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OFAC issues Venezuela-related general license for some transactions

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On January 9, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control issued Venezuela-related General License (GL) 31B, “Certain Transactions Involving the IV Venezuelan National Assembly and Certain Other Persons.” GL 31B authorizes certain transactions ordinarily prohibited by Executive Order (E.O.) 13884, as incorporated into the Venezuela Sanctions Regulations (VSR), involving the IV Venezuelan National Assembly, its Delegated Commission, any entity established by, or under the direction of, the IV National Assembly to exercise its mandate, or any person appointed or designated by, or whose appointment or designation is retained by, the IV National Assembly, its Delegated Commission, or a IV National Assembly Entity, including their respective members and staff. GL 31B also authorizes U.S. persons to engage in all transactions prohibited by E.O. 13850, as amended by E.O. 13857 (and incorporated into the VSR), involving “any person appointed or designated by, or whose appointment or designation is retained by, the IV National Assembly, its Delegated Commission, or a IV National Assembly Entity to the board of directors (including any ad hoc board of directors) or as an executive officer of a Government of Venezuela entity (including entities owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the Government of Venezuela).” OFAC noted that GL 31B does not authorize transactions involving the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly convened by Nicolas Maduro or the National Assembly seated on January 5, 2021 (including their respective members and staff), or any transactions otherwise prohibited by the Venezuela Sanctions Regulations, including those involving blocked persons unless allowed by GL 31B or separately authorized. In conjunction with GL 31B, OFAC amended related FAQs 522, 547, 660, 679, and 680.