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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

U.S. to ZTE: Hire American compliance officers

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said a deal the Administration has reached with China’s ZTE to restore its U.S. trading rights includes creating a new compliance department that’s staffed with American compliance officers.… Continue Reading

Sven Stumbauer: AML and sanctions compliance still not high priority for boards

Boards of directors at financial institutions play a crucial role in the adoption and implementation of effective enterprise-wide Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and sanctions compliance programs.

It’s up to them and senior management to set the strategy, ensure there are adequate resources, and empower leaders to promote an effective AML compliance program and monitor the organization’s risk profile.Continue Reading

Compliance department errors cost UBS $1.7 million in OFAC fines

Zurich-based UBS AG agreed to pay just over $1.7 million to resolve civil allegations that it processed 222 transactions for a client that apparently violated U.S. anti-terrorism sanctions.

“Multiple business lines and personnel within UBS, including supervisory and management staff within the bank’s compliance department, had actual knowledge of the conduct that led to the apparent violations,” the U.S.… Continue Reading

Sanctions compliance: The new FCPA?

In recent months, the U.S. Treasury Department’s sanctions enforcement unit, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), has made it clear that sanctions compliance will continue to be a global issue.… Continue Reading