Mr. Reynolds is a partner in Davis Polk’s Financial Institutions Group and the economic sanctions and national security practice. [Full Bio]

On June 17, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (the “Act”). The Act requires the President to submit to Congress within 180 days a report identifying persons responsible for human rights abuses in Xinjiang, and to impose blocking and visa sanctions against
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On June 11, 2020, the President issued an Executive Order (the “Order”), “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Associated with the International Criminal Court,” which authorizes the Secretary of State to impose blocking sanctions on certain persons involved in investigations by the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) of U.S. and allied military
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On May 15, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an expansion of General Prohibition No. 3 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to restrict Huawei’s access to semiconductor designs and chipsets that are direct products of certain
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Recently, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced technical changes to the regulations implementing Treasury-administered economic sanctions on North Korea and new inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties.

1. North Korea Economic Sanctions

On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law the Otto Warmbier North Korea
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently released a proposed rule to impose a filing fee for certain CFIUS transactions. If enacted, the proposed filing fee would raise strategic considerations for parties intending to submit a transaction for CFIUS review. Our visual memo discusses this proposal in greater detail.

 
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On February 18, 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) imposed blocking sanctions pursuant to Executive Order (“E.O.”) 13850 against Rosneft Trading, S.A. (“RTSA”) and its president and board chairman, Didier Casimiro.  According to the press release announcing the designation,
Continue Reading OFAC Targets Russian Support for Maduro Regime with New Sanctions Designations

On January 13, 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department promulgated its final regulations implementing the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) to reform the authority and jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The final regulations were released in two parts: one addressing
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On January 10, 2020, President Trump issued Executive order 13902 (“E.O. 13902”) which authorizes the U.S. Department of the Treasury to impose additional sanctions targeting the construction, mining, manufacturing and textiles sectors of the Iranian economy, as well as any other sector of the Iranian economy subsequently specified by the
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On November 27, 2019, the United States Department of Commerce issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment on “regulations that would govern the process and procedures that the Secretary of Commerce will use to identify, assess, and address certain information and communications technology and services transactions that
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On October 23, 2019, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) acting at the direction of President Trump and in consultation with the State Department, lifted sanctions on three Turkish government ministers and two Turkish government ministries and removed them from the List of Specially Designated
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