Cross-Sector Conference in New York Engages Top Experts to Reveal the Trends in Sanctions and Export Controls Risk Management and Enforcement

October 13, 2017

Whether you work at a financial institution or corporation, sanctions compliance comes with a host of risks that require well-developed processes to address them. Such risks were the subject of the inaugural SanctionsAlert.com Sanctions Risk Management Symposium, co-hosted with Compliance Week and Financial Research Associates,which took place in New York last month. Sanctions compliance professionals and experts from companies representing different industries– such as Uber, Standard Chartered Bank, ZTE, AXA Group, Google, and others – gathered in NYC to exchange ideas and discuss their favored processes for mitigating the risks associated with sanctions and export controls. (more…)

Lynn Van Buren

Associate General Counsel
Global Trade Compliance at Verizon

In this role, Ms. Van Buren is responsible for providing legal advice and training relating to export,import and sanctions issues worldwide.

Prior to joining Verizon, Ms. Van Buren was in private practice, counseling clients across various industries on export control, sanctions and related compliance issues. Ms. Van Buren graduated, Order of the Coif, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and received a MA in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. In 2011, Ms. Van Buren received the International Labour Organization (ILO) Client Choice Award in the trade and customs category.

She participates in webinars in a personal capacity.

Kevin Wolf

Partner
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

Kevin J. Wolf is a partner in the international trade practice. His experience encompasses the laws, regulations, policies and international arrangements pertaining to national security, foreign policy and other controls over the export, reexport and transfer of military, dual-use and other commodities, technologies, software and services to various destinations, end uses and end users. His work focuses on the U.S. regulations implementing these controls, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), antiboycott regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and multilateral trade controls.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Wolf served for seven years (2010-2017) as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the Department of Commerce, where he developed and implemented policies pertaining to Export Administration issues and provided overall direction to, and management of, BIS’s national security, nonproliferation, foreign policy, national defense and strategic industrial resource functions.

Mr. Wolf directed BIS’s Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (SIES), the Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance (NPTC), the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC), the Office of Exporter Services (OExS) and the Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE). The chairs of the interagency Operating Committee, which handles staff-level licensing disputes, and the interagency End User Review Committee, which manages the Entity List, reported directly to Mr. Wolf.

Mr. Wolf was also responsible for the coordination with OFAC of BIS regulations and licensing policies pertaining to the countries subject to economic sanctions, principally Russia, Iran and Cuba.

Bob Walsh

Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Global Financial Crime Officer
AXA Group

Bob Walsh is the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Global Financial Crime Officer for AXA Group. AXA provides insurance, investment management and banking in over 50 countries. Bob is based in New York.

His main focus is ensuring compliance with international laws on anti-money laundering, international sanctions, bribery and cross-border tax evasion.

His outside activities include:

  • Industry consultation to the Financial Action Task Force and the US Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group
  • The Financial Crime Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors
  • Chairing the Sanctions in Insurance Roundtable, comprised of most major global insurance companies

Bob started his career at an international bank, and had subsequent roles as a securities regulator, and as an executive at an innovative technology firm.

Bob has a Political Science degree from McGill University, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.