OFSI’s New Monetary Penalties Signal a Broader and Extraterritorial Approach to U.K. Sanctions Enforcement

April 10, 2017
By: Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer, SanctionsAlert.com

As of April 1, 2017, the U.K.’s new sanctions watchdog, Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) is now able to impose monetary penalties for breaches of financial sanctions. These fines can be imposed for up to £1 million or 50% of the breach, whichever is greater. (more…)

Russian ‘Mirror Trading’ Case Reveals Five Long-Running Compliance Failures at Deutsche Bank

March 9, 2017
By: Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer, SanctionsAlert.com

On January 30, 2017, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), NY’s financial watchdog, as well as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), financial services regulator in the UK,ordered Deutsche Bank to pay $425 million and £163 million, respectively, for violations of anti-money laundering regulations and continual, wide spread compliance failures. The so-called ‘mirror trading” scheme, involving the German lender’s Moscow, London and New York offices,resulted in $10 billion being transferred out of Russia. (more…)

Monetary Sanctions Consultation Released by UK’s OFSI Points to Stricter Sanctions Enforcement

December 19, 2016
By: Anna Sayre, Legal Content Writer, SanctionsAlert.com

Companies, individuals, and financial institutions may receive monetary penalties under civil law when breaching financial sanctions under a new proposal by the UK government that could shape the future of financial sanctions enforcement.

Calling for responses to a consultation document by January 26, 2017, the UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has said the planned changes will allow “more flexible, effective and proportionate set of enforcement measures”. (more…)

PanAm Seed case shows how (not) to respond when OFAC knocks on the door

October 24, 2016
By: Daniel Calloway, Legal Content Writer, SanctionsAlert.com

On September 13, 2016, Pan American Seed Company, a US-based producer of flower seeds, agreed to pay over $4,000,000 to settle potential civil liability for alleged violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations.

The settlement comes after the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) – the US Treasury’s agency tasked with US sanctions administration and enforcement – allegations that PanAm Seed, indirectly exported flower seeds to two Iranian distributors on 48 separate occasions. (more…)

Alcon to pay $7.6M fine as OFAC takes a harder line against medical tech companies with faulty sanctions compliance programs

October 15, 2016
By: Dan Calloway, Legal Content Writer, SanctionsAlert.com

The Obama administration sent a message this summer that it was taking a more aggressive stance on medical tech firms as it reached its second consecutive and record settlement with a company for exporting medical-use products to sanctioned countries. (more…)