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U.S. Government issues new Executive Order targeting Turkey

U.S. President Donald Trump blocking property and suspending entry of certain people who are contributing to the situation in Syria, with the result that U.S. persons generally are prohibited from engaging in any transactions or dealings with these new SDNs, and non-U.S. persons also are prohibited to the extent there is a U.S. nexus

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EU agrees framework for targeted sanctions against Nicaragua

The measures would affect individuals/entities that the EU would consider responsible for human rights violations or abuses, repression of civil society and democratic opposition, and/or undermining democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua

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English court upholds bank's contractual right to withhold payments to avoid risk of U.S. secondary sanctions

In Lamesa Investments Ltd v Cynergy Bank Ltd, the English High Court gave effect to the terms of a loan agreement relieving a financial institution of the obligation to make interest payments, where doing so would risk the imposition of restrictions under the US secondary sanctions regime

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EU issues priorities on review of anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism

The Presidency of the Council of the EU has issued a note, listing the issues that should be discussed at the  ECOFIN EU Council meeting this week, including how the ineffectiveness of the current AML/CFT framework stemming from the wide differences in national implementation should be addressed

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U.S. imposes additional sanctions on Russia

The sanctions come under the under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act and are not likely to have a significant impact on most companies doing business with Russia

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U.S. moves towards (but stops short of) complete embargo on Venezuela

The Trump administration has imposed sweeping sanctions against the Venezuelan government and, among other things, bars U.S. persons from dealing with it. Here, we discuss what the sanctions mean and what parties engaged in Venezuela-related business should do

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European Commission sets out its expectations on internal compliance programs for dual-use controls

The guidance contains legally non-binding elements that should be considered by EU companies concerned by dual-use trade controls in designing an effective internal compliance programs

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UK publishes paper on issues of legal uncertainty arising from re-imposed US sanctions against Iran

The Financial Markets Law Committee paper highlights these issues, =gives recommendations or views on the issues where possible and considers the impact on market participants