Tuesday, December 13, 2016


The January trial, originally set of January, for accused Iran sanctions evader, the gold trader, Reza Zarrab, may have been rescheduled, but the defendant is reducing the size of his "dream team" of top-flight criminal defense law firms. Two of these firm have announced that they are no longer on retainer, and have requested to be removed from their obligations as counsel in the case, pending in United States District Court, in Manhattan.

The law firms are:
(1) Clifford Chance USA LLP, the Washington DC office of the London law firm, Clifford Chance.
(2) Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, of New York City.

With a number of major unresolved issues, in a case involving the scope of American sanctions law, it will continue to be of relevant interest in the compliance community, and we shall coverall developments in detail.

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