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Samir Safar-Aly, LL.M.

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The US Treasury Department and the US State Department have announced two new rounds of sanctions against Syria, including the first designations under the recently-enacted Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (“Caesar Act”). The first round, announced on June 17, 2020, resulted in the addition of 39 individuals and entities to the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (“SDN List”) maintained by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) pursuant Caesar…

On 15 July 2020, the U.S. and Gulf Cooperation Council (“GCC”)-led Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (“TFTC”) designated six targets affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”), including an entity allegedly posing as a charity (and its director) based in Afghanistan that allegedly provided support to ISIS’ branch in that country, ISIS-Khorasan (“ISIS-K”). The entities that were designated are: Al Haram ExchangeTawasul CompanyAl-Khalidi ExchangeNejaat Social Welfare Organization Five of these targets (which includes…

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) recently designated as Specially Designated Nationals (“SDNs”) a number of entities linked to the Iranian steel, aluminum, and iron sectors that are likely to be of particular interest for companies doing trade in or with the Middle East or financial institutions financing trade and business in the region. This post highlights OFAC’s recent action and outlines some practical considerations.On 25 June 2020, OFAC…

The Capital Market Authority (the CMA) continues to drive  the development of the Saudi capital markets in furtherance of the Saudi Vision 2030’s Financial Sector Development Program with the issue of its draft proposed amendments to some of its key implementing regulations on 23 December 2019. The proposed changes are to its Securities Business Regulations (SBRs) and the Authorised Persons Regulations (APRs), which will presumably become known as the ‘Capital Market Institutions Regulations’ with the…

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) announced on 03 March 2020 that it had decided to cut the Repo rate by 50-basis points from 2.25% to 1.75% and Reverse Repo rate by 50-basis points from 1.75% to 1.25%. In the interests of preserving monetary stability, the Repo rate and the Reverse Repo rate were reduced by a further 75-basis points on 16 March 2020 from 1.75% to 1.00%, and 1.25% to 0.50% respectively. On the…