Details for Peters & Peters sanctions breakfast seminar next Tuesday

PrintAs previously advertised, Peters & Peters is hosting a breakfast on Tuesday 26 June 2018 entitled ‘Collision Course? The future of US, EU and UK sanctions policy’.

Venue will now be the Common Room at the Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL.

Time: 8.30am – 10am

Speakers: Barbara Linney (Miller & Chevalier in Washington DC), Maya Lester QC (Brick Court Chambers and and William Dodsworth (Head of Financial Crime Policy at Barclays) moderated by Anna Bradshaw (Peters & Peters).

The panelists will discuss the broad reach of US primary and secondary sanctions, EU and UK responses to developments in US sanctions policy including the proposed EU blocking legislation and the repercussions for businesses as they seek to negotiate conflicts of laws and financial crime risk.

Further details on this event and how to register are here:

Sanctions & Brexit – questions please!

Brick Court Chambers.pngAs previously indicated, Brick Court Chambers is hosting an event this Thursday at 4.30pm at the Savoy Hotel (London) to explore the impact of Brexit on sanctions. Details here. Please send us questions for the panellists in advance to so we can include as many as possible in the discussion. Please let us know if would still like to register for this event or can no longer attend.

European Sanctions blog congratulates Lord Anderson KBE QC on peerage & knighthood

David Anderson QC.jpgDavid Anderson QC, former Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation in the UK (whose reports are regularly referred to on this blog) and barrister at Brick Court Chambers, has just been appointed to a cross-bench peerage (ie a non-party lifetime appointment to the House of Lords, the second legislative chamber of the UK Parliament). He has also been granted a knighthood. He is (inter alia!) a leading advocate in key sanctions cases in the European Court including the leading case Kadi I. Brick Court Chambers announcement here.

21 June Brexit sanctions event – VENUE CHANGE TO SAVOY

Due to a wonderfully large number of positive responses we have changed the London venue for this Brick Court Chambers event to a larger one.  It will be very topical – the new Sanctions & AML Act 2018 became law last week which enacts the new legal framework for sanctions post Brexit. Topics and speakers for this event are here.   The venue is now:

Savoy Hotel – Lancaster Room

London WC2R 0BP (River Entrance on Savoy Place off Victoria Embankment)

21 June 2018

4.15pm registration for 4.30pm start

4.30pm – 7pm panel discussion

7pm reception in the lovely River Room

If you haven’t already done so, please confirm your place by emailing and please let us know if you can no longer attend.

‘Sanctions after Brexit’ event on 21 June, all welcome

Brick Court Chambers.png.jpgPlease come to a discussion about the impact of Brexit on sanctions. 21 June 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm (then drinks reception) at Ironmongers Hall in London. The event is hosted by Brick Court Chambers and we hope to have a lively discussion so please come armed with questions.  Three panels will explore the impact of Brexit on financial sanctions from a number of perspectives – law, policy and industry. Chaired by Maya Lester QC & David Anderson QC.

LAW – this panel will discuss the new legal framework in the UK. Panelists are Giles Thomson (HM Treasury), Miriam Gonzalez (Dechert LLP), Nicola Smith (FCO Legal Directorate), Chloe Cina (Sanctions Lawyer), David Mortlock (Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP), and David Heaton (Brick Court Chambers).

POLICY – this panel will look at policy implications and sanctions relationships between the UK and the rest of the world (including the EU, UN and USA). Panelists are Sir John Sawers (former head of MI6), Harold Hongju Koh (Former Legal Advisor to the US Department of State), Kimberly Prost (Canadian Judge on the International Criminal Court), Qudsi Rasheed (FCO), Manuel Lafont Rapnouil (European Council on Foreign Relations), Erica Moret (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), and David Meale (US Department of State).

INDUSTRY – the final panel will examine the impact on industry and trade, including compliance and licensing. Panelists are Susan Lake (Swiss Re), Andy Wragg (AXA Corporate Solutions), Che Sidanius (Thomas Reuters), William Dodsworth (Barclays), Spencer Chilvers (Rolls Royce), Tom Keatinge (RUSI), and Peter Dale-Skinner (head of compliance at OFSI).

Please email to confirm your place. Further details here.

Bahraini Gov alleges Future Bank assisted Iran in $7bn sanctions evasion

Bank.jpgFollowing a government audit, the Bahraini government has stated that it has discovered documents which reveal a $7 billion scheme, orchestrated by the Persian-Gulf bank ‘Future Bank’ (closed in 2015), which ultimately assisted Iran in the evasion of international sanctions between 2004 and 2015. The documents are alleged to reveal how the bank had routinely altered financial documents (including a practice known as ‘wire-stripping’) to mask illicit transactions between Iran and a number of foreign partners.