OFAC Lawyer

Our OFAC experience is unparalleled, with extensive connections at federal and state enforcement.

Levin & Associates OFAC Experience is Second to None

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is part of the U.S. Department of Treasury and has a very complex, layered, and ever changing legal responsibility to issue and oversee international trade sanctions.  For companies and individuals who come into contact with OFAC, there is no margin for error, as these policies and sanctions shape the world and our interaction with it.  That is why there needs to be sound legal advice from attorneys who have deep knowledge of international trade sanctions and business dealings.

OFAC issues a complex and ever-evolving set of rules and regulations that are responsive to changing foreign policy developments. These measures are applied to individuals, organizations, and other entities that, in the government’s view, may pose a threat to national security, U.S. foreign policy, or U.S. economic policy. As such, staying abreast of these changes is essential for those conducting international business. Working with a knowledgeable OFAC lawyer can help ensure compliance with all laws and regulations, as well as provide counsel on specific licensing, current foreign activities, and other legal needs.

OFAC violations often occur when individuals or entities engage in transactions with individuals or entities that are on the OFAC list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs). This list includes individuals or entities that are subject to economic sanctions or embargoes or are otherwise blocked from engaging in certain activities with U.S. citizens or entities. Violations of OFAC regulations can result in serious civil and criminal penalties.

Levin & Associates are Deeply Knowledgable OFAC Lawyers

At Levin & Associates, we have a team of highly experienced OFAC lawyers who are ready to help you navigate the complex world of regulatory investigations and sanctions. With years of experience representing banks, import-export companies, jewelry companies, and other businesses, we have the knowledge and expertise to handle a wide range of OFAC-related legal challenges.

Our lead attorney, Mr. Levin, brings a wealth of experience to the table. He has held senior positions in both federal and state law enforcement, and has been instrumental in several high-profile OFAC cases, including the forfeiture of $1.9 billion in the HSBC OFAC sanctions case and $350 million in the Standard Chartered OFAC sanctions case. Mr. Levin has also played a key role in OFAC/AML cases against BNP Paribas and ING.

At Levin & Associates, we understand that OFAC matters can be complex and nuanced, which is why we are dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible legal representation. Whether you are an individual or an institutional client, we have the skills and resources to help you succeed.

Duncan Levin of Levin & Associates is an experienced OFAC lawyer.

OFAC Lawyer FAQs

OFAC stands for the “Office of Foreign Assets Control” and is a part of the U.S. Department of Treasury. It is tasked with the regulation and enforcement of U.S economic sanctions and trade embargoes. OFAC endeavors to promulgate and enforce national security objectives and foreign policy goals. It operates and conducts itself in accordance with executive orders and legislation.

Violations of OFAC regulations occur when a person or entity engages in transactions or activities that are prohibited by sanctions placed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is a division of the U.S. Department of Treasury.

OFAC imposes sanctions for a range of reasons, including national security, foreign policy, and combating terrorism, money laundering, and other illicit activities. OFAC maintains a list of individuals and entities subject to these sanctions. It is illegal to transact with these designated persons or entities without a license or authorization from OFAC.

Violations of OFAC regulations can bring serious consequences, such as fines, seizure of assets, and even imprisonment. Therefore, individuals and businesses must take care to comply with OFAC regulations when engaging in international transactions.

If your business, financial institution, or entity needs help complying with U.S. sanctions, or if you have received notification of an investigation for potential violations, it is essential to get specialized legal help from an OFAC lawyer immediately.

An OFAC lawyer will be able to provide advice and guidance on the Office of Foreign Assets Control  regulations. They will be able to advise on the various sanctions and regulations that OFAC has in place and how to ensure that a business or individual is compliant with them. An OFAC lawyer will also be able to provide advice on the legal implications of any violations of OFAC regulations, and how to mitigate any potential risks.

To find out if your actions are prohibited by OFAC sanctions , you should consult the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List. This list is maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). It contains the names of individuals, companies, and organizations that are subject to U.S. economic and trade sanctions. If the person or entity you are dealing with is on the list, then your actions are prohibited by OFAC sanctions.

Certain sanctions apply to entire nations, even if they are not on the SDN List. This list changes as government and political interests shift worldwide. New targets are added, and Congress and the President create new legal authorities to expand sanctions.


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