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ACSS Editorial Task Force

Seeking Qualified OFAC/Sanctions Officers

Are you a sanctions expert who is passionate about writing?

We are seeking qualified sanctions officers from corporations, government agencies, international organizations, and financial institutions to contribute to ACSS Editorial Taskforce.

Editorial Task Force members are the collective “brain trust” in helping write ACSS editorial content, such as articles for our website –www.sanctionsassociation.org – and our newsletters.

The scope of this volunteer activity is spread throughout the year. The term of service is for one year, potentially renewable. The time commitment is manageable and spread throughout the planning process of our editorial calendar. The Task Force has quarterly conference calls of 60 minutes.

Task Force Qualifications

  • Required: Currently a member of ACSS.
  • Likes to write!
  • Willing to submit one article of approximately 800 words per quarter
  • Help recruit other members of the sanctions community to submit articles or for interviews, or “your words” section of our newsletter

Members of Editorial Task Force

NameJob TitleOrganizationCityEdTF Member since
Alex HainesBarristerOuter Temple ChambersLondonApril 2019
Thomas NollnerIndependent Consultant ChicagoMarch 2019
Scott NancePrincipalLangley Compliance ConsultingWashington, D.C.March 2019
Robert WilliamsIndependent Consultant New York CityMay 2020
Daniel MartinPartner – International TradeHFWLondonMay 2020

Recent Articles by Editorial Task Force Members

The ‘Brexit’ Effect: What the UK’s Departure from the EU Could Mean for the Global Sanctions Landscape

December 9, 2019 By: John McKendrick QC* and Alex Haines**

Over three years ago, in the June 23 Referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU). This departure from the EU, also known as ‘Brexit’, has put the world on stand-by, waiting to see what terms the UK and Europe will decide for their future divorce. One of these terms will be how to treat sanctions policy once the UK leaves.
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The ‘Nica Act’: The Nexus, Effect, and Long-Arm Reach of US Sanctions Against Nicaragua

November 6, 2019 By: John McKendrick QC* and Alex Haines**

The Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018(NHRACA) seeks to hold violators of human rights and corrupt actors in Nicaragua accountable. It also instructs the U.S. president to impose individual sanctions on members of the Nicaraguan government deemed responsible for human rights violations against the post-April 2018 protesters, as well as current and former Nicaraguan government officials involved in significant acts of corruption. Sanctions could take the form of visa removals, the blocking of US assets, and prohibitions on transactions between those sanctioned and U.S. citizens.
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Recent OFAC Settlements with Non-Financial Companies and Lessons Learned

November 4, 2019 By: Thomas Nollner*

A commonly held misconception within the sanctions industry is that Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions programs only apply to financial institutions. Recent large civil liability settlements between OFAC and several large banking companies support this misconception. As published in the international press, Standard Chartered Bank reached a settlement agreement with OFAC in April 2019 for an apparent violation by paying OFAC $639 million; Societé Génerale S.A. in November 2018 reached a settlement agreement for the same type of apparent violation by paying OFAC $53 million; and J.P. Morgan Chase in October 2018 paid $5 million to OFAC for an apparent violation.

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