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On 16 May 2024, SECO published the updated version of its Auslegungshilfe Sanktionsmassnahmen (“interpretation guideline for sanctions measures”; “FAQs”), which includes additional guidance on the following five topics: (i) proof of the non-Russian origin of imported diamonds and diamond products in relation to the prohibition of Art. 14e of the Ordinance of 4 March 2022 on measures in connection with the situation in Ukraine (“Ordinance”); (ii) the mandatory format for fulfilling the reporting obligation for…

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…

On April 29, 2024, the European Union (“EU”) adopted the Directive (EU) 2024/1226 on the definition of criminal offenses and penalties for the violation of Union restrictive measures and amending Directive (EU) 2018/1673 (“Directive”). Member States will have until April 30, 2025 to transpose it into national legislation. The Directive defines criminal offenses and penalties and establishes minimum rules concerning the prosecution of violations or circumvention of EU sanctions in Member States and directs Member…