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OFAC Increases Civil Monetary Penalties

On February 10, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department announced an increase in civil monetary penalties across a number of Treasury offices, including the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Understanding the potential...more

Changes to Sudanese Sanctions Program Could Benefit U.S. Life Sciences Companies (A Little)

On January 13, 2017, President Obama signed the Executive Order “Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions” that revoked many U.S. economic...more

Federal District Court Rebuffs Attempt by Navy Sailors to Satisfy Judgment Against Republic of Sudan by Attaching Assets Held by...

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York delivered a victory to banks seeking to prevent judgment creditors from attaching assets “blocked” pursuant to Office of Foreign...more

Kingpin Act Wielded Against Vice President of Venezuela

The Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Tareck Zaidan El Aissami Maddah (El Aissami), was designated on Monday by the U.S. Department of Treasury as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics...more

New Iran Designations: OFAC Adds 25 Persons to the SDN List in Response to Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test

On February 3, 2017, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added 25 persons to its List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (the SDN List, and every person thereon, an SDN) as a result of their...more

OFAC Authorizes Certain Dealings with Russian Security Agency

In its first public statement since the inauguration, the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on February 2, 2017, that it had authorized limited dealings with the Federal Security...more

Trump Administration Takes Moderate Steps Against Iran. What Comes Next?

On Friday, February 3, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced it was designating 25 entities and individuals as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) for their involvement in...more

Another Reason To Always Run Compliance Screenings Even If You Are A Non-U.S. Party – OFAC Is Targeting Foreign Companies

If you are a foreign company that wants access to the U.S. financial markets, make sure you understand the U.S. Iran Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR). Administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of...more

Trump Administration Makes First Iran Sanctions Designations

Key Points - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has added 25 new entities and individuals to its Specially Designated Nationals List, including some located in China, Lebanon,...more

White Collar Enforcement and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

Enforcement activity under the Obama administration often made headlines for the eye-popping level of fines, with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, and economic sanctions...more

Presidential “Notice” Triggers New Iran Sanctions Designations

On February 3, 2017, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury added twenty-five individuals and entities to its Specially Designated Nationals (“SDN”) List. According to the White...more

Highlights of the ACI Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Litigation Conference in Miami

Last week I had the pleasure of co-hosting the ACI Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Litigation conference with my friend and colleague Chris Nolan from Holland & Knight. Here are a few highlights from the conference: -...more

Red Notice Newsletters - Chinese

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Las Vegas Sands Corporation Agrees to Pay Approximately $7 Million to Resolve DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action – On January 19, 2017, Las Vegas Sands Corporation (“Sands”), a Nevada-based...more

Trump Administration Turns Up the Heat on Iran

On February 3, 2017, in response to recent Iranian ballistic missile tests, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added 13 individuals and 12 entities to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN)...more

OFAC Eases Certain Sanctions Involving Russia’s FSB; BIS Licensing Still Required

On February 2, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Cyber-related General License (GL) 1, a general license that authorizes certain transactions with Russia’s Federal...more

Trump Administration Sanctions Iran in Response to Missile Test

The Trump Administration responded on Feb. 3, 2017, to Iran's latest series of ballistic missile tests by sanctioning certain individuals and companies involved in Iran's efforts to procure ballistic missile technology or...more

Treasury Department Imposes New Sanctions Against Iran and Clarifies Russia Cyber Sanctions

New Iran Designations - On Friday, the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 25 individuals and entities under Executive Orders 13382 and 13224 for their roles in procuring...more

U.S. Designates New Individuals and Entities for Iran-Related Sanctions

Today, the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) imposed sanctions on an additional 13 individuals and 12 entities identified by the Treasury Department as “entities and individuals involved in...more

General License for Commercial Authorizations from Sanctioned Russian Security Agency

OFAC has issued a new General License to address problems raised by the sanctioning of the Federal Security Services (FSB). This adjustment serves to authorize permits by the FSB needed for certain commercial transactions...more

Leaving on a Reconciliatory Note: President Obama Ends His Term with a Substantial Easing of the Sudanese Sanctions Regime

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) recently announced a significant relaxation of the U.S. sanctions with respect to Sudan that are currently administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The...more

Sanctions Round Up: Fourth Quarter 2016 and President Donald J. Trump

On November 8, 2016, Donald John Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Following fiery criticism of the Obama Administration’s sanctions policies, including the Iran deal, the lifting of substantial parts...more

The US Office of Foreign Assets Control Issues Guidance for Compliance with US Sanctions Laws

The US Office of Foreign Assets Control issued a guidance document regarding the provision of certain legal and compliance services by US attorneys and compliance personnel respect to US Sanctions laws...more

Red Notice Newsletter - January 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Las Vegas Sands Corporation Agrees to Pay Approximately $7 Million to Resolve DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action – On January 19, 2017, Las Vegas Sands Corporation (“Sands”), a Nevada-based...more

NYDFS, American Bankers Association Weigh In On OCC Fintech Charter Proposal

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has come out strongly against an Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) proposal to grant national bank charters to financial technology (fintech)...more

Business Litigation Report - January 2017

China's 2016 Cybersecurity Law Will Change the Way Multinational Companies Do Business in China - China adopted its controversial Cybersecurity Law on November 7, 2016. The law, which will take effect on June 1, 2017,...more

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