March 10, 2022
The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan and other countries have issued or announced sanctions and export controls targeting Russia and the Russia-backed separatist regions of Ukraine known as the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic. The United States took the first step by issuing broad jurisdiction-based sanctions on the two regions, similar to the existing sanctions on the Crimea region of Ukraine, and followed up with additional sanctions targeting Russia’s financial system. NATO allies also announced sanctions—including targeted designations by the United Kingdom and a sanctions package by the European Union—and non-NATO allies promised or implemented tough sanctions in close coordination. As tensions continue to rise, we continue to see more series of tools from the NATO countries and their allies to exert economic pressure on Russia to deescalate the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and withdraw its army from Ukraine’s borders.
Hear from our experts about these developments and how companies should proactively assess their exposure to the sanctions and export controls measures being discussed.
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David A. Wolber is a Registered Foreign Lawyer (New York) in Hong Kong and Of Counsel in the Hong Kong office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s International Trade Practice Group. Mr. Wolber assists clients around the world in understanding and navigating complex legal, compliance, reputational, political and other risks arising out of the interplay of various international trade, national security and financial crime laws and regulations, with particular expertise advising clients on economic and trade sanctions, export controls, foreign direct investment controls/CFIUS, anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABC) laws and regulations.
Patrick Doris is a partner in the London office whose practice includes transnational litigation, cross-border investigations, and compliance advisory for clients including major global investment banks, global corporations, leading U.S. operators in the financial sectors, and global manufacturing companies, among others. He advises financial sector clients and others on OFAC and EU sanctions violations, responses to major cyber-penetration incidents, and other matters relating to national supervisory and regulatory bodies.
Christopher T. Timura is Of Counsel in the Washington D.C. office. He counsels clients on compliance with U.S. and international customs, export controls, and economic sanctions law and represents them before the departments of State (DDTC), Treasury (OFAC and CFIUS), Commerce (BIS), Homeland Security (CBP and ICE), and Justice in voluntary and directed disclosures, civil and criminal enforcement actions and investment reviews. Working with in-house counsel, boards, and other business personnel, he helps to identify and leverage existing business processes to integrate international trade compliance, and CSR-related data gathering, analysis, investigation, and reporting throughout client business operations.
Richard Roeder is an associate in the Munich office who was previously seconded to the Washington, D.C. office and worked with the firm’s U.S. sanctions and export control team and assisted clients in managing the challenges posed by the divergence between U.S. and EU economic and financial sanctions. He advises clients in the banking, insurance, automotive, mining, oil and gas, healthcare and information technology industries in the areas of sanctions, anti-money-laundering and anti-corruption compliance.
Claire Yi is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office. She is a member of the firm’s International Trade and White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Groups. Ms. Yi received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was an Articles Editor for Harvard International Law Journal. During law school, she served as an intern for the Compliance and Business Risk Department at the World Bank-International Finance Corporation, for the Office of the Inspector General at the State Department, and for the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department.