Appointment of two sanctions practitioners to our Money Laundering Task Force

The Law Society is delighted to announce the appointment of two sanctions practitioners on our highly regarded Money Laundering Task Force. We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of high calibre applicants. The two new appointees are:

Roger Matthews, senior director, Dechert

Roger MatthewsRoger has an extensive white-collar crime and AML background. His sanctions credentials include two years with HM Treasury’s Asset Freezing Unit, a spell at the Bank of England, and three years with the European Commission working on the EU sanctions regime. His practice at Dechert covers the full range of issues arising from financial and trade sanctions: licencing applications, reporting obligations, due diligence, internal investigations, strategic commercial advice and litigation. He has taught and written on sanctions, is a regular speaker at conferences/seminars and has given evidence to the House of Lords EU Committee. He has the rare background of having been a law and policy-maker as well as a legal adviser.

Jason Hungerford, partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Jason HungerfordJason is US and E&W qualified and has specialised in US and EU sanctions throughout his career, advising corporate and financial institutions on financial and trade licensing and enforcement matters, representing clients to HM Treasury and HMRC and to the relevant US authorities. He is also responsible for his firm’s own internal sanctions policies and compliance. He has written on the future of sanctions post-Brexit.

As sanctions continue to be top news, we are confident that Roger and Jason will strengthen our ability to respond to developments in financial sanctions policy and legislation, to provide guidance to firms, and to support our interaction with the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI).

The Law Society activity on sanctions so far:

We sent a letter to The Rt Hon the Lord Trefgarne, chair of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee regarding the process of bringing into force of the The European Union Financial Sanctions (Amendment of Information Provisions) Regulations 2017.

We briefed MP’s on our concerns regarding the Sanctions and Anti Money Laundering Bill (PDF).

If you are interested in contributing to our work on sanctions, please contact Einat Sohar.