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OFAC issues amended Venezuela-related GL and FAQ

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On January 17, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control issued Venezuela-related General License (GL) 5J, which supersedes GL 5I and authorizes certain transactions otherwise prohibited under Executive Orders 13835 and 13857 related to, or that provide financing for, dealings in the Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. 2020 8.5 Percent Bond on or after April 20, 2023. GL 5J does not authorize any transactions or activities otherwise prohibited by the Venezuela Sanctions Regulations. Concurrently, OFAC updated Venezuela-related FAQ 595 to provide clarification on authorized transactions as well as licensing requirements.