Matthew Townsend

Matthew Townsend

Allen & Overy LLP

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2017 heralds new non-financial reporting requirements across Europe

For many large companies across Europe, 2017 marks the introduction of new non-financial reporting requirements addressing issues such as human rights and corruption for financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2017....more

2/16/2017 - EU Financial Reporting Member State Reporting Requirements

New Iran Designations: OFAC Adds 25 Persons to the SDN List in Response to Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test

On February 3, 2017, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added 25 persons to its List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (the SDN List, and every person thereon, an SDN) as a result of their...more

2/15/2017 - Financial Institutions Iran Iran Sanctions OFAC SDN List

OFAC Authorizes Certain Dealings with Russian Security Agency

In its first public statement since the inauguration, the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on February 2, 2017, that it had authorized limited dealings with the Federal Security...more

2/15/2017 - Export Controls Exports FSB OFAC Russia Sanctions SDN List

Submission To The House Of Commons’ Environmental Audit Select Committee Concerning The Future Of Chemicals Regulation After The...

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s current Brexit inquiry is examining the potential impacts on REACH and the chemicals sector. This inquiry, which has attracted a wide number of responses from across...more

2/13/2017 - Chemicals ECHA EU REACH Referendums The Great Repeal Bill UK

Climate Change Reporting: Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

At the end of last year, the Task Force on Climaterelated Financial Disclosures (the Task Force) published its Recommendations Report on climate change related financial disclosures. The 32-member Task Force was...more

2/6/2017 - Climate Change Financial Reporting Financial Sector FSB UK

New monetary penalty regime for breach of financial sanctions

There will soon be a new regime in place in the UK for punishing individuals or businesses that breach financial sanctions. In March 2016 the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) was formed, as part of the...more

2/3/2017 - Civil Monetary Penalty Deferred Prosecution Agreements Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) Sanctions UK

International trade law and environmental protection – a new era?

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has raised inevitable questions about whether the UK will continue to align itself to European environmental laws and standards or take a divergent path. There is also considerable...more

11/10/2016 - Article 50 Treaty of the EU EU Free Trade Agreements Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) TTIP UK UK Brexit WTO

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control Ends Its ‘Burma Sanctions Program’

On 7 October 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) ended all economic and financial sanctions with respect to Myanmar (referred to by OFAC as Burma). The move had been...more

10/19/2016 - Executive Orders Financial Institutions OFAC Sanctions SDN List U.S. Commerce Department U.S. Treasury

Environmental and climate change laws – divergence or more of the same?

The United Kingdom’s referendum vote to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016 has raised questions about the future direction of environmental and climate change policies in the UK. In the near term it is business as...more

7/29/2016 - CJEU Climate Change ECHA EEA EFTA EU Member State Referendums UK UK Brexit

Modern Slavery Act Guidance - The "Race To The Top" Begins

On 29 October 2015, the provisions in the UK Modern Slavery Act (the Act) on transparency in supply chains (TiSC) came into force and the government published its long-awaited Guidance. The first organisations who will have...more

11/5/2015 - Due Diligence Human Trafficking Modern Slavery Act Publicly-Traded Companies Reporting Requirements Supply Chain Transparency in Supply Chains Act UK

Vienna Deal Brings Iran In From The Cold

After months of wrangling, a deal has finally been reached allowing Iran to develop a peaceful domestic nuclear programme with the lifting of economic and financial sanctions.This is on the strict proviso that Iran does not...more

7/21/2015 - Energy Sector EU Financial Institutions Implementation Day Iran Iran Sanctions Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Nuclear Power Nuclear Weapons OFAC P5+1 Nations SDN List Shipping Transition Day UN Security Council

Modern Slavery Act - Preparing For Greater Supply Chain Transparency

In this news letter: - Preparing for greater supply chain transparency - Background - Timing - Will you be affected? - Preparing the statement - How far up your supply...more

6/24/2015 - Due Diligence Human Trafficking Modern Slavery Act NGOs Risk Management Slavery Supply Chain Transparency UK

New EU sanctions in relation to Ukraine

On July 18, 2014, the European Council adopted Regulation (EU) No 783/20141 which expanded the scope of individuals, entities and bodies who could be added to the list of sanctions targets. Those materially or financially...more

8/4/2014 - Arms Embargo Banking Sector Energy Sector EU Export Controls Financial Institutions Firearms Imports Russia Sanctions SSI List Surface Transportation Telecommunications Ukraine

Extension Of The Sanctions Relief Provided For In The Joint Plan Of Action Between The P5+1 And The Islamic Republic Of Iran

On July 18, 2014, the P5+1 (the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China) agreed with Iran to extend their commitments under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA). The JPOA, originally agreed upon in...more

7/30/2014 - Foreign Policy Iran Joint Plan of Action Sanctions

EU Timber Regulations - How Robust Are Your Due Diligence Systems?

Whilst the European Timber Regulation dates back to 2010, it only took direct effect in Member States last year. Amongst other things, it requires operators to ensure they have due diligence systems in place to properly...more

6/13/2014 - Due Diligence EU Natural Resources Timber

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