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FBI’s China-focused caseload continues to rise rapidly

FBI’s China-focused caseload continues to rise rapidly

July 08, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The FBI director has given an indication of the bureau’s focus on China-related cases by stating that it is opening a new matter approximately every 10 hours.

Chinese scientist found guilty of trade secret theft

Chinese scientist found guilty of trade secret theft

June 29, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A judge in San Francisco has convicted a former employee of a US technology company for stealing trade secrets to set up a rival company producing mobile phone components in China.

Singapore jails North Korean middleman over sanctions-busting scheme

Singapore jails North Korean middleman over sanctions-busting scheme

June 24, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A North Korean national has been convicted and sentenced to prison in Singapore for helping two companies violate UN sanctions on his home country.

Seychelles entity sues US Treasury over frozen Deutsche Bank money

Seychelles entity sues US Treasury over frozen Deutsche Bank money

June 23, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

The owner of Transylvania International Airlines has called the Treasury Department's refusal to unblock the funds held at Deutsche Bank arbitrary and capricious.

Counsel Watch

Counsel Watch

June 19, 2020, GIR

In the latest counsel watch, Morrison & Foerster is representing a US prosecutor who is due to testify over the alleged politicisation of the US Justice Department, and Marc Mukasey at Mukasey Frenchman & Sklaroff is defending a Harvard chemistry professor accused of lying to the US government regarding his ties to China.

Canadian judge’s fraud ruling keeps Huawei CFO within US government’s grasp

Canadian judge’s fraud ruling keeps Huawei CFO within US government’s grasp

May 28, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A Canadian court has determined that the mix of US fraud and sanctions charges facing Huawei’s CFO provide a sufficient hook to allow her extradition proceedings to continue.

Businessman demands retrial over “egregious disclosure failures” in sanctions case

Businessman demands retrial over “egregious disclosure failures” in sanctions case

May 04, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

An Iranian businessman convicted of helping to funnel millions of dollars to Iran through the US financial system has requested an acquittal or a retrial, accusing prosecutors of withholding potentially exculpatory evidence.

Former EY partner awarded $11 million in gold audits dispute

Former EY partner awarded $11 million in gold audits dispute

April 17, 2020, GIR

The High Court of England and Wales has awarded $11 million in damages to a former EY partner who resigned after his audit of a UAE gold producer was “diluted” by the firm.

Swedbank report criticises former CEOs for money laundering failures

Swedbank report criticises former CEOs for money laundering failures

March 23, 2020, GIR

An internal investigation report into compliance problems at Swedbank between 2007 and 2019 has focused on the bank’s former CEOs, potentially inaccurate market disclosures and new details about the bank’s alleged sanctions violations.

Iranian national convicted for sanctions violations

Iranian national convicted for sanctions violations

March 17, 2020, JUST SANCTIONS

A jury in New York has convicted the former owner of a Maltese bank for his role in a scheme to funnel millions of dollars to Iran through the US financial system.