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ARCHIVED Global Sanctions – Meeting the Challenge

Tuesday 4 February 2020 / 12:30pm
 Global Sanctions – Meeting the Challenge

Tuesday 4 February 2020

Mishcon de Reya LLP
Africa House
70 Kingsway
London WC2B 6AH

Booking Details
Free - Booking essential
Priority for Japan Society members and those introduced by Mishcon de Reya
Booking deadline: Friday 31 January 2020

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Japan Society corporate members are only too aware of the potential consequences of failing to keep up with the proliferation of global sanctions regimes. Against the background of a dynamic and volatile geopolitical situation, with rapid changes to EU and US economic and trade sanctions regimes, it is ever more important to be vigilant in maintaining compliance. As the UK leaves the EU, what are the implications for companies whose EMEA functions are headed up in London?

This timely seminar brings together an expert panel, who will discuss these challenges and important strategies for minimising sanctions risk in three key areas:

  • The geopolitical perspective – Sir Mark Lyall Grant GCMG, UK National Security Advisor 2015-2017
  • Finance and banking services – William Dodsworth, Head of Conduct Framework and Policy, Barclays Bank; Co-Chair, UK Finance Sanctions Panel
  • The legal viewpoint – Shaistah Akhtar, Partner, Dispute Resolution Group & Head of Sanctions, Mishcon de Reya

Brief introductory presentations by the three speakers, will be followed by time for questions and further discussion.

Sir Mark Lyall Grant qualified as a barrister before joining the diplomatic service in 1980. He served in Pakistan, France, South Africa and the US as well as holding numerous positions in the FCO and Cabinet Office in London. He was High Commissioner to Pakistan (2003-06), Political Director in the FCO (2007-09) and Ambassador to the UN (2009-15). In that role, he chaired the UN Security Council on 4 separate occasions.
In his final government service job, he was the National Security Adviser to David Cameron and then Theresa May until April 2017. In this role, he advised the Prime Minister on Security, Defence and Foreign policy issues, oversaw the UK’s three Intelligence agencies and acted as chair of the National Security Council.
Sir Mark has a number of consultancy roles, focussed on focussed on national and international security, and on geopolitics; and is on the advisory board at Chatham House.

William Dodsworth, Head of Conduct Framework and Policy, Compliance Barclays. William is a UK qualified Lawyer who has worked at Barclays for 11 years in a range of legal and compliance roles. Prior to Barclays he worked in private practice and undertook a secondment into Enforcement Division at the FCA. Currently responsible for Conduct Policies, which includes Financial Crime and the implementation of sanctions compliance within Barclays. OFAC Officer for Barclays. He is also Co-Chair of the UK Finance Sanctions Panel, where the banking industry engages with UK Government, and international agencies, such as EU Commission, OFAC and State Department.

Shaistah Akhtar is a Partner in Dispute Resolution Group at Mischon de Reya. She is an expert on sanctions law and leads the team in this area. Her experience spans industry sectors ranging from financial services to pharmaceutical companies, real estate developers, software firms and the defence industry.
Shaistah has extensive experience of litigation and investigations in a number of European, Middle Eastern, Asian and African jurisdictions. This includes advising on sanctions involving Russia, Iran, the Middle East and North Africa, in addition to many other jurisdictions where sanctions are in operation. She has led internal investigations relating to alleged violations and advised on regulatory challenges involving sanctions in numerous sectors including financial services, life sciences and the travel industry, including making reports to HM Treasury and OFAC. She has also advised the Law Society and OFSI on its Guidance on sanctions regulations.

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