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Laura Yovanoff, Compliance Officer, United States Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to Speak at KCís Understanding OFAC Issues in 2012

New York, NY, September 29, 2011 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Laura Yovanoff, Compliance Officer, United States Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Understanding OFAC Issues in 2012.” This event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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Event Synopsis:

Compliance with the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations remains a significant challenge for most companies. With assets located all over the world, OFAC compliance can be complex, putting companies at risk for violating U.S. economic and trade sanctions programs.

In this two-hour Live Webcast, the Knowledge Group will walk you through the most significant issues which may arise in the context of OFAC compliance and how to mitigate these risks to avoid sanctions violations and enforcement actions.

About Laura Yovanoff

Laura Yovanoff is a Sanctions Compliance Officer with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”). Since 2010, Laura has worked in a variety of capacities for OFAC. She manages a large portfolio of financial institutions for which she investigates and enforces sanctions violations. Laura’s diversified portfolio includes large, sophisticated financial institutions, credit unions, and U.S. branches of foreign banks. In addition to enforcement matters, Laura routinely evaluates financial institutions’ compliance programs to identify areas of improvement.

On a daily basis, Laura provides guidance to financial institutions, money service businesses, law enforcement, the legal community, and individuals from around the world on a wide range of complex sanctions issues, particularly Iran, Libya and the new Syrian sanctions. Laura is a regular speaker at other government agency financial investigations trainings, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. Her outreach events focus on the intricacies and nuances of OFAC’s sanctions programs, and the importance of implementing and maintaining a strong compliance program.

Prior to joining OFAC, Laura worked for a non-profit advocacy organization, and in the United States Senate, while simultaneously working towards her Master’s in Political Science at American University. Laura also has several years of experience in the mortgage and title insurance industry, and provided financial analysis services to a large telecommunications company.

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:

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