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U.S. Treasury Announces First Money Laundering Designation Against Mainland Chinese Bank

China, North Korea, USA - June 29 2017 Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced significant actions targeting Chinese companies and individuals for their commercial involvement...


Trump’s Cuba Announcement Signals a Change of Tone, but not Substance

Cuba, USA - June 16 2017 Earlier today, President Trump announced upcoming revisions to the Cuban embargo. The announcement should be viewed as a preview of coming changes...


D.C. Circuit Affirms OFAC’s Broad Enforcement Authority, but Demands Increased Transparency in its Decision-Making Process

USA - June 1 2017 Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision in Epsilon Electronics, Inc. v. U.S. Dept. of the Treasury, Office of...


Designation of Hundreds of Syrians Provides Insight into OFAC and a Reminder of Screening Expectations

USA - April 26 2017 Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 271 Syrians accused of serving the Government of...


Recent U.S. Government Actions Highlight the Inherent Risk to U.S. and Foreign Companies Doing Business in Lebanon

Lebanon, USA - March 31 2017 Last week, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the settlement of a civil fraud suit against American University...

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