Country Screening & Sanctions Research

Conduct due diligence on country involvement


Sanctions are economic and political tools that governments use to penalize countries or regions that breach international norms. The ultimate goal of sanctions is to initiate a change in behavior. As a part of due diligence and risk management activities, investors s hould understand which countries or regions are subject to sanctions in order to assess the potential impacts on bond and equity portfolios . Investors also require insight on whether countries are signatories to international conventions when investing in sovereign bonds or companies that conduct business in these regions.

Key Benefits


Easily understand the scope, severity and nature of all UN, EU and US sanctions.


Manage reputational and financial risks within your sovereign bond portfolio.


Comply with relevant international regulations.


Receive quarterly updates on sanctions, international norms and regulatory developments.


Read background information on sanctions and our analysis of their purpose, effectiveness and outlook.


Develop a comprehensive Country or Fixed Income ESG strategy with the support of our in-house team of experts.

Understand the Nature of Sanctions

Sanctions are either targeted or country-wide and can include asset freezes, travel bans, economic/trade restrictions and arms embargoes. Our research makes it possible to identify the nature of sanctions for screening purposes.

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Product Description

Delivered each quarter as an Excel file or as a data feed, our Country Screening covers the following areas for all UN, US, EU sanctions, and 40 international norms and conventions



The summary includes a brief description of the scope, target, background and outlook of each sanction.



The severity of each sanction is assessed as either minor or substantial to help investors quickly understand the magnitude of international criticisms.


Restrictive Measures

The nature and scope of restrictive measures, such as asset freezes, travel bans, arms embargoes, are clearly identified.



The outlook is assessed as positive, negative or neutral with regards to the likelihood of the measures being eased or tightened.


Background Information

This section provides a detailed description of the sanction with an explanation of why it was put in place.


Ratification Status

The ratification status (ratified, signed but not ratified, not signed) of each country is clearly identified for 40 international norms and conventions.

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