International sanctions regimes can have a significant, and often sudden, impact on businesses and individuals. In order to comply with sanctions, companies may have to terminate relationships with trading partners. They may find their access to essential financial services blocked. In addition, businesses that comply with a sanctions regime may face damages claims from third-parties who have suffered loss as a result of that compliance.
Our lawyers advise clients on litigation and contentious issues arising from the impact of international sanctions. In this increasingly challenging area, we combine our experience in managing high-profile, complex litigation with technical knowledge of sanctions.
We provide strategic advice to clients on how best to protect their business interests whilst ensuring compliance with international sanctions regimes. Failure to comply can give rise to civil damages claims and regulatory consequences, as well as criminal penalties. We advise on the full range of sanctions-related disputes including:
- Damages claims arising out of the operation of sanctions regimes, such as private law claims open to EU persons under the EU Blocking Regulation (for example, in relation to the recently reintroduced US Iran sanctions and the EU’s response)
- Disputes concerning the validity of corporate actions under sanctions regimes
- Contentious issues arising as a consequence of sanctions-related asset freezes
We work closely with specialist law firms around the world to ensure a coordinated approach to dealing with issues arising out of international sanctions regimes.
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Meet the International Sanctions Disputes team
Our lawyers are experienced in advising clients on litigation and contentious issues arising from the impact of international sanctions.
Our team comprises some of the UK’s leading litigation lawyers and has vast experience conducting multi-jurisdictional disputes.