Liberating Limits: OFAC Licenses

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) safeguards national security and helps advance U.S. foreign policy objectives by administering the U.S. sanctions regime. OFAC’s general and specific licenses serve as key mechanisms for authorizing and regulating certain transactions that would otherwise be prohibited under sanctions programs. The exceptions provided by licenses help businesses and individuals navigate international transactions without violating U.S. sanctions policies.

Stuck and Seized – Consequences of Forced Labor

Global economies are more interconnected than ever, and human rights abuses can have a profound impact on supply chains and disrupt the flow of goods. Recent deliveries of certain luxury vehicles, such as Porsches, Audis, and Bentleys have been delayed because a small component that links those vehicles with computer networks was produced by a Chinese company linked to forced labor and surveillance of Uyghur populations in China.

Bitcoin Breakthrough – Navigating the New Era of SEC-Approved Spot Bitcoin ETPs

The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) landmark approval of 11 Spot Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Products (ETPs) from several leading financial firms, including BlackRock, Fidelity, and Grayscale Investments, this month marks a significant shift in the regulatory landscape for virtual assets.

What Financial Institutions Can Learn from the Binance Settlement

Explore lessons learned from the recent Binance settlement including risk mitigation strategies for banks and other financial institutions.

MiCAR Defined – The EU’s Blueprint for Crypto Regulation

The Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (MiCAR) went into effect on June 29, 2023, and will be fully applied by December 30, 2024.