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Hefty Sanctions Becoming Commonplace…

…or HSBC, if you couldn’t guess… HSBC finally settled the US part of its money-laundering and sanctions violation probe, paying a grand total of $1.92 billion to a number of agencies, including the NY District Attorney, OFAC, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve. […]

Playing both sides of the Syrian card

OFAC today added 4 individuals and 2 entities (armed militias operating under government direction) to its SDN list under the Syrian program, and changed a pair of listings. The 2 changed listings included the Al-Nusra Front, which is considered an Al-Qaida affiliated group (there are over 20 aliases for this […]

Events Calendar added

New page on Mr. Watchlist – a list of upcoming events. For now, it has all the ACAMS conferences for 2013, as well as the ABA/ABA Money Laundering Enforcement Conference, the ACFCS conference, and the annual SIFMA conference. As I come to know of other conferences, seminars and webinars, I’ll […]

The devil is in the details

Economic sanctions programs are not. in general, a total prohibition in business dealings. To know which things are permissible, you need to go beyond the list to whatever descriptive guidance is given by the specific regulator. OFAC, in particular, puts voluminous information on its website for each program. In addition […]

December 7: OFAC Actions

OFAC today added 2 Mali nationals and one terror group to their Terror Sanctions program. The terror group, known as MUJAO, MUJWA and TWJWA, among other things, was recently added to the United Nations Consolidated List as well. Link: OFAC Recent Actions release Funny thing: I got 3 emails from […]

Are you drowning in PEPs?

If you are, and you belong to ACAMS, you can check out my article (over at ACAMSToday.org or on the ACAMS Today iPhone app) on why the number of Politically Exposed Persons has exploded recently, and what you can consider doing to stem the tide from overwhelming you. And, when […]