Matthew Townsend

Matthew Townsend

Allen & Overy LLP

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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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