Sanctions Tracker: US update – Treasury Expands and Intensifies Sanctions Against Russia by Targeting Key Sectors, Evasion Efforts, and Military Supplies

On February 24, 2023, the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced significant actions that targeted Russia’s financial services sector, sanctions evasions, Russia’s military supply chain, and metals and mining sector. Under the authority of Executive Order 14024, OFAC targeted the metals and mining sector and imposed sanctions on 22 individuals and 83 entities. OFAC also designated over 30 third-country individuals and companies connected to Russia’s sanctions evasion efforts, including those related to arms trafficking and illicit finance. Read more

Sanctions tracker: EU announces details of tenth Russia sanctions package

The EU has previously announced that it intends to put in place a further package of Russian sanctions by 24 February 2023, to coincide with the one year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine. In this briefing, we summarise the intended measures within that package and also provide a round-up of some other recent EU and UK developments. Read more

Corporate Crime Webinar – G7 Russian oil price cap

Herbert Smith Freehills recently hosted a webinar to discuss the way in which the recent Russian oil price cap measures will operate across the UK, EU and US and to consider the potential challenges that may arise for companies wishing to deal in Russian oil and those who provide related services. The introduction of the … Read more

Sanctions tracker – UK and EU introduce new Russian sanctions

The last week has seen a further flurry of Russian sanctions activity, with both the UK and the EU introducing new restrictions. In this briefing we summarise the new UK restrictions, in particular the additional restrictions on the provision of services to Russia, and the EU's ninth Russia sanctions package. Read more

Sanctions tracker: EU announces ninth Russia sanctions package

On 7 December, the European Commission announced proposals for a ninth sanctions package against Russia. The measures are not yet in force and full details are not yet available, but we have summarised below the areas intended to be covered by the new package, along with a round-up of other UK and EU Russia sanctions developments. Read more

OFAC Releases Price Cap Determination and Guidance on the Implementation of Price Cap Policy on Crude Oil Originating in the Russian Federation

On November 22, 2022, the U.S. Office of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) released a Determination pursuant to Executive Order 14071, “Prohibiting New Investment in and Certain Services to the Russian Federation in Response to Continued Russian Federation Aggression.” The Determination states that E.O. 14071 will apply to trading and commodities brokering, financing, shipping, insurance, flagging, and customs brokering (the “Covered Services”) related to “the maritime transport of crude oil” originating in the Russian Federation (“Russia”). Read more