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Entries in Sanctions (38)

Wednesday
May182016

U.S. lifts most Burma sanctions, shows ‘strong support’ for new government

Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control amended the Burmese Sanctions Regulations Tuesday to support trade with Burma.

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Monday
Apr252016

Think the Cuba sanctions ended? Better read this

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control published a new set of questions and answers Thursday about the sanctions on Cuba. OFAC's answers will surprise a lot of people.

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Friday
Feb122016

OFAC fines Barclays $2.5 million for 159 Zimbabwe sanctions violations

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said Monday it fined Barclays Bank Plc $2.48 million to resolve potential civil liability for 159 apparent violations of the Zimbabwe sanctions regulations.

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Sunday
Jan172016

Sunday action: U.S. sanctions eleven for Iran ballistic missile program

The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed new sanctions Sunday against eleven people and companies allegedly involved in Iran's ballistic missile program. The action came one day after President Obama lifted sanctions on Iran's nuclear program and hours after a prisoner swap between Washington and Tehran.

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Wednesday
Sep302015

Nina Mohseni: Treasury amends Cuba sanctions again, but embargo remains

Secretary of State John Kerry in a vintage Chevy Impala in Old Havana on August 15, 2015 (State Department photo)The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has amended the Cuba sanctions regulations for the second time this year. 

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Monday
Sep212015

Practice note: How does the World Bank impose sanctions? (Part One)

Image courtesy of the World Bank GroupSince 2001, the World Bank has sanctioned more than 400 firms and individuals. Let's look at how that happens.

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Tuesday
Mar172015

FinCEN updates AML/CFT counter-measures and enhanced due diligence list

Roger Wilkins AO (Australia) FATF President 2014-2015The U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network sets risk-based compliance obligations of U.S. financial institutions. FinCEN directs counter-measures against the countries with the highest risk and enhanced due diligence against others.

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Thursday
Feb052015

IACA Program Announcement: Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity

Our friends at the International Anti-Corruption Academy have announced a new program call Legal Incentives for Corporate Integrity. The three-day training session happens from May 4 - 6, 2015 at the IACA campus near Vienna, Austria.

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Wednesday
Jan212015

Easing the embargo: New Cuba trade regulations take effect

Amendments to the Treasury Department’s Cuban Assets Control Regulations came into effect Friday. While the Cuba embargo remains in place, the regulatory amendments reflect the Obama Administration’s policy “to further engage and empower the Cuban people” and are continuations of amendments made in September 2009 and January 2011.

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Tuesday
Nov182014

Iran talks: Due for another extension?

U..S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Image courtesy of the U,S. State Department)The deadline for a nuclear deal and the expiration of temporary sanctions relief is fast approaching -- November 24 -- extended from the original July 20, 2014 deadline. It shouldn’t come as too much a surprise, however, that officials from different countries involved in the negotiations suggested last week that a deal by Monday is unlikely and that a second extension is under consideration.

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Tuesday
Oct072014

How Alcoa avoided a $1 billion criminal fine while others got hammered

Leslie Caldwell, chief of the DOJ's criminal division, talked at last week's Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference in Atlanta. She covered the ten hallmarks of an effective compliance program and cooperation with the DOJ in FCPA and other white-collar investigations. Her examples of good and bad corporate behavior came from real life.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

Under U.S. sanctions, iPhones and Facebook are OK for Iran. But no sales agents

The United States government has imposed tough long-term trade sanctions on Iran because of its nuclear program. But our policy makers want Iranian citizens to have access to the Internet, mobile phones, chat services, and other social media. That, after all, is how news spreads and change happens.

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