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Sanctions Laws

Dealing With the Risk of International Business
Sanctions Laws Aquilina Law August 11, 2022

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Protecting Your Bottom Line & Personal Safety

Operating an International Business?

Doing business internationally carries with it numerous risks that must be taken into account by any diligent organization that is conscious, not just of the bottom line, but also of its reputation and of the health and safety of its personnel.  Some of the major risks that an enterprise can face when dealing internationally are those stemming from governmental economic sanctions.

Canada’s economic sanctions laws impose restrictions when dealing with designated persons in certain jurisdictions and sometimes more generally to certain types of dealings with persons in those jurisdictions. If your Canadian business has dealings in or with any of the following countries: Belarus; Central African Republic; China; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Haiti; Iran; Iraq;  Lebanon; Libya; Mali; Moldova; Myanmar; Nicaragua; Northern Korea; Russia; Somalia; South Sudan; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Syria; Ukraine; Venezuela; Yemen; or Zimbabwe, it is critically important to understand, and comply with, applicable sanctions laws that may apply to your business. 

Failure to comply with governmental sanctions them can result in the imposition of considerable civil and criminal penalties, such as large fines and in some cases, imprisonment.  Perhaps more importantly, a business implicated in a sanctioned situation faces a risk to its reputation that could adversely impact current or prospective business relations. 

Aquilina Law is well-equipped to assist you in determining whether your international transactions carry a level of risk through its involvement with certain persons or certain dealings in a specified jurisdiction by identifying the range of risks faced by your enterprise and assessing them accordingly, as well as by advising on ways of mitigating or eliminating such risks. 

How We Can Help

  • Provide formal opinions on specific sanctions and regulations in any given jurisdiction
  • Assess and evaluate work-around solutions
  • Risk assessments for contemplated activities
  • Development of risk analysis framework for enterprise de-risking
  • Risk mitigation for Canadian businesses and Not-For-Profits doing business abroad (consultancy)
  • Development of risk analysis framework for enterprise de-risking
  • Creation of foreign corporations and inter-corporate agreements
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Nicole O’HaraGoogle Review - 5/5
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Over the past two years we have engaged Martin Aquilina and his firm Aquilina Law to assist with international corporate restructuring. At every stage we felt confident that Martin and his team had the expertise to provide solutions. The team at Aquilina Law were responsive, professional and easy to deal with. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone needing help or advice in the area of international corporate law.
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I would like to recommend Aquilina Law International Firm to anyone, whether they are in need of an International or a domestic solution. Everyone in their team were awesome, they gave me the best treatment one could have, one very human, kind, trustworthy and professional all the way. I was given the best option and answers to all my concerns. I am grateful for their services and my family give a million thanks for it.
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Martin Aquilina was exactly what my business and I needed in one of the most (positive) stressful times of my life; the purchase of a new business. He went above and beyond in explaining the details of the purchase as well as making sure that all my needs were more than met during this transaction. I chose Martin because of his extensive knowledge, that he speaks multiple languages (including my native language, Dutch), and the fact that he never made me feel that I was too small for his business even though he has a lot of experience with businesses much larger then mine. I know I made the best choice because even to this day, he checks in with me to make sure I’m successful and taken care of. Thank you Martin for everything you did for me and my family.
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Martin and his team are wonderful to work with. When you need complicated national or international issues handled by someone you can trust Aquilina Law does things right the first time. Highly Recommended!
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I have been collaborating with Martin and Vicky for the past 2 years, they are doing a great job providing legal advice, and reviewing and setting up complex legal agreements. Their rapidity and flexibility allow us to secure significant contracts. I fully recommend working with them!
Nathalie MéthotGoogle Review - 5/5
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I have worked with Martin for several years and a real relationship of trust has developed. He knows how to advise us wisely in the context of strategic research collaborations.
Martin DessureaultGoogle Review - 5/5
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Aquilina Law Firm is, in my eyes, the best law firm in the Outaouais. Professional and personalized, proactive and dynamic services, no nonsense, they get to the bottom of things and know inside out what they are talking about and defending. I give them 10/10 and recommend them hands down!
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I have had the pleasure of being a client of Mr. Aquilina for over 20 years. I recently retained his services to assist with the preparation of a letter of intent for the sale of my business. Following the signature of the letter, I retained Aquilina Law to handle the transaction, although a deal of this size would typically have been assigned to a larger firm. We did not regret our choice. Martin and his team supported us tirelessly during the three and a half months that the transaction lasted, taking care of all facets (due diligence, labour law, intellectual property, real estate leases, security interests, etc.). Regardless of the day or time of our calls, Martin made himself available, advising us strategically during sometimes difficult negotiations. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend Aquilina Law for any transactional mandate.
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