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On October 7, 2022, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued the much anticipated rules aimed at restricting China’s ability to obtain advanced computing chips, develop and maintain supercomputers, and manufacture advanced semiconductors (“Rule”) (87 FR 62186). In addition to formalizing the licensing requirements included in the recent BIS “is informed” letters issued to certain US companies on related matters, the Rule imposes a wide range of new and enhanced restrictions…

On September 23, 2022, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Controls (“OFAC”) issued Iran General License D-2 (“GL D-2”), which amends and replaces the former Iran General License D-1 (“GL D-1”), and published three related Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). GL D-2 authorizes a more expansive set of internet communication-related activities, including cloud-based software and services, that are otherwise prohibited under the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR”). According to the accompanying…

Following the G7 Finance Ministers Meeting on September 2, 2022 (see our previous blog here), on September 9, 2022, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued preliminary guidance on implementation of the policy banning the provision of services related to the maritime transportation of (i) Russian-origin crude oil and (ii) Russian-origin petroleum products (together “seaborne Russian oil”) (the “Maritime Services Policy”).  The ban under the Maritime Services Policy will…

On August 18, 2022, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued new FAQs addressing (i) certain red flags related to compliance concerns and potential evasion of the Russia- and Belarus-related export controls and sanctions, and (ii) key red flags that semiconductor foundries should consider when potentially dealing with parties on the Entity List. We summarize key points from these new FAQs below, the full text of which are available here and here. …