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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Blockchain, Trade Finance and Sanctions issues

19 March 2019

Blockchain is the technology that underpins digital currencies such as Bitcoin – but it has far wider applications and is being used in a growing number of areas. Blockchain has the potential drastically to alter the global financial system. Trade finance is one of the areas likely to benefit from the technology first by becoming cheaper, faster and more accessible. However, developers and market participants should be mindful to consider the sanctions implications given the extraordinary reach of sanctions and the magnitude of the penalties for breach.

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