Overview: 

The UK Industry has fast acknowledged sanctions as a critical risk to their business through the impact of Russia Sanctions as well as the rising domestic and international tensions with China. Looking ahead to 2023, this bi-annual conference will provide a year in review on key policy decisions and identify key updates and upcoming challenges businesses need to be aware of, including:

Key Themes

  • A year in review and outlook on strategic sanctions priorities
  • China preparedness – what comes next?
  • Getting ready for the Russian oil price cap
  • Sanctions risks assessments and compliance

Learning Outcomes 

  • Receive regulatory updates on the multi-jurisdictional sanctions regime.
  • Benchmark with wider industry sectors on sanctions compliance, assessing the critical risk areas for businesses.
  • Engage with government and have clarity on the UK’s co-ordination with different government departments and alignment efforts with the US and EU.
  • Candidly network with peers in a Chatham House Rule setting with no press or media in the room.
Area of expertise:
Neil Whiley

Neil Whiley

Director, UK Finance

Neil is responsible for the UK Finance sanctions programme and has worked in the financial services sector for over 20 years, concentrating on sanctio...

Neil is responsible for the UK Finance sanctions programme and has worked in the financial services sector for over 20 years, concentrating on sanctions compliance since 2009. Prior to joining UK Finance, Neil was the sanctions SME for Internal Audit at Deutsche Bank in London and spent over seven years at Lloyds and later HSBC helping both banks review and improve their sanctions compliance.

Neil is a Fellow of both the International Compliance Association and the Society for Advanced Legal Studies and holds an MSc in International Commercial Law and Financial Crime Compliance.

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John E. Smith

John E. Smith

Co-Head, Morrison & Foerster’s National Security

John E. Smith, former Director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), is co-head of Morrison & Foerster’s Nati...

John E. Smith, former Director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), is co-head of Morrison & Foerster’s National Security practice, and a member of the Global Risk + Crisis Management group and Investigations + White Collar group. After serving 11 years as a top official at OFAC and three years as its Director, Mr. Smith brings to the firm unmatched experience in economic sanctions, enforcement, and national security.

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Daniel Drake

Daniel Drake

Deputy Director of the Sanctions Directorate, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Daniel joined the FCDO in 2001 and has been posted in Ethiopia and Egypt, where he worked through the Arab Spring. In the UK he has worked as Deputy D...

Daniel joined the FCDO in 2001 and has been posted in Ethiopia and Egypt, where he worked through the Arab Spring. In the UK he has worked as Deputy Director for foreign policy in the Cabinet Office and as head of the joint MOD/FCDO Euro-Atlantic Security Policy Unit, as well as holding a series of FCO/FCDO roles. He became the head of the FCDO’s then-Sanctions Unit in December 2021. Since January 2022 he has worked solely on the UK’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and is now Deputy Director (Russia/Belarus) in the FCDO’s recently created Sanctions Directorate. In this role he is responsible for the design of the UK’s sanctions response to Russia’s invasion, working closely with partners across Government and internationally.

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Zia Ullah

Zia Ullah

Partner and Head of Corporate Crime and Investigations, Eversheds Sutherland

Zia is a partner and Co-Global Head of Eversheds Sutherland's Corporate Crime and Investigations group and a specialist in International Sanctions, AM...

Zia is a partner and Co-Global Head of Eversheds Sutherland's Corporate Crime and Investigations group and a specialist in International Sanctions, AML and ABC. Ranked in Legal 500 he advises on all aspects of corporate and financial crime compliance and was previously the global head of Sanctions at Barclays. Zia is a current FCA approved 'Skilled Person' for Financial Crime.  

Zia created and is editor of Eversheds Sutherland's Global Sanctions Guide a comprehensive guide to sanctions compliance in 72 jurisdictions and is also a contributing author to GIR's 'Guide to Sanctions' as well as 'Anti-money Laundering Compliance for Law Firms' published by ARK Group.

Zia is a regular speaker at UK Finance, AFB, AMLP and ACAMS. Zia has also written numerous articles for publications such as Complinet and Thomson Reuters Accelus and has also appeared on BBC radio and TV, and is a committee member of the Fraud Lawyers' Association and is also co-chair of UK Finance's Associate Member's Sanctions Panel.

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Arber Koci

Arber Koci

Assistant Director, Deloitte

Arber helps senior managers successfully navigate difficult regulatory incidents, regulator interest and similar matters – especially in relation to s...

Arber helps senior managers successfully navigate difficult regulatory incidents, regulator interest and similar matters – especially in relation to sanctions. While his practice is chiefly focussed on his financial services clients, he has also undertaken considerable work for and on behalf of regulators, including helping them to define supervisory strategy and more effective use of powers.

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Deloitte

Deloitte

Deloitte UK is a leading professional services firm – one of the largest in the UK and part of a global network spanning 150 countries and territories...

Deloitte UK is a leading professional services firm – one of the largest in the UK and part of a global network spanning 150 countries and territories.

We’re made up of 20,000 professionals, with a wide range of specialist skills, who our clients rely on to help them with programmes and projects that are critical to their success.

Whether it’s digital transformation expertise, sustainability know how, cyber skills or financial advice, we help clients in the public, private and third sectors meet challenges big and small.

We might be best known for the audit services our firm was founded on 175 years ago, but alongside these we offer so much more - take a look at our Annual Review.

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Financial Institutions

  • Sanctions compliance
  • Financial crime, AML, MLRO, CTF
  • Risk management
  • Trade finance

Multinational Corporations

  • Chief and Regional Compliance Officers
  • General/Legal Counsels
  • MD’s, Heads, Directors, VP’s:
  • Sanctions and trade compliance
  • Risk management
  • Export controls
  • Group audit – financial crime

Law Firms, Consultancies and Solution Providers:

  • Sanctions and international trade
  • Corporate crime and investigations
  • Government, public policy and regulation