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401. OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule states that the property and interests in property of entities directly or indirectly owned 50 percent or more in the aggregate by one or more blocked persons are considered blocked. How does OFAC interpret indirect ownership as it relates to certain complex ownership structures?

"Indirectly," as used in OFAC’s 50 Percent Rule, refers to one or more blocked persons' ownership of shares of an entity through another entity or entities that are 50 percent or more owned in the aggregate by the blocked person(s). OFAC urges persons… Read more

5. How do I determine if I have a valid OFAC match?

Please take the following “due diligence” steps in determining a valid OFAC match. If you are calling about a wire transfer or other “live” transaction: Step 1. Is the “hit” or “match” against OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list, one of its… Read more

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879. Does GL 1A authorize transactions with entities identified as subsidiaries of a Communist Chinese military company (CCMC)?

No.  GL 1A does not authorize any transactions involving covered securities of entities listed on OFAC’s Non-SDN Communist Chinese Military Companies List (NS-CCMC List) pursuant to section 4(a)(iii) of E.O. 13959 as a subsidiary of a person already… Read more

878. What does General License 1A (GL 1A) authorize?

During the period that GL 1A is in effect, U.S. persons may, subject to the conditions in the general license, engage in transactions otherwise prohibited by E.O. 13959 involving covered securities of entities whose names closely match, but do not exactly… Read more