Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

UK Releases General License Permitting Agricultural Commodities Exports: On November 4, 2022, the UK’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (“OFSI”) issued a new general license under its Russia sanctions regime. This license permits exporters of agricultural commodities and UK Department of International Trade License holders: (1) to receive funds and economic resources from any

OFAC Guidance: On October 31, 2022, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published Frequently Asked Question (“FAQ”) 1094, confirming that Russian crude oil loaded onto a vessel at the port of loading for maritime transport prior to December 5, 2022, is not subject to a to-be-determined oil price cap, provided that the oil

New U.S. Designations: On October 26, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) designated nine individuals and twelve entities for their involvement in the Russian Federation’s corruption and influence campaign in Moldova.  The designations included Igor Yuryevich Chayka, and Ivan Alesksandrovich Zavorotnyi, an associate of Chayka, for their

New U.S. and UK Sanctions Partnership: On October 13, 2022, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) and the UK’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (“OFSI”) announced that they had concluded multi-day meetings in London involving technical exchange of information between the two sanctions authorities.  The agencies have decided to enhance OFAC-OFSI cooperation further, including

EU Updates FAQS to Address Energy Security: On October 7, 2022, the EU updated two FAQs clarifying the impact of Council Regulation 833/2014 on the import, purchase and transfer of listed goods.  The EU clarified that Council Regulation 833/2014 prohibits the transfer of any listed goods if they originate in Russia or are exported from

New U.S., UK, and EU Designations: On September 30, 2022, the U.S. designated 295 individuals and entities.  The new designations included 14 persons in Russia’s military industrial complex, including Sinno Electronics Co. and Taco LLC, Chinese and Armenian suppliers, for their support of a Russian defense procurement firm.  The U.S. also targeted two Russian

Sanctions Designations:

  • U.S. Designates Numerous Individuals and Entities: On September 15, 2022, the U.S. added a number of individuals and entities to the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN”) List.  The sanctions target Russia’s financial system, including the heads of Russia’s state-run card payment system (NSPK), central securities depository, stock exchange’s clearing

Crude Oil and Petroleum Price Cap: On September 2 2022, the G7 Finance Ministers issued a statement demonstrating their intent to implement a price cap on Russian-origin crude oil and petroleum products.  The G7 countries plan to prohibit the provision of services that enable maritime transportation of these products unless the products are purchased

Russia Sanctions: This week the European Union designated three additional individuals.  Two of the individuals are members of the Duma who undermined the territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence of Ukraine by voting in favor of a resolution regarding the need to recognize the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic.  The other sanctioned

UK Sanctions Removal and Other Amendments: On August 23, 2022, the UK delisted Mikhail Vladimirovich Razvozhayev, the Governor of Sevastopol, who had been subject to a UK asset freeze since late July 2022.  The UK published amendments for 42 other individuals and entities, primarily revising descriptions of the parties.

U.S. and UK Issue General