The scope and complexity of overlapping international and national sanctions regimes has grown exponentially in recent years, with specialist advice in this fast-moving area more important than ever.

As the world of sanctions evolves, the chance of being directly or inadvertently involved with an individual or organisation who has fallen foul of a sanctions regime is greater than ever.

Seeking advice from our international team will help you to understand the nuances of how sanctions can affect you and your business and help you to address the complications that may arise.

The impact of sanctions

Sanctions can be imposed on States, companies, organisations or individuals to prevent certain conduct or activities. Traditionally, sanctions have been used as a foreign policy tool to influence political agendas but are increasingly also being used to target those involved in corruption and human rights abuses.

Sanctions can entail prohibitions on financial transactions, asset freezes and trade restrictions, and breaches of these sanctions can result in lengthy prison sentences and/or considerable financial fines. These can have severe impacts on your business and reputation.

An international perspective

Bringing together lawyers from across the EU, US and Asia with specialist experience in sanctions advice, we can help you navigate the complexities and consequences of the evolving international sanctions landscape. We are experienced in advising on UN, US, EU and UK sanctions regimes, which enables us to help protect your interests and address the issues of your unique situation.

Our wealth of experience in this area has seen us advise on sanctions risk and compliance when dealing with, or potentially dealing with, sanctioned States and designated entities or persons.

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Track record

Advising a property developer

Advising property developer in relation to Iranian financial sanctions concerning proceeds from the sale of a property in the UK being transferred to Iran.

OFSI licence application

Advising a client in relation to an OFSI licence application to allow her to receive funds from a divorce settlement where her ex-husband had become a designated person.

Advising when sanction status is continually changing

Advising an international business investigated for dealing with a sanctioned country whose status on a sanctions list periodically alternated during the course of business.

Navigating sanctions imposed by numerous jurisdictions

Advising international organisation in relation to UN, US, EU and UK sanctions concerning activities within the Russian Federation in connection with sanctioned entities.

International fintech company

Advising international fintech company in relation to UN, US, EU and UK sanctions in connection with Iran.

Removal from sanctions list

Advising African State-owned entity in relation to removal from EU sanctions restrictions.

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