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UK Govt publishes guidance to support businesses in their Russia sanctions compliance procedures for the sale and brokering of oil tankers to third countries

The UK government is issuing this guidance for those involved in the sale and brokering of second-hand vessels to third countries. It provides further information and tools to counter current and emerging trends related to Russian sanctions evasion…

OFAC extends permission to transact with certain energy-related entities based in Russia

OFAC issued General License 8I pursuant to Russian Harmful Foreign Activities Sanctions Regulations (“RuHSR”), 31 CFR part 587. General License 8I was issued to extend the authorization of energy-related transactions to November 1, 2024 for transactions that involve one or more of the entities: State Corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs Vnesheconomank…

UK Govt hosts a senior US government delegation for the second US-UK Strategic sanctions dialogue

The  US and UK reaffirmed that sanctions and export controls are essential tools of national security policy. The delegations discussed the uses of targeted, coordinated sanctions and export control measures to deter and disrupt malign activity and to defend international norms…

FinCEN issues advisory on Iran-backed terrorist organisations, providing red flags that may assist FIs in identifying related suspicious activity

The Advisory highlights the means by which certain terrorist organizations receive support from Iran and describes several typologies these terrorist organizations use to illicitly access or circumvent the international financial system to raise, move, and spend funds…

White House announces continuation of the national emergency with respect to the Central African Republic

Reflects breakdown in law and order; intersectarian tension; the pervasive, often forced recruitment and use of child soldiers; and widespread violence and atrocities, including those committed by Kremlin-linked and Yevgeniy Prigozhin-affiliated entities such as the Wagner Group,

Europol announces new series of measures issued against the administrator of LockBit

The administrator and developer of LockBit, a Russian national, is now subject to a series of asset freezes and travel bans.

UK Govt adds three entries to the UK sanctions list under the Global Anti-Corruption regime

The Regulations provide for the imposition of financial sanctions, namely the freezing of funds and economic resources persons who are or have been involved in serious corruption…

OFSI issues new FAQs on UK sanctions and updated enforcement guidance

The FAQs are designed to complement existing guidance, which will continue to take precedence along with the relevant legislation. FAQs will be published on an “as- needed” basis, focusing on areas where new guidance would be beneficial to a substantial audience. These may include significant policy changes, new general licences (“GLs“), enforcement actions or wider implementation problems…

UK authorities invite private sector entities to take the UK Sanctions Perceptions Survey

The FCDO released a UK Sanctions Perceptions Survey to provide the public with an opportunity to anonymously inform the UK Government of how UK sanctions impact their businesses. According to the FCDO, the survey, which should take between 30 and 45 minutes to complete, is intended to help the UK Government gain an understanding of the impact of sanctions on private sector companies and non-government organizations (“NGOs”) and enable the government to identify ways …

UK House of Lords debates Russia sanctions, seizure and secondary sanctions

The UK House of Lords debated the potential review of sanctions against Russian individuals in light of President Putin’s re-election and the continuing war in Ukraine.  The House of Lords considered inter alia evidence that most Russian exports exceed the price cap, the potential need for more targeted action and the importance of tackling the circumvention of sanctions…

US Treasury designates Iranian cyber actors targeting U.S. Companies and government agencies

OFAC sanctioned two companies and four individuals involved in malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Cyber Electronic Command (IRGC-CEC). These actors targeted more than a dozen U.S. companies and government entities through cyber operations, including spear phishing and malware attacks…

US Treasury targets sanctions evaders supporting key Hizballah financial advisor

Five individuals, including two co-founders of CTEX Exchange and two of Moukalled’s sons, operate two companies in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that are being concurrently designated