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The Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) recently tightened sanctions on Belarus by revoking and replacing General License 2G with General License 2H. General License 2H now requires U.S. persons to wind down transactions involving the following Belarusian Specially Designated Nationals and their subsidiaries by June 3, 2021:

  • Belarusian Oil Trade House
  • Belneftekhim
  • Belneftekhim USA,

Last week, three U.S. agencies – the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”), and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) – announced the global resolution of apparent U.S. sanctions violations by SAP SE (“SAP”), a German software company.

The settlement agreements with OFAC and Commerce, and the non-prosecution agreement

Today, the United States announced new sanctions on Russia in response to a widespread hacking campaign targeting the United States, alleged interference in U.S. elections, and other “malign” actions carried out by the Russian government.  Today’s actions include sanctions on transactions in the primary market for Russian sovereign debt, Russian technology firms, parties involved

Today, the Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) is amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to eliminate most reporting requirements related to open source encryption software and certain “mass market” encryption items.  Today’s rule also revises the Commerce Control List (CCL) to implement updates from the December 2019 Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) Plenary meeting.

Open source

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) further escalated sanctions on Burma by adding two large Burmese military holding companies to its List of Specially Designated Nationals (“SDNs”).  Myanmar Economic Holdings Public Company Limited (“MEHL”) and Myanmar Economic Corporation Limited (“MEC”) both dominate large sectors of the Burmese economy,

Last week, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a settlement agreement with UniControl, Inc. (UniControl or “the company”) for shipping goods to European trading partners when UniControl knew or should have known that some of its products would ultimately be re-exported to Iran.  The enforcement action is a reminder that OFAC expects U.S.

Today, the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) imposed additional export control restrictions on Myanmar (Burma) in response to the recent military coup in that country.  BIS previewed the new restrictions in an announcement last month when the U.S. imposed sanctions on the country’s military leadership.  Today’s changes include the following:

  1. BIS added the

Today, the United States announced new targeted sanctions, export control restrictions, and an arms embargo on Russia after the poisoning and imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny.  All three of the agencies with primary authority to regulate exports – the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) at the State Department, the Bureau of Industry

Today, President Biden issued an Executive Order (E.O.) that authorizes new U.S. sanctions on Burma in response to the recent military coup in that country.  The E.O. allows the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to impose sanctions on the country’s military leadership and could lead to broader sanctions on government-controlled ministries and companies

On January 15, 2021, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published an Interim Final Rule to implement new end-user and end use controls mandated by the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA).

Most notably, the rule adds a new control that will require U.S. persons to obtain a license before “supporting” certain “military-intelligence”