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How to Foster a Robust Culture of Compliance in Today’s Uneasy Financial Climate

October 13, 2020
By: Deepa Keswani, Director of Compliance Advisory, The Mizen Group*

How does one foster a culture of compliance? It helps to start by looking back at the turn of the century, following 9/11, when compliance became a critical function due to the urgent emphasis placed on it by the regulators. Banks were pressured to improve compliance processes and up their game in terms of knowing their customers, transaction monitoring, and sanctions screening. Enforcement actions, which had already been a stick they used, became the primary means with which regulators drove their point home. (more…)

Steady Increase in OFAC Enforcement; A Shift Towards Unilateral Sanctions; A New Focus on International Trade; and much more, according to Accuity.

February 3, 2020 By: Anna Sayre, CSS, Director of Content, ACSS

The global sanctions landscape is in a constant state of flux. From the U.S.’ stern outlook on Iran to the E.U.’s ever-tightening sanctions on Russia, our current global climate is ripe for sanctions shifts and new enforcement actions. In fact, 2019 saw the biggest uptick in OFAC cases since 2014, and the number of individual U.S. sanctions cases last year has tripled since the previous year. (more…)

ACSS Achievements 2019 – Launch of CSS Certification; 3rd Annual NY Conference; First-ever Publication on Sanctions Technology Best Practices – and What is on the Horizon in 2020

January 22, 2020 By: Anna Sayre, CSS, Director of Content, ACSS

Since its launch in October 2018, the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS) has grown by leaps and bounds. From adding new member benefits to the maiden voyage of our very first Certification Exam, the ACSS has been hard at work finding new ways to grow and enhance the sanctions community worldwide. (more…)

Seven Reasons Why Compliance Suites Should Treat Sanctions As Distinct from AML

July 7, 2018
By: SanctionsAlert.com

In recent times, the implementation of economic sanctions has been the go-to method for governments to put pressure on those countries that do not adhere to international standards. The implementation of economic sanctions as a leveraging tool has grown exponentially in the last decade and, as a result, given rise to a myriad of new rules and regulations that compliance suites must follow or suffer the consequences.

Nevertheless, despite this influx of new sanctions-based requirements, many compliance suites still continue to embedsanctions into their overall Anti-Money Laundering (AML)programs.

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