Iran sanctions – US and EU announce framework agreement including proposals to suspend sanctions

On April 2, 2015 representatives from the US, EU and Iran announced that, following extensive negotiations, the “P5+1” (China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US) and Iran had agreed parameters (the “Parameters”) for a joint comprehensive plan of action regarding Iran’s nuclear program (the “JCPOA”).  Whilst the final provisions of the JCPOA have … 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 into law, while stating that at present, the Administration does not intend to impose new … Read more

US issues new Ukraine-related sanctions and additional guidance

Herbert Smith Freehills has published the latest issue of its Corporate Crime e-bulletin. This edition covers the new sanctions designations issued by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in response to the situation in Ukraine, as well as OFAC’s additional guidance regarding the scope of US Ukraine related sanctions. For further information, please contact Scott … Read more

Interim relief from Iran sanctions extended to November 2014

Herbert Smith Freehills has published its Sanctions Update e-bulletin on recent developments in the sanctions regime against Iran. On 21 July 2014, it was announced that the six month suspension of EU and US sanctions against Iran as part of the Geneva Joint Plan of Action agreed in January 2014 would be extended until 24 … Read more

Sanctions Update: EU and US introduce further sanctions in response to the situation in Ukraine; EU amends sanctions against Libya, Central African Republic and Syria

Herbert Smith Freehills has published its latest Sanctions Update e-bulletin, on the latest developments in sanctions regimes in Ukraine, Libya, Central African Republic and Syria. Both the EU and US have introduced limited additional sanctions in light of the current situation in Ukraine, and Australia has announced its list of Ukraine-related designated persons.  The EU has … Read more

Ukraine – EU imposes asset freeze and travel ban on 21 Russian individuals; US introduces additional Executive Order and imposes asset freeze and visa ban on 11 Ukrainian and Russian individuals

Herbert Smith Freehills has published its latest Sanctions Update e-bulletin, on the imposition targeted sanctions by the EU and US in response to the recent Crimea referendum. On 17 March 2014, the EU introduced an asset freeze and travel ban applying to 21 Russian individuals. On the same day, the US introduced a second Executive … Read more

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

Herbert Smith Freehills has issued its latest Sanctions Update e-bulletin, concerning the EU and US response to recent events in Ukraine. On 5 March 2014, the EU introduced an asset freeze applying to former President Yanukovych and other former government officials and persons associated with the former government. The UK has introduced domestic legislation criminalising breaches of … Read more

US expands sanctions against Iran

On August 10, 2012, the US implemented new sanctions against Iran through the enactment of the Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act of 2012 (the “Act“). The Act is designed to place new restrictions on the Iranian economy to compel Iran to abandon its efforts to achieve nuclear weapons capacity (and to apply sanctions … Read more