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Changes in Cuba May Impact the Insurance Industry

While much remains to be determined, the recent easing of U.S. restrictions on travel to and trade with Cuba may bring opportunities for U.S. and global insurance companies. However, many questions and obstacles remain. This...more

Anti-Corruption, Sanctions and Export and Import Risks

Forgive me for overusing the term “convergence” but when the shoe fits, I say “wear it.” If you are managing corporate risks and responsible for securing export licenses, ensuring that you are complying with OFAC sanctions...more

IRS Publishes List of Countries Requiring Cooperation with an International Boycott

Non-listed countries can also present compliance issues under both IRS and Commerce Department Requirements. On August 5, the US Department of the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published in the Federal...more

Layover in Tehran: United States Authorizes Carriers to Land Civil Aircraft in Iran

On July 29, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) cleared the runway for non-U.S. operators of civil aircraft to send flights into Iran. New “General License J” authorizes many Boeing, Airbus, and...more

AML Update: The NYDFS’s New Anti-Money Laundering Regulation and its Annual Compliance Certification Requirement

This summer, one of the nation’s top state regulators for finance announced a major new AML regulation, providing a critical hook for regulatory liability for companies that lack effective anti-money laundering controls. An...more

From Altamont to Airbus

What was one of the most tragic events in the history of rock and roll? High up on the list must rank the Altamont concert, held at Altamont Race Track on December 6, 1969. It was so bad that many people felt the 60s actually...more

Insurers Beware: The Risks of Failing to Comply With OFAC SDN Screening Requirements

Two related enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Compliance (OFAC) are stark reminders that health insurance providers (and other insurers) must maintain adequate U.S. trade...more

August 2016 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses new FAA reauthorization legislation, DOT awards for U.S. carrier scheduled service to Cuba, DOT’s decision to address consumer notification requirements...more

New License Authorizing U.S. Aircraft to Make Temporary Sojourns to Iran Marks Further Lifting of Secondary Sanctions

Further weakening secondary sanctions, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued a new license to allow non-U.S. persons to fly some U.S. aircraft to Iran for temporary sojourn. While General...more

OFAC Cites Violations in Dealings with Specially Designated Nationals

Insurance companies and financial institutions are targeted. On August 2, the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a Finding of Violation against two different insurance...more

OFAC Issues Findings of Violations of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Sanctions Regulations against a Health Insurer and Third Party...

On August 2, 2016, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued Findings of Violations of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Sanctions Regulations against AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company and Humana Inc. In both cases,...more

Cleared for Takeoff: OFAC’s General License J Allows Boeing, Airbus and Other Aircraft to Land in Iran

On July 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a new General License J (GL-J). GL-J authorizes the reexportation of certain civil aircraft on temporary sojourn to Iran,...more

OFAC’s New Civil Monetary Penalties Catch Up with Inflation

Effective August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will amend its regulations to raise the statutory maximum civil monetary penalty that can be assessed for a violation of...more

Six Months After Implementation of Iran Nuclear Agreement: Top 10 Observations

Various factors continue to shape and limit trade and investment between Iran and the rest of the world. Six months have passed since the implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran, officially known as the Joint...more

OFAC Authorizes Temporary Sojourn of US-Controlled Aircraft to Iran

Today, OFAC issued new General License J (“GL J”) authorizing non-U.S. persons to reexport certain “Eligible Aircraft” to Iran. Importantly, GL J only applies to temporary sojourns, meaning that any sales or leases (including...more

Legal Alert: New York’s New BSA/AML Rule Imposes Monitoring, Filtering and Certification Requirements

On June 30, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) adopted a new anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering (AML) regulation (Final Rule) that builds on federal anti-money laundering requirements to address...more

Why is On-boarding and Off-boarding Bank Clients Important?

After the Panama Papers, and with the recent FinCEN final Customer Due Diligence (CDD) rule, U.S. financial institutions are further focused on tightening internal controls against money laundering, terrorist financing,...more

Secondary Sanctions Can Prove Tricky for Both U.S. and Non-U.S. Companies - Export Compliance Matters

What are secondary sanctions? Secondary sanctions apply to non-U.S. persons for wholly non-U.S. conduct that occurs entirely outside U.S. jurisdiction. Compare this to primary sanctions, which prohibit U.S. persons from...more

How The Failure To Comply With The Conflict Minerals Law Can Expose Manufacturers To Criminal Penalties

Last year, we provided an overview regarding the requirement that U.S. publicly traded companies disclose their use of “conflict minerals.”  As of 2014, the Government Accounting Office reported that 1,321 companies filed the...more

Commerce Guidance Supports Benefits of Voluntary Disclosures and Improved Compliance Programs

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has issued a voluntary disclosure guidance for export violations. The guidance takes effect July 22 and its intent is to make Commerce’s enforcement more...more

New York State Department of Financial Services Releases Final Regulations to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions...

Final regulations impose certification requirements on a financial institution’s Board of Directors or Senior Officer(s) relating to BSA/AML and OFAC compliance. The New York State Register today published the final...more

New York Department of Financial Services Issues New AML and Sanctions Regulations

The New York DFS finalized its new AML and Sanctions screening regulations. Interestingly, the NYDFS backed off its original proposal to require a Chief Compliance Officer to certify to a compliance “finding” that the...more

NYS Department of Financial Services Outlines Requirements for Transaction Monitoring and Filtering Programs of NY State-Licensed...

On June 30, 2016, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYSDFS”) adopted a final regulation outlining the attributes of a risk-based transaction monitoring and filtering program that certain New York...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - July 2016

Privy Council clarifies the nature of arbitration clauses, but uncertainties about the clauses’ effect still remain. “Non-exclusive” arbitration clauses provide that disputes “may” be referred to arbitration (rather than...more

NY DFS Finalizes Rigorous AML/BSA Regulation

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has finalized a new regulation setting forth rigorous standards for monitoring and filtering programs to monitor transactions for potential anti-money laundering (AML) and...more

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