Author: Azizur Rahman 10 March 2022
The Times asked Aziz Rahman for his thoughts on the UK’s approach to sanctions in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The invasion has focused the spotlight on the huge amounts of “dirty money” that have flowed into the UK on behalf of those with close connections to the Russian regime.
With the government having been criticised for being slower than the European Union in tackling the problem – which has given oligarchs time to sell or move their assets - ministers have hit back by blaming lawyers for the delays.
Aziz told The Times it would be unfair to criticise the UK sanctions process for being too slow. He explained that the UK’s process is less convoluted than the EU’s method.
He also emphasised that it takes time to ensure that sanctions are targeted and drafted properly so that they are as effective as possible.
You can read Aziz's comments in The Times. (Subscription required)
Aziz Rahman is Senior Partner at Rahman Ravelli and its founder. His ability to coordinate national, international and multi-agency defences has led to success in some of the most significant corporate crime cases of this century and top rankings in international legal guides. He is recognised worldwide as one of the most capable legal experts regarding top-level, high-value commercial and financial disputes.