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All Lightning Round, End-of-Summer Edition | EMBARGOED! Episode 36

All Lightning Round, End-of-Summer Edition | EMBARGOED! Episode 36

September 23, 2021

On this all Lightning Round episode, Brian and Tim check in on JCPOA 2.0, the latest on Afghanistan, more sanctions targeting Russia, a new Belarus E.O., CFIUS’s continued focus on China and semiconductors, a recent OFAC enforcement action highlighting risks for non-U.S. subsidiaries of U.S. companies, and a brand new OFAC sanctions program relating to Ethiopia.  

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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 wherever you get your podcasts for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Roadmap:

  • Introduction
  • JCPOA 2.0 Update
  • Afghanistan Update
  • More Nord Stream 2 Sanctions and Navalny Anniversary
  • Expanded Belarus Sanctions
  • CFIUS Set to Block China Semiconductor Deal
  • OFAC Settlement with First Bank and JC Flowers
  • New Ethiopia E.O.
  • Final Thoughts

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GIR‘s Enforcement Action Survey and What‘s Next in Afghanistan | EMBARGOED! Episode 35

GIR‘s Enforcement Action Survey and What‘s Next in Afghanistan | EMBARGOED! Episode 35

September 7, 2021

Back from summer vacation, Brian and Tim welcome guest Michael Griffiths of Global Investigations Review (GIR) to discuss his recent survey of U.S. trade practitioners, who were asked to identify the most influential OFAC and BIS enforcement actions of the past few years.  Then, Brian and Tim focus on the top story of the past month, Afghanistan, to forecast what U.S. sanctions policy may look like in the face of Taliban rule and what measures the U.S. may take to avoid a full blown humanitarian crisis.

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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 wherever you get your podcasts for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Around the World in 60 Minutes: Hong Kong, Cuba, Russia, Iran (and China) | EMBARGOED! Episode 34

Around the World in 60 Minutes: Hong Kong, Cuba, Russia, Iran (and China) | EMBARGOED! Episode 34

August 2, 2021

Brian and Tim check in on a wide range of topics, including the newly issued Hong Kong Business Advisory, the U.S. response to the crackdown in Cuba, the fate of Nord Stream 2, and the (possibly dimming?) prospects for JCPOA 2.0.  Then, in the Lightning Round, we spend a few minutes sharing our thoughts on the first six months of sanctions and export controls enforcement activity under the Biden administration.

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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 wherever you get your podcasts for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Timestamps:

0:10 Introduction and Roadmap

The Rundown
4:30 Hong Kong Business Advisory
14:38 The Cuban People Rise Up... and Sanctions Follow
27:34 U.S.-Germany Agreement on Nord Stream 2
39:10 The Latest on JCPOA 2.0

52:45 Lightning Round: Early Trends in Biden Era Enforcement

1:05:55 Final Thoughts

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A Deep Dive on Forced Labor | EMBARGOED! Episode 33

A Deep Dive on Forced Labor | EMBARGOED! Episode 33

July 15, 2021

Brian and Tim are joined by their Miller & Chevalier colleagues, Richard Mojica and Nate Lankford, to dive deep on the problem of forced labor and the ways multinational companies are reckoning with this human rights crisis (in Xinjiang and beyond). Specifically, we dig in on the broader universe of business and human rights considerations that global actors must now manage (including the impact of U.S. policy aimed at decoupling from China), examine the recent spike in forced labor-related enforcement led by CBP, and discuss practical challenges and strategies for multinational companies to develop effective compliance programs in this area of increasing importance.

Thanks to our guests:

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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 wherever you get your podcasts for new bi-weekly episodes so you don't miss out!

Timestamps:

0:10 Introduction and Roadmap
1:38 Guest Introductions: Richard Mojica and Nate Lankford

The Rundown
3:52 Background on Business & Human Rights and Forced Labor
19:52 Customs and Border Protection Enforcement
47:22 Compliance Considerations

1:11:43 Final Thoughts

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Is JCPOA 2.0 Going Down In Flames? | EMBARGOED! Episode 32

Is JCPOA 2.0 Going Down In Flames? | EMBARGOED! Episode 32

July 1, 2021

Brian and Tim try to decipher recent signals that JCPOA 2.0 may be in trouble and share their thoughts on what to look for during the coming weeks. We next turn to the new multilateral sanctions recently imposed on Belarus before checking in on China to discuss the merciful end of the #tiktokban (and what’s on the horizon under E.O. 14034), as well as recent aggressive actions by the U.S. targeting forced labor. Finally, in the Lightning Round, we do a quick dissection of the court decision dismissing Oleg Deripaska’s challenge to his SDN listing and offer thoughts on OFAC’s recent COVID-related general licenses and guidance.

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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!

Roadmap:

Introduction

The Rundown
Is JCPOA 2.0 Going Down in Flames?
New Belarus Sanctions
End of TikTok Ban and New E.O. Protecting Sensitive Data
Latest U.S. Actions Targeting Forced Labor in Xinjiang

Lightning Round
Deripaska Lawsuit Dismissed
OFAC GLs and Guidance re COVID Relief

Final Thoughts

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Hitting Reset on E.O. 13959 | EMBARGOED! Episode 31

Hitting Reset on E.O. 13959 | EMBARGOED! Episode 31

June 10, 2021

Brian and Tim kick things off by analyzing the complete do-over called by the Biden administration with respect to E.O. 13959 and contemplate what that means for the future of U.S. person restrictions relating to investments in publicly traded securities of Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies. Next, we consider the possible sanctions implications of the new White House directive targeting corruption and check in on the future of the Burma sanctions program in light of the deepening crisis. Finally, in the Lightning Round, we decipher the latest news on JCPOA 2.0, discuss the possible repercussions of Hamas touting its digital currency fundraising efforts, and evaluate recent criticism of the glacial pace of ECRA implementation.

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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
5:00 New Chinese Military Company E.O.
27:41 White House Anti-Corruption Directive
36:52 Burma Sanctions Regulations (and Burma Update)

44:57 Lightning Round
45:09 Checking in on JCPOA 2.0
49:27 Hamas Bitcoin Donations
55:10 ECRA Implementation Fail

1:05:44 Final Thoughts

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Waving the White Flag on Nord Stream 2? | EMBARGOED! Episode 30

Waving the White Flag on Nord Stream 2? | EMBARGOED! Episode 30

May 27, 2021

Brian and Tim kick off this episode by digging in to the implications of the newly announced U.S. sanctions targeting the Nord Stream 2 project and why they may amount to an admission of defeat. Next, we check in on the seemingly imminent JCPOA 2.0, the latest court challenge to the CCMC List, and a recent report issued pursuant to the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. Finally, in the Lightning Round, we consider OFAC’s ransomware guidance following recent high profile attacks and share our initial thoughts on the possible fallout from the diversion of a Ryanair flight by Belarus to arrest an opposition journalist.

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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
4:50 PEESA Sanctions and Nord Stream 2
19:00 Inching Toward JCPOA 2.0
26:18 Xiaomi Updates and Another CCMC Lawsuit
34:21 Recent Hong Kong Autonomy Act Report

45:10 Lightning Round
45:24 Colonial Pipeline Attack and Ransomware Epidemic
58:03 Belarus and Ryanair

 1:06:24 Final Thoughts

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Enforcement-palooza 2.0! | EMBARGOED! Episode 29

Enforcement-palooza 2.0! | EMBARGOED! Episode 29

May 13, 2021

We are long overdue for a deep dive on the latest enforcement actions, so we’re covering the DOJ-led joint resolution with SAP, OFAC settlements with MoneyGram and Alliance Steel, DDTC’s consent agreement with Honeywell, and, last but not least, Luokung Technology’s successful court challenge to its CCMC listing.  Then, in the Lightning Round, we check in on JCPOA 2.0, the U.S. approach to Venezuela and Cuba, and the winding down of an important general license for Belarus.

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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
4:27 SAP NPA and OFAC Settlement
21:38 MoneyGram OFAC Settlement
28:28 Alliance Steel OFAC Settlement
33:25 Honeywell DDTC Settlement
40:46 Luokung Takes Another Bite Out of the CCMC List

58:00 Lightning Round
58:12 JCPOA 2.0
1:11:26 Signals on Venezuela and Cuba
1:16:43 Belarus GL 2H

1:20:52 Final Thoughts

 

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To Russia With Love (and Sanctions) | EMBARGOED! Episode 28

To Russia With Love (and Sanctions) | EMBARGOED! Episode 28

April 21, 2021

On the latest episode, Brian and Tim dig in to the sweeping new Executive Order targeting Russian Harmful Foreign Activities to decipher what it means for the sanctions risk landscape in Russia and what may be coming next. We also check in on JCPOA 2.0 after an explosive week (literally) away from the negotiating table and go down the rabbit hole on the possible implications of China’s introduction of the digital yuan. Finally, in the Lightning Round, we share quick thoughts on the recent removal of the UAE from Treasury’s list of boycotting countries and a new legislative proposal that would expand CFIUS jurisdiction to certain transactions with U.S. institutions of higher education.

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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
4:56 New Russia Sanctions
29:36 Update on JCPOA 2.0
39:25 China's Cryptocurrency

54:30 Lightning Round
54:52 UAE Removed from Boycotting Countries List
1:02:07 The Strategic Competition Act of 2021

1:09:49 Final Thoughts

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First Steps Toward JCPOA 2.0 | EMBARGOED! Episode 27

First Steps Toward JCPOA 2.0 | EMBARGOED! Episode 27

April 8, 2021

Brian and Tim tackle the big news that formal talks are finally starting on JCPOA 2.0.  We break down what that means for the U.S., Iran, and what sanctions relief may look like under a revised deal.  Then, we give the Lightning Round treatment to the latest U.S. announcement regarding Hong Kong, more Burma sanctions, the possible elimination of an important OFAC general license in Belarus, the end of the ICC sanctions program, and a recent OFAC enforcement action against Nordgas.  

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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!

Roadmap:

Introduction

JCPOA 2.0

Lightning Round
Hong Kong is Still Part of the PRC
More Burma Sanctions
A Belarus Segment!
ICC E.O. May Be Revoked
OFAC Settlement with Nordgas

Final Thoughts