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Congress pushes legislation to sanction Russia in anticipation of invasion of Ukraine

Russia, Ukraine, USA - January 31 2022 In response to Russia’s increasingly aggressive troop build-up on the Ukrainian border and the lack of progress of negotiations between Russia and…

Panagiotis C. Bayz, Brandon L. Van Grack, John E. Smith

No surprises, but fascinating statistics on the growth of sanctions, as Treasury releases its 2021 sanctions review

USA - November 4 2021 On October 18, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) released its 2021 Sanctions Review (“Sanctions Review” or the “Review”), which…

Panagiotis C. Bayz, Brandon L. Van Grack, John E. Smith

Lessons Learned from OFAC’s 2020 Enforcement Actions

USA - February 17 2021 As we previously wrote in our OFAC 2020 Year in Review, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) saw a drop in…

Panagiotis C. Bayz, Brandon L. Van Grack, John E. Smith

OFAC 2020 Year in Review

China, Cuba, Hong Kong, Iran, Russia, USA - February 16 2021 In too many ways to count, 2020 was an extraordinary year. As we move into 2021 with optimism for an end to the pandemic and better days ahead, we…

Reema Shocair Ali, Panagiotis C. Bayz, Brandon L. Van Grack, Raymond Rif, John E. Smith

Biden Administration Issues Executive Order Re-Imposing Sanctions on Burma

Myanmar, USA - February 12 2021 On February 11, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14014 of February 10, 2021, “Blocking Property With Respect to the Situation in Burma”…

Panagiotis C. Bayz, Brandon L. Van Grack, Raymond Rif, John E. Smith