of Multilateral Institutions

This event will explore the sanctions regimes of development banks, in parallel with those of the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. A panel of experts will share observations on the evolving sanctions landscape and will provide practical guidance to companies in order to avoid unwanted enforcement scrutiny.

President Putin approves Russian sanctions against Turkey

On November 28, 2015 President Putin signed Decree No. 583 “On Measures to Ensure State Security and Protection of Russian Citizens from Criminal and Other Unlawful Actions and on Application of Special Economic Measures in relation to the Republic of Turkey”

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