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U.S. Implements President Trump’s Cuba Policy

On Nov. 8, 2017, the U.S. Government announced new regulations in furtherance of the Trump Administration’s policy regarding Cuba. As discussed in our prior GT Alert, in June 2017, President Trump published his National Security Presidential Memorandum “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba” (NSPM), which announced modification of U.S. policy with respect … Continue Reading

Trump Announces Cuba Policy Targeting Commercial Dealings With Cuban Military

After much anticipation, on June 16, 2017, President Trump announced changes to U.S. policy under the existing embargo against Cuba, which reinstate some pre-Obama restrictions. The changes are relatively minor and are not expected to significantly impact most of the Obama administration’s relaxation in Cuba policy. It remains to be seen exactly how the policy … Continue Reading

U.S. Further Eases Restrictions on Cuba Travel and Financial Transactions

In its most recent move in a series of changes designed to increase engagement between the United States and Cuba, and in line with the Administration’s policy, on March 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the existing Cuban Assets Control Regulations (Cuba Sanctions Regulations) in three … Continue Reading

The Next Modest Wave of Cuba Thaw—U.S. Eases Restrictions on Exports, Export Trade Financing, and Artistic Productions

On Jan. 27, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) once again amended the existing Cuban Assets Control Regulations (Cuba Sanctions Regulations) to open the door for further U.S. engagement with Cuba. The amendments remove certain restrictions on the financing of exports to Cuba as well as restrictions on … Continue Reading

FCC Proposes to Relax Limitations on Telecom Service to Cuba

On Nov. 24, 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice inviting comments on its proposal to remove Cuba from its Exclusion List.  If implemented, Cuba’s removal from the Exclusion List would allow U.S. telecommunication carriers to provide facilities-based telecommunications services from the United States to Cuba without first obtaining a separate … Continue Reading

U.S. Allows Additional Trade and Business with Cuba

Amendments Implement Additional Changes Laid Out by President Obama on Dec. 17, 2014 On Sept. 21, 2015, the U.S. Government further amended the existing Cuba-related regulations to allow for certain additional types of travel and the establishment of physical business premises in Cuba. The amendments also remove certain restrictions on remittances, financial transactions, and exports … Continue Reading

Franchising in Cuba – The Next Frontier?

On Jan. 16, 2015, following an announcement made by President Obama on Dec. 17, 2014 of a plan to ease the U.S. trade embargo and restore diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (the Commerce Department) and the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign … Continue Reading

U.S. and Cuba to Re-establish Diplomatic Relations

Further to President Obama’s initial announcement in December 2014 of planned restoration of diplomatic ties on July 1, 2015, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States will restore formal diplomatic relations with Cuba and specifically that embassies will be re-established in Washington and Havana after more than 50 years. Uncertainty … Continue Reading

Cuba Removed from U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism List

Further to our previous Alert summarizing the President’s April notification to Congress of his intent to remove Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism (SSOT), the required 45-day period for Congressional notice expired on May 29, 2015, and, as a result, Cuba’s SSOT designation was officially rescinded. President Obama had formally submitted the … Continue Reading

Cuba to Be Removed from U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism List

On April 14, 2015, President Obama announced the removal of Cuba from the U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, a move that will allow the elimination of certain economic sanctions and pave the way for the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. In this GT Alert, the authors discuss the … Continue Reading
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