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OFAC Provides Guidance to Financial Institutions to Help Comply with Crimea Sanctions Regulations

On July 30, OFAC issued a “Crimea Sanctions Advisory,” highlighting certain actions that have been used to circumvent or evade U.S. sanctions involving the Crimea region as described in Executive Order 13685. The Advisory...more

OFAC Warns Financial and International Trade Sectors on Evasion of Crimean Sanctions

On Dec. 19, 2014, President Obama issued Executive Order 13685, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to the Crimea Region of Ukraine,” to impose sanctions relating to the...more

The Nuclear Deal With Iran: The Lifting of Sanctions and Implications for Business

On July 14, 2015, after two years of sometimes intense negotiations, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China (known as the “P5+1” countries), along with the European Union, signed a Joint...more

SWIFT Announces Development Of New KYC Compliance Registry

On March 4, SWIFT, the bank member-owned cooperative based in Belgium, announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with six of its major member banks to develop a central utility for the collection and distribution...more

CFTC Expands List of Acceptable Legal Entity Identifiers

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an amended order that expands the list of acceptable legal entity identifiers (LEIs) for purposes of swap data reporting and recordkeeping obligations under Parts 45 and 46 of...more

Wire Stripping: What is Old is New Again

Recently, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) was in the news again for stripping original wire details so that payments would go undetected by the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)....more

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