Aegon's form 20-F filed with the SEC for fiscal year ending in December 2019 states the following: "Section 219 of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 requires Aegon to disclose whether Aegon N.V. or any of its affiliates has engaged during the calendar year in certain Iran-related activities, including any transaction or dealing with the Government of Iran that is not conducted pursuant to a specific authorization of the U.S. government. The amounts in this section are reported in EUR 1 or GBP 1. In the UK and the Netherlands, Aegon maintained a limited number of plans that are reportable under Section 219. The non-US based subsidiaries of Aegon N.V. do operate in compliance with applicable laws and regulations of the jurisdictions where they conduct business. Aegon UK has six UK resident customers who have one active Individual Pension Plan (IPP) and are UK-based employees of a British registered charity that appears on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List with the identifier Specially Designated Global Terrorist [SDGT]; the charity made contributions to the pensions. The customers are not SDNs; the charity does not own, benefit from, or have control over the pensions. All payments have been paid in UK Pounds from a UK bank account. The pensions are managed in line with applicable legislation and regulation in the UK and the charity is not subject to sanctions in the UK or EU. The relationships are under close ongoing review."
According to its Annual Report filed with the SEC in 2016: "Aegon UK has a UK resident customer for whom one active Individual Personal Pension is held. The customer is a UK-based employee of an Iranian bank which appears on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List with the identifiers of [SDGT], [IRAN], and [IFSR], and the Iranian bank makes contributions to the customer’s pension. The customer is not a Specially Designated National (SDN) and the Iranian bank does not own, benefit from, or have control over, the pension. All payments from the Iranian bank have been made in UK Pounds from a UK bank account. Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) have confirmed that this business activity falls within an acceptable exemption. Consequently, the pension remains active although the relationship is under close ongoing review. The monthly premium received during 2016 was GBP 796.39. Ten single additional premiums totalling GBP 5,351.39 were received between January and April 2016. At January 23 2017, the account value was GBP 4,3987.13. The related annual net profit arising from this contract, which is difficult to calculate with precision, is estimated to be no greater than GBP 4,398.71."
According to its Annual Report filed with the SEC in 2015: "During 2014 Aegon maintained in force several individual personal pensions where the pay or of the pension benefits is subject to U.S. sanctions. Aegon holds one active Individual Personal Pension for a UK resident customer who is a UK-based employee of an Iranian bank. The Iranian bank, as the employer, makes contributions into the customer’s pension account. The Iranian bank in question has been designated for sanctions by OFAC pursuant to Executive Order 13224. The customer is not a specially designated national (SDN) and the Iranian bank does not own, benefit from, or have control over, the pension. All payments from the Iranian bank have been made in UK pounds from a UK bank account. Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) have confirmed that this business activity falls within an acceptable sanctions exemption in the United Kingdom. The monthly premium on the pension was GBP 721.73 during 2014. Following approval by the HMT, GBP 178,474 was transferred on July 8, 2014 to a pension with another UK-based pension provider, leaving the account value at GBP 8,380.38 as of December 2014. The related annual net profit, including the pre-transfer amount, arising from this policy arising from this policy is estimated to be GBP 11,207.83. The pension remains active and subject to close on-going review."
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