GIR Live Sanctions: hear from DOJ, OFAC and Commerce Department officials

17 October 2019

There’s still time to register for GIR’s inaugural Sanctions, Export Control and National Security conference on 24 October in Washington, DC, featuring a stellar line up of US government officials, private practitioners, and in-house experts.

DOJ counterintelligence chief: “the facts fit” against Halkbank

24 October 2019

“They lied to OFAC, they lied to the Federal Reserve Board and they lied to US correspondent banks,” Jay Bratt said at GIR Live in Washington, DC on Thursday 24 October.

British bank settlement shows OFAC’s longer jurisdictional hook

25 October 2019

OFAC has foreshadowed that it will punish companies for violating sanctions even if dealings with the banned entity are outside of the US financial system, lawyers have warned.

EU blocking statute a “paper tiger”

29 October 2019

The protection from US extraterritorial laws that the EU’s blocking regulation affords European companies is still something of an enigma.


Beth Peters

Hogan Lovells

Recognized by Chambers and Legal 500, Beth Peters has over 25 years of experience advising clients on international trade and immigration matters. Beth is Co-Director of our International Trade and Investment Group.

Beth advises clients on the full range of international trade laws, including export control, cyber, national security, sanctions, customs, anti-boycott, and anti-money laundering/USA Patriot Act regulations. Beth also has a wealth of experience handling immigration matters and assessing cutting-edge technology transfer and deemed export issues.

Amy Jeffress

Arnold & Porter

Amy Jeffress represents clients in criminal defense, national security, and compliance matters. She conducts internal investigations and advises companies and individuals on export enforcement, FCPA, classified information, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and mutual legal assistance and other international law enforcement issues, including extradition and INTERPOL notices.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Jeffress served as the Justice Department Attaché to the US Embassy in London, where she coordinated cooperation between US and UK authorities on criminal matters. She previously served as Counselor to the Attorney General, advising the Attorney General and senior Department leadership and interfacing regularly with the White House and National Security Council, the intelligence community, and other agencies on national security investigations and prosecutions and international matters.

Keynote Speaker

Jay Bratt

Chief, Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, National Security Division, US Department of Justice


Jay Bratt is the Chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) of the National Security Division, where he oversees all of CES’ operations.  Before becoming Chief, Mr. Bratt was also CES’ Principal Deputy Chief and its Deputy Chief for Export Control and Sanctions.  He previously served as the Deputy Chief of the National Security Section in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.  Before that, Mr. Bratt had many years of experience as a line prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and within the Department of Justice.  Mr. Bratt is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Brandeis University.

Brian A. Benczkowski serves as the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division. In that capacity, Mr. Benczkowski supervises the Criminal Division’s more than 600 federal prosecutors who conduct investigations and prosecutions involving organized and transnational crime, gang violence, securities fraud, health care fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, public corruption, cybercrime, intellectual property theft, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act violations, child exploitation, international narcotics trafficking, human rights violations, and other crimes, as well as matters involving international affairs and sensitive law enforcement techniques. Mr. Benczkowski comes to the Criminal Division with over 10 years of public service in the federal government, having served in a variety of important leadership positions both in the Department of Justice and on Capitol Hill, including as Chief of Staff for the Attorney General, Chief of Staff for the Deputy Attorney General, and the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs. Prior to his confirmation, Mr. Benczkowski was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of a large international law firm, where his practice focused on white collar criminal defense as well as government and internal investigations, including in the areas of health care fraud, environmental enforcement, and campaign finance.


Davin Blackborow

Director, Sanctions Implementation & Investigations, Citigroup

Richard Burke

White & Case

Elizabeth Cannon

Deputy Chief for Export Control and Sanctions, National Security Division, US Department of Justice

David Cappellina

Alvarez & Marsal

Hal Crawford

Alvarez & Marsal

Michael Dondarski

Assistant Director for Enforcement, Office of Foreign Assets Control, US Department of Treasury

Aleksandar Dukic

Hogan Lovells

Douglas Hassebrock

Director, Office of Export Enforcement, US Department of Commerce

Joshua Holzer

Chief Counsel for Global Trade, Pfizer

Kathleen Kedian

Senior Counsel, Raytheon Company

Joan Meyer

Soo-Mi Rhee

Arnold & Porter

Evans Rice

Hogan Lovells

Adam Safwat

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Eric Sandberg-Zakian

Covington & Burling

Jane Shvets

Debevoise & Plimpton

Sean Thornton

Managing Director and Head of Legal Financial Security US, BNP Paribas


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Amy Jeffress, Arnold & Porter
Beth Peters, Hogan Lovells

9.40: Keynote speech

Jay Bratt, Chief, Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, National Security Division, US Department of Justice

10.10: Session one: Tips for navigating due diligence challenges in sanctions compliance

Sanctions compliance is one of the most challenging regulatory areas facing global corporations today. These regulations change without prior notice and can affect a multinational’s ability to conduct business because restrictions are not limited only to designated countries, corporations and individuals; instead, dealings with non-listed parties can also create exposure to sanctions liability. Companies must also comply with a myriad of restrictions on contracts and financial transactions while addressing pressing compliance concerns regarding mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. 

Join our panel of experts in a discussion on the following topics:

  • Indirect U.S. dollar payments
  • Do you really know your customer?
  • SDNs and shadow SDNs
  • Pitfalls in understanding ownership and control (U.S. vs EU approach to “control”)
  • Secondary sanctions
  • Case studies — Iran and Russia

Aleksandar Dukic, Hogan Lovells

Richard Burke, White & Case
Hal Crawford, Alvarez & Marsal 
Joshua Holzer, Chief Counsel for Global Trade, Pfizer
Sean Thornton, Managing Director and Head of US Legal Financial Security, BNP Paribas

11.20: Coffee break

11.50: Session two: Sanctions and export control investigations, enforcement, and disclosures

Sanctions investigations increasingly reveal that a company may be in violation of sanctions in more than one country. In addition, a number of agencies have regulatory support and mitigation for making voluntary disclosures. This panel will address and demystify the restrictions, and discuss best practices.

Topics will include:

  • Dealing with cross-border sanctions and export control issues
  • Strategies for approaching inter-agency cooperation and voluntary disclosures agency perspectives in Europe
  • Pros and cons of making initial disclosures vs. waiting and filing full narrative accounts
  • Avoiding regulatory pitfalls: filing for licenses, waivers, and other authorisations while the investigation is ongoing
  • Emerging concepts of individual liability in voluntary self-disclosures

Amy Jeffress, Arnold & Porter  

Kathleen Kedian, Senior Counsel, Raytheon Company
Eric Sandberg-Zakian, Covington & Burling
Jane Shvets, Debevoise & Plimpton

13.00: Networking lunch

14.00: Session three: Case Study: cross-border investigations in China and Brazil

Global investigations are increasingly handicapped by local law restraints, especially in jurisdictions like China and Brazil. Certain countries continue to be the focus of concern for U.S. regulators, but multi-national companies operating in those countries face significant hurdles in conducting internal investigations. For example, companies being investigated by U.S. authorities over their conduct in Brazil increasingly find themselves having to respond to the demands of Brazilian prosecutors as well. In China, the collection and production of data is hampered by state secrets laws. These restrictions have implications for sanctions, FCPA, AML and other global regulatory enforcement.  

Further topics will include:

  • Understanding local restrictions on conducting investigations
  • Legal restrictions on the collection and transfer of data such as blocking statutes, data protection laws, state secrets laws
  • Reverse MLAT requests from foreign regulators and their implications for firms seeking to cooperate with the US Department of Justice
  • The pitfalls of data exchange between governments and how it may impact your company in an investigation
  • Challenges in representing Chinese firms being investigated by the Department of Justice for sanctions or trade secrets violations

Adam Safwat, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Davin Blackborow, Director, Sanctions Implementation & Investigations, Citigroup
Joan Meyer
David Cappellina, Alvarez & Marsal 
Soo-Mi Rhee, Arnold & Porter

15.10: Coffee break

15.40: Session four: Perspectives from enforcement authorities - updates and trends from major settlements

This session will discuss:

  • Agency priorities
  • Cross-enforcement between multiple agencies including designation on U.S.-restricted lists
  • Enforcement tools on global investigations employed by government authorities including subpoena power
  • Compliance monitors
  • Agency perspectives on compliance and investigations best practices for industry and practitioners

Evans Rice, Hogan Lovells

Elizabeth Cannon, Deputy Chief for Export Control and Sanctions, National Security Division, US Department of Justice
Michael Dondarski, Assistant Director for Enforcement, Office of Foreign Assets Control, US Department of Treasury
Douglas HassebrockDirector, Office of Export Enforcement, US Department of Commerce

16.55: Chairs’ closing remarks

Amy Jeffress, Arnold & Porter
Beth Peters, Hogan Lovells

17.00: Close of conference

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