International Regulatory Enforcement

The “EU Global Human Rights agenda” is Taking Shape
On 19 October 2020, the European Commission issued a press release announcing the submission of a “Joint Proposal for a Council Regulation concerning implementation of restrictive measures (sanctions) against serious human rights violations and abuses worldwide.” This proposal is being submitted jointly with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell.
Sanctions Compliance Shortfalls Result in $1B Global Enforcement Action
On April 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), the New York Department of Financial Service (“NYDFS”), the New York County District Attorney’s Office, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the U.K. announced separate settlements with Standard Chartered Bank (“SCB”), a U.K. multinational bank, resulting in an aggregate of over US$1 billion in fines to resolve potential liability arising from transactions that were processed to or through the United States in violation of Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Syria, and Burma sanctions. This global enforcement action and major settlement targeting alleged violations of U.S. sanctions by a non-U.S. financial institution is the latest example of the increasing cooperation among enforcement authorities in and outside the United States focusing on alleged financial crimes by multinational corporations.