The International Enforcement Law Reporter

The International Enforcement Law Reporter is a monthly print and online journal covering news and trends in international enforcement law.

Since September 1985, the International Enforcement Law Reporter has analyzed the premier developments in both the substantive and procedural aspects of international enforcement law. Read by practitioners, academics, and politicians, the IELR is a valuable guide to the difficult and dynamic field of international law.

U.S. Indicts Venezuelan Owner of News Network, Former Venezuelan National Treasurer and Former Owner of Bank for Money Laundering Conspiracy

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

On November 20, 2018, U.S. law enforcement announced the unsealing of an indictment on November 19 against Raul Gorrin Belisario (Gorrin), 50, a Venezuelan billionaire and owner of the Globovision news network, for his role in a billion-dollar currency exchange and money laundering scheme.  Gabriel Arturo Jimenez Aray (Jimenez), 50, a former Venezuelan national treasurer, and Alejandro Andrade Cedeno (Andrade), 54, a former owner of Banco Peravia bank in the Dominican Republic, both pleaded guilty in proceedings unsealed on November 20 for their roles in the scheme.[1]

BIS Publishes Notice Asking for Information on Emerging Technologies

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Author: 
Benjamin H. Flowe, Jr., John A. Ordway, Daniel Fisher-Owens, Babak Hoghooghi, Perry S. Bechky, Ray Gold, Jason A. McClurg and Michelle Turner Roberts*
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

Yesterday, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published in the Federal Register an advance notice of public rulemaking concerning the U.S. Government's review of controls for so-called emerging technologies.

U.S. Treasury Expands GTO to 12 Metropolitan Areas and Lowers Reporting Threshold to $300,000

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 
On November 15, 2018, the U.S. Department of Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced the issuance of revised Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs) that require U.S. title insurance companies to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used in all-cash purchases of residential real estate. The purchase amount threshold, which previously varied by city, is now set at $300,000 for each covered metropolitan area.  FinCEN is also requiring that covered purchases using virtual currencies be reported.

The Future Of Crypto-Assets: Examining Consumer, Cybersecurity, And Privacy Risks

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Author: 
Mahlet Makonnen
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
12
Abstract: 

The future of crypto-assets has captured the attention of investors, consumers, global financial institutions, and regulators. On January 8, 2018, crypto-assets reached an estimated total market capitalization of $830 billion. Currently, crypto-assets only account for a small piece of the global financial system, but markets are changing rapidly. Researchers estimate the amount of cryptoasset market value needed to support economic activities to expand from an estimated $500 billion next year to $3.6 trillion in 2028. More than 90% of cryptoasset value will be derived from penetration of offshore deposits in the next decade. In the face of the growth of cryptoasset trading platforms, the introduction of new financial products, and the growing interest by investors, private and public institution must evaluate the implications of consumer, cybersecurity, and privacy risks.

INTERPOL Coordinates International Enforcement Operation Against Marine Pollution

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

 On November 13, 2018, INTERPOL announced that 30 Days at Sea, the code name for a month-long operation through October, had 276 law enforcement and environmental agencies across 58 countries detect more than 500 offenses, including illegal discharges of oil and garbage from vessels, shipbreaking, breaches of ship emissions regulations, and pollution on rivers and land-based runoff to the sea.[1]  This article discusses the operation of 30 Days at Sea and the work of the INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group, out of which the operation arises.

U.S. Indicts Chinese Intelligence Officers for Hacking and Stealing Aerospace Data; Attorney General Announces Initiative to Combat Chinese Economic Espionage

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 30, 2018, John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, announced that for the third time since September, the National Security Division, with its U.S. Attorney partners, has brought charges against Chinese intelligence officers from the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security (“JSSD”), headquartered in Nanjing, a provincial foreign intelligence arm of the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of State Security (“MSS”).   A grand jury indictment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California charges that Chinese intelligence officers and people working under their direction, which included hackers and co-opted company insiders, conducted or otherwise enabled repeated intrusions into private companies’ computer systems in the U.S. and abroad for over five years.  The indictment alleges their goal was to steal, among other data, intellectual property and confidential business information, including information concerning a turbofan engine used in commercial airliners.[1]  On November 1, 2018, then Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke announced a new initiative to combat Chinese economic espionage. 

U.S. Indicts Jho Low and Banker; Additional Banker Pleads in the 1MDB Case

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On November 1, 2018, the United States Justice Department unsealed a three-count indictment in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, charging Low Taek Jho, 36, also known as “Jho Low,” and Ng Chong Haw, 51, also known as “Roger Ng,” with conspiring to launder billions of dollars embezzled from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Malaysia’s investment development fund, and conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by paying bribes to Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials.  The indictment also charged Ng with conspiring to violate the FCPA by circumventing the internal accounting controls of Goldman Sachs, which underwrote more than $6 billion in bonds issued by 1MDB in three separate bond offerings in 2012 and 2013, while NG was employed at Goldman Sachs as managing directed.  Malaysian authorities arrested Ng pursuant to a provisional arrest warrant issued at the request of the U.S.  Low remains at large.

UK Supreme Court Allows Extradition to Poland despite Concerns over the Independence of the Judiciary

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 31, 2018, the judges of the Administrative Court of the Royal Court Department of the High Court, considered the applications of Pawel Lis, Dariusz Lange and Piotr Chmielewski, noting “general concern about changes that the independence of the judiciary in Poland influence”, but acknowledging that “given the current state of affairs, there is no reason to refuse extradition to Poland.”

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