Topic: Asset freezing

PetroSaudi founder spars with former US legal team

Tarek Obaid denied having a breakdown in communication with BakerHostetler but admitted he had limited his contact with the firm to “stop his meter from running”.

17 May 2023

London Capital & Finance ex-CEO sentenced for breaching account freezing order

17 May 2023

DOJ moves to seize Vekselberg properties worth $75m on anniversary of Russian invasion

Prosecutors also charged a Russian national with smuggling espionage equipment from the US to Russia and North Korea in violation of export controls.

24 February 2023

Ukraine freezes mining company’s bank accounts

A Ukrainian court has frozen the bank accounts of a local subsidiary of Swiss-headquartered iron ore producer Ferrexpo at the request of Ukraine’s Office of the Prosecutor General.

07 February 2023

GIR’s top stories of 2022

The GIR editorial team is taking a break from regular news briefings over the next couple of weeks. We will be back on 3 January. In the meantime, please enjoy this selection of some of our favourite and most-read stories. Happy holidays!

18 December 2022

Singapore, US offer conflicting accounts on status of alleged North Korea sanctions evader

Featured in Investigator's Guide to Singapore

When the US State Department asked the public for information on Kwek Kee Seng, a Singaporean national accused of evading sanctions to provide oil to North Korea, the Singapore Police Force responded a couple of days later with good news: they know where he is and they have his passport.

09 November 2022

NCA freezing orders jeopardised in Petr Aven sanctions probe

Featured in Investigator's Guide to Russia

Sanctioned Russian oligarch Petr Aven has been barred from accessing funds in two corporate bank accounts while a magistrates’ court considers whether the NCA still has reasonable grounds for freezing them.

19 October 2022

Puerto Rican bank violated Venezuelan sanctions, OFAC says

The bank didn’t apply for a licence to handle the blocked accounts of an unnamed person sanctioned in 2017, the agency said.

19 October 2022

Switzerland to return stolen Uzbekistan assets via UN development fund

The Swiss and Uzbek governments have reached an agreement to return at least $131 million that was allegedly embezzled from Uzbekistan by the daughter of the country’s former president.

16 August 2022

US obtains warrant for oligarch’s $90 million Airbus

A US federal judge has signed off on a request to seize a $90 million aeroplane owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Andrei Skoch.

12 August 2022

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