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Sam Fowler-Holmes

Sam Fowler-Holmes is a senior associate in the Trade & Export Finance team. He specialises in structured and unstructured trade finance and has advised financial institutions on a range of products including large-scale pre-export financing, supply-chain financing, funded and risk participations, and bank-to-bank lending. Sam's experience includes advising in relation to numerous jurisdictions across mainland Europe, CIS, Africa and Asia and for a range of commodities including, oil, gas, metals and cocoa.

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The UK passes new Order making it a criminal offence to breach the EU Blocking Statute

Posted by Sam Fowler-Holmes on Feb 8, 2019 11:21:08 AM

By Sam Fowler-Holmes and Fiona Luong

UK companies who are trading or are considering trading with Iran may now face potential criminal penalties for breaching the EU Blocking Statute, underscoring the need to carry out due diligence in order to best manage their risk profile. This includes:

  • assessing whether any authorisations are required from either the US or EU in relation to current and future business activities (e.g. by obtaining the EU Commission’s authorisation to comply with specified US extraterritorial sanctions); and
  • weighing up the risks associated with breaching US extraterritorial sanctions against those of breaching the EU Blocking Statute and updating internal policies, protocols, and business plans (where appropriate).

This may cause problems for parties who will be caught between US sanctions and UK/EU requirements.

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Topics: EU Blocking Statute, international trade, Amendment Order

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Geoffrey Wynne is head of the Trade & Export Finance Group and Sullivan & Worcester’s London office. He has extensive experience in banking and finance, specifically corporate and international finance, bank mergers, acquisitions, conversions and restructurings, trade and structured trade and commodity finance, structured finance, asset and project finance, syndicated lending, equipment leasing, workouts and financing restructuring, leveraged and management buy-outs and general commercial matters.

 

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