Peters & Peters

Winner of Sanctions Law Firm of The Year, Europe in the WorldECR Awards

Peters & Peters are delighted to announce that Peters & Peters’ unique expertise in Sanctions has been recognised in this year’s WorldECR Awards 2015 as winner of ‘Sanctions Law Firm of the Year, Europe’’.

The publication noted the following:

“Peters & Peters is a ‘small law firm that, in the field of sanctions, has made a disproportionate impact on the market over the last few years’. The team, which sits in the firm’s business crime department, is led by solicitor Michael O’Kane. Clients are mainly individuals and corporates in the tobacco, audio/radio equipment, education, solar energy, military equipment, construction and charity sectors. A truly varied roster of instructions in the past year has included: Representing 121 listed Zimbabwean clients before the General Court, “in the largest and most complex sanctions legal challenge ever brought. We raised arguments requiring a detailed analysis of the political landscape in Zimbabwe, the foreign policy objectives of the EC, evidential sufficiency and rights of defence.” Since the filing of this legal challenge, the travel bans and asset freezes on all but one of our clients have been suspended by the EC. Advising a high-profile Russian on his listing before the European Court along with associated funds transfer issues, the challenge being to allow the transfer of funds without breaching EU sanctions against Russia. Acting for a multinational with operations in more than 100 countries (including those subject to sanctions such as Iran, Sudan, Russia, Myanmar and Belarus and those with restrictive sanctions regimes such as the U.S, Canada and EU Member States). Finally, the firm has developed and funded the very popular sanctions blog, which O’Kane produces with barrister Maya Lester of Brick Court Chambers. This highly regarded innovation now has “over 2,000 subscribers, many of whom are corporates and lawyers” and is regularly referred to and quoted by the media, WorldECR included.”

To read more about Peters & Peters expertise please click here Sanctions and Export Controls. To subscribe to the Sanctions Blog please go here Michael O’Kane can be contacted by email at or +44 (0)20 7822 7777.