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On July 14, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Hong Kong Autonomy Act  (“HKAA”) providing for the imposition of sanctions on foreign persons who materially contribute to the undermining of Hong Kong’s autonomy by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) and foreign financial institutions who engage in significant transactions with such foreign persons.  During a press conference announcing the signing of the HKAA, President Trump also indicated that he had signed…

On June 3, 2020, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued new Syria-Related Sanctions Regulations (the “Regulations”), effective June 5, 2020, to implement Executive Order 13894 (“EO 13894”) issued by the President on October 14, 2019 in light of Turkey’s military actions in Syria. The Regulations are a codification of EO 13894 and do not represent new sanctions against Syria. They are also separate from US comprehensive sanctions targeting Syria under…

On May 1, 2020, the Trump Administration issued Executive Order 13920 on “Securing the United States Bulk-Power System” (“Bulk-Power System EO”), which aims to prevent “foreign adversaries” from exploiting vulnerabilities in the US bulk-power system in furtherance of US national security. As explained in further detail in the press release concurrently published by the Department of Energy, the Bulk-Power System EO is meant to prohibit certain transactions involving bulk-power system equipment where the Secretary of…

On April 10, 2020, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued a rule amending the North Korea Sanctions Regulations (“NKSR”). The NKSR amendments implement certain provisions of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (“NKSPEA”), as amended by the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (“CAATSA”), and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (“2020 NDAA”). Our prior blog post on NKSPEA can be found here…