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On January 26, 2023, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) redesignated PMC Wagner (“Wagner Group”) a Significant Transnational Criminal Organization (“STCO”) pursuant to Executive Order 13581 (“EO 13581”) as amended by Executive Order 13863 (“EO 13863”) for the Wagner Group’s activities in Ukraine, the Central African Republican (“CAR”), and Mali. Concurrently, OFAC has sanctioned the Wagner Group under Executive Order 13667 (“EO 13667”) for its activities in the CAR.…

On January 17, 2023, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amended (i) certain Russia-related General Licenses (“GLs”) and (ii) four Russia-related Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). Amended General Licenses Amended GLs include the following: GL 6C, “Transactions Related to Agricultural Commodities, Medicine, Medical Devices, Replacement Parts and Components, or Software Updates, the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, or Clinical Trials,” replaces and supersedes GL 6B (see previous blog post here)…

On January 17, 2023, the US Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) issued a revised version of its Criminal Division Corporate Enforcement Policy (“CEP”). The CEP sets out the Criminal Division’s approach to resolving cases with corporations. In particular, it addresses how the Criminal Division will credit companies which voluntarily disclose criminal conduct and cooperate during the investigation and resolution of the matter. Our analysis of the latest changes to the CEP can be…

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), the US Department of State (“State”), the US Department of Commerce (“Commerce”), and the US Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued rules adjusting maximum civil monetary penalties (“CMPs”) under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, as outlined below. (For additional years of CMPs, see our previous blog post available here.) OFAC CMP Adjustments Under OFAC’s final rule issued on January 13,…