Sanctions tracker – new UK sanctions on provision of services to Russia

On 30 September, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly announced the imposition of a round of new UK sanctions against Russia. These restrictions are not yet in force. Full details of the new measures had not been published at the time of writing, but we set out below a summary of the new restrictions as announced and will of … Read more

Sanctions tracker – EU update on Russian oil price cap and eighth sanctions package

Earlier this month, the G7 announced a plan to impose a cap on the price importers pay for Russian oil (see our previous blogpost for further detail).  On 28 September, President von der Leyen made a statement regarding the EU’s intended implementation of this plan, as part of an eighth sanctions package in response to the escalation of the … Read more

U.S. Treasury Issues New Guidance on Russian Oil Price Cap

Our previous blog post discussed the G-7’s recent proposal to impose a price cap on Russian oil in an effort to diminish the energy revenues of the Russian state. In this post, we examine the new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”), Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) establishing a framework … Read more

Designated: A Sanctions Podcast: EP4: Russian Energy Sector Sanctions Measures Implemented in Response to the Crisis in Ukraine

In this mini-series, we discuss the recent sanctions measures implemented in the U.S., E.U., and U.K. as a response to the crisis in Ukraine. In this episode, Jonathan Cross, Lode Van Den Hende, Elizabeth Head, and Brittany Crosby-Banyai focus on the recent sanctions that impact the Russian energy sector. Herbert Smith Freehills Podcasts · Designated: … Read more

Sanctions Tracker Summary – Global Sanctions Responses to the Crisis in Ukraine

Updates from February 4, 2022 through March 11, 2022. Within a brief period, the international sanctions environment applicable to trade with Russia has been fundamentally transformed, such that Russia is, in many respects, now a comprehensively sanctioned jurisdiction.  We have published a number of recent updates regarding sanctions measures that have been proposed and enacted … Read more

US, UK, and EU Announce Potential Sanctions Responses to a Ukraine Incursion

Sanctions measures have been proposed in several jurisdictions as a potential response to any prospective Russian military incursion into Ukraine. A sanctions response of the sort currently proposed would have significant implications for companies doing business in Russia or with Russian companies. This post discusses the current proposed Ukraine-related sanctions measures in the United States, … Read more

Designated: A Sanctions Podcast EP3: Cross over event with The Bettor’s Verdict

In a special podcast cross over event, the Designated team joins The Bettor’s Verdict to discuss the Impact of Crypto on Sanctions and AML Laws in the United States.  In this episode, Designated host Jonathan Cross, is joined by The Bettor’s Verdict host Steve Jacobs, and Herbert Smith Freehills Partner John O’Donnell. Jonathan, Steven and … Read more

OFAC Extends Venezuela General License 8, Enabling US Energy Companies to Continue Engaging in Limited Activities With PdVSA

On November 17, OFAC issued General License 8G, Authorizing Transactions Involving Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (“PdVSA”) Necessary for the Limited Maintenance of Essential Operations in Venezuela or the Wind Down of Operations in Venezuela for Certain Entities (“GL 8G.”). GL 8G, like its predecessor General License No. 8F (“GL 8F”), authorizes several  US energy companies … Read more