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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 21, 2020, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amended General License (“GL”) 8E and re-issued it as General Licence No. 8F. GL 8F extends the validity period of certain maintenance activities involving Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (“PdVSA”) until December 1, 2020, but also narrows the scope of the prior license and provides a new authorization for “wind-down” transactions and activities. Our blog posts describing previous amendments to the general license…

Maria Sergeyeva recently authored the blog post “Industry Groups Push Back on Commerce Department’s Proposed Supply Chain Regulations That Could Block or Restrict Tech Transactions” for Baker McKenzie’s Global Supply Chain Compliance blog.  The post highlights concerns expressed by many trade associations and businesses with the highly anticipated proposed regulations issued by the US Department of Commerce to implement Executive Order 13873, “Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain.”  Executive Order 13873…

On January 10, 2020, the US Department of
Transportation (“DOT”) issued an order
imposing new restrictions on public charter flights from the United States to
Cuba. While certain US
restrictions on Cuba, including for travel, were relaxed under President Obama,
the Trump Administration has gradually rolled back some of these changes and
further tightened US travel restrictions vis-à-vis Cuba.