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Executive Roundtable on Economic Sanctions Compliance
October 20, 2016
Park Central Hotel | San Francisco, CA

This one-day interactive roundtable offers a unique opportunity to benchmark your sanctions compliance program with your industry peers and get up to speed with the latest regulatory changes. The program will feature experienced in-house counsel discussing best practices to meet OFAC’s expectations for an effective compliance program. The facilitators will provide the context for a candid conversation in an informal and highly practical format. Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain real-world insights not provided within traditional conference formats.

The Roundtable will be led by:

Tyler Hand
Vice President, Head of Global Sanctions and Interdictions
Western Union (Denver, CO)

Chad Thompson
Lead Counsel, GM Office of Export Compliance
General Motors Company (Detroit, MI)
Robert E. Sims
Latham & Watkins, LLP (San Francisco, CA)
Ajay Kurian
Executive Director, Regional Head of Sanctions
UBS AG (Fairfield, CT)
Erin L. Crockett
Director Global Trade Compliance
Colfax Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Daniel Fisher-Owens
Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP (San Francisco, CA)
  Morhaf Mahrous
Global Head of Visa’s AML and Sanctions
Visa Inc. (San Francisco, CA)


8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 Opening Remarks
8:45 How to Meet the US Government’s Increased Expectations for an Effective Economic Sanctions Compliance Program
  • Tailoring internal compliance procedures to the site and country and effectively assessing risks based on your specific business activities
  • Drafting a formal written compliance program for screening embargoed countries, denied parties and prohibited end-users
  • Setting up a training and awareness program
  • Streamlining reporting processes across different jurisdictions
  • How to know which US and non-US agencies to report to and identify ways to streamline reporting processes, quality and consistency across different jurisdictions


Spotlight on Screening: Conflicting or Complementary? Must-Knows on US versus EU versus Canadian Sanctions, Keeping Lists “Current” and Ensuring Everything is “Accounted For”
  • How to approach the screening process, identify various driving factors, determine which lists to screen against, and consolidate and/or segregate different lists.
  • Dealing with restrictive elements of the screening process:
    • Managing input of data in non-Latin lettering countries (Arabic, Cyrillic, etc.)
    • Customized lists
  • Hit management: The importance of effective tuning and appropriate processes once a restricted party has been identified (false positive, etc.)
  • Tools for automated/manual screening to facilitate comparison between available systems and services
  • What tools are companies sourcing and utilizing to manage lists, and how are they allocated a limited budget to support riskbased compliance?
10:15 Networking Break
10:30 Doing Business in Russia Amidst Tighter US and EU Sanctions: The Challenge of Dealing with State-Owned or Controlled Entities and Oligarchies
  • How to decipher the particularities of oligarch ownership
  • Benchmarking peer approaches to overcoming the challenge of unlisted parties and entities
  • The ins and outs of the 50% Rule: How to apply it and identifying the risks
  • The unique risk factors for telecommunications, technology, banking & finance, oil & gas
11:15 Update on Cyber Sanctions and Their Potential Impact on Business Operations
  • What and how individuals and entities involved in cyber-attacks (e.g., foreign governments and affiliates) are targeted and affected
  • How to avoid engaging in sanctioned activity
  • What is the Treasury’s authority for enforcement?
11:30 What You Can and Cannot Do in Iran and Cuba: Compliance vs. Business Development Challenges
  • Correctly identifying lifted sanctions and the scope of potential business opportunities
  • Accounting for the risks associated with automatic snap-back provisions
  • Identifying the scope and opportunities presented by General Licenses H, J and I in Iran
  • Challenges for global organizations: overcoming multi-jurisdictional compliance obligations
  • Practical guidance for your sales team pertaining to the Cuban and Iranian markets


Networking Lunch


How to Minimize “Facilitation” Pitfalls
  • Defining “facilitation”: How to interpret OFAC’s facilitation concept
  • Managing facilitation risks in connection with related parties, foreign subsidiaries and joint venture partners
  • Managing foreign affiliates and subsidiary businesses involving sanctioned countries
  • Identifying and reducing facilitation risks across your supply chain, corporate structure, human resources, and IT
  • Assessing facilitation risks in connection with unrelated non-U.S. parties: Remaining compliant while working with non-U.S. entities tied to sanctioned countries
  • Minimizing facilitation risks in connection with unrelated non-U.S. parties
  • Working with non-U.S. companies with ties to sanctioned countries, including vendors and customers
2:30 How to Work Effectively with OFAC to Expedite Licensing Processes
  • Implementing a comprehensive licensing strategy: Streamlining your approach to meet local requirements and securing approvals
  • Assessing licensing risks based on industries and business activities – with a focus on telecommunications, technology, oil & gas,
    aviation, agriculture
3:15 Networking Break


Taking a Risk-Based Approach to Continuously Assess Your Program’s Effectiveness: Monitoring, Testing and Auditing
  • Defining the benefits of a risk-based compliance model
  • Where exporters go wrong in terms of riskbased compliance programs
  • Creating and maintaining a tailored risk model, adapted and updated for countryand industry-specific factors
4:30 Nurturing the Next Generation of Compliance Champions at All Levels of Your Organization: Establishing Effective Training Programs to Stay Current with the Latest Sanctions Restrictions
  • Setting up tailored training and awareness programs for employees, third parties and other contracting entities
  • Tailoring internal compliance procedures by country/region across global organizations
  • Available training formats (in-person vs. online) and making available the appropriate developmental resources
  • How to evaluate employee adherence to policies and procedures
  • Targeted sanctions training for sales and business development teams in terms of understanding viable opportunities
5:15        Executive Roundtable Concludes