EU introduces new asset freezing measures against Yemen

On 19 December, the EU published Council Decision 2014/932/CFSP and Regulation 1352/2014 in relation to the situation in Yemen. The measures came into force immediately upon publication. The new measures impose an asset freeze on three individuals: Abdullah Yahya Al… Read more

US President signs Ukraine Freedom Support Act into law

On 13 December 2014, the US Congress passed legislation entitled the "Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014" (H.R. 5859) seeking to impose new sanctions against Russia and in support of Ukraine.  On Thursday, December 18, President Obama signed the Act… Read more

EU sanctions update: Russia

Our latest briefing summarises recent developments in the EU's sanctions imposed against Russia.  In particular, we provide an overview of (a) new measures relating to Crimea and Sevastopol and (b) new European Commission guidance on certain of the financial sector… Read more

Sanctions Update: Ukraine

Ukraine – EU imposes asset freeze on members of former government and issues a statement in relation to Russia; US introduces Executive Order permitting the blocking of assets The EU and US have both recently taken steps to respond to… Read more

SFO brings first Bribery Act charges

The Serious Fraud Office ("SFO") had its first day in court in a Bribery Act prosecution on 24 September 2013, with three of four defendants connected with a £23m fraud at Sustainable AgroEnergy plc ("AgroEnergy") facing charges of making and… Read more

FCA Fines Bank for Anti-Money Laundering Failings

On 8 August 2013 the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") issued a Final Notice against Guaranty Trust Bank (UK) Limited ("GTBUK"), the fifth in a series of cases arising from the FSA's 2010 thematic review of banks' management of higher money… Read more

UK: Myanmar (Burma) sanctions are lifted

As expected, the UK Government yesterday revoked the Burma/Myanmar (Financial Restrictions) Regulations 2009.  These regulations contained criminal penalties for breaches of financial sanctions.  The practical effect is that there are no more asset freezing and financial sanctions in respect of… Read more

EU takes steps towards easing Zimbabwe sanctions

Susannah Cogman and Jeremy Sher comment on the EU's recent easing of the Zimbabwe sanctions regime. On 19 February 2013, the European Union ("EU") took a small step towards easing its sanctions regime in relation to Zimbabwe.  Twenty one individuals and… Read more

Government gives green light to Deferred Prosecution Agreements

In our earlier briefing we reported on the Government's consultation to introduce Deferred Prosecution Agreements ("DPAs") – a new mechanism for addressing criminal conduct by commercial organisations. On 23 October, the Ministry of Justice published its Response to that Consultation… Read more