Our team assists clients in navigating the complex and sometimes competing requirements to which they may be subject.
Sanctions, international trade, and investment compliance rules can result in the imposition of onerous restrictions on businesses. Violations can lead to substantial risks, including criminal liability, fines, penalties, loss of business, reputational harm, and a variety of associated costs which can be difficult to quantify.
We have a thriving practice advising corporations, financial institutions and individuals on the economic, financial and trade sanctions regimes of the United Nations, European Union, United States, United Kingdom and many other jurisdictions. Our market-leading team provides integrated cross-jurisdictional advice and is well versed in the most complex and sensitive transactions in the market.
International trade is a complex area, and the movement of goods between jurisdictions is increasingly subject to financial and trade restrictions. We provide expert advice on matters relating to trade regulation and export controls, guiding clients through international trade laws and the interplay with economic and trade sanctions regimes.
Our team also regularly advises clients on matters of investment compliance, and offers strong anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing expertise. Our lawyers around the globe can advise on the rules and regulations in numerous jurisdictions.
For those facing investigation or prosecution, we have experienced litigators, including many former government litigators, in the EU, Asia, the Middle East and the U.S. who can defend them.
We provide the full range of support to clients including:
- assessing potential risks associated with particular contracts, relationships or proposed business ventures, including in relation to sanctions, export controls, anti-corruption, and foreign direct investment
- advising on mergers & acquisitions, lending, project finance and capital markets (debt and equity) transactions, and on dealings with agents, distributors and other third parties. This includes conducting due diligence, drafting and negotiating appropriate contractual protections, and setting in place operational, compliance and auditing protocols
- advising on jurisdiction issues, for example, determining which sanctions apply to businesses or operations in other jurisdictions, to joint ventures, or to minority equity investments
- drafting compliance policies and assisting clients with the implementation of these policies
- managing compliance with conflicting sanctions obligations and blocking statutes across multiple jurisdictions
- providing sanctions compliance training to senior management, boards of directors, employees and agents
- assisting clients faced with regulatory investigations or prosecutions concerning sanctions and other regulatory breaches, including approaching authorities and negotiating settlements
- assisting clients to secure export and sanctions licences
- advising on the European Union Anti-Money Laundering Directives, the United Kingdom Proceeds of Crime Act, interactions with the UK National Crime Agency, the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act, U.S. money laundering laws, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and other international guidance
- advising on foreign investment in the U.S., including in particular in connection with contemplated transactions that may impact U.S. national security
- evaluating transactions to determine if they necessitate a filing with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), developing strategies for approaching CFIUS, and assisting in the transaction review process which CFIUS may conduct
- providing advisory memoranda and regulatory interpretations, and explaining regulatory exceptions and limitations
- tracking regulatory developments
Recognition of our work
“They are on top of the detailed regulatory issues, and showed an excellent ability to deliver.” Chambers UK 2015 (Environment)
UK & Europe