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  • UK Amends License for 30-Day Wind Down of VTB Bank Positions

    The U.K. Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation has published a revised General License under the Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The License was first published on February 25, 2022, and allows individuals and entities to wind down transactions involving VTB Bank, including by closing out any positions. In addition, the License permits regulated financial institutions (authorized banks and investment firms, authorized or registered payment services firms and e-money institutions) and financial market infrastructure (recognized U.K. CCPs and CSDs and U.K.-recognized overseas CCPs and CSDs) to take reasonably necessary steps to effect such wind-downs. The revised license expands the definition of "subsidiary of VTB Bank" from VTB Capital plc (and any entity owned or controlled by VTB Capital plc incorporated in the U.K.) to include "an entity owned or controlled by" VTB Bank.

    The License took effect from February 25, 2022, and expires on March 27, 2022. HM Treasury has power to amend, vary or revoke the License. OFSI has the power to issue General Licenses for country sanctions regimes under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018.

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