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On May 16, 2024, the Minister of Foreign Affairs announced further amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the “Regulations”) sanctioning additional Russian individuals and entities. The amendments list an additional 2 individuals and 6 entities under Schedule 1 of the Regulations and took effect on May 16, 2024. Schedule 1 of the Regulations imposes a dealings prohibition against the individuals and entities listed, effectively freezing any assets they hold in Canada. Individuals listed are also rendered inadmissible…

At the end of March, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) quietly updated its list of “Frequently Asked Questions” regarding compliance with Canada’s sanctions regime. For years, basic FAQs have remained the sole source of interpretative guidance on the application of the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) the United Nations Act, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (JVCFOA) and the Freezing Assets of Corruption Foreign Officials Act. Despite the growing complexity of provisions enacted…

The leader of Russia’s political opposition, Alexei Navalny, died in a Siberian prison on February 16, just over a week before the two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Both Navalny’s death and the anniversary of the invasion were cited as the motivations behind the latest rounds of sanctions against Russia. Members of our global sanctions team in our offices in the US, UK, Sweden, Australia, and Canada summarize the latest…

Baker McKenzie’s Canadian international trade and customs team is publishing a series of articles reviewing 2023 trade and customs compliance developments and looking ahead to 2024’s burgeoning issues. This article focuses on Canada’s export controls regime. In 2023, we saw enhanced scrutiny at the border, with an uptick in Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) verifications on the control status of exported goods and legislative developments to bring Canada’s export controls regime up to date with…