Work Area: Sanctions

Sanctions: The UK Perspective

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The United Kingdom implemented its autonomous sanctions regime following its exit from the European Union and is able and willing to take the lead on sanctions enforcement, instead of reacting and following in European footsteps. Individuals and entities are well advised to stay informed of any developments in this sphere, and to ensure that any sanctions compliance programme is sufficiently robust and agile to adapt to the shifting landscape of the United Kingdom’s autonomous sanctions regime.

10 January 2024

Australia

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Offences committed by ‘a person’ will, unless specifically excluded, include a corporation (including those offences punishable by imprisonment). At a federal level, criminal liability is generally established if both physical and fault elements are proven.

10 January 2024

Switzerland

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Swiss authorities initiate their investigations based on their own observations, criminal or other complaints filed by victims or third parties, reports by whistleblowers, media reports and reports from other authorities, including foreign authorities.

10 January 2024

France

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In France, corporations are regulated by judicial authorities – with investigative and prosecutorial functions – but also administrative and regulatory authorities. For the most part, jurisdiction between the authorities is dependent on subject matter, with numerous opportunities for cooperation and competition.

10 January 2024

Ireland

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The Irish government has a renewed focus on tackling white-collar crime, particularly following the establishment of the CEA. The Criminal Procedure Act should provide efficiencies in the trial process but, given its relatively recent implementation, this remains to be seen.

10 January 2024

Singapore

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In response to the rapidly growing threat in the cybersecurity field, various countermeasures have been adopted, ranging from legislative changes and raising public awareness, to deepening collaboration with foreign law enforcement authorities.

10 January 2024

Germany

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Against the current backdrop of the Ukrainian war, violations of European sanctions have increasingly become the focus of investigations, particularly by BAFA and local law enforcement agencies.

10 January 2024

Greece

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Companies are not criminally prosecuted because they are not criminally liable, but sanctions are imposed against them in the form of administrative penalties for the actions of individuals held liable for criminal acts, from which the companies have benefitted.

10 January 2024

Argentina

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There are many legal, operative, strategic, technological, communicational and accounting challenges in cross-border investigations that arise in the initial stage and continue throughout the investigatory process.

10 January 2024

China

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Chinese authorities have been heavily focused in recent years on regulation and enforcement within the country’s growing technology industry. For the most part, this has consisted of the introduction of sweeping regulations aimed at curbing the reach and influence of China’s technology giants.

10 January 2024

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