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Terence Gilroy

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On March 7, 2022, the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued an alert to financial institutions warning about potential attempts to evade US sanctions and other restrictions imposed on Russia and Belarus (“Alert”). The Alert includes red flags that financial institutions should review to help identify potential attempts to avoid sanctions, with a particular focus on convertible virtual currency (“CVC”), and also reminds companies of their reporting obligations under the Bank Secrecy…

Financial institutions face an increasingly complex sanctions compliance environment. Sanctions are increasingly emerging at the forefront of compliance agendas given the proliferation of new restrictions and counter-measures, together with increasingly aggressive enforcement action extra-territorially. This is impacting both financial institutions and their clients, leading to expectations for more robust compliance programs for both. This has been acutely felt most recently in the Middle East following the USD 100 million sanctions fine against a Dubai based…