On December 2, 2021, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the expansion of sanctions against Belarus in response to the Lukashenka regime’s continued “disregard for international norms.” The actions taken by OFAC pursuant to Executive Orders 14038 and 13405 include 35 new designations to the Specially Designated Nationals and

On November 24, 2021, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Venezuela-related General License 8I, “Authorizing Transactions Involving Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) Necessary for the Limited Maintenance of Essential Operations in Venezuela or the Wind Down of Operations in Venezuela for Certain Entities.” This general license continues to

On September 24, 2021, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued two general licenses (GL) intending to alleviate the impact of U.S. sanctions on civilians in Afghanistan. Specifically, OFAC issued GL 14 “Authorizing Humanitarian Activities in Afghanistan” and GL 15 “Transactions Related to the Exportation or Reexportation of Agricultural Commodities, Medicine, Medical Devices, Replacement Parts

Ransomware attacks have been increasing, forcing many businesses to choose between paying a ransom and losing access to their confidential and proprietary data or information networks and systems.

On September 21, the Department of the Treasury issued an updated advisory that highlights potential sanctions risks for companies that directly make or otherwise facilitate ransomware payments

On September 17, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO), “Imposing Sanctions on Certain Persons with Respect to the Humanitarian and Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia,” targeting persons responsible for the conflict in Ethiopia, obstructing humanitarian access and preventing a ceasefire. The White House issued a statement in connection with the new sanctions indicating

On September 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued General License (GL) 5H, “Authorizing Certain Transactions Related to the Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. 2020 8.5 Percent Bond on or After January 21, 2022,” which continues to delay U.S. persons’ ability to enforce bondholder rights to the

Key Notes:

  • U.S. sanctions regulations require persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction to file initial and annual reports on blocked property and rejected transactions with OFAC.
  • Annual reports of property blocked from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 must be submitted by September 30, 2021.
  • There is no annual reporting requirement for rejected transactions.

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Recent additions to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List highlight an increasing enforcement focus on corruption and money laundering. On August 24, 2021, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated three Paraguayan individuals and five associated entities to the SDN List in response to a corruption and money-laundering scheme involving

On August 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) implemented additional sanctions on Russia in response to the state-sponsored poisoning of Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny in August 2020. Specifically, OFAC has designating nine Russian individuals and two Russian entities found to be involved in Navalny’s poisoning or

On August 11, 2021, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a fact sheet noting existing exemptions and authorizations available for companies, individuals and exporters to provide telecommunications-related goods and services to Cuba. The fact sheet lists OFAC general licenses