Vienna Agreement With Iran: New Opportunities For U.S. Companies?

The Agreement concluded by the six world powers and the Islamic Republic of Iran in regard to its nuclear program, represents an historic moment in the diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran and, simultaneously, opens to the American business-world the possibility of new and previously unimaginable opportunities. Though the Joint Comprehensive Plan of […]

U.S. Secondary Sanctions System Part 3

Impact on European Banks and Companies Click Here For Part 2 As stated in Part 1 of this series, the secondary sanctions system also impacts European companies, and this is through Executive Order 13608 signed by President Obama on May 1, 2012.  This Order gave to the Department of the Treasury the authority to impose […]

U.S. Secondary Sanctions System Part 2

Impact on European Banks and Companies Click Here For Part 1 Click Here For Part 3 Executive Order 13622, signed by President Obama, allows the possibility of imposing sanctions against any foreign financial institutions conducting or facilitating any significant financial transaction with the Iranian state oil companies, for the purchase of petroleum or petrochemical products.[1] […]

The U.S. Secondary Sanctions System

Impact on European Banks and Companies The American sanctions system against the Islamic Republic of Iran found its origins some years after the outbreak of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, becoming more restrictive in 1995 when President Clinton (see right) prohibited U.S. persons and entities from engaging in most transactions with Iran.[1] These restrictions concerned […]

Indicted, Extradited, and Sanctioned

Legal & Practical Challenges to Representing Alleged Foreign Narcotics Traffickers Foreign nationals face several unique challenges when forced to appear in the United States to face allegations that they are narcotics traffickers.  Many foreign nationals facing extradition to the United States for narcotics trafficking have been indicted by at least one grand jury.  The grand […]

GTO Issued Against 700 Businesses to Curb Money Laundering in Miami

FinCEN: Geographic Targeting Order Issued Against ~700 Miami Businesses; Requires Implementation of Elevated Anti-Money Laundering Controls. On April 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) imposing additional anti-money laundering controls against businesses in Miami that export electronics.  This rarely utilized authority was last […]

Executive Order Authorizes OFAC Targeting of Venezuelan Officials

Executive Order 13692: Expands Upon Congressional Legislation; Authorizes OFAC To Designate Venezuelan Officials for Their “Status,” Not Their “Conduct.” Like many sanctions programs before it, the Venezuela-related OFAC sanctions program is implemented pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA).  However, one unique aspect of this sanctions program is that it is also implemented […]