Following reports in August (see blog post here), on 6 September, the UK government formally announced the proscription of the Wagner Group. Parliament has passed an order, presented by the Home Secretary, to proscribe the Wagner Group under the Terrorism Act 2000. On 15 September, the order came into force, making it a criminal offence to belong to, encourage support for, assist or use the logo of the Wagner Group. Furthermore, the Wagner Group’s assets can be categorised as terrorist property and seized.
Julian Godfray is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Competition, Trade and Foreign Investment Department in London. Julian works in particular in the Firm's market-leading International Trade and Compliance & Investigations practices. Julian joined the Firm as a trainee in September 2014, and qualified in September 2016. Julian has been seconded to two FTSE 100 clients during his time at the Firm, including in the ethics and compliance team of one client. Julian has also completed secondments to the Firm's European and Competition Law Practice in Brussels in 2016, and more recently to the Firm's Madrid office in 2020, working as part of the Firm's trade compliance practice in Spain.