Thursday, 24 October 2019, 555 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

Join us at the inaugural GIR Live Sanctions, Export Control and National Security conference to hear about the latest big ticket sanction investigations and developments from across the world.

Following the conference, please join us at the 5th Annual GIR Awards Ceremony to celebrate the investigations practices and lawyers that have impressed the most in the past year, and witness the unveiling of the GIR30 as well as other awards for individuals and firms.

For further information please contact us at

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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.

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.


Elizabeth Cannon

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

Aleksandar Dukic

Hogan Lovells

Douglas Hassebrock

Director, Office of Export Enforcement, US Department of Commerce

Joan Meyer

Pierce Bainbridge

Evans Rice

Hogan Lovells

Adam Safwat

Weil, Gotshal & Manges


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

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

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

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

Joan Meyer, Pierce Bainbridge

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
Douglas HassebrockDirector, Office of Export Enforcement, US Department of Commerce

16.55: Chairs’ closing remarks

Beth Peters, Hogan Lovells

17.00: Close of conference

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