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Different Sides of the Same Coin: OFAC Lifts Some Sanctions Against Russia and Tightens Sanctions Against Venezuela

31 January 2019
Mayer Brown Legal Update
This week the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced two significant changes to US sanctions with consequences for the global aluminum and oil markets: sanctions lifted on UC Rusal plc, the world’s second largest aluminum producer, and two related companies; and expanded sanctions against Venezuela's state-owned oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela. This Legal Update discusses both of these actions and their implications for business.


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