Risks and Controls
January 9, 2019 By: Alex Haines, Outer Temple Chambers*
Most compliance officers are familiar with sanctions imposed by the UN, EU, US, Canada, and other countries. These international organizations and states impose targeted financial sanctions– such as asset freezes, arms embargoes and travel bans – in order to achieve a desired outcome. A lesser known form of sanctions is one that belongs to Multilateral Development Banks (MDB) like the World Bank Group.
WMD Proliferation Detection Can Be Readily Incorporated Into Existing AML/Terrorist Financing Programs, A new Report by the Center for New American Security
November 25, 2018 By: Sanctions Alert
The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) is a critical threat facing the international community. As such, finding new and more effective ways of combating the proliferation of WMDs has become a major concern of the international community.
October 29, 2018 By: Scott Nance*
In order to optimize interest and improve liquidity for their clients, financial institutions frequently maintain so-called ‘pooling accounts’, in which funds from many different accounts are combined.
August 16, 2018
By: Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer, SanctionsAlert.com
After conducting a supervisory examination of its compliance program, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has issued a $12.5 million fine and a Consent Order requiring Bank of China’s New York Branch to fulfill certain requirements within 90 days, some very far-reaching.
The Order, imposed by the OCC in April 2018, not only details shortcomings found in the Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) compliance program of one of the world’s biggest lenders, but also enterprise-wide deficiencies in its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) compliance requirements.
July 7, 2018
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.
June 15, 2018
By: Keith Preble and Dr. Bryan R. Early*
The main goal of imposing sanctions on a target country or entity has always been to disrupt the target’s commercial relationships and make it costlier for them to do business. Governments try to achieve this goal by imposing administrative and criminal penalties for individuals and entities that violate their sanctions.
Though these restrictions generally apply only to firms and citizens operating in the country imposing the sanctions, the United States has recently employed far more aggressive and wide-reaching methods in penalizing foreign firms.
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