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Some AML Resources from the UAE

From the resource page below, we have the following from the Central Bank of the UAE: Law: Federal Decree-Law No (20) of 2018 on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism and Financing of Illegal Organisations Cabinet Decision: Cabinet Decision No (10) of 2019 concerning the Implementing Regulation of […]

OFSI writes blog post about licensing…

Introduction to licensing Posted by: OFSI, Posted on: 19 April 2021 – Categories: Financial sanctions, Implementation As readers of OFSI’s previous blogs will be aware, the new UK autonomous sanctions framework in place since January 2021 brings important opportunities and changes. Among the updates contained in these new regulations, some of these specifically relate to licensing. OFSI’s […]

New Guy says Hi!

An introduction from new OFSI director Giles Thomson Posted by: Giles Thomson, Posted on: 4 February 2021 – Categories: Financial sanctions, Implementation, UK     A belated Happy New Year. I wanted to write this blog as an opportunity to introduce myself and talk a bit about OFSI in 2021. I took over as OFSI Director from Rena […]

OFSI blogs about the end of the (transition) world

Get ready for the end of the transition period Posted by: OFSI, Posted on: 1 December 2020 – Categories: Compliance, Financial sanctions, Financial sanctions regime, Implementation, UK   From 11:00pm on 31 December 2020, there will be changes to the UK’s sanctions framework. After the transition period ends, the UK will no longer apply EU sanctions regulations and all sanctions […]

The Art of (Economic) War

My new article, Gaming Out Sanctions Risk, was published today on It’s also now on my Publications page. It was a slog to write (pretty dense subject), but I think it’s a good topic. Oh, what is that topic? Adapting the war gaming model to anticipate and plan responses […]

Once more into the breach…

Episode of Mr. Watchlist’s DesigNation is here (M4A format – apparently getting GarageBand songs into MP3 is a bit of a chore) – trying to make this better produced (still waiting on a decent mic), and tighter content (less incoherent rambling by yours truly). This one clocks in around 13 […]

And a blog post to go with it all…

OFSI publishes latest blog OFSI has posted a new blog on the subject of the UK’s Global Human Rights sanctions regime – the UK’s first autonomous sanctions regime under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (the Sanctions Act). This blog provides key information you may need when implementing financial sanctions for this […]