Day 1

Conference Co-Chair Remarks

Diana Iskelov
Director, Senior Counsel
BNP Paribas (USA)

Nnedi C. Ifudu Nweke
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (USA)

What to Expect in the Next 6 Months: Staying Abreast of Current Developments that Could Change the Sanctions Landscape

Owais Arshad
Senior Manager, Global Economic Sanctions
RBC (Canada)

Maura Rezendes
Allen & Overy (USA)

  • Capital market restrictions on transactions with Russian entities and how financial institutions are complying with current sanctions
    • Ongoing uncertainty over GAZ Group’s status in light of potential de-listing and its implications for long-term business transactions with the company
  • Current status of Russia countersanctions
  • Other sanctions programs that are relevant when doing Russia related business
    • Designations of Russian entities under Venezuela programs
    • Anticipate U.S. and EU sanctions that may result from the emerging conflict in Belarus and Russia’s backing of Lukashenko
    • Potential U.S. sanctions against Germany in the ongoing Nord Stream 2 dispute
  • Recent intelligence that Russia and China are working together
  • The interplay between Russia and DPRK sanctions
    • Challenges in tracking trading relationships between the two countries
    • The May 2020 report divulging the DPRK’s persistent sanctions evasion

Focus on Energy, Oil and Gas: Meeting Current Challenges of Doing Business in a Highly Sanctioned Industry

Susan Leddy
Senior Legal Counsel
Swiss Re (Switzerland)

Marco Piredda
Head of Political Scenarios and Institutional Support for Business Development
ENI (Italy)

Ashley McCauley
Legal Counsel – Trade Controls
Shell Oil Company (USA)

  • Understand the thresholds and what is excluded in CAATSA and PEESA
  • Secondary sanctions affecting targeted pipelines; Nord Stream 2 and TurkStream 2
  • Pending proposed legislation to expand Nord Stream-related sanctions under the National Defense Authorization Act
  • How to approach joint ventures with Russian energy companies

Spotlight on Enforcement: Lessons Learned from Recent Regulatory Actions

Michelle J. Linderman
Crowell & Moring LLP (UK)

Michael E. Zolandz
Washington, DC Managing Partner and Chair, Federal Regulatory and Compliance
Dentons (USA)

  • Delve into recent enforcement actions against Amazon, Haverly Systems, and Exxon
  • Analyze the ongoing federal court action filed by U.S. entities against the U.S. government for interfering in their business activities through sanctions policy (U.S. VC Partners GP LLC et al. vs. OFAC et al.)
  • Impact of OFSI’s £20 million penalty against Standard Chartered in April 2020 for violating EU sanctions against Russia

Preparing for the UK’s New Russia Sanctions Regime Post-Brexit and Anticipated Divergence from the EU and US Frameworks

Jasper Helder
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (UK)

Stephan Muller
Oppenhoff & Partner (Germany)

  • What Brexit will mean for Russia sanctions and the implications of a potentially stricter regime
  • How the UK is likely to address a recent parliamentary finding of Russian interference in its election
  • How the new framework is expected to depart from the EU standard and U.S. policy
  • Best practices on managing conflicts of law

Test Your Knowledge: Audience Polling for Complex Scenarios

Alice Rojas
Head, Sanctions Governance and OFAC Reporting
Standard Chartered Bank (USA)

Sarah Hunt
Holman Fenwick Willan (Switzerland)

  • Navigating multi-layered regulatory complexity at each stage
  • Assessing “significance” in complying with secondary sanctions under CAATSA
  • When to seek external advice or clarification with Treasury

End of Day One

Day 2

Conference Co-Chair Remarks

Diana Iskelov
Director, Senior Counsel
BNP Paribas (USA)

Nnedi C. Ifudu Nweke
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (USA)

Interactive Conversation with In-House Experts: What Keeps You Up at Night?

Fernanda Montiel
Central Global Trade EMEA Regional Lead
Collins Aerospace (Netherlands)

Alice Rojas
Head, Sanctions Governance and OFAC Reporting
Standard Chartered Bank (USA)

Orisia Gammell
Chief Legal Counsel, Export Control
SAP America Inc. (USA)


Nabi Abdullaev
Control Risks (Russia)

  • How companies are updating their compliance programs to keep up with the latest Russia-related regulations and guidance
  • Factors to consider in new business opportunities in Russia
  • Sanctions training best practices after COVID-19
  • Specific industry challenges: financial services, insurance, maritime, aviation, and technology
  • Recent OFAC advisories on how shipping industry is used to evade sanctions and how banks and companies can operationalize the guidance

Gazing into the Crystal Ball: How the Results of the November Election will Impact US Sanctions Policy Objectives and New Legislation Coming Down the Pike

Diana Iskelov
Director, Senior Counsel
BNP Paribas (USA)

Alexandra Baj
Steptoe & Johnson (USA)

  • Predictions on how the November election will impact U.S. sanctions policy – what to expect under Biden 1.0 or Trump 2.0
  • How the next administration is likely to respond to potential ongoing Russian interference in U.S. elections
  • Learn how the U.S. sanctions regime will change if the Defending America’s Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) is enacted
  • The status of proposed U.S. legislation targeting Russia’s sovereign debts and intervention in Libya

Real-World Considerations for Screening Ownership and Control

Aleksandar Dukic
Hogan Lovells US LLP (USA)

Henry Smith
Control Risks (UK)

  • Engage in dialogue on ongoing challenges in complying with the 50% rule while investigating opaque ownership structures
  • Examine the U.S. Senate’s July 2020 report on Russian oligarchs’ use of art and antiques sales in prominent auction houses to evade sanctions
  • Participate in audience polling to test your knowledge

Intersection of Sanctions and Export Controls: Potential Landmines to Avoid

Sheena Nayak
Director, Sanctions Investigations
Société Générale (USA)

Daniel Fisher-Owens
Berliner Corcoran & Rowe LLP (USA)

  • Analyze the U.S. Commerce Department’s April 2020 rules amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), increasing scrutiny on exports to Russia
  • Understand what constitutes military end use under EU catchall controls and its implications for companies’ daily export operations

Conference Concludes