What is Her Majesty Treasury Sanctions list?
Her Majesty Treasury (HMT) sanctions list is a list of individuals and entities subjected to certain financial restrictions as part of the UK government domestic counter-terrorism regime policy. It also includes those individuals prohibited by the United Nations and/or European Union.
According to the legislation, it is a criminal offence to:
- have any monetary transactions or have any connections with funds belonging to designated persons;
- directly or indirectly supply designated persons with economic resources.
Those who are involved in activities that somehow violate financial restrictions carry the risk of Government seeking criminal penalties against the individual, company or it’s management along with reputational damage.
The regulations apply to:
- any individual in the UK or under the UK law;
- British citizens, British Overseas territories citizen;
- a person protected by Britain;
- Entities, firms, companies such as banks, charities, FI, non-governmental organisations, etc. established under UK law or located in the UK.
Sanctions do not concern subsidiaries who operate outside the UK entirely and have no legal representation under the law of the United Kingdom. Designated people and entities of HMT sanctions list There are 30 HMT financial sanctions regimes, some of them are Syria, Al Qaida and ISIL , Taliban, Ukraine (Sovereignty), North Korea, Burma/Myamar, Belarus, Iran, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, North Korea, Terrorism and Terrorist Financing, etc.
Sanctions are forcing targets into changing their dangerous behaviour and denying them access to the resources they need to continue their offence.They may be restricted to travel, trade, business transactions and other regulatory measures. Over 2,000 individuals and organisations mentioned in the list are of a wide range of nationalities and reside in the UK, elsewhere in the EU or the rest of the world.
It is important to thoroughly consider your business’s risks, adopt a secure customer demographic and understand your obligations to law. Due to the wide range of persons and entities listed, it is more efficient to use anti-fraud software. Our KYC/AML solution screens individuals across various sanctions lists and gives companies the protection they need.
Serious UK sanctions violations are punishable by fines of £1 million or 50% of the breach (whichever is greater) and specific criminal charges against management personnel. Firms should ensure the HM Treasury Sanctions List is included in their AML/CFT program to remain compliant.