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Celebrating First Anniversary of the “Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments”, With a Poke at Implementation Reality

May 20, 2020
By: Jack Walsh, ACSS Reporter

Just over one year ago, in May 2019, the Office for Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) released a 12-page framework for sanctions compliance commitments. This was the first time OFAC had ever published such detailed, prescriptive guidance, and it signaled a new desire to establish better communication with the sanctions community, particularly beyond the financial sector. (more…)

COVID-19, Humanitarian Aid, and Sanctions Compliance

May 18, 2020
By: Natasha Bright, Content Writer, ACSS

There has long been debate over the heavy-handed use of economic sanctions and whether the ends truly justify the means. In the midst of a global pandemic, however, that question has become truly salient as countries like Iran and Venezuela have increased need for humanitarian aid. Organizations like the United Nations have come out in favor of easing sanctions, while others have vehemently opposed any relief, particularly regarding Iran. (more…)

Three Designations and a Removal: Recent Major Companies Targeted by OFAC and Their Implications

May 15, 2020
By: Anna Sayre, CSS, Director of Content, ACSS

No matter how large or influential, any company that violates sanctions runs the risk of being placed on the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List. Once a company is considered an SDN, all U.S. persons and entities are generally prohibited from dealing with that company and all of the company’s U.S. assets are immediately frozen. (more…)

Six Compliance Lessons for Non-Banks from Recent OFAC Enforcement Actions

April 20, 2020
By: Jack Walsh, Reporter, ACSS

Recently, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, or OFAC, has heightened its focus on industries outside the financial sector. The vast majority, over 70 percent of enforcement actions announced by OFAC in 2018 and 2019 targeted non-financial institutions. This trend continues into 2020 with the agency’s three enforcement actions to date targeting a lobbying firm, a maritime shipping company and a service provider for the civilian air transportation industry. (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…)

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