13th December 2019
There is no dispute that the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act grants the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission broad jurisdiction to enforce the statute’s prohibition against bribery of foreign government officials. But in a recent FCPA action against Quad/Graphics Inc. (Quad), the SEC seems to have used… Read More
20th November 2019
Five years after agreeing to pay a record fine for sanctions violations, BNP Paribas S.A. has made structural changes to its compliance division—an effort to strengthen the independence of the bank’s compliance function and improve ethical culture. The efforts have included setting compliance as an independent function that… Read More
18th November 2019
President Trump’s increasing reliance on economic sanctions to solve foreign policy problems is fueling concern that the United States is abusing its financial power and prompting some governments to seek ways to evade American measures. In recent months, the United States has increased pressure on Iran and Venezuela, dangled the… Read More
26th September 2019
A U.S. citizen sued two airline companies in a U.S. federal court under a newly revived provision that permits legal action by U.S. citizens or entities against companies doing business on property that was confiscated by the Cuban government. The suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the… Read More
25th September 2019
The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday imposed sanctions on four maritime firms and vessels transporting Venezuelan oil to Cuba, amid an acute fuel scarcity in the island that is forcing people to line up for gasoline and public transport. Despite tough U.S. measures against Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA in… Read More
24th September 2019
Western Hemisphere nations voted Monday to employ a regional treaty to impose sanctions against embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, accusing his regime of criminal activity including drug trafficking and money laundering. In a meeting convened by the Organization of American States, 16 of the 19 states party to the Inter-American… Read More
13th September 2019
Jason Sanchez, 35, was able to start buying spare parts online last year for his cellphone repair shop in Havana thanks to the advent of cryptocurrency trading in Communist-run Cuba. Cuba, which in many ways remains stuck in the analogue past, may seem an unlikely hotbed for cryptocurrencies – digital… Read More
9th September 2019
The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday said it will curb remittances to Cuba and ban some money transfers through U.S.-regulated banks in a stiffening of a sanctions ban it says will further financially isolate the country. The Trump administration began reversing an Obama-era thawing of relations early in its tenure,… Read More
11th July 2019
The family of the former owners of a Cuban bank seized by Fidel Castro’s government nearly six decades ago sued Societe Generale (SOGN.PA) for approximately $792 million, saying the French bank owes damages for circumventing U.S. sanctions against Cuba. In a complaint filed on Wednesday with the U.S. Read More
8th July 2019
On the run from U.S. tax authorities, tech guru John McAfee puffs a cigar aboard his towering white yacht in a Havana harbor and says he can help Cuba evade the U.S. government too – by launching a cryptocurrency that defeats a U.S. trade embargo. The creator of the eponymous… Read More