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10 Famous Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers play an important role in the federal government's efforts to protect taxpayer funds and preserve the sanctity of our governmental institutions and financial markets. While many whistleblowers choose to remain anonymous, some come forward publicly. There have been several famous whistleblowers in United States history—including some who changed the...

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2024 Emerging Threats Webinar

You Are Invited to a Webinar on Corporate Protection, Cybersecurity, and AI Litigation with: SECRETARY MIKE POMPEOFormer United States Secretary of State and CIA Director HON. JOHN RATCLIFFE6th U.S. Director of National Intelligence HON. TREY GOWDYFormer Member of Congress and Chairman Thursday, March 14th, 2024

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What is a Whistleblower?

What is a whistleblower? It's a simple question, but it does not have a simple answer. While whistleblowers play a critical role in the government's ongoing fight against fraud, waste, abuse, and other statutory violations, what it means to serve as a whistleblower varies depending on the circumstances involved. If...

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OFAC Sanctions List Removal: How (and When) to File a Request for Reconsideration

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers multiple sanctions programs that either prohibit or restrict financial transactions with sanctioned individuals and organizations. These individuals and organizations are identified on sanctions lists, the most well-known of which is OFAC’s list of specially designated nationals (the “SDN list”). Being placed on...

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3 Key Considerations for Entities and Individuals Under Investigation for OFAC Sanction Violations

3 Key Considerations for Entities and Individuals Under Investigation for OFAC Sanction Violations Violations of Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions can have severe consequences for both entities and individuals. While financial institutions and companies can face substantial fines, individuals charged with criminal sanctions violations can face both fines...

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Blocked Transactions: What Financial Institutions Need to Know About OFAC Compliance

Financial institutions (including banks and other businesses that process financial transactions) have an obligation to avoid processing transactions that violate Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions programs. This means “blocking” prohibited transactions in most cases—although sometimes financial institutions must “reject” transactions instead. Blocking and rejecting prohibited transactions (and reporting...

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What Compliance Officers Need to Know About OFAC Compliance

What Compliance Officers Need to Know About OFAC Compliance The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulates financial transactions between U.S. entities and specified foreign nations, businesses, and individuals. For U.S. entities that are subject to OFAC’s oversight, compliance needs to be a top priority; and, generally speaking, responsibility for...

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10 Keys to Getting Removed from OFAC’s SDN List

Being labeled a specially designated national (SDN) can have serious consequences for both individuals and organizations. As the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) explains, SDNs’ assets are “blocked,” meaning that they are subject to being frozen, and “U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.” Since violating OFAC...

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FINRA & OFAC: What Brokerage Firms Need to Know About Compliance this Year (and Beyond)

Brokerage firms are subject to numerous compliance obligations. While most brokerage firm executives are generally familiar with the obligation to comply with the rules and regulations promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), far fewer have a sufficient understanding of Office of...

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The Latest on OFAC’s and the DOJ’s Efforts to Target Tornado Cash and Other Digital Currency Mixers

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) made a rare appearance in national headlines when it sanctioned Tornado Cash on August 8, 2022. While OFAC is among the lesser-known federal law enforcement agencies, its profile has grown in recent years—due in part to the Office’s role in combating cryptocurrency-related crime....

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