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Partner Anna Bradshaw speaks to Law 360 about banks tightening up sanctions compliance in the wake of the first OFSI penalty

UK banks have been put under immense pressure to tighten their sanctions compliance measures following the decision by the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) to fine a lender involved in a transfer of £200 in breach of an asset freeze.  Partner Anna Bradshaw comments, “Banks should be carefully examining their compliance controls and systems — that’s the message here. Because everyone has been waiting for so long for this first exercise of the OFSI’s enforcement powers — and because so many people will be spending time and effort to analyze what it says about its approach — there is a real risk of a knee-jerk reaction from the regulated community.” Read more