International Sanctions in Europe

Debevoise’s European Team Remains at the Cutting Edge of EU and U.S. Sanctions Developments


Debevoise’s European team regularly advises firms on compliance with EU and U.S. sanctions, ensuring clients remain compliant in individual transactions as well as in the ongoing running of their businesses. This includes advising on sanctions promulgated by the European Commission and implemented by EU Member States, and those administered by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Debevoise lawyers have extensive experience ranging from providing advice and training on how to implement worldwide robust sanctions compliance regimes, to addressing real-world compliance issues arising from corporate transactions and banking relationships, and conducting sanctions investigations.

Sanctions remain one of the fastest evolving areas of compliance for multi-national businesses, with the scope of regimes often rapidly changing with little prior notice. The firm has become a thought leader in sanctions through regular article writing, speaking engagements, and its Sanctions Bulletin – a publication that provides sanctions news and analysis for nearly 8,000 organizations worldwide.

In the past five years, Debevoise has assisted banks and other financial institutions in more than a dozen internal and government investigations and inquiries involving money-laundering and sanctions issues. These representations have involved the review of tens of thousands of transactions throughout six continents, involving not only financial institutions but also their customers in the construction, consumer goods, infrastructure, insurance, medical solutions, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries.