On 25 February 2014, Ibtissam Lassoued, Partner from Al Tamimi’s Financial Crime team, was joined by Farhad Alavi, Managing Partner from Akrivis Law Group, PLLC (Washington, DC) to deliver a joint seminar titled “A Combined Approach to Compliance with Global Economic Sanctions against Iran: UAE/USA Perspectives”. The seminar developed as a result of recent developments that had a significant impact on the United States and United Arab Emirates’ sanctions, regulations and their enforcement. This issue has become increasingly important to Dubai given its strategic positioning as a geographic and trade hub in the Middle East. The morning seminar provided a summary of the general framework of the US and UAE sanctions regimes while studying the impact of sanctions enforcement in the US and their effects in the UAE. The seminar was attended by high-ranking professionals from the banking and finance industry in the region.