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OFSI’s New Teeth: Sanctions in the Wake of ‘Brexit’ and Actions Taken by the UK Regulator (So Far)

February 27, 2020 By: Anna Sayre, CSS, Director of Content at ACSS

On January 31, 2020, the U.K. Parliament finally cut ties from the E.U. after two years of grueling debates and discussions in Brussels, signaling a chance for Britain to break away from the E.U. sanctions that it has most dutifully applied for decades. Though itis almost certain that the U.K. will continue to apply most E.U sanctions, it is also looking likely that the U.K. will instill a new sanctions regime of its own, perhaps more closely matching that of its American cousin across the pond.

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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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Wake Up To Sanctions | Second Quarter 2019 – Summer Edition Sanctions Round Up

August 05, 2019

OFAC Publishes New Framework for Compliance Commitments, Naming 5 Essential Components

On May 2, 2019, the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments “in order to provide organizations subject to U.S. jurisdiction, as well as foreign entities that conduct business in or with the United States or U.S. persons, or that use U.S.-origin goods or services, with a framework on the essential components of a sanctions compliance program”. This guidance marks the first time that OFAC has provided prescriptive guidance to companies on its views of what should be included in an effective sanctions compliance program. (more…)

Lessons from the Euroturbine Case: Global Trends and Enhanced Due Diligence Essential to Safeguard Your Business

February 21, 2019 By: Jan Verloop*

On February 18, 2019, Euroturbine B.V. (Euroturbine), a Dutch supplier of specialist parts for gas and steam turbines, was fined for the illicit export of so-called ‘dual-use’ items with full knowledge that the items would eventually reach Iran.‘Dual-use’ items are those goods, products or technologies, normally used for civilian purposes but which may have military or Weapons of Mass Destruction related applications. As turbine engines and parts are made of high alloy materials, and can be used to power a number of military vehicles, they are considered ‘dual-use’ for export purposes, and cannot be exported without permission from the Dutch government.

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The Zoltek Experience: Six Lessons for U.S. Companies with Foreign Subsidiaries

February 4, 2019 By: Scott Nance and George Voloshin

On December 20, 2018, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a penalty notice and settlement agreement with Zoltek Companies, Inc., a U.S. producer of carbon fiber. OFAC found that Zoltek had violated U.S. sanctions laws due to its Hungarian subsidiary, Zoltek ZRT, having purchased inputs from a Specially Designated National (SDN) in Belarus. Zoltek agreed to pay a substantial fine of $7,772,102 and to implement various measures to ensure it would not commit future violations.

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