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On September 17, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14046, “Imposing Sanctions on Certain Persons With Respect to the Humanitarian and Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia” (“EO 14046”) aimed at addressing the widespread humanitarian conflict in northern Ethiopia. Both the White House and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken also released statements found here and here, calling for ceasefire negotiations to begin to find a political solution to the ongoing conflict in the region and…

On March 18, 2021, the US State Department (“State”) published in a Federal Register notice that formally outlines the various US export controls targeting Russia that will be strengthened pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (“CBW Act”) as a result of State’s determination that the Russian Government had used a chemical weapon against its own nationals in violation of international law. These measures were previously announced by…

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) within the US State Department recently issued a number of announcements regarding submissions related to Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures (“MAD”) of US businesses regulated under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). These changes by DDTC were prompted by the COVID-19 crisis and end the need for parties in MAD transactions involving ITAR-regulated entities to submit hard copies to DDTC. By way of background, ITAR Section 122.4(b) requires…

As of May 1, the State Department has made a temporary change in the Tier I, Tier II, and new registrant payment guidelines on the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) website to reflect certain reduced registration fees to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The DDTC is reducing fees for Tier I and Tier II registrants to $500 (reduced from $2,250 and $2,750, respectively) for registrations whose original expiration date is between…