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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

These ‘mistakes’ are behind most OFAC violations

Earlier this year the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control published A Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments. It describes essential components of a sanctions compliance program (management commitment, risk assessment, internal controls, testing and auditing, and training).… Continue Reading

SocGen pays $1.3 billion to resolve sanction offenses

Société Générale SA resolved U.S. trade sanction violations Monday by entering into two deferred prosecution agreements and paying $1.34 billion in penalties to federal and state authorities.

Paris-based SocGen — the third biggest French bank — admitted that it violated sanctions on Cuba, Iran, and Sudan.… Continue Reading

OFAC issues new FAQs for Cuba sanctions

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control published Frequently Asked Questions on President Trump’s Cuba announcement.

The biggest change will be new regulations to end so-called individual people-to-people travel. Group people-to-people travel will still be authorized.… Continue Reading

Andy Spalding: From Cuba, a Plea for Revolutionary Compliance

There is nothing quite like a week-long trip to Cuba to more keenly appreciate the prospect, and the perils, of foreign investment in developing countries.

For the Latin American experts with whom I traveled, foreign investment is not a catalyst to growth but an instrument of imperialism and oppression.… Continue Reading

Think the Cuba sanctions ended? Better read this

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control published a new set of questions and answers Thursday about the sanctions on Cuba. OFAC’s answers will surprise a lot of people.

President Obama announced a lifting of sanctions in late 2014.… Continue Reading