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

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.

Darren Tapp

Partner & Regulatory Enforcement Services Leader

Darren Tapp is a U.S. Partner in PwC’s Forensic Services practice and leads the Regulatory Enforcement services team. He brings over 25 years of experience working with attorneys, audit committees, and company personnel in the areas of regulatory compliance with export controls and trade sanctions/embargo laws and regulations; anti-bribery compliance; anti-competition compliance; and other regulatory compliance-related matters.

Mr. Tapp has led and participated in numerous global investigative and regulatory compliance assessment projects related to: Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administered sanction/embargo laws; US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act 2010 compliance; US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) registrant financial reporting frauds; senior management and other employee embezzlements; and other corruption related matters, both in the US and internationally. He has assisted clients with respect to reporting and disclosure requirements in connection with the discovery of fraud and/or corruption and provided testimony to the SEC. From this experience, Mr. Tapp also assists clients with developing and implementing regulatory compliance programs in connection with plans to remediate identified compliance gaps from leading industry practices, focusing specifically on process, technology and internal control enhancements.

Selected experience of Mr. Tapp in this area include:

  • Investigated allegations of inappropriate shipments of EU and US export controlled goods by a European multinational company to customers within certain “sanctioned” countries.
  • On behalf of a US Fortune 500 industrial product company, led a post-acquisition export control and sanction/embargo law compliance assessment at one of its European business units, including a review of transactions pre and post-acquisition with parties from sanctioned countries. Conducted export control and sanctions/embargo law compliance due diligence on the Middle Eastern operations of a European multinational company on behalf of a global electronic components distributor, including the review and analysis of all programs, processes and controls of the target and the assessment of associated noncompliance risk.

Mr. Tapp also has significant international experience as a result o

Edward Starishevsky

Global Head of Sanctions, FIU Strategic Investigations, and SAR Quality
American Express

Ted joined American Express in 2015 and is its Global Head of Sanctions and Anti-Corruption. American Express’ Global Sanctions and Anti-Corruption programs are responsible for ensuring that American Express complies with U.S. and applicable international sanctions regimes and anti-corruption laws across the enterprise.

Previously, Ted spent six and a half years with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in the Major Economic Crimes Bureau handling matters involving international sanctions evasion, money laundering, bank fraud, mortgage fraud, and tax fraud. Key cases included the prosecutions of BNP Paribas SA, and Standard Chartered Bank for U.S. sanctions violations; an international conspiracy case relating to the misappropriation of rare artwork by Imelda Marcos and her associates; an international tax fraud case involving secret bank accounts at an overseas financial institution; and one of the larger mortgage fraud prosecutions in U.S. history. Additionally, Ted spent seven years at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office prosecuting homicides and other violent felonies, and six years in private practice, with an emphasis in white collar criminal defense. As a prosecutor, Ted was the recipient of the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service; and the Thomas E. Dewey Medal (presented to an outstanding Assistant District Attorney in each of New York City’s District Attorneys’ Offices).