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Emanuel Ghebregergis

Emanuel Ghebregergis advises clients on international trade controls, white collar, anti-corruption, and civil litigation matters under both European and German laws.

On 24 June 2024, the Council of the European Union (the “Council”) adopted a new package of economic sanctions against Russia. This 14th package of sanctions introduces a broad range of new prohibitions, including new export and import sanctions, new services restrictions, new sanctions designations and further measures targeting the Russian financial and energy sectors. The 14th package also includes measures relating to the circumvention of existing EU-Russia sanctions, including the imposition of a new, affirmative obligation for EU companies to address diversion and circumvention risks both within their own operations as well as the operations of their non-EU based subsidiaries.  

Finally, the new Russia measures expand the powers of courts within Member States to hear damages claims arising from the actions of Russian companies related to “sanctions implementation and expropriation”.

The new EU measures were adopted shortly after the United States and the United Kingdom adopted new Russia related export controls and sanctions, which we summarize in this alert.

Separately, on 30 June 2024 the EU passed a broad new set of sanctions relating to Belarus, including various measures intended to bring the EU-Belarus sanctions more closely in line with similar Russia-related measures.

The EU’s 14th Package of Sanctions Targeting Russia

Asset-freezing Designations

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2024/1746 designates additional individuals and entities to the EU asset-freezing list. The new designations target the Russian military sector but also include entities—and owners and senior managers of companies—operating in other sectors of the Russian economy, such as Russia’s largest shipping company, Sovcomflot, and OJSC Ural Airlines.Continue Reading EU Imposes Additional Sanctions Against Russia and Belarus

On 23 June 2023, the Council of the European Union (the “Council”) adopted a new package of economic sanctions against Russia. In addition to new asset-freezing designations, this eleventh package of sanctions includes new trade, transport and financial restrictive measures.

In recent weeks the UK has implemented various amendments to its existing sanctions regimes targeting Russia and Belarus, including the expansion of the UK’s Belarus-related sanctions regime to include certain restrictions previously introduced with respect to Russia and restrictions on the provision by UK persons of certain legal services.  The UK has also amended a number of General Licenses applicable to these two sanctions regimes and introduced new General Licenses, and updated aspects of its sanctions-related guidance, as detailed below.

Summary of New EU Russia Sanctions

Asset-freezing Designations

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/1216 designates additional individuals and entities to the EU asset-freezing list. The new designations include Russian government and military officials as well as Russian IT companies and the two Russian banks, MRB Bank and CMR Bank, which operate in the non-government controlled Ukrainian territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

Council Regulation (EU) 2023/1215 broadens the listing criteria upon which specific designations can be made under EU sanctions against Russia, to include, inter alia, the significant frustration of EU sanctions as a basis for designation. The regulation also introduces new derogations, including a derogation for the winding down of a Russian joint venture co-owned with the designated individual Alexey Alexandrovits Mordashov as well as a derogation allowing the disposal of certain types of securities held with specified listed entities.Continue Reading EU and UK Adopt New Sanctions Against Russia