The US Government Rescinds Sudan’s State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation

On December 14, the US Department of State removed Sudan from the US State Sponsors of Terrorism List (“SST List”). The State Department explained that, “[t]his achievement was made possible by the efforts of Sudan’s civilian-led transitional government to chart a bold new course away from the legacy of the Bashir regime and, in particular, … Read more

OFAC Introduces Non-SDN Menu-Based Sanctions List

On December 14, OFAC published a new “Non-SDN Menu Based Sanctions List.” The publication is designed to be a reference tool that identifies individuals and entities subject to certain non-blocking menu-based sanctions. OFAC’s publication is available here. “Menu-based” sanctions authorize the relevant agency to select one or more sanctions from a menu of options. OFAC … Read more

US Federal Agencies Continue the US “Maximum Pressure” Campaign

In series of coordinated actions and announcements during the course of October and November 2020 (the Recent Iran Actions), three US federal agencies—the US Department of State (DOS), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury, and the US Department of Justice (DOJ)—targeted both Iranian and non-Iranian entities and … Read more

OFAC Extends Venezuela General License 8, Enabling US Energy Companies to Continue Engaging in Limited Activities With PdVSA

On November 17, OFAC issued General License 8G, Authorizing Transactions Involving Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (“PdVSA”) Necessary for the Limited Maintenance of Essential Operations in Venezuela or the Wind Down of Operations in Venezuela for Certain Entities (“GL 8G.”). GL 8G, like its predecessor General License No. 8F (“GL 8F”), authorizes several  US energy companies … Read more

OFAC Issues Advisory Highlighting Sanctions Risks Arising from Transactions Involving High-Value Artwork

On October 30, OFAC published an advisory (the “Advisory”), which highlights sanctions risks arising from transactions involving high-value artwork associated with persons on OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDNs”). OFAC suggests that “high-value artwork” generally includes artwork with an estimated market value of more than $100,000 USD. OFAC explains that certain … Read more

Update on Section 889 Restrictions Relating to Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment from Certain Chinese Companies

Companies that do business with the US federal government have seen important changes to the requirements for federal contractors in the past several months as the US Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) has proceeded with rulemaking for the implementation of Section 889 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year … Read more

OFAC Significantly Expands Sanctions on the Iranian Financial Sector

On October 8, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed sweeping secondary sanctions on the financial sector of the Iranian economy, pursuant to Executive Order (“E.O.”) 13902.  Simultaneously, OFAC designated eighteen major Iranian banks to OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (“SDN List”).  These new, broad sanctions apply to U.S. and non-U.S. persons, and appear … Read more