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On May 28, 2021, the Biden Administration issued a press release (“Press Release”) confirming the re-imposition of sanctions on certain Belarusian state-owned enterprises (“SOEs”) (presaged by the issuance of wind down Belarus General License 2H on April 19, 2021) and suspending the application of the 2019 US-Belarus Air Services Agreement (“2019 USB Agreement”) in response to the Belarusian government’s apparent forced diversion of a commercial flight to Minsk on May 23. The Press Release also…

On April 9, 2021, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) strengthened restrictions targeting Burma by adding Burma to the list of countries subject to the Export Administration Regulations’ (“EAR’s”) military-intelligence end-use and end-user controls and controls on certain support activities by US persons (“Interim Final Rule”). These controls were first issued on January 15, 2021 (“January Rule”), and became effective March 16, 2021. Our blog posts on other recent sanctions targeting…

On March 29, 2021, the Commerce Department published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPRM”) seeking public comment on potential licensing or other pre-clearance processes for transactions under the regulations that took effect on March 22, 2021 to implement Executive Order 13873, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain” (“Executive Order 13873”). Executive Order 13873 authorizes the Commerce Department to block or impose conditions on transactions involving information and communications technology and…

The US Government has imposed a series of sanctions against Myanmar Economic Corporation Limited (“MEC”) and Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Limited (a.k.a. Myanmar Economic Holding Limited) (“MEHL”), two military-affiliated conglomerates, in response to the February military coup in Burma (Myanmar). The combined restrictions are likely to have a significant impact on business activities in Burma as these conglomerates have substantial interests and joint ventures in several sectors of the Burmese economy, including trading, natural…