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On January 17, 2023, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amended (i) certain Russia-related General Licenses (“GLs”) and (ii) four Russia-related Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). Amended General Licenses Amended GLs include the following: GL 6C, “Transactions Related to Agricultural Commodities, Medicine, Medical Devices, Replacement Parts and Components, or Software Updates, the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, or Clinical Trials,” replaces and supersedes GL 6B (see previous blog post here)…

Just before the holidays, President Biden signed two bills passed in the final days of the last Congress that contain a number of provisions with implications for sanctions, export controls, and supply chain restrictions: On December 23, 2022, President Biden signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2023 (P.L. 117-263). The measure includes a number of provisions relating to US export controls, sanctions, and related subjects, including additional sanctions targeting…

On December 15, 2022, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) added Public Joint Stock Company Rosbank (“Rosbank”) and 17 subsidiaries of VTB Bank Public Joint Stock Company (“VTB Bank”) to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (“SDN List”). The United States Department of State (“State Department”) designated Vladimir Potanin, three members of his family, and his company Interros, pursuant to Executive Order 14024, with the result…

On November 22, 2022, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published a new determination pursuant to Executive Order 14071 of April 6, 2022 (“EO 14071”) – “Determination Pursuant to Section 1 (a)(ii) of EO 14071” (“Determination”). The Determination implements the price cap policy for Russian crude oil, as anticipated based on OFAC’s September 2022 preliminary guidance related to the implementation of the policy banning the provision of services related to…