On April 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC). This surprisingly large set of designations was in response to the April 4, 2017 sarin gas attack by the Syrian government on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria.
By Oliver M. Krischik, Esq. On December 29, 2016, President Obama took action to expand the scope of the Department of the Treasury’s Cyber-related Sanctions Program to include, among other things, tampering with election processes. Specifically, the President issued an Executive Order, Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious […]
Newsweek broke a story that Donald Trump’s company may have violated the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR). Specifically, Newsweek claims that “[d]ocuments show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval.”
Eliminating Terrorist Funding while Enhancing Legitimate Commercial Transactions and Family Remittances There is consensus that financing terrorism, via the international financial system, must be systematically eradicated while maintaining channels for legitimate commercial and family-related financial transactions. Unfortunately, many international banking conglomerates refuse to do business with certain countries altogether, as their costs of compliance outweigh […]
OFAC Issues Secondary Sanctions for Foreign Banks Doing Business with Hizballah On April 14, 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new secondary sanctions (found in 31 C.F.R. 566 (pdf)) to implement the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015. The new secondary sanctions target foreign financial institutions […]
Back in July (2015) the permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States), Germany (collectively the P5+1), the European Union, and Iran reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program would be exclusively peaceful.
Barclays Bank Pays Millions to Settle Sanctions Violations Involving Shadow Blocked Entities On February 8, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a settlement between the agency and Barclays Bank Plc regarding apparent violations of the Zimbabwe Sanctions Regulations (ZSR). Specifically, Barclays (including its New York branch), processed […]
Heightened Scrutiny of Real Estate Cash Purchases May Complicate Future Buys by Those Tied to Sanctioned Countries On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued two new Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that will temporarily require US title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind companies used to pay “all cash” for high-end residential […]
On December 8th, 2015, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took aim at the North Korean government’s attempts to procure weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and related materials for production, presumably for the assembly of a strategic rocket force. Six North Korean nationals and three North Korean shipping companies have been added […]
On December 9th 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a press release designating Tadamasa Goto, a Japanese yakuza or gangster member known as the John-Gotti of Japan, as person completely prohibited from dealing with U.S. financial markets.