OFAC Sanctions Cryptocurrency Exchange to Combat Ransomware Payments, Releases New Ransomware Guidance

    On September 21, 2021, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) of the Treasury Department issued an Updated Advisory on Potential Sanctions Risks for Facilitating Ransomware Payments (“Updated Advisory”), which warns of the sanctions risks of making or facilitating ransomware payments and provides expanded guidance on steps that companies may take to mitigate ransomware risk. Read more

    OFSI imposes monetary penalty on fintech company for breach of financial sanctions

    On 5 August 2021, the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation ("OFSI") announced the imposition of a monetary penalty of £50,000 on TransferGo Limited ("TransferGo") in respect of a breach of the financial sanctions imposed in respect of the situation in Ukraine. This is the fifth time OFSI has used its power to impose civil penalties for breach of financial sanctions (granted under the Policing and Crime Act 2017 (the "PCA")). Read more