Tagged: sanctions

Sanctions Enforcement on the Outer Edges of Trade Activity (Part II of II)

We all know what a “core” sanctions violation looks like.  The heartland of such misconduct has been described on numerous occasions in OFAC enforcement actions and settlements.  In this environment, however, companies have to be aware of conduct that may still violate the law but is not necessarily in the “heartland” of misconduct. DOJ, OFAC and BIS are well aware of the broad reach of...

Sanctions Compliance: Understanding the Red Lines of Enforcement (Part I of II)

In this new era of aggressive sanctions enforcement, companies have to understand the red lines that define where criminal and civil enforcement risk increase.  In contrast to the history of FCPA enforcement, DOJ and OFAC have provided helpful guidance to alert companies where risks are likely to increase. Sanctions enforcement involves an off mix of civil and criminal line drawing.  On the civil side, OFAC...

DXC Technology Company Settles Sanctions and Export Control Violations

On May 17, 2024, Nevada-based DXC Technology Company (“DXC”)—a global IT services provider—officially filed its required annual 10-K Form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) indicating that previously-disclosed proceedings involving both the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) had been resolved. According to the SEC filing, DXC officially...

Supply Chain and Sanctions Compliance (Part III of IV)

Supply Chain and Sanctions Compliance (Part III of IV)

While OFAC’s enforcement actions and guidance points to important steps exporters must take when relying on third-party distributors and other intermediaries, the “reason to know” and affirmative obligations to monitor resale and distribution of products to ultimate users does not appear to be unreasonable or impractical.  In terms of best practices, these are issues that need to be addressed. The supply chain and third-party risk...

Distribution Chains and Sanctions Compliance (Part II of IV)

Distribution Chains and Sanctions Compliance (Part II of IV)

Companies rely on robust distribution chains as an efficient mechanism to enter new markets without requiring a significant investment.  Additionally, companies may maintain parallel sales activities in markets between their own sales staff and third-party distributors, agents, resellers and dealers.  It is interesting how certain industries have evolved and relied on different models for use of third parties with the intent of reaching customers in...

EU Enacts New Directive Establishing Criminal Offenses for the Violation of Restrictive Measures

EU Enacts New Directive Establishing Criminal Offenses for the Violation of Restrictive Measures

By: Daniela Melendez, Associate at The Volkov Law Group, and Alex Cotoia, Regulatory Compliance Manager. Daniela can be reached at [email protected] and Alex can be reached out at [email protected]. On April 24, 2024, the European Union (“EU”) officially adopted Directive (EU) 2024/1226 on the definition of criminal offenses and penalties for the violation of Union restrictive measures and amending Directive (EU) 2018/1673 (the “Directive”). A copy of the...

DOJ and OFAC Sanctions and Export Control Detection Strategies

DOJ and OFAC Sanctions and Export Control Detection Strategies

In this new aggressive era of sanctions and export controls enforcement, companies need to understand the potential risks that DOJ and/or OFAC may identify a company for sanctions investigation. In a global economy, investigators from various countries have built coordination procedures by which they share intelligence and possible leads among each other.  This phenomena has created a complex web of investigators who can identify relevant...

La Oficina de Control de Activos (OFAC) no renovó la licencia 44 y en consecuencia se revoca el alivio de Sanciones a Venezuela

La Oficina de Control de Activos (OFAC) no renovó la licencia 44 y en consecuencia se revoca el alivio de Sanciones a Venezuela

El 17 de abril de 2024, la OFAC revocó formalmente el alivio de sanciones que anteriormente había proporcionado a la industria petrolera y de gas en Venezuela. Mediante la licencia 44 la OFAC había proporcionado un alivio de sanciones a Venezuela en condición de que el gobierno de Venezuela organizara unas elecciones libres y justas. Debido al incumplimiento del gobierno de Venezuela, la OFAC revocó...

Episode 313 — The Coming Sanctions Criminal Corporate Enforcement Storm

Episode 313 — The Coming Sanctions Criminal Corporate Enforcement Storm

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.  Will Cather DOJ has promised an aggressive criminal corporate enforcement program against sanctions violators. The storm is coming and will arrive soon with a bang. There is no question that DOJ’s enforcement initiative is coming — it is just a question as to when. In this Episode, Michael Volkov reviews the elements...

New Executive Order Prohibitions Targets Violence in West Bank 

New Executive Order Prohibitions Targets Violence in West Bank 

On February 1, 2024, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. promulgated Executive Order 14115 (“E.O. 14115), the effect of which is to impose economic sanctions on individuals ostensibly contributing to gratuitous violence and political unrest in the West Bank. Finding that the “situation in the West Bank” involved unacceptably “high levels of extremist settler violence, forced displacement of people and villages, and property destruction,” the President...