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

Regulation in Focus Podcast: FCA’s regulatory decision-making proposals – faster and less costly, but at what price?

The latest edition of our Regulation in Focus podcast series features Karen Anderson and Andrew Procter, both partners in our FSR practice and both former regulators, in conversation about the FCA's plans to streamline regulatory decision-making, which - if the FCA proceeds as proposed - will be a significant change to how authorisation, supervision and enforcement are delivered. Read more

Corporate Crime update – Summer 2021

Welcome to the Summer 2021 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. Read more

Another step in the transformation of the FCA: Using the new cancellation and variation power

The FCA has published Consultation Paper 21/28: New cancellation and variation power: Changes to the Handbook and Enforcement Guide (CP21/28). The proposals in CP21/28 relate to and provide guidance on the new power which the regulator was given under the Financial Services Act 2021 (FS Act) to allow it to act more quickly where an FCA-authorised firm is not – or does not appear to be – carrying on FCA-regulated activities. Read more