November 7, 2019 By: Natasha Bright, ACSS Reporter
Last month, there were news reports that claimed that North Korea was developing its own cryptocurrency. Like many things related to the secretive nation, there are not many details available. However, if true, that would make the country the latest to dabble in the creation of a sovereign coin that could potentially be used to evade sanctions. Venezuela, Iran, and Russia have also explored this option to varying degrees. Although, as yet, not successfully.
October 07, 2019 By: Glenda Juliano*, CAMS
On May 8th, 2018, sanctions compliance officers’ lives became more difficult. (more…)
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…)
June 21, 2019 By: Natasha Bright, Reporter ACSS
Compliance with sanctions isn’t just a bank issue. In the past year, the Office of Foreign Assets Control has begun to focus on industries outside the financial sector including those involved in shipping. Sanctions related to Iran, North Korea and Venezuela have increased pressure on maritime trade businesses including shipping companies, insurance companies, commodities traders, associated financial institutions, and others. In response, organizations are looking for guidance and solutions to adapt to the rapidly evolving and complex compliance landscape
June 12, 2019 By: Anna Sayre, Head of Legal Content, ACSS
In early 2019, despite U.S. sanctions to the contrary, Germany, France and the U.K. (also known as the ‘E3’) joined together to set up INSTEX: a new payment channel to facilitate trade with Iran. Though a bold move in theory, any effort on the part of the E.U. to continue trade with Iran could only serve to ruffle Washington’s feathers.
May 27, 2019 By: Natasha Bright, reporter ACSS
On the one-year anniversary of the United States withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a new executive order was announced that imposes sanctions on Iran’s iron, steel, aluminum, and copper sectors. This was the latest move in the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, which seems to have picked up speed since the beginning of this year.