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Citing national security concerns, President Biden issued an executive order (EO) on May 13, 2024, demanding a Chinese-affiliated company “sell or transfer” its ownership interests and any other rights in an approximately 12-acre lot that comes within one mile of Francis E. Warren Air Force Base (“Warren AFB”) in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The divestment order is

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  • The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis requires the reporting of certain statistical data on foreign direct investment in the United States. This includes reporting data when a foreign entity acquires a U.S. business, when a foreign entity or its existing U.S. affiliate establishes a new legal entity, or when an existing

On May 10, 2024, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Venezuela-related General License 8N, extending authorization until November 15, 2024 for certain activities previously authorized under General License 8M. General License 8N authorizes the continuation of transactions and activities “ordinarily incident and necessary to the limited maintenance of

On April 24, 2024, President Biden signed into law a broad national security package which included the Israel Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024; Ukraine Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024; Indo-Pacific Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024; 21st Century Peace through Strength Act; FEND off Fentanyl Act; and the Rebuilding Economic Prosperity and Opportunity for Ukrainians Act.

On May 1, 2024, the State Department published a proposed rule to amend the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and establish an exemption to the licensing requirement for exports, reexports, transfers, or temporary import of defense articles to or within Australia and the United Kingdom. This proposed rule is intended to promote the goals

On May 1, 2024, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of State announced further sanctions targeting Russia’s military-industrial base and chemical and biological weapons programs as well as companies and individuals in third countries that continue to help Russia acquire key inputs for weapons or defense-related production.

On April 24, 2024, President Biden signed into law a significant amendment to the statute of limitations for violations under U.S. sanctions laws, as part of the national security package (H.R. 815). This change extends the period for enforcement actions from five to ten years, reflecting a more robust approach to national security

On April 29, 2024, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued amended Russia-related General License No. 8I, once again extending the authorization to conduct transactions involving Vnesheconombank, Bank Financial Corporation Otkritie, Sovcombank, Sberbank, VTB Bank, Alfa-Bank, Rosbank, Bank Zenit, Bank Saint-Petersburg, and the Central Bank of Russia that are