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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

Can blockchain and barter save Iran from the sting of sanctions?

The concept of central bank-issued digital currencies or national cryptocurrencies has attracted many governments across the world. Particularly, governments that have been sanctioned by the U.S. — such as Iran.

Iran is known for implementing the most creative barter-style sanctions evasion schemes in modern history involving various countries called “gas-for-gold” or the “gold loophole” to evade the economic restrictions that cut the country out of the financial system, crippling their ability to trade with the world. 

Recently, with international payment intermediaries such as the SWIFT system barred from operating in Iran, it launched a new barter-style international payment gateway called “Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges” (INSTEX), with France, Germany and United Kingdom (UK) to broker Iranian imports in and European exports out.… Continue Reading

Canada’s new DPA regime comes into focus

Canada has joined a global trend in white collar and corporate crime law enforcement with the introduction of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) regime.

In September 2017, the Government of Canada launched a public consultation to seek input on a possible Canadian DPA regime.… Continue Reading