Financial Law Conference #3

Sanctions against Russia:

Legal Framework and Practical Difficulties

Tuesday, 9 May 2023

10 AM – 5 PM with lunch

Park Hyatt, Zurich

Sanctions against Russia have dominated the news since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, a year ago. Political debates about the benefits and harms of such sanctions have obscured the difficulties they pose for all parties involved in their practical implementation. 

The conference will focus on these difficulties and attempt to provide an overview of them from the perspective of the various parties involved.




Thomas Klein & Gianni Rizzello

Introduction to the Topic

Marcel Alexander Niggli


Legal framework



Federal Act on the Implementation of International Sanctions (Embargo Act) and the Ukraine Ordinance

Dimitrios Karathanassis


Forfeiture of Assets of Sanctioned Individuals

Louis Frédéric Muskens


Sanctions & Legal Services: Introduction and European Perspective

Pierre-Dominique Schupp


Sanctions & Legal Services: Questions & Answers

Birgit Sambeth, Sandrine Giroud, Lukas Wyss

12.00 – 13.15

Buffet Lunch


Implementing the Ukraine Ordinance:
Practical Challenges & Specific Difficulties




Erwin Bollinger

Precious Metals Sector

Federico Domenghini


Martin Boric

Banking Sector

Raimund Röhrich


Ansgar Schott


Summing up




Erwin Bollinger, Raimund Röhrich,
Federico Domenghini, Martin Boric, Ansgar Schott


Closing Remarks

Marcel Alexander Niggli



Erwin Bollinger, Head of Bilateral Economic Relations Division and Federal Council Delegate for Trade Agreements at SECO

Martin Boric, Attorney-at-Law at Klein Rechtsanwälte AG

Federico Domenghini, Attorney-at-Law at Domenghini & Partners AG

Sandrine Giroud, Vice-president of the Geneva Bar Association, Attorney-at-Law at Lalive SA

Birgit Sambeth, President of the Swiss Bar Association, Attorney-at-Law at Altenburger legal + tax AG

Dimitrios Karathanassis, Attorney-at-Law at Klein Rechtsanwälte AG

Thomas Klein, Attorney-at-Law at Klein Rechtsanwälte AG

Louis Frédéric Muskens, Lecturer in Criminal law, Attorney-at-Law at Bär & Karrer AG

Marcel Alexander Niggli, Full Professor at University of Fribourg, Senior Counsel at Klein Rechtsanwälte AG

Gianni Rizzello, Attorney-at-Law at Klein Rechtsanwälte AG

Raimund Röhrich, Global Head Financial Crime Compliance at Bank Julius Bär & Co. Ltd

Ansgar Schott, Attorney-at-Law at Baker McKenzie

Pierre-Dominique Schupp, Vice-president of the European Bars’ Council (CCBE), Attorney-at-Law at Rusconi & Associés

Lukas Wyss, President of the Zurich Bar Association, Attorney-at-Law at Walder Wyss SA



Park Hyatt Zurich
Beethovenstrasse 21
8002 Zurich

Conference fee


CHF 475.-, including lunch
Will be invoiced after registration.



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