OFAC Fines Epsilon $1.5 Million: Four Lessons for U.S. Exporters With Products In Iran

October 3, 2018
By: SanctionsAlert.com

On September 13, 2018, Epsilon Electronics Inc, a car audio and video equipment manufacturer, agreed to pay the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) $1,500,000 to settle a case related to alleged violations of the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations.

The case, which is a culmination of a 2014 penalty notice and two court cases, contains four vital lessons for U.S. exporters whose products may be found in Iran. (more…)

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November 17, 2017

EU removes FARC from terrorist list; imposes first set of sanctions on Venezuela

On November 13, 2017, the E.U. removed Colombian guerilla group FARC from its terrorism sanctions list following its disarmament and re-launch as a political party. Earlier, in September 2016, the E.U.had suspended its terrorism sanctions on FARC in recognition of the peace agreement signed between FARC and the Colombian government.

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OFAC Enforcement Actions By the Numbers: What Makes a Penalty?

Cuba, Iran, Sudan Top the List of OFAC Actions; Recent Trend Suggests Voluntary Disclosure Could Mitigate Penalty Amount

November 7, 2017
By Anna Sayre, SanctionsAlert.com

The dread of an OFAC penalty is something that no institution or company wants to face. But the Iran and Cuba sanctions regimes are more frequently enforced than others. The amount of sanctions enforcement cases based on violations of these two programs dwarfs any others by a wide margin. And, once you find out that your company has made a sanctions misstep, and you tell OFAC about it, you may mitigate the penalty amount.Since 2013, the benefits of voluntary disclosure have begun to show as part of a downward trend. (more…)

OFAC Enforcement Actions By the Numbers: Who’s At Risk?

Recent Up Tick in Number of OFAC Enforcement Actions against IT/telecom, Offshore Services; California, New York and Texas Companies Most At Risk

October 20, 2017
By Anna Sayre, SanctionsAlert.com

Are you a business that thinks OFAC only takes action against New York-based financial institutions? Think again.

Since 2014, OFAC enforcement actions have significantly increased against non-financial institutions, particularly in IT/telecom and offshore services industries. Furthermore, in addition companies in New York, those in Texas, and especially California, remain highly at risk. (more…)

OFAC Shortens New Debt Maturity Periods under Russian Financial and Energy Sectoral Sanctions

By Peter Jeydel on September 29, 2017

OFAC today revised its Ukraine/Russia-related sectoral sanctions directives prohibiting US person dealings in new debt or new equity of listed Russian financial institutions and new debt of listed Russian energy companies (in both cases, these prohibitions continue to apply to the “interests in property” of the listed entities, meaning any entity 50% or more owned by them). OFAC took this step pursuant to a statutory mandate in the Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017 (CRIEEA).  See our advisory on CRIEEA.  The changes made today are as follows (and as expected based on the statutory mandate): (more…)