Roundtable Discussion on the Trump Administration and Sanctions: First Three Months in Review

April 24, 2017 8:40am

Sandra Oudkirk
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
US Department of State (Washington, DC)

Margaret Taylor
Chief Democratic Counsel
Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Washington, DC)

Jonathan R. Thomas
Co-Head, Government Sanctions Group
Goldman, Sachs & Co. (New York, NY)

Brian Grant
Director, Global Sanctions & Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance
Citi (Washington, DC)

Panel Moderator:

Kenneth Rivlin
Partner
Allen & Overy LLP (New York, NY)

There is a great deal of uncertainty within the Sanctions Community following the election in November and the change of direction the new Administration is taking. Three months into the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President in the United States, this panel will seek to dissect and analyze the policy changes and announcements that have occurred thus far and what they might mean for sanctions compliance and enforcement in the over the next four years. This will include a detailed look at how Sanctions programs are put into place (and lifted) on Capitol Hill and will ask what will (or will not) be possible for the new President and his administration in respect of changing to the various programs. Some of the topics likely to be addressed include the following; however, this list is likely to be updated as we move closer to the conference, so check online for the latest developments:
  • Will the Russia-related sanctions be repealed or will Congress be able to bind them? What does the February 2017 ‘limited exceptions’ for exporters mean in practice?
  • Iran: how feasible is it to re-impose? To what extent can and will the Administration slow them down?
  • Will Obama’s Executive Order on Sudan be repealed?
  • What does Trump’s “business first” principles mean for Cuba? Will there be pressure on the island to give more if there is to be further liberalization?
  • How will Europe react and what a increasingly divergent US/EU paradigm mean for your business