Conference 2021 Program
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Pre-Conference Workshops

Comprehensive Overview of U.S. Sanctions Regulatory Regimes and the Key Components of an Effective Sanctions Compliance Program (In-Person Only)

Dec 6, 2021 9:00am – 12:30pm

Speakers

Ellen Smith
Trade Compliance Consultant
ABB

Brian Fleming
Member
Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Deep Dive into Emerging Payments and Digital Assets: How to Identify and Mitigate Complex Sanction Challenges (In-Person Only)

Dec 6, 2021 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Speakers

Amir Fadavi
Sanctions Lead
AirWallex

Court Hillman
BSA Officer
Coinbase

Anand Sithian
Counsel
Crowell & Morning LLP

Day 1 - Tuesday, December 7, 2021

8:45
Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
9:00
OFAC Keynote
9:45

Top 5 Business Risks in China

Strategies to Meet Your Organization Challenges with the Rapidly Changing China Landscape
10:45
Networking Break
11:15

How to Effectively Prepare for China Countersanctions Measures

What is the Expected Impact of the PRC’s Foreign Anti-Sanctions Regulation and the New Blocking Statute?
12:00

Ransomware Threats

Practical Realities of Navigating Cybercrime and Sanctions Risk When Your Organization is Subject to a Breach Requiring Ransomware Payment
1:00
Networking Lunch and Special Interest Group Discussions (SIG) for Dedicated Industries
By invitation only, participants can sit with their industry peers for structured networking.
2:00

Breakout Sessions

Track A – Main Conference  |  Compliance 2.0: Leveraging Data Analytics to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Compliance Program & Meeting Increased OFAC Expectations

Track B – Think Tank  |  Voluntary Disclosure Do’s and Don’ts
3:00

Breakout Sessions

Track A – Main Conference  |  Iran: What to Expect from Current Iran Negotiations and Will Opportunities Open in 2022?

Track B – Think Tank  |  How to Reduce Sanctions Risks in the M&A Context
3:45
Networking Break
4:15

Breakout Sessions

Track A – Main Conference  |  Life After an Enforcement Action: Lessons Learns and How to Strengthen Compliance Going Forward

Track B – Think Tank  |  Latin America Sanctions Developments Including Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala
5:00
White House Keynote
5:30
Networking Reception
6:30
End of Day One

Day 2 - Wednesday, December 8, 2021

8:00
Women in Economic Sanctions Networking Session
8:45
Day Two Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks
9:00
Keynote
9:30

Sanctions Innovation

Where Companies are Investing for the Latest and Greatest in Screening, AI and Training
10:30
Networking Break
11:00

UK Sanctions

What Global Organizations Need to Learn About the UK Sanctions Regulatory and Enforcement Landscape
11:45

Sanctions in the Headlines

Sanctions in the Headlines: How Legal and Compliance Team React to Front Page Stories about Escalating Sanctions Risks
12:30
Networking Lunch
1:30

Breakout Sessions

Track A – Main Conference  |  Focus on Russia: What is the Impact of Ongoing Sanctions and the Potential for More Coming Soon

Track B – Think Tank  |  How to Work Effectively with OFAC
2:15

Breakout Sessions

Track A – Main Conference  |  When Data Privacy and Sanctions Compliance Collide: How to Resolve Compliance Challenges

Track B – Think Tank  |  Best Practices to Process Your Payment for A Permitted Activity in A Sanctioned Country
3:00
Networking Break
3:15

What’s in the Pipeline

Key Areas to Watch in the Next 6 Months
4:00

Senior Government Officials Alumni Enforcement Panel

How Multiple Agencies are Cooperating on Cross Border Investigations
4:30

Resolving Secondary Sanctions Dilemmas

Practical Strategies to Stay Compliant with the Rapid Pace of New Designations
5:15
End of Conference

Day 1 - Tuesday, December 7, 2021

8:45
Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Polly Greenberg
Managing Director, Global Head of Program Management, Global Financial Crimes
MUFG

Jamie Boucher
Partner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

9:00
OFAC Keynote

Andrea Gacki
Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control
U.S. Department of the Treasury

9:45

Top 5 Business Risks in China

Strategies to Meet Your Organization Challenges with the Rapidly Changing China Landscape

Nathan Harsh
Chief Compliance Officer
Westinghouse Electric Company LLC

Jen Maki
Director, Global Trade Compliance
Micron

  • How to perform effective due diligence for the new CMMC designations
  • Increased use of the entity list and supply chain risk
  • New use/end use military rules and NDAA section 889 restrictions
  • How to plan for compliance in the future when operating in China

10:45
Networking Break
11:15

How to Effectively Prepare for China Countersanctions Measures

What is the Expected Impact of the PRC’s Foreign Anti-Sanctions Regulation and the New Blocking Statute?

Diego Marquez
Executive Counsel - Sanctions and Trade Compliance
General Electric

  • Understanding the expanding reach of this new law
  • Obligations of companies including Chinese subsidiaries of foreign companies
  • Interaction with Unreliable entity list and new Anti-Foreign Sanctions law
  • Will this law extend to Hong Kong?
  • Lessons learned from Canada and the EU blocking statute

12:00

Ransomware Threats

Practical Realities of Navigating Cybercrime and Sanctions Risk When Your Organization is Subject to a Breach Requiring Ransomware Payment

Ali Rathod-Paper
Director, American Head of Sanctions and Anti-Corruption & Bribery
Barclays

Polly Greenberg
Managing Director, Global Head of Program Management, Global Financial Crimes
MUFG

Chris Cwalina
Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright USA LLP

  • Impact of OFAC ransomware guidance
  • Strategies to implement to ensure that your organization is ready if you are the victim of an attack
  • Pitfalls of making a payment in cryptocurrency
  • The need for cyber insurance and what does it cover?

1:00
Networking Lunch and Special Interest Group Discussions (SIG) for Dedicated Industries
By invitation only, participants can sit with their industry peers for structured networking.
2:00

Breakout Sessions

Track A – Main Conference  |  Compliance 2.0: Leveraging Data Analytics to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Compliance Program & Meeting Increased OFAC Expectations

Track B – Think Tank  |  Voluntary Disclosure Do’s and Don’ts

Alicia Novak
Vice President, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer
Harbourvest Partner LLC

Track A – Main Conference
Compliance 2.0: Leveraging Data Analytics to Measure Effectiveness of Your Compliance Program & Meeting Increasing OFAC Expectations
  • Using data to complement your sanctions compliance program
  • Key indicators to use to regulate the effectives of your program
  • Specific compliance processes that OFAC expects you to use
  • Using analytics for senior management reporting

Track B – Think Tank
Voluntary Disclosure Do’s and Don’ts

Join your peers in a dialogue about the pros and cons of making a voluntary discussion, how to engage with OFAC and what not to do.

3:00

Breakout Sessions

Track A – Main Conference  |  Iran: What to Expect from Current Iran Negotiations and Will Opportunities Open in 2022?

Track B – Think Tank  |  How to Reduce Sanctions Risks in the M&A Context

Track A – Main Conference
Iran: What to Expect from Current Iran Negotiations and Will Opportunities Open in 2022?

  • Current status of negotiations
  • Implications of recent election in Iran
  • Coordinated efforts of US, UK & EU

Track B – Think Tank
How to Reduce Sanctions Risks in the M&A Context

Don’t miss this conversation on what steps to take to identify a sanctions issue early in the M & A process, common issues and the best way to resolve them.

3:45
Networking Break
4:15

Breakout Sessions

Track A – Main Conference  |  Life After an Enforcement Action: Lessons Learns and How to Strengthen Compliance Going Forward

Track B – Think Tank  |  Latin America Sanctions Developments Including Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala

Track A

Orisia Gammell
Chief Legal Counsel, Export Control US
SAP

Brian Grant
Managing Director, Global Head of Sanctions Compliance
MUFG

Claire Delelle
Partner
White & Case LLP

Track A – Main Conference
Life After an Enforcement Action: Lessons Learns and How to Strengthen Compliance Going Forward
  • What helps you get mitigation credit
  • Hiring more staff, more training requirements, ip geo blocking, audits, and more management reporting
  • Annual compliance certifications
  • Case studies

Track B – Think Tank
Latin America Sanctions Developments Including Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala

Stay updated on the latest sanctions developments affecting the Latin American countries. Bring your questions and share in our expert speaker knowledge.

5:00
White House Keynote

Peter Harrell
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness
National Security Council

5:30
Networking Reception
6:30
End of Day One

Day 2 - Wednesday, December 8, 2021

8:00
Women in Economic Sanctions Networking Session
8:45
Day Two Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

Diego Marquez
Executive Counsel - Sanctions and Trade Compliance
General Electric

Jamie Boucher
Partner
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

9:00
Keynote
9:30

Sanctions Innovation

Where Companies are Investing for the Latest and Greatest in Screening, AI and Training

Lisa Prager
General Counsel, Executive Vice-President
Agricultural Bank of China

Beth Beam
Senior Director Sanctions Compliance
Silicon Valley Bank

  • Allocating limited resources effectively to strengthen compliance
  • Tools to strengthen the screening process
  • New pilot programs to utilize technology effectively
  • Establishing global on-line training programs

10:30
Networking Break
11:00

UK Sanctions

What Global Organizations Need to Learn About the UK Sanctions Regulatory and Enforcement Landscape

Giles Thomson
Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation
HM Treasury

Lisa McGuire
Head of Sanctions Unit
Foreign Commonwealth Development Office

  • How US companies stay compliant with additional UK sanctions
  • Key takeaways from OFAC penalty against TransferGo Limited
  • Key regulatory and enforcement priorities for 2021 and beyond

11:45

Sanctions in the Headlines

Sanctions in the Headlines: How Legal and Compliance Team React to Front Page Stories about Escalating Sanctions Risks

Daniel Tannebaum
Partner
Oliver Wyman

John Smith
Partner
Morrison Foerster LLP

Saleha Mohsin
Reporter
Bloomberg

  • Creating a framework that establishes in which certain things are permitted and some are not
  • What make a compelling news item
  • Managing senior executives that might take extreme measures to avoid sanctions

12:30
Networking Lunch
1:30

Breakout Sessions

Track A – Main Conference  |  Focus on Russia: What is the Impact of Ongoing Sanctions and the Potential for More Coming Soon

Track B – Think Tank  |  How to Work Effectively with OFAC

Track A

Kathleen Palma
Vice President, Global Trade Controls
Boeing

Eric J. Rudolph
Managing Director, Export Controls, Sanctions & Trade Practice
FTI Consulting

Track A – Main Conference
Focus on Russia: What is the Impact of Ongoing Sanctions and the Potential for More Coming Soon
  • Strategies to stay compliant with continual new sanctions
  • Where new opportunities remain in Russia
  • What specific sectors are most susceptible to ongoing risks?

Track B – Think Tank
How to Work Effectively with OFAC

Join former OFAC officials as they share their experiences and practical tips on how to engage with OFAC for licensing, investigation and enforcement issues.

2:15

Breakout Sessions

Track A – Main Conference  |  When Data Privacy and Sanctions Compliance Collide: How to Resolve Compliance Challenges

Track B – Think Tank  |  Best Practices to Process Your Payment for A Permitted Activity in A Sanctioned Country

Jeanette Miller
US Head of Sanctions Regulatory
HSBC Bank USA

Track A – Main Conference
When Data Privacy and Sanctions Compliance Collide: How to Resolve Compliance Challenges
  • Meeting GDPR Requirements
  • How to resolve conflicting rules
  • Specific examples and techniques to use to address this issue

Track B – Sanctions Think Tank
Best Practices to Send Your Payment for Permitted Activity in Sanctioned Country

Engage in a real world discussion about working with your financial institution to process your payments on a timely basis and get an understanding of why the delay exists

3:00
Networking Break
3:15

What’s in the Pipeline

Key Areas to Watch in the Next 6 Months

Tina Shaughnessy
Vice President, International Trade Controls
Panasonic

Julia Yoo
Deputy Head of Sanctions Legal
Citigroup

Darshak Dholakia
Partner
Dechert LLP

  • Countries: Belarus, Myanmar, Sudan, Afghanistan
  • Regulatory focus on crypto and virtual assets
  • Increase regulation on Human rights violations in supply chain
  • ESG considerations for your organization
  • Predictions for the future

4:00

Senior Government Officials Alumni Enforcement Panel

How Multiple Agencies are Cooperating on Cross Border Investigations

David Peyman
Counsel
DLA Piper LLP
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Counter Threat Finance and Sanctions in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

Rich Ashooh
Vice President Global Government Affairs
Lam Research (USA)
Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce

Marshall Billingslea
Senior Fellow
Hudson Institute
Former Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Hear former government officials share views on the Biden Administration activities and expected outcomes along with insights on how the various government agencies work together on investigation and cooperate with foreign regulators

4:30

Resolving Secondary Sanctions Dilemmas

Practical Strategies to Stay Compliant with the Rapid Pace of New Designations

Greta Lichtenbaum
Partner
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Nicole Erb
Partner
White & Case LLP

  • Navigating the increasing number of secondary sanctions
  • Future effectiveness of secondary sanctions challenged by emergence of new blocking statutes
  • Trends in secondary sanctions targeting
  • How to ensure compliance with these regulations

5:15
End of Conference

Comprehensive Overview of U.S. Sanctions Regulatory Regimes and the Key Components of an Effective Sanctions Compliance Program (In-Person Only)

Dec 6, 2021 9:00am – 12:30pm

Ellen Smith
Trade Compliance Consultant
ABB

Brian Fleming
Member
Miller & Chevalier Chartered

What is it about?

Get updated on the latest U.S. Sanctions restrictions in effect today. Participants of this interactive and practical workshop will receive a practical and up-to-the-minute overview of key sanctions affecting the principal targeted countries with a dedicated focus on recent developments.

Topics covered will include:

  • Learn the nuts and bolts of OFAC comprehensive and limited sanctions on Russia, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Myanmar, and Belarus
  • Gain an understanding of how OFAC’s list-based programs include a range of subtle nuances that can expose U.S. persons to civil and criminal liability
  • What a statutory exemption, general licenses, and specific licenses allow for the processing of otherwise prohibited activity
  • Review OFAC required reporting requirements and the Economic Sanctions Enforcement Guidelines
  • Learn about OFAC expectations for your compliance program
  • Tailoring internal compliance procedures to the site and country
  • Implementing a global licensing strategy

Deep Dive into Emerging Payments and Digital Assets: How to Identify and Mitigate Complex Sanction Challenges (In-Person Only)

Dec 6, 2021 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Amir Fadavi
Sanctions Lead
AirWallex

Court Hillman
BSA Officer
Coinbase

Anand Sithian
Counsel
Crowell & Morning LLP

What is it about?

This interactive workshop is designed to provide an in-depth understanding about digital assets. Participants will be exposed to the regulatory landscape and the key players. Topics covered include:

  • Lessons learned from recent enforcement actions: BitGo, BitPay, Payoneer
  • Sanctions challenges facing payment companies, fintech, crypto and banks
  • Ransomware rand sanctions: what emerging payment companies need to know-
  • Data screening: what the regulators expect and asking customers for compliance commitments
  • How are banks dealing with crypto currency either as an investment or with their customers?