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The EU Commission Aims Its “Blocking Statute” at Renewed U.S. Sanctions Against Iran

May 29, 2018

By Bruno Cova, Scott Flicker, Behnam Dayanim & Fabio Cozzi

As one reaction to the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, the EU Commission will reactivate the "Blocking Statute" against the effects of the extra-territorial application of U.S. secondary sanctions. EU companies may be caught in the crossfire that is arising from the EU/U.S. conflicting approaches on Iran.

  • EU companies and their global counterparties should reassess the risks deriving from business relations with Iran or Iranian nationals.

  • Business relations with Iran or Iranian entities require a careful check of the risks under U.S. sanctions.

  • It is advisable to evaluate the impacts and consequences should the Blocking Statute be extended to the renewed or new U.S. sanctions against Iran.

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