Upcoming Webinar: Sanctions Under the New Administration

The Herbert Smith Freehills global sanctions team invites you to join them for a webinar, to discuss: potential US sanctions implications of the impending change of Administration with respect to Venezuela, China and Russia-related sanctions, as well as the prospects for increased general emphasis on human rights and anti-corruption issues in US sanctions and trade … Read more

New year, new UK sanctions regime

Upon the end of the Brexit transition period at 11pm on 31 December 2020, the UK ceased to implement EU sanctions. UK sanctions are now in force under the UK’s domestic sanctions regime, the framework for which is contained in the Sanctions and Money Laundering Act 2018 (“SAMLA”). The UK has introduced regulations under SAMLA … Read more

EU introduces global human rights sanctions regime

On 7 December 2020, the Council of the EU announced the introduction of a new global human rights sanctions regime, as part the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024. The new regime introduces a framework to impose a travel ban and asset freeze on individuals and entities identified as responsible for, involved … Read more

OFSI Releases its Third Annual Review for 2019-2020

On October 9, 2020, HM Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) published its latest Annual Review for the 2019-20 financial year. Established in 2016, OFSI is a component of Her Majesty’s Treasury, which implements and enforces financial sanctions in the UK. The publication marks the third report which OFSI have published and provides an … Read more

OFAC Sanctions Russian Government Research Institution Connected to the Triton Malware

On October 23, OFAC designated State Research Center of the Russian Federation FGUP Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics (TsNIIKhM) to OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List because of TsNIIKhM’s involvement with Triton malware. TsNIIKhM is a Russian government-controlled research institution. OFAC’s press release is available here. The 2017 Triton Malware … Read more

OFAC Issues Finding of Violation—but No Penalty—for Sanctions Violations Caused by Compliance System Defects and Human Error

On April 30, 2020, the US Department of Treasury (“Treasury”)’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued a Finding of Violation to American Express Travel Related Services Company (“AMEX”). AMEX issued a prepaid travel card to Gerhard Wisser, a specially designated national or “SDN,” and subsequently processed approximately $35,000 in transactions Wisser conducted using the card. AMEX … Read more

US Administration Imposes Targeted Sanctions on Turkey in Relation to Syria

On October 14, 2019, US President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (the “Order”) authorizing a range of primary and secondary sanctions on the Government of Turkey and affiliated individuals and entities. The Order followed Turkey’s launch of its “Operation Peace Spring” military operation in Syria. Following the release of the Order, the US Department … Read more