The conference key topics 

The UK has fast acknowledged sanctions as a critical risk to business through the impact of Russia Sanctions as well as the rising tensions with trade sanctions.

The focus in 2024 is on enforcement. With G7+ authorities bearing down on circumvention and evasion via high risk third countries and transhipment hubs, there is an increased expectation on industry to uphold and implement new controls in parallel to prohibitions.

The UK Finance Spring Sanctions Conference will focus on these aspects strategically, bringing leading practitioners from across the sanctions sphere for coordination and intelligence sharing with the public and private sector on:

  • The shift in regulatory compliance and the UK’s enforcement criteria on launching the Office for Trade Sanctions Implementation.
  • Innovative ways sanctions are being utilised by authorities for industry to stay abreast and manage their risk exposure.
  • Best practice strategies on key takeaways on what’s on the horizon under the backdrop of geopolitical change.

The conference will also give you a chance to

  • Hear directly from Governments from the UK and beyond to gain clarity on coordination and alignment efforts between the UK, US, EU, and G7+ as we enter the third year of the war in Ukraine.
  • Ask questions pertinent to your organisation and receive insights from wider industry sectors, including legal, exporters, and consultancies, on sanctions compliance, assessing the critical risk areas for your business and partners.
  • Candidly network with peers in a Chatham House Rule setting with no press or media in the room.

Previous attendees

  • International regulatory authorities, including: EU/US/UK
  • Embassy Officials
  • UK Finance Members
  • UK Finance Associate Members
  • Women in Sanctions Steering Committee: Citibank, BNP Paribas, Morgan Stanley, Emirates NBD, GSK, KAYAK, Eversheds, Skadden, Standard Chartered Bank, Honeywell, Marsh McLennan, Aviva

2024 Sanctions Events Schedule

Dates

Hosts

Women in Sanctions Forum

8 March 2024

Herbert Smith Freehills

Spring Sanctions Conference

2 May 2024

Linklaters

An FCDO Diversity & Inclusion Event

22 May 2024

FCDO

Economic Crime Congress

20 June 2024

Business Design Centre

Women in Sanctions Drinks Reception

9 July 2024

Morrison Foerster

Women in Sanctions Forum

14 November 2024

Eversheds

Year in Review Sanctions Conference

5 December 2024

Allen & Overy

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Anila Haleem

Anila Haleem

Principal, Sanctions and Export Controls, UK Finance

Anila represents over 300 firms on sanctions compliance and export controls implementation at UK Finance, the collective voice for the banking and fin...

Anila represents over 300 firms on sanctions compliance and export controls implementation at UK Finance, the collective voice for the banking and finance sector. This includes advancing work with international regulatory bodies, governments and enforcement agencies to align on foreign policy objectives via public and private sector information.

Winner of the 2023 ICA Europe Awards, Anila is recognised and celebrated as Founder of the Women in Sanctions Forum and Co-host of the UK Finance Sanctions School podcast series, regularly bridging the gap as a generational leader promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

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Neil Whiley

Neil Whiley

Director, Sanctions, 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 previously worked at Lloyds and later HSBC helping both banks review and improve their international 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 from the University of Law.

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Anu Ratan

Anu Ratan

Director, EMEA Head of Regulatory Change and Global Programmes, BNY Mellon

Anu has extensive 21 plus years of experience in UK, USA and Asia including global multi-year complex Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) transformation ...

Anu has extensive 21 plus years of experience in UK, USA and Asia including global multi-year complex Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) transformation initiatives. 
She is also Fellow of International Compliance Association specialising in drafting of Global AML Policy, Standards, and global implementation, advisory at Group / Business / Regional Level. 

Anu is currently EMEA Head of Regulatory Change and Global Programmes at BNY Mellon. She has previously worked with HSBC, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, RBS and Cisco Financial Services. In 2016, she advised a FinTech company which uses Artificial Intelligence systems for FCC. Anu started her career in Technology before moving onto FCC.
 

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Meredith Rathbone

Meredith Rathbone

Lawyer

Meredith Rathbone is a US-qualified, London-based lawyer who counsels clients on export controls, economic sanctions, and related national security ma...

Meredith Rathbone is a US-qualified, London-based lawyer who counsels clients on export controls, economic sanctions, and related national security matters. Her experience includes assisting clients in resolving politically sensitive matters under the joint administration of various government agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, State, and Treasury, as well as non-US government agencies. She heads Steptoe's 60-person International Trade and Regulatory Compliance group and is the co-chair of its Chambers Band 1 Economic Sanctions and Export Controls practice.  

Meredith received her B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. 

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Nicholas Waddell

Nicholas Waddell

Head of the FCDO’s Sanctions Regimes and Litigation Department, FCDO

Nicholas is Head of the FCDO’s Sanctions Regimes and Litigation Department. He led and drafted the UK’s Sanctions Strategy. His remit covers the full ...

Nicholas is Head of the FCDO’s Sanctions Regimes and Litigation Department. He led and drafted the UK’s Sanctions Strategy. His remit covers the full range of non-Russia UK and UN sanctions regimes. He previously led delivery of foreign policy objectives for the UK’s G7 presidency. He was head of strategy in the UK’s Department for International Development and has worked extensively in East Africa. Before joining the civil service, he worked for the BBC’s Hardtalk interview programme; at Parliament; and at the Overseas Development Institute.

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Freya Page

Freya Page

Director of Global Outreach, Kharon

Freya is a sanctions specialist working with public and private sectors across the globe to ensure proper sanctions compliance, enforcement, impl...

Freya is a sanctions specialist working with public and private sectors across the globe to ensure proper sanctions compliance, enforcement, implementation and understanding. Starting in the illicit finance field with HM Treasury in 2015 she went on to be a founding member of the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI). Freya has undertaken roles across compliance, enforcement, guidance and engagement.

As Director of Global Outreach at Kharon, Freya now works as a thought leader across a number of geographic sanctions and thematic regimes, speaking regularly to international governments, industry, and non-profits to promote the understanding and use of compliance risk solutions. Freya regularly authors and collaborates on white papers and articles as well as contributing to roundtable discussions, and co-chairs the UK Finance Associate Members Panel.

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Satindar Dogra

Satindar Dogra

Senior partner, London Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations practice

Satindar is senior partner in the firm’s London Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations practice. He is widely acknowledged as an expert in ...

Satindar is senior partner in the firm’s London Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations practice. He is widely acknowledged as an expert in corporate crime, sanctions and fraud. He leads the firm’s sanctions practice and has developed the market standard in relation to Russian sanctions. Satindar regularly advises clients on governmental investigations including by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, the National Crime Agency and the Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation. 

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Leslie Stubbs

Leslie Stubbs

Sanctions Enforcement Officer, OFAC

Leslie Stubbs is an International Sanctions Officer with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). She is on seco...

Leslie Stubbs is an International Sanctions Officer with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). She is on secondment to His Majesty’s Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation. Before coming to London, she was a Senior Sanctions Policy Advisor and Enforcement Officer with OFAC.

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Thomas Lane

Thomas Lane

Associate in the Litigation & Trial Department of the London office, Latham Watkins

Thomas Lane is an associate in the Litigation & Trial Department of the London office of Latham & Watkins. He is a solicitor advocate and a me...

Thomas Lane is an associate in the Litigation & Trial Department of the London office of Latham & Watkins. He is a solicitor advocate and a member of the firm’s International Arbitration and Complex Commercial Litigation Practices. He also regularly works with Latham colleagues from Washington, D.C. as part of the firm’s Export Controls, Economic Sanctions & Customs Practice.  Mr. Lane is listed as a Rising Star by Legal 500 UK, where he has also been described as having "partner-level expertise and judgement."  Before joining Latham, Mr. Lane worked as the United Nations bureau producer for the BBC.

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Joelle Jones

Joelle Jones

Sanctions Senior Manager, HSBC

Joelle Jones is a Sanctions Senior Manager at HSBC with primary focus on Trade Sanctions and Export Controls. She has previously held financial crime ...

Joelle Jones is a Sanctions Senior Manager at HSBC with primary focus on Trade Sanctions and Export Controls. She has previously held financial crime advisory roles at HSBC within the global private bank and global banking and markets lines of business covering AML, AB&C, sanctions, tax, and fraud. Prior to HSBC, she held regulatory and financial crime roles at UBS AG as part of a graduate programme.

Alongside graduate training at UBS, she held training roles within the Compliance department of DVB Bank, later moving to Legal with a focus on aviation and shipping finance.

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Tom Keatinge

Tom Keatinge

Director at Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies , CFCS

Tom Keatinge is the founding Director of the Centre for Finance and Security (CFS) at RUSI, where his research focuses on matters at the intersection ...

Tom Keatinge is the founding Director of the Centre for Finance and Security (CFS) at RUSI, where his research focuses on matters at the intersection of finance and security. He is also currently a specialist adviser on illicit finance to the UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. He has a Master’s in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London.  Prior to joining RUSI in 2014, he was an investment banker for 20 years at J.P. Morgan.

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Rosamund de Sybel

Rosamund de Sybel

Head of Geopolitical Risk and Financial Crime Compliance, ICBC Standard Bank

Rosamund de Sybel is Head of Geopolitical Risk, Financial Crime Compliance, at ICBC Standard Bank where she leads analysis of the interplay of geopoli...

Rosamund de Sybel is Head of Geopolitical Risk, Financial Crime Compliance, at ICBC Standard Bank where she leads analysis of the interplay of geopolitical and financial crime risks in order to mitigate against increasingly complex and multi-faceted threats. She was formerly a director at a US-headquartered due-diligence and investigations firm, and held the position of Editor/Economist Middle East & Africa at a global research firm. She was also editor of a Middle East business and economics journal, and helped to launch the Geo-Economics programme for a leading British defence and security think-tank. She has a first-class degree from King’s College London, having spent an exchange year at University of California, Los Angeles.

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Chris Po-Ba

Chris Po-Ba

Head of Sanctions Advisory, Lloyd’s Bank

Chris Po-Ba is Head of Sanctions Advisory (Market) at Lloyd’s and specialises in international financial and trade sanctions. Chris’ role at Lloyd’s i...

Chris Po-Ba is Head of Sanctions Advisory (Market) at Lloyd’s and specialises in international financial and trade sanctions. Chris’ role at Lloyd’s is to support the Market with guidance and engaging with Regulators to support the implementation of sanctions. Chris has worked for several insurers and Lloyd’s Managing Agents (insurers) as their Compliance Officer and has worked in the sector for over 25 years. Chris’ experience also covers Underwriting, Claims, Risk Management and Audit.

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Spencer Chilvers

Spencer Chilvers

Head of Export and Sanctions Policy, Rolls-Royce

Spencer Chilvers (Head of Export Control and Sanctions Policy) joined Rolls-Royce plc in June 2010 with responsibility for export control and sanction...

Spencer Chilvers (Head of Export Control and Sanctions Policy) joined Rolls-Royce plc in June 2010 with responsibility for export control and sanctions policy, relations with governments and the EU on export control issues. Currently Chair of the Executive Committee of the UK Export Group for Aerospace, Defence & Dual-Use, a member of the Aero Space and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) Export Control Committee and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Prior to that he worked for the UK Export Control Organisation (ECO) and was responsible for their interests in the export control regimes (in particular the Wassenaar Arrangement and the Nuclear Suppliers Group), relations with the EU (The Dual-Use Working Group, Intra-Community Transfers of Defense Products and COARM) and the UN (Arms Trade Treaty, Firearms Protocol and UNSCR 1540.)  

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Joe Rothwell

Joe Rothwell

Sanctions Enforcement Branch Head, OFSI

Joe is one of OFSI’s Enforcement Branch Heads, overseeing enforcement casework and operations in his unit as well as wider policy development across t...

Joe is one of OFSI’s Enforcement Branch Heads, overseeing enforcement casework and operations in his unit as well as wider policy development across the team. Joe has a number of years’ experience in financial sanctions implementation having previously worked in OFSI’s licensing division.

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Linklaters

Linklaters

Linklaters is a leading international law firm and has advised on significant deals in over 100 countries. Our work with financial institutions, chall...

Linklaters is a leading international law firm and has advised on significant deals in over 100 countries. Our work with financial institutions, challenger banks, infrastructure providers and technology companies gives us a deep understanding of the key issues that matter to our clients, whether incumbents or disruptors. Our market-leading practitioners take a unique cross-practice, cross-jurisdictional approach to support complex fintech projects across the full fintech spectrum and all aspects of transactional and regulatory advice. Our team is recognised for its market leadership and innovation, tracing its fintech roots to some of the earliest widespread implementations of DLT and blockchain technology.

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Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advi...

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

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Steptoe

Steptoe

In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies...

In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions.

A hallmark of Steptoe’s practice is advising on the scope and subtleties of US, EU, UK and international sanctions regulations and export controls. We work closely with in-house counsel and key personnel to understand the nature of a company’s operations, its products and services, and its internal structure, to ensure that corporate compliance is thorough, yet not unnecessarily restrictive.

Our experience includes assisting clients with compliance counseling, conducting due diligence, developing compliance programs, obtaining licenses and other authorizations, conducting internal investigations, submitting voluntary self-disclosures, and responding to government inquiries.

Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington. For more information, visit www.steptoe.com.

To read our commentary on sanctions, export control and national security developments, visit  https://www.steptoeinternationalcomplianceblog.com/category/economic-sanctions/

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Kharon

Kharon

Kharon helps leading organizations identify a wide range of sanctions and compliance risks, critical to managing financial crimes, supply chain exposu...

Kharon helps leading organizations identify a wide range of sanctions and compliance risks, critical to managing financial crimes, supply chain exposure, export controls, investment risk, and more. Powered by The Kharon Core—the premier global risk analytics engine—our solutions deliver essential insights needed for an all-encompassing perspective on illicit finance and other commercial risks.

The Kharon leadership team includes former senior officials from the U.S. Government who have leveraged their unique expertise to build a risk management solution that’s trusted by the world’s top financial institutions, global corporates, and professional services firms.

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Specialist area:

  • Sanctions compliance
  • Financial crime, AML, MLRO, CTF
  • Risk management
  • Trade finance
  • Export Controls
  • National Security

MD’s, Heads, Directors, VP’s:

  • Sanctions and trade compliance
  • Risk management
  • Export controls
  • Group audit – financial crime
  • Chief and Regional Compliance Officers
  • General/Legal Counsels

Law Firms, Consultancies and Solution Providers:

  • Sanctions
  • International trade
  • National Security
  • Corporate crime and investigations
  • Government, public policy and regulation