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Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Division of Corporation Finance issued a sample letter advising companies on their potential need to disclose direct and indirect impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the related international response on their operations. Sample letters generally do not create any new legal obligations; instead, they signal the areas of potential scrutiny by the SEC and illustrate the types of risks the SEC may view as material.

In 2014, Ukraine and the EU signed a free-trade agreement in the form of an Association Agreement that contains a Title IV which relates to trade and trade related matters and has been applied since 1 January 2016. Article 29 of the Association Agreement provides for the progressive elimination of customs duties in accordance with the schedules included in the agreement and envisages the possibility to accelerate and broaden such elimination. Following a request of Ukraine, the European Commission has decided to put forward a proposal introducing the following trade-liberalising measures for products originating in Ukraine.

Baker McKenzie’s Sanctions Blog published the alert titled Ukraine may cancel marketing authorizations for pharmaceuticals held by companies with ties to pharmaceutical manufacturing in Russia or Belarus on 9 May 2022. Read the article via the link here. Please also visit our Sanctions Blog for the most recent updates.

Baker McKenzie’s Sanctions Blog published the alert titled OFAC bans export of accounting, trust and corporate formation, and management consulting services to Russia; and issues new Russian SDN designations, Russia-related general licenses, and Russia-related FAQson 10 May 2022. Read the article via the link here. Please also visit our Sanctions Blog for the most recent updates.

We’re pleased to announce the publication of the third edition of Ukrainian Laws in Wartime: Guide for International and Domestic Businesses. This guide provides a brief overview of the key features of such wartime legislation. It is structured as a set of responses to the most common questions raised and considered by international and Ukrainian businesses these days