Regulatory and compliance

Sanctions and export control

Our export control team is built upon strong industry experience, having developed a clear understanding of market practice through our work with a range of clients on export compliance strategies. Our extensive experience liaising with the ECO and HMRC means that we know how the key UK export control regulators operate, what they expect from exporters and how exporters can introduce internal processes that are consistent with regulators’ guidance on best practice.

We can help with all aspects of export control regulation, including advising on voluntary disclosures to the ECO and negotiating penalty notices issued by HMRC, licensing issues and visits from the ECO and HMRC, providing export and sanctions advice relating to export of dual-use items outside the EU. We can provide training programs, policies and checklists to support a company’s compliance systems. We can also advise on end-user undertaking issues and support goods classification.

The speed at which financial and trade sanctions can be implemented to react to geo-political events means that it is now more important than ever for companies to ensure they have a robust sanctions compliance programme in place. The establishment by the UK government of the Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation has sent a signal to the market that it is serious about enforcing breaches of sanctions legislation in the future.

Our experienced sanctions team advises clients on all aspects of UN, EU and UK sanctions compliance and related issues. We also assist clients to put in place robust sanctions compliance programmes to ensure that transactions with potential sanctions implications are escalated and dealt with at appropriate levels.

Experience


Leading semiconductor manufacturer

Advised a leading semiconductor manufacturer on voluntary disclosure to the UK Export Control Organisation and related German issues following a breach of export control regulations.

International software developer

Advised an international software developer on the application of the US deemed export rule in relation to Iranian nationals working in the UK and the US.

FTSE 100 manufacturing company

Advising a FTSE 100 manufacturing company on compliance with Iran sanctions.

New Zealand manufacturing company

Advising a New Zealand manufacturing company on the effect of Myanmar and Iran sanctions on a commercial contract.

International electronic components manufacturer

Advised an international manufacturer of electronic components on a visit by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and remedial actions taken in respect of export of dual-use goods to Crimea and Israel.

International IT distribution company

Advised an international IT distribution company on a compound penalty notice issued by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs following export control breaches.

An oil company

Advising an oil company on the effect of Russia / Ukraine sanctions on daily operations.

Computer consulting company

Advising a computer consulting company on the impact of EU sanctions in multiple jurisdictions.

Private equity company

Advising a private equity company on the impact of IT contracts with Iran after the lifting of sanctions.

High street bank

Advising a high street bank on the impact of sanctions warranties in a facility agreement.

Outsourcing and energy services company

Advising an outsourcing and energy services company on their sanctions compliance programme.

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