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ExxonMobil’s Sanctions Penalty and the Lesson on Specially Designated Nationals

OFAC slapped a $2 million penalty on ExxonMobil on Thursday for alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Russia. Specifically the allegations were that during a narrow, 9-day window in May 2014, the U.S.-based oil giant entered into several contracts with Russian energy

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A Major Victory in Massive OFAC Sanctions Penalty Case

I’m proud of my firm and my team’s big win that came out yesterday in a major, widely-watched sanctions case at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Read our last alert to see why win

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Aligning Expectations: Are we moving towards an Anti-Corruption Compliance Standard?

Like other areas, developing compliance with anti-corruption regulations is a tall endeavor whose requirements can vary based on a number of factors, including jurisdiction, size, and sophistication of the company.  The emerging International Standards Organization (ISO) 37001:2016 standard for Anti-Bribery

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Personal Remittances – More regulated than you may think

Chalk this one up as one more sign of how granular U.S. sanctions on Iran still are and why you should still be careful. We recently helped a client obtain an OFAC license to close out a bank account in

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OFAC Licensing for…Conferences?

One morning in February I woke up to see an email from someone at the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Law inviting me to speak at a conference there titled “The Impact of the Nuclear Agreement with Iran,” to be

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Trump Sanctions Iran

This heading is perhaps a bit more exciting than it should be, but maybe that’s necessary given the tone of the White House this week towards Iran, following that country’s recent missile tests.  Two days after US National Security Advisor

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Trump Ushers in Sweeping Immigration Changes – Updated

What does President Trump’s new Executive Order on immigration policy mean?

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