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U.S. v. TikTok and WeChat: Who is Winning? | EMBARGOED! Episode 15

U.S. v. TikTok and WeChat: Who is Winning? | EMBARGOED! Episode 15

September 29, 2020

In the latest episode of EMBARGOED!, Brian and Tim return to China in a big way as they dive headlong into the TikTok and WeChat bans to analyze what transactions are actually prohibited, the status of the various court proceedings seeking to delay the bans, where things stand with CFIUS review of TikTok's "divestiture," and, last but not least, China's countermoves to try to ensure it will have the last word.

Next, we turn to Iran and the U.S.'s attempt to unilaterally reimpose U.N. sanctions under the JCPOA more than two years after withdrawing from the deal. Finally, in the Lightning Round, we share a few quick thoughts on recent sanctions aimed at countering foreign interference in U.S. elections and discuss the latest travel-related restrictions on Cuba (Hint: Don't stick rum or cigars in your suitcase before returning to the States unless you have an OFAC license).

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EMBARGOED! is not intended and cannot be relied on as legal advice; the content only reflects the thoughts and opinions of its hosts.

EMBARGOED! is intelligent talk about sanctions, export controls, and all things international trade for trade nerds and normal human beings alike, hosted by Miller & Chevalier Members Brian Fleming and Tim O'Toole. Each episode will feature deep thoughts and hot takes about the latest headline-grabbing developments in this area of the law, as well as some below-the-radar items to keep an eye on. Subscribe for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Timestamps:

0:10 Introduction and Roadmap

The Rundown
7:01 More TikTok and WeChat (Commerce rules, state of the "bans," CFIUS and the TikTok "divestiture," China's Unreliable Entities List)
46:17 Iran Snapback

1:02:13 Lightning Round
1:02:25 Cyber designations relating to election interference by (GASP!) Russia
1:10:17 CACR amendments to further restrict aspects of Cuba travel

1:17:34 Final Thoughts

*Stay sanctions free.*

All Lightning, No China | EMBARGOED! Episode 14

All Lightning, No China | EMBARGOED! Episode 14

September 15, 2020

On this episode of EMBARGOED!, Brian and Tim keep their promise to stay China free (for this week, at least) and change things up to bring you an entire Lightning Round-style episode. With the whole world at our disposal (other than China), we cover the following topics in lightning fashion: the latest U.S. advisory on North Korea, the first U.S. sanctions imposed on the ICC, OFAC's MOU with the State of Delaware, two recent OFAC enforcement actions against an individual and a financial institution, respectively, the latest on Nord Stream 2 and Venezuela, and, finally, a wild card segment featuring our first foray into sanctions trivia.

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Questions? Contact us at podcasts@milchev.com.

EMBARGOED! is not intended and cannot be relied on as legal advice; the content only reflects the thoughts and opinions of its hosts.

EMBARGOED! is intelligent talk about sanctions, export controls, and all things international trade for trade nerds and normal human beings alike, hosted by Miller & Chevalier Members Brian Fleming and Tim O'Toole. Each episode will feature deep thoughts and hot takes about the latest headline-grabbing developments in this area of the law, as well as some below-the-radar items to keep an eye on. Subscribe for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Timestamps:

0:10 Introduction and Roadmap

A Full Episode of Lightning Round!
4:49 North Korea Advisory
9:27 International Criminal Court Sanctions
17:13 OFAC Memorandum of Understanding with Delaware
21:18 OFAC Settlement (Individual)
25:26 OFAC Settlement (Russia/Ukraine/Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas)
30:00 Nord Stream 2
36:44 Latest Venezuela Sanctions
41:20 Wild Card!

51:55 Final Thoughts

***Stay sanctions free.***

If TikTok & WeChat Go Away, Is It Still Safe to Use Tin Cans With String? | EMBARGOED! Episode 13

If TikTok & WeChat Go Away, Is It Still Safe to Use Tin Cans With String? | EMBARGOED! Episode 13

September 1, 2020

EMBARGOED! is back! After a brief, socially-distanced summer vacation, Brian and Tim return to tackle the messy, unprecedented U.S. government actions targeting TikTok and WeChat. Next, we return to one of our favorite topics, Huawei, to analyze the impact of the BIS final rule, which makes another attempt to disrupt the company's supply chain by further expanding the foreign direct product rule. We also discuss the first wave of sanctions targeting Hong Kong and its top officials and ponder whether this was anything more than a symbolic gesture. Plus, in the Lightning Round we share some thoughts on recent Entity List additions targeting, for the first time, activities in the South China Sea, a Xinjiang-related addition to the SDN List causing significant due diligence headaches, and, at long last, the publication of the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding "foundational technologies."

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EMBARGOED! is not intended and cannot be relied on as legal advice; the content only reflects the thoughts and opinions of its hosts.

EMBARGOED! is intelligent talk about sanctions, export controls, and all things international trade for trade nerds and normal human beings alike, hosted by Miller & Chevalier Members Brian Fleming and Tim O'Toole. Each episode will feature deep thoughts and hot takes about the latest headline-grabbing developments in this area of the law, as well as some below-the-radar items to keep an eye on. Subscribe for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Timestamps:

0:10 Introduction and Roadmap

The Rundown
5:36 TikTok and WeChat
30:00 Final BIS Rule re: Huawei and Foreign Direct Product Rule
42:52 First Hong Kong Sanctions

51:40 Lightning Round
52:00 BIS Addition of 24 Chinese Companies to the Entity List re: South China Sea
56:56 Xinjiang-related Additions to the SDN List
1:02:00 Commerce (Finally) Issues ANPRM re: Foundational Technologies

1:09:00 Final Thoughts

***Stay sanctions free.***

The New Normal(ization) | EMBARGOED! Episode 12

The New Normal(ization) | EMBARGOED! Episode 12

July 28, 2020

On the latest episode of EMBARGOED!, Brian and Tim dissect the continued downward spiral of U.S.-China relations, including the sweeping new Executive Order aimed at "normalizing" U.S. relations with Hong Kong and the latest tit-for-tat sanctions imposed by the U.S. and China, respectively. Next, we cover two notable recent enforcement actions: OFAC's settlement with Amazon and a joint DOJ/OFAC resolution with Essentra FZE relating to North Korea sanctions violations. Finally, in the Lightning Round, we share quick thoughts on recent OFAC designations targeting Nicaragua and some personal reflections on the United States' reliance on human rights as a basis for economic sanctions policies.

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Questions? Contact us at podcasts@milchev.com.

EMBARGOED! is not intended and cannot be relied on as legal advice; the content only reflects the thoughts and opinions of its hosts.

EMBARGOED! is intelligent talk about sanctions, export controls, and all things international trade for trade nerds and normal human beings alike, hosted by Miller & Chevalier Members Brian Fleming and Tim O'Toole. Each episode will feature deep thoughts and hot takes about the latest headline-grabbing developments in this area of the law, as well as some below-the-radar items to keep an eye on. Subscribe for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

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Stitcher: https://bit.ly/3awf95i 

Timestamps:
0:10 Introduction and Roadmap

The Rundown
4:21 China Round-up
22:30 Amazon OFAC Enforcement Action
30:51 North Korea Enforcement Action by DOJ/OFAC

39:39 Lightning Round: 
40:00 Ortega's Inner Circle Targeted by OFAC
43:59 A Few Words on Human Rights and the Death Penalty

55:45 Final Thoughts

***Stay sanctions free.***

China Officially Takes Over the Pod (and Hong Kong) | EMBARGOED! Episode 11

China Officially Takes Over the Pod (and Hong Kong) | EMBARGOED! Episode 11

July 14, 2020

On the latest episode of EMBARGOED!, Brian and Tim break down the early days of China's new national security law aimed at Hong Kong and the U.S. response, including the suspension of preferential export control treatment for Hong Kong and new sanctions on the horizon that take aim at financial institutions. Next, we revisit BIS's new military end user/military end use rules and try to decipher the recently issued BIS guidance. Finally, we unpack the somewhat unorthodox multi-agency advisory warning U.S. businesses of supply chain risks relating to forced labor and human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region of China. Plus, the Lightning Round features quick thoughts on continued U.S. efforts to disrupt deepening ties between Venezuela and Iran and what the rest of the world is doing with respect to Huawei.

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Questions? Contact us at podcasts@milchev.com.

EMBARGOED! is not intended and cannot be relied on as legal advice; the content only reflects the thoughts and opinions of its hosts.

EMBARGOED! is intelligent talk about sanctions, export controls, and all things international trade for trade nerds and normal human beings alike, hosted by Miller & Chevalier Members Brian Fleming and Tim O'Toole. Each episode will feature deep thoughts and hot takes about the latest headline-grabbing developments in this area of the law, as well as some below-the-radar items to keep an eye on. Subscribe for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3bDJnmU
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2xAJ9ye
Google Play: https://bit.ly/3bAU0Hc
Stitcher: https://bit.ly/3awf95i

Timestamps:

0:11 Introduction and Roadmap
 
The Rundown
3:49 The Other Shoe Drops for Hong Kong
23:19 New BIS FAQs re: Military End Use/User Rules
39:01 U.S. Government Advisory re: Xinjiang Supply Chain Risk
 
49:11 Lightning Round
49:37 More Venezuela-Iran Links
53:13 What Does the Rest of the World Think of Huawei
 
59:47 Final Thoughts

***Stay sanctions free.***

The Pod Where It Happened | EMBARGOED! Episode 10

The Pod Where It Happened | EMBARGOED! Episode 10

June 24, 2020

Brian and Tim begin this episode of EMBARGOED! by analyzing how the revelations in John Bolton's new memoir may impact recently enacted U.S. sanctions aimed at China and the ongoing U.S. criminal case against Huawei. Next, they discuss the recent BIS rule change aimed at getting U.S. companies back in the game (while sitting alongside Huawei) in connection with international standards setting organizations. They then turn their attention to a surprising move by DOJ to dismiss charges, after securing a conviction, in an Iran sanctions case in SDNY and share some theories about what may have gone wrong and the possible lasting impact. Finally, they consider the newly issued Executive Order that puts the International Criminal Court in the crosshairs of U.S. sanctions enforcers. Plus, the Lightning Round features quick takes on the latest Venezuela-related designations (and a few, more interesting, removals), OFAC's initial implementation of the Caesar Act, and a speedy plea deal in an Iran sanctions case.

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Questions? Contact us at podcasts@milchev.com.

EMBARGOED! is not intended and cannot be relied on as legal advice; the content only reflects the thoughts and opinions of its hosts.

EMBARGOED! is intelligent talk about sanctions, export controls, and all things international trade for trade nerds and normal human beings alike, hosted by Miller & Chevalier Members Brian Fleming and Tim O'Toole. Each episode will feature deep thoughts and hot takes about the latest headline-grabbing developments in this area of the law, as well as some below-the-radar items to keep an eye on. Subscribe for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3bDJnmU
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2xAJ9ye
Google Play: https://bit.ly/3bAU0Hc
Stitcher: https://bit.ly/3awf95i

Timestamps:

0:10 Introduction
2:51 Episode Roadmap

The Rundown
4:45 Fallout from Bolton's Book
20:40 More Huawei
28:39 Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad Dismissal
49:44 New E.O. re: ICC

57:04 Lightning Round
57:17 More Venezuela Designations (and Some Removals)
1:01:23 Syria Designations/Caesar Act
1:05:32 Seyyed Shahidian Plea

1:08:56 Final Thoughts

***Stay sanctions free.***

What Will Happen to Hong Kong and a World on Fire? | EMBARGOED! Episode 9

What Will Happen to Hong Kong and a World on Fire? | EMBARGOED! Episode 9

June 9, 2020

In a slightly more-somber-than-usual episode of EMBARGOED!, we start with a few thoughts on the widespread protests in the U.S. and addressing racial injustice before pivoting to the White House announcement that Hong Kong is about to lose its special status and what that may mean for Hong Kong, China, and beyond. We then revisit one of our favorite topics, Huawei, to discuss the company's effort to weather the latest U.S. export control restrictions and check in on the Canadian extradition proceedings for Huawei's CFO. We also share our thoughts on a recently unsealed indictment alleging a massive sanctions evasion and money laundering scheme to benefit North Korea (aided by China). Finally, in the Lightning Round we start on the open seas to provide quick takes on the latest Venezuela-related maritime designations and a recent Iranian enforcement case, and then wrap up with theories about some recent Entity List additions.

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Questions? Contact us at podcasts@milchev.com.

EMBARGOED! is not intended and cannot be relied on as legal advice; the content only reflects the thoughts and opinions of its hosts.

EMBARGOED! is intelligent talk about sanctions, export controls, and all things international trade for trade nerds and normal human beings alike, hosted by Miller & Chevalier Members Brian Fleming and Tim O'Toole. Each episode will feature deep thoughts and hot takes about the latest headline-grabbing developments in this area of the law, as well as some below-the-radar items to keep an eye on. Subscribe for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3bDJnmU 
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2xAJ9ye 
Google Play: https://bit.ly/3bAU0Hc 
Stitcher: https://bit.ly/3awf95i 

Timestamps:

0:11 Introduction
3:06 Prelude: A few thoughts on George Floyd, the protests, and racial injustice

The Rundown
13:40 Hong Kong + China Sanctions
33:50 Huawei
51:05 Unsealing of DPRK Indictment

1:01:50 Lightning Round
1:02:12 Latest Venezuela Designations Focused on Shipping
1:05:22 Iranian Tanker Purchase
1:09:19 Phantom Entity List Additions from May 22 Announcements

1:17:02 Final Thoughts

For Whom The Bell Tolls; It (Maybe) Tolls For Huawei | EMBARGOED! Podcast Episode 8

For Whom The Bell Tolls; It (Maybe) Tolls For Huawei | EMBARGOED! Podcast Episode 8

May 27, 2020

On this episode of EMBARGOED!, Brian and Tim dissect the latest attempt by the U.S. government to hobble Huawei by taking aiming at the telecom giant's semiconductor supply chain and ponder whether the move will have unintended consequences. Next, we analyze the increasingly realistic prospect of the U.S. unleashing economic sanctions on China. We also check in on Venezuela and the political wrangling over Nynas's removal from the SDN List before recapping the key points of the U.S. government's latest sanctions advisory for the maritime industry. Plus, the Lightning Round features enforcement-focused nuggets relating to Iran, Syria, and Cuba.

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Questions? Contact us at podcasts@milchev.com.

EMBARGOED! is not intended and cannot be relied on as legal advice; the content only reflects the thoughts and opinions of its hosts.

EMBARGOED! is intelligent talk about sanctions, export controls, and all things international trade for trade nerds and normal human beings alike, hosted by Miller & Chevalier Members Brian Fleming and Tim O'Toole. Each episode will feature deep thoughts and hot takes about the latest headline-grabbing developments in this area of the law, as well as some below-the-radar items to keep an eye on. Subscribe for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3bDJnmU 
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2xAJ9ye
Google Play: https://bit.ly/3bAU0Hc
Stitcher: https://bit.ly/3awf95i

Timestamps:

0:11 Introduction

The Rundown:
3:35 Huawei
24:36 China Sanctions
38:57 Nynas AB + Venezuela Update
48:03 OFAC's Maritime Advisory

58:18 Lightning Round:
58:30 Iran + Seyed Shahidian Extradition, PAYMENT24 Case
1:03:53 Syria + EKT Katrangi
1:07:17 BIOMIN America + Another Cuba Blunder

1:12:33 Final Thoughts

***Stay sanctions free.***

China-stravaganza! | EMBARGOED! Podcast Episode 7

China-stravaganza! | EMBARGOED! Podcast Episode 7

May 12, 2020

In this episode of EMBARGOED!, Brian and Tim do a full-on China deep dive. To kick things off, we are joined by the first ever guest in EMBARGOED! history, our friend and colleague Richard Mojica, to analyze the current state of the U.S.-China trade deal, the possibility of more tariffs, and general prospects for U.S.-China trade relations through the 2020 U.S. presidential election and beyond. Next, we break down the significant new rule changes from BIS that will impact U.S. exports to military end users and for military end uses in China (and debate what those terms actually mean). After that, we survey the foreign direct investment landscape by discussing U.S. government fears about an influx of adversarial capital from China in the wake of COVID-19 and what CFIUS is likely to do in response. Finally, we survey the latest dramas, big and small, affecting Huawei and recap some recent enforcement activity tied to DOJ's China Initiative.

FIND OUT MORE:

Read more from Brian and Tim on the new BIS rules for military end users/uses: https://bit.ly/3bacpdg

Thanks to our guest Richard Mojica for joining us: https://www.millerchevalier.com/professional/richard-mojica

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Questions? Contact us at podcasts@milchev.com.

EMBARGOED! is not intended and cannot be relied on as legal advice; the content only reflects the thoughts and opinions of its hosts. EMBARGOED! is intelligent talk about sanctions, export controls, and all things international trade for trade nerds and normal human beings alike, hosted by Miller & Chevalier Members Brian Fleming and Tim O'Toole. Each episode will feature deep thoughts and hot takes about the latest headline-grabbing developments in this area of the law, as well as some below-the-radar items to keep an eye on. Subscribe for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3bDJnmU
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2xAJ9ye
Google Play: https://bit.ly/3bAU0Hc
Stitcher: https://bit.ly/3awf95i

Timestamps:

0:12 Introduction

The Rundown:
4:42 The Precarious State of the U.S.-China Trade Deal + Prospects for More Punitive Tariffs (with very special guest Richard Mojica, Member at Miller & Chevalier)
32:34 New BIS Rules for Military End Users/Uses in China
51:55 CFIUS and Beyond: Prospects for Chinese FDI
1:04:34 Latest on Huawei + Quick Enforcement Roundup (with focus on DOJ China Initiative)

1:32:46 Final Thoughts

***Stay sanctions free.***

A Kinder, Gentler OFAC? | EMBARGOED! Podcast Episode 6

A Kinder, Gentler OFAC? | EMBARGOED! Podcast Episode 6

April 28, 2020

In this week's EMBARGOED!, Brian and Tim discuss OFAC's recent pronouncements on risk-based compliance and humanitarian assistance and what they mean for companies balancing the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also cover new guidance on exemptions from FEMA's PPE export restrictions, the possible end of an era in Venezuela, and North Korea's ignominious moment in the spotlight. Plus, the Lightning Round features quick takes on the Industrial Bank of Korea DPA, the resuscitation of two lawsuits seeking damages for confiscated property in Cuba, and the prospects of U.S. sanctions against Iraq.

Questions? Contact us at podcasts@milchev.com.

EMBARGOED! is not intended and cannot be relied on as legal advice; the content only reflects the thoughts and opinions of its hosts. EMBARGOED! is intelligent talk about sanctions, export controls, and all things international trade for trade nerds and normal human beings alike, hosted by Miller & Chevalier Members Brian Fleming and Tim O'Toole. Each episode will feature deep thoughts and hot takes about the latest headline-grabbing developments in this area of the law, as well as some below-the-radar items to keep an eye on. Subscribe for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3bDJnmU
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2xAJ9ye
Google Play: https://bit.ly/3bAU0Hc
Stitcher: https://bit.ly/3awf95i

Timestamps:

0:11 Introduction

The Rundown:
3:19 OFAC Compliance
11:00 OFAC Humanitarian Assistance
20:24 Update on PPE Export Restrictions
28:20 General License 8F and the End of Chevron's Run in Venezuela
8:01 DPRK Cyber Guidance and U.N. Report

47:50 Lightning Round:
8:09 Industrial Bank of Korea DPA
53:50 Cuban Confiscated Property Lawsuits Revived
58:51 Playing a Game of Chicken with Russia re: Syria and Iraq

1:02:20 Final Thoughts

***Stay sanctions free.***