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Export Controls

The movement of goods between jurisdictions is increasingly subject to financial and trade restrictions imposed by the United Nations, the European Union, the United States, and other jurisdictions.

We provide expert advice on matters relating to trade regulation and export controls, guiding clients through an often complex framework of rules. We have particular experience in:

  • advising on the impact of EU, UK and U.S. trade sanctions
  • conducting export controls due diligence reviews and investigations
  • developing trade compliance policies and procedures
  • advising on dual-use restrictions
  • analysing and mitigating trade-related risks in M&A transactions
  • undertaking voluntary investigations in compliance with trade restrictions
  • advising on contractual arrangements in relation to sanctions and export controls
  • carrying out due diligence in the supply chain
  • supporting applications for licences/exemptions

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News: 03 FEBRUARY 2020

Top rankings for A&O’s Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure group

A&O’s global Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure group has finished top of the IJGlobal and Dealogic league tables, making 2019 another highly successful year. 

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Publications: 27 JANUARY 2020

Updated Equator Principles Finalized

Updated Equator Principles with stronger standards and a broader scope were finalized in November 2019 and are set to come into effect in July 2020. 

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Publications: 17 DECEMBER 2019

European Green Deal: roadmap to a climate neutral Europe

On 11 December 2019, the new European Commission announced its much-awaited European Green Deal (EGD)1, which sets out a wide range of major policy and legislative proposals to transition Europe to be ‘climate neutral’ by 2050. 

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Publications: 29 NOVEMBER 2019

Distorting mirrors: UK sanctions and Brexit

The UK’s various sanctions regimes are currently very strongly correlated, although not completely aligned, with those of the EU. This position arises, in part, from the direct applicability of certain EU laws within EU Member States (e.g. via EU regulations). Much of this EU law would cease to apply within the UK should the UK leave the EU without any new agreement being established to govern the future EU-UK relationship.

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