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Sanctions and Export Control

Businesses operate in an increasingly complex regulatory world where international sanctions and export controls have a global reach – targeting governments, companies and individuals – and can carry severe reputational, criminal, regulatory and financial risk.

Notable deals and highlights include:


  • We advised international energy businesses on the Iran sanctions and on refining their business model to navigate various EU, UK and US sanctions and export control regimes.
  • We assisted a major European banking institution on EU and US sanctions compliance and the review of their sanctions policy.
  • We advised companies, including in the oil and gas sector, on sanctions implications and sanctions due diligence in the context of mergers and acquisitions.
  • We advised a worldwide logistics company on the unauthorised export of military items.
  • We have developed sanctions and export control policies and training materials for numerous universities.
  • We assisted an international tech-company with self-disclosure and compliance audits.
  • We advised a worldwide travel company on the impact of sanctions in Cuba, Burma and Iran.
  • We have provided regular assistance to companies in devising compliance programs and in-house training.


  • We successfully de-listed individuals and companies from EU, Canadian and Swiss sanctions regimes.
  • We represented clients on challenges to EU sanctions listings before the EU courts.


  • Advising a major US financial services company on the design of new ‘Know Your Customer’ sanctions screening software to capture UK and EU regulatory requirements.

Export controls:

  • Assisting a major UK reseller of IT equipment in managing the seizure by UK Border Force of goods for export on the grounds that they may have required an export licence as dual-use goods.

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