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Staying Compliant with Venezuela Sanctions –

Restrictions and Complex Scenarios

Last summer, President Trump issued Executive Order 13884 expanding sanctions in Venezuela by blocking the property of the Government of Venezuela as a whole. This is just a recent step in a long-line of sanctions against the South American country since Nicholas Maduro assumed power over its government in 2013. Now, what was once a few entities on OFAC’s list has turned into a broad and complex sanctions regime that can no longer be ignored by international financial institutions and companies who seek to remain compliant with global sanctions.

In this ACSS webinar, join our expert speakers as they examine the current sanctions imposed against Venezuela as well as a few complex scenarios that may arise when trying to stay compliant with this mutable and ever-changing regime.

Duration: 75 minutes

Speaker: Andres Fernandez Aymee D. Valdivia Granda

Moderator: Anna Sayre, Director of Content

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM – 01:15 PM EST

05:00 PM – 06:15 PM London

06:00 PM – 07:15 PM Amsterdam

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Andres Fernandez

Partner – Financial Services Regulatory Team

Holland & Knight LLP

Andres “Andy” Fernandez is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Miami office, co-leader of the firm’s Financial Services Regulatory Team, and leader of the firm’s Cuba Action Team. He practices in the area of banking law and financial services, with a focus on licensing, regulatory and compliance matters. With an emphasis on issues pertaining to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), anti-money laundering (AML) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), including recent sanctions issued under the Magnitsky Act, Mr. Fernandez counsels a broad range of clients such as domestic community banks, foreign banks, broker dealers and money service businesses (including virtual/digital currency). His fluency in Spanish helps clients in the United States as well as Central and South America.

Mr. Fernandez has represented financial institutions in such diverse matters as the establishment of U.S. offices and branches of foreign banks, the de novo formation of financial institutions, the resolution of regulatory enforcement actions against financial institutions, the representation of financial institutions before various regulatory or enforcement agencies as well as the resolution of potential civil and criminal monetary penalties, fines and forfeitures before U.S. regulators (Federal Reserve, OCC, FDIC, FINRA and the SEC), FinCEN, OFAC and the U.S. Department of Justice.

He began his legal career as a public defender in Miami-Dade County, Florida, where he tried numerous jury trials to verdict. With this background, he was able to expand his practice into areas of commercial litigation at a boutique law firm, and then rise as the co-chair of the banking and financial services practice at another Florida-based law firm. Beyond his active legal practice, Mr. Fernandez is an avid public speaker at regional and international banking conferences and training seminars. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Florida International University College of Law teaching a course on BSA, AML and OFAC.

Aymee D. Valdivia Granda

Partner – International Transactions, Latin America and Cuba

Holland & Knight LLP

Aymee D. Valdivia is an attorney in the International and Cross Border Transactions Practice of Holland & Knight’s Business Group and a member of Holland & Knight’s Cuba Action Team. Ms. Valdivia focuses her practice on corporate and international law, representing foreign and domestic clients in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and a broad variety of commercial transactions, with a focus in Latin America and Cuba. Her background and legal education in both common and civil law systems provides Ms. Valdivia with the ability to advise clients on transactions and projects involving multiple jurisdictions, legal systems and cultures.

Ms. Valdivia advises domestic and foreign clients on the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, which are administered and enforced by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), concerning their business ventures in Cuba. Her experience practicing law in Cuba for several years provides Ms. Valdivia with extensive knowledge of the Cuban legal system, especially in the areas of foreign investment, financing, regulatory compliance and immigration. She is a native of Cuba and has an in-depth understanding of the business culture in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.

Throughout her practice, Ms. Valdivia works directly with foreign in-house and outside counsel in serving clients on multijurisdictional projects. Ms. Valdivia has experience in international commercial arbitrations in which she has served as assistant to one of the parties or the arbitrator.