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Canada yet to develop appetite for sanctions cases

Canada yet to develop appetite for sanctions cases

January 24, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

Canada has active sanctions on more countries than the US but unlike its southern neighbour appears to have made little effort to enforce them.

Akin Gump registers to lobby for ZTE

Akin Gump registers to lobby for ZTE

January 22, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

Chinese phone parts manufacturer ZTE has retained Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to “educate” the US government about its improved sanctions compliance.

DOJ demands Halkbank pay $1 million per day for contempt

DOJ demands Halkbank pay $1 million per day for contempt

January 22, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

US prosecutors have asked a New York judge to impose daily penalties against Halkbank for refusing to answer charges linked to a multibillion-dollar sanctions evasion scheme.

Lobbying firm fined for terrorist sanctions breaches

Lobbying firm fined for terrorist sanctions breaches

January 21, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The US Treasury Department has fined a New York firm for apparent sanctions breaches caused by agreeing to lobby for a Somalian company’s removal from a US list of barred entities.

DOJ indicts five individuals over barred Pakistan shipments

DOJ indicts five individuals over barred Pakistan shipments

January 16, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

US prosecutors have indicted five men for allegedly shipping equipment from US companies to be used in Pakistan’s nuclear programme.

The Netherlands publishes anti-torture-focused export control guidance

The Netherlands publishes anti-torture-focused export control guidance

January 10, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The Dutch government has said it expects companies to implement procedures to prevent their products from being used to violate human rights abroad.

US sanctions enforcer wants companies to check their own backyard

US sanctions enforcer wants companies to check their own backyard

January 10, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The US Treasury Department has shown through recent penalties that it wants US companies to improve tracking of product movement and more thoroughly scrutinise foreign subsidiaries.

OFAC’s rare loss puts spotlight on public statements

OFAC’s rare loss puts spotlight on public statements

January 03, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A court’s dismissal of ExxonMobil’s $2 million fine for alleged Russian sanctions violations could make the US Treasury Department rethink how it issues compliance advice.

Swiss bank facing US sanctions investigation

Swiss bank facing US sanctions investigation

January 03, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

Swiss banking group EFG International is facing a potential fine from the US Treasury for breaching US sanctions on drug traffickers.

Success of sanctions self-reporting policy could hinge on banks

Success of sanctions self-reporting policy could hinge on banks

December 17, 2019, JUST SANCTIONS

Whether banks are willing to engage with the Justice Department’s fresh push to encourage self-reporting of sanctions and export control violations could be a major factor in its success.