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Yes, the Taliban is sanctioned

We all watched the events of these past weeks in Afghanistan take place in rapid succession. Then Sunday, the Taliban overran the roughly 20-year old, U.S.-supported government last headed by Ashraf Ghani, forcing him into exile. While U.S. contractors have

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OFAC issues penalties against U.S. and U.A.E. subsidiaries of Swedish manufacturer for Iran sanctions violations

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced a settlement yesterday with a U.S.-based company Alfa Laval Inc. (“Alfa Laval U.S.”) and a Dubai-based affiliate company Alfa Laval Middle East Ltd. (“Alfa Laval Middle East”)

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BIS Adds Four Burmese Companies to the Entity List

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security today issued a Final Rule, published in the Federal Register, adding four Burmese companies onto its Entity List. This move was in furtherance of Executive Order 14014 (February 12, 2021),

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OFAC’s $4.1 Million Penalty on Berkshire Hathaway Subsidiary: Why it Matters

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced it was imposing a $4.1 million penalty against Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Inc. for illicit transactions by its Turkish subsidiary Iscar Kesici Takim Ticareti ve Imalati Limited

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Are Friendships Subject to Sanctions?

In an interesting OFAC Enforcement Release issued this week, the agency announced that an individual formerly working for the U.S. Army was fined for engaging in transactions with a foreign person designated as a Specially Designated National (SDN). Specifically, a

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U.S. Government Issues Xinjiang Supply Chain Advisory

On July 1, the U.S. Departments of State, the Treasury, Commerce, and Homeland Security issued a detailed advisory. This is in response to the various types of regulatory exposure companies could face when dealing with suppliers and vendors in China’s

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BIS Extends Huawei General Licenses

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) yesterday granted an extension of the existing Temporary General License (TGL) for China’s Huawei Technologies Co. and 115 other affiliates around the world from those parties’ current placement on

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The Other American Designation – the BIS Entity List

Entity List – what it is and is removal possible?

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Treasury Adds Scores of Iranian Companies to SDN List

The US Department of the Treasury announced it was adding scores of Iranian entities to its list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (the SDN list) due to their connections with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC)-affiliated Basij force,

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How does Sanctions Snap Back Impact Iranian-Americans?

We’ve been getting a lot of questions at the office as to what President Trump’s May 8, 2018 announcement to cease U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, also known as the “Iran Deal”), an agreement between

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