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On May 14, 2020, the US Department of State, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), and the US Coast Guard issued guidance to the private sector aimed at preventing deceptive shipping practices used in sanctions evasion, smuggling, facilitation of terrorism, and other criminal activity (the “Advisory”).  The Advisory focuses on tactics recently used by malign actors to evade sanctions and sets out a non-exhaustive list of best practices companies…

On May 12, 2020, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced the lifting of US sanctions on Nynas AB (“Nynas”) and the related revocation of General License No. 13E (“Authorizing Certain Activities Involving Nynas AB”) (“GL 13E”). We blogged about last month’s extension of GL 13E here. Nynas and its subsidiaries were previously subject to US sanctions because Nynas was indirectly owned and controlled by Petróleos de Venezuela SA (“PdVSA”) and,…

On April 21, 2020, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amended General License (“GL”) 8E and re-issued it as General Licence No. 8F. GL 8F extends the validity period of certain maintenance activities involving Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (“PdVSA”) until December 1, 2020, but also narrows the scope of the prior license and provides a new authorization for “wind-down” transactions and activities. Our blog posts describing previous amendments to the general license…

On April 16, 2020, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published a Fact Sheet providing a helpful consolidated summary of the various existing exemptions, exceptions, and authorizations relating to the provision of humanitarian assistance that are available under certain U.S. sanctions programs to leverage in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Separately, on April 20, 2020, OFAC issued a notice encouraging the prompt communication to OFAC of concerns over potential delays in…