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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…

On May 10, 2024, Canada announced that four individuals were added to the Special Economic Measures (Hamas Terrorist Attacks) Regulations (the “Regulations”), created earlier this year in response to the attacks by Hamas in Israel beginning on October 7, 2023. The amended Regulations entered into force on May 9, 2024. The newly-listed individuals are: Khaled Qaddoumi, associated with Hamas; and Ali Morshed Shirazi, Mostafa Mohammad Khani and Ali Ahmad Faizullahi, all members of the Islamic…

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…

For the second week of our Annual Compliance Conference, we discussed key trade compliance issues impacting our clients globally. Specifically, we discussed the trade policy response of the US, EU and U.K. to ever increasing geopolitical disruption, global strategies for handling sanctions regulators and enforcement, and key global sanctions and export controls developments. Trade policy response to geopolitical disruption – China and beyond Tuesday 7 May SPEAKERS: Tristan Grimmer (Partner, London), Sylwia Lis (Partner, Washington…