March 4, 2022
The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan issued or announced sanctions 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 tough sanctions in close coordination. As tensions continue to rise, we will likely 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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Judith Alison Lee is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and Co-Chair of the firm’s International Trade Practice Group. Ms. Lee is a Chambers ranked leading International Trade, Export Controls, and Economic Sanctions lawyer practicing in the areas of international trade regulation, including USA Patriot Act compliance, economic sanctions and embargoes, export controls, and national security reviews (“CFIUS”). Ms. Lee also advises on issues relating to virtual and digital currencies, blockchain technologies and distributed cryptoledgers.
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.
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.
Adam Smith is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and a highly experienced international trade lawyer. Mr. Smith previously served in the Obama Administration as the Senior Advisor to the Director of OFAC and as the Director for Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council. Mr. Smith focuses on international trade compliance and white collar investigations, including with respect to federal and state economic sanctions enforcement, the FCPA, embargoes, and export controls.
Claire Yi is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s International Trade and White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Groups. Ms. Yi’s background includes having interned in the Compliance and Business Risk Department at the World Bank-International Finance Corporation, in the Office of the Inspector General at the State Department, and in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department.