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Sanctions - restrictions imposed on the economy of one or more countries (including enterprises or persons) by other countries or organizations. They are the result of violations of established laws, rules, norms, and standards, as well as problems within global politics. They are aimed at exerting pressure and changing the hitherto conduct of the entity covered by the sanction regime. They can be international (when imposed, for example, by the UN Security Council or the European Union) or national (when imposed by a given state on the basis of national law).

Sanctions can take various forms, including:

  • customs duties,

  • embargo,

  • import or export quotas,

  • monetary restrictions (blocking bank accounts, ban on currency transport),

  • entry restrictions for persons placed on a special list,

  • freezing the assets of persons or entities placed on a special list,

  • other restrictions that apply to specific sectors of economic activity, e.g. ban on the export/import of certain goods or technology, ban on financing infrastructure projects, investment, or provision of certain services.

Sanctions are a powerful and increasingly used foreign policy tool, that affects both sanctioned entities and negatively affects the economy of the countries that impose sanctions. Sanctions prohibit or limit the business activities (trade and transactions) of own citizens with entities from sanctioned countries.

Therefore, entities which operate globally, in complex supply chains, and in high-risk jurisdictions, need to be aware of sanctions and obligations under export control rules that may apply to their activities (products/services).

Our Law Firm provides legal advice to entities operating on the domestic and international market, with particular emphasis on aspects related to trade and transactions with entities from sanctioned countries. Taking into consideration the interests of our clients, we comprehensively analyse their legal and commercial situation in terms of compliance with regulations, provisions, and legal requirements. In order to eliminate the risk related to individual transactions, we also analyse in detail the connections of our clients with contractors and business partners from countries subject to sanctions.

Our advice covers the full range of economic sanctions and export control issues, including:

  • advice on the admissibility of certain transactions or payments,

  • representing clients in the field of trade control - in particular in enforcement proceedings or criminal proceedings for violations of export or import controls,

  • conducting audits of compliance with commercial regulations, risk assessment, and due diligence,

  • representing clients in proceedings before national and EU authorities, courts in cases related to sanctions and other violations of regulations,

  • consulting in the field of licensing systems - legal support in securing export, import, or sanction licenses,

  • conducting training in the field of compliance with trade regulations.

Depending on the needs, we also cooperate with foreign Law Firms as a part of our membership in international law structures (FraudNet, IR Global).

What allows us to offer our clients appropriate legal solutions are: our many years of experience, knowledge of the specifics of the operation in the individual sectors, knowledge of the rules and regulations in force in foreign jurisdictions, and monitoring of the constantly changing economic environment and political situation in the country and in the world.

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