The Sanctions in Disputes Forum 2024

The Only Conference Addressing Sanctions in Disputes 
In-person I 18th April 2024 | Central London

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Agenda

Registration
09:00

Chairperson's Opening Remarks
09:25

Azizur Rahman, Senior Partner
Rahman Ravelli (UK)

Sue Millar, Partner
Stephenson Harwood

Regulatory Perspective: Key Bodies on the Purpose, Co-Operation, and Future Development of Global Sanctions Regimes
9:45

  • Senior OFSI Representative gives update about the current state of the UK Sanctions Regime
  • Counterparts in OFAC share how they have interacted with sanctions as of late
  • European Union representative gives their perspective on the issue
  • The Differing Philosophies and Methodologies behind imposing and lifting sanctions between the US, UK, and EU

Navigating the Aftermath of the Mints -v- PJSC Court of Appeals Decision for Litigation and Arbitration
10:40

  • Examining the precedent Mints -v- PJSC set for issuing Judgements in the UK even in cases when unenforceable
  • Reviewing how exposure has shifted in the wake of the court implying that Russia is a command economy with direct control over all Russian businesses
  • Evaluating the FCDO’s response
  • Checking in with professionals for their attitudes towards this interpretation
  • (OPTIONAL CONTINGENT ON MORE GUIDANCE ISSUED) Exploring the implications of the government’s clarification on Mints decision
  • The potential impact on / implications of other sanctions measures for litigation and arbitration

David Davies, Barrister
Essex Court Chambers

Stacy Keen, Partner
Pinsent Masons

Neil Dooley, Partner
Steptoe and Johnson

Networking & Refreshment Break
11:25

Exploring Control and Ownership Standards: Do You Need an OFSI License?
11:45

  • How to know if a client has a problematic relationship with a sanctioned person or party
  • Evaluating whether or not your firm needs a license from OFSI to receive payment for a case
  • Due diligence best practices
  • The interplay between financial crime and sanctions due diligence – what one can learn from the other
  • Understanding “de-risking” policies

Michael Potts, Partner
PCB Byrne

Azizur Rahman, Senior Partner
Rahman Ravelli (UK)

Elena Elia, Senior Legal Counsel
Wells Fargo

Sanctions Breaches: Strategies for Resolving Issues Within the Framework of Sanctions Regimes
12:30

  • Detection: Red flags and how to look for them, reporting obligations
  • Prevention: Mitigating the risk of breach, meeting regulatory expectations
  • Cure: Options in the event of a breach
  • Reporting: Identifying applicable reporting obligations and incentives for voluntary reporting
  • Investigatory powers and potential information offences
  • Key considerations in regulatory, civil, and criminal enforcement proceedings

Andrea Puccio, Founding Partner
Puccio Penalisti

Kian Meshkat, Principal Attorney
Meshkat Law

Lynne Gregory, Partner
Baker & Partners

Arozo Gajia, Senior Associate
PCB Bryne

Networking & Lunch Break
13:15

The Extra-Territorial Nature of Sanctions: Perspectives on Navigating a Multiplicity of Regimes
14:00

  • If a foreign court issues judgement entitling parties to compensation, how should that compensation be retrieved?
  • The implications of a sanctions designation outside of its jurisdiction
  • Comparing and contrasting extraterritorial jurisdiction
  • Asset freezes, forfeiture, and confiscation
  • The interplay between sanctions asset freezes and asset recovery mechanisms in the UK and abroad

Peter Gray, Partner
ADG Legal (Dubai, UAE)

Elena Fedorova , Lawyer - Of Counsel
Bonifassi Avocats

Syedur Rahman, Partner
Rahman Ravelli

Challenging Designations and Licensing Decisions
14:45

  • Judicial and administrative designation challenges
  • Implications of recent challenges: Synesis, Shvidler, and others
  • Evidential burden
  • License decision challenges between jurisdictions: US, EU, and UK
  • Practical considerations in representing sanctioned parties

Sam Amir Toossi, Partner
Akrivis Law Group

Sue Millar, Partner
Stephenson Harwood

Guy Martin, Head of International Law & Partner
Carter Ruck

Networking & Refreshment Break
15:30

Understanding the Business and Professional Services Prohibitions
15:45

  • The UK and EU legal services ban
  • The UK and EU trust services ban
  • Other prohibitions to business and professional services
  • Reconciling sanctions compliance with competing legal and regulatory obligations
  • How these bans are applying to UK qualified professionals outside the UK

John Binns, Partner
BCL Solicitors LLP

Olga Bischof, Consulting Partner
PCB Byrne

Peter Caldwell , Barrister
Doughty Street Chambers

Ryan Junck, Partner, White Collar Defense and Investigations
Skadden

Mitigating the Impacts of Sanctions on Private Law Obligations
16:30

  • Under what circumstances can you terminate a contract?
  • The issues trustees face when trying to uphold their obligations as a trustee while not violating sanctions law
  • The strategies trustees are implementing to maintain their obligations while being as compliant with regulators as possible

Mikhail Vishnyakov, Partner
Cooke, Young & Keidan

Emile Simpson, Barrister
Pump Court Tax Chambers

Chairperson's Closing Remarks
17:15

09:00
Registration
09:25
Chairperson's Opening Remarks
Azizur Rahman - Senior Partner - Rahman Ravelli (UK)
Sue Millar - Partner - Stephenson Harwood
9:45
Regulatory Perspective: Key Bodies on the Purpose, Co-Operation, and Future Development of Global Sanctions Regimes
  • Senior OFSI Representative gives update about the current state of the UK Sanctions Regime
  • Counterparts in OFAC share how they have interacted with sanctions as of late
  • European Union representative gives their perspective on the issue
  • The Differing Philosophies and Methodologies behind imposing and lifting sanctions between the US, UK, and EU
10:40
Navigating the Aftermath of the Mints -v- PJSC Court of Appeals Decision for Litigation and Arbitration
  • Examining the precedent Mints -v- PJSC set for issuing Judgements in the UK even in cases when unenforceable
  • Reviewing how exposure has shifted in the wake of the court implying that Russia is a command economy with direct control over all Russian businesses
  • Evaluating the FCDO’s response
  • Checking in with professionals for their attitudes towards this interpretation
  • (OPTIONAL CONTINGENT ON MORE GUIDANCE ISSUED) Exploring the implications of the government’s clarification on Mints decision
  • The potential impact on / implications of other sanctions measures for litigation and arbitration
David Davies - Barrister - Essex Court Chambers
Stacy Keen - Partner - Pinsent Masons
Neil Dooley - Partner - Steptoe and Johnson
11:25
Networking & Refreshment Break
11:45
Exploring Control and Ownership Standards: Do You Need an OFSI License?
  • How to know if a client has a problematic relationship with a sanctioned person or party
  • Evaluating whether or not your firm needs a license from OFSI to receive payment for a case
  • Due diligence best practices
  • The interplay between financial crime and sanctions due diligence – what one can learn from the other
  • Understanding “de-risking” policies
Michael Potts - Partner - PCB Byrne
Azizur Rahman - Senior Partner - Rahman Ravelli (UK)
Elena Elia - Senior Legal Counsel - Wells Fargo
12:30
Sanctions Breaches: Strategies for Resolving Issues Within the Framework of Sanctions Regimes
  • Detection: Red flags and how to look for them, reporting obligations
  • Prevention: Mitigating the risk of breach, meeting regulatory expectations
  • Cure: Options in the event of a breach
  • Reporting: Identifying applicable reporting obligations and incentives for voluntary reporting
  • Investigatory powers and potential information offences
  • Key considerations in regulatory, civil, and criminal enforcement proceedings
Andrea Puccio - Founding Partner - Puccio Penalisti
Kian Meshkat - Principal Attorney - Meshkat Law
Lynne Gregory - Partner - Baker & Partners
Arozo Gajia - Senior Associate - PCB Bryne
13:15
Networking & Lunch Break
14:00
The Extra-Territorial Nature of Sanctions: Perspectives on Navigating a Multiplicity of Regimes
  • If a foreign court issues judgement entitling parties to compensation, how should that compensation be retrieved?
  • The implications of a sanctions designation outside of its jurisdiction
  • Comparing and contrasting extraterritorial jurisdiction
  • Asset freezes, forfeiture, and confiscation
  • The interplay between sanctions asset freezes and asset recovery mechanisms in the UK and abroad
Peter Gray - Partner - ADG Legal (Dubai, UAE)
Elena Fedorova - Lawyer - Of Counsel - Bonifassi Avocats
Syedur Rahman - Partner - Rahman Ravelli
14:45
Challenging Designations and Licensing Decisions
  • Judicial and administrative designation challenges
  • Implications of recent challenges: Synesis, Shvidler, and others
  • Evidential burden
  • License decision challenges between jurisdictions: US, EU, and UK
  • Practical considerations in representing sanctioned parties
Sam Amir Toossi - Partner - Akrivis Law Group
Sue Millar - Partner - Stephenson Harwood
Guy Martin - Head of International Law & Partner - Carter Ruck
15:30
Networking & Refreshment Break
15:45
Understanding the Business and Professional Services Prohibitions
  • The UK and EU legal services ban
  • The UK and EU trust services ban
  • Other prohibitions to business and professional services
  • Reconciling sanctions compliance with competing legal and regulatory obligations
  • How these bans are applying to UK qualified professionals outside the UK
John Binns - Partner - BCL Solicitors LLP
Olga Bischof - Consulting Partner - PCB Byrne
Peter Caldwell - Barrister - Doughty Street Chambers
Ryan Junck - Partner, White Collar Defense and Investigations - Skadden
16:30
Mitigating the Impacts of Sanctions on Private Law Obligations
  • Under what circumstances can you terminate a contract?
  • The issues trustees face when trying to uphold their obligations as a trustee while not violating sanctions law
  • The strategies trustees are implementing to maintain their obligations while being as compliant with regulators as possible
Mikhail Vishnyakov - Partner - Cooke, Young & Keidan
Emile Simpson - Barrister - Pump Court Tax Chambers
17:15
Chairperson's Closing Remarks

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