Yvo Amar is a partner at BenninkAmar and is an expert in the field of sanctions and export control. This boutique firm ranks among the absolute top of legal professionals in the Netherlands, handling issues of economic sanctions and export controls, fraud, economic crime and tax law.
Yvo advises and represents clients on all aspects of sanctions and export control, as well as related administrative, criminal and private law. Additionally, Yvo regularly advises about adjacent financial regulations, such as anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing legislation, anti-corruption regulations (including FCPA and UK Bribery Act), fraud, financial supervision legislation and other compliance-related regulations.
Yvo is very experienced in advising and assisting companies with business in sanctioned countries such as Iran and Russia. He regularly represents clients in administrative, criminal and private law matters and procedures in the area of sanctions and export controls. He also has extensive experience in conducting internal (fraud) investigations, voluntary self-disclosures and representing clients in cases initiated by national and international authorities (US, UK, Asia and EU).
Recently, Yvo represented a major international offshore company in a voluntary self-disclosure and a related criminal investigation with regard to alleged activities at the Kerch bridge between Russia and Crimea. He has also represented and assisted a number of major (including publicly listed) offshore companies and corporates in successfully re-entering the Iranian market. On behalf of a sports shooting association, Yvo conducted a successful procedure against the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the purpose of participation in the world championships in Russia, still unique in Europe. Yvo also recently represented an exporter in criminal investigations with regard to the transiting of military items to Saudi Arabia without the required licence. On behalf of a number of major financial institutions, Yvo recently drafted and implemented the European and worldwide sanctions compliance.
Yvo is a popular speaker at national and international conferences in the field of sanctions and export controls. He also regularly provides training and publishes in legal literature, newspapers, and in magazines. Yvo is a co-author of the chapter on criminal enforcement in the Dutch Handbook on Investment firms. Yvo also advises many other lawyers on sanctions and export controls. In 2015, Yvo took part in the first Dutch trade mission to Iran, led by the Minister of economic affairs, Mr. H. Kamp.
In 2017,Yvo was awarded the title of WorldECR Young Practitioner of the Year worldwide in the field of sanctions and export control.
Clients value Yvo for his sharp and clear legal analyses, based on a broad and in-depth knowledge of the (sanctions) law, as well as his approachability and his dedication to the client. Before founding BenninkAmar, Yvo was a partner at Wladimiroff, and also at B&A Law, the first Dutch boutique firm specialising in economic sanctions laws and export control legislation. Prior to that, Yvo worked at the Regulatory and Criminal Enforcement department of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the Netherlands’ largest law firm.