Susan Lake

Susan Lake
Regional Compliance Head: Swiss Re’s Reinsurance Business Unit

Susan Lake is Regional Compliance Head for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Swiss Re’s Reinsurance Business Unit. She has been with Swiss Re in various Compliance roles since 2005.

Before that, she worked for over 18 years in the Lloyd’s market, in a range of roles including marine underwriting, business planning, business transfers, liaison with capital providers and rating agencies, syndicate monitoring and compliance.

She has worked in the London insurance market since 1986, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Michelle J. Linderman

Michelle J. Linderman
Partner: Crowell & Moring LLP

Michelle J. Linderman is a member of Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Group in the firm’s London office. An English and Hong Kong qualified solicitor with nearly 20 years of experience, Michelle advises clients – such as international businesses, traders, ship owners, charterers, insurers, financial institutions, and energy companies – on U.K.-specific and cross-border sanctions, including matters that concern national and international trade and financial sanctions.

This work includes counseling on due diligence and compliance procedures; advising on the impact of sanctions on operations and transactions; drafting and advising on sanctions clauses in contracts and insurance policies; advising on the effect of sanctions on loans, investments, and payment issues; making applications to relevant authorities for licenses and authorizations; and, advising clients in relation to sanctions-related enquiries made by United Nations Panels of Experts.

Michelle is experienced in handling disputes for a wide cross-section of clients including ship owners, charterers, P&I insurers, traders, insurers, and others in relation to shipping and commercial disputes, including fraud. Her litigation capabilities extend to issues arising from maritime casualties, including collisions, groundings, fires, engine failures, salvage incidents, pollution, and unsafe ports, as well as charter party and bill of lading disputes. She has considerable experience in High Court litigation and London arbitration and has also handled litigation in a number of international jurisdictions including Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, South Africa, New York, Miami, Nevis, Jersey, and Guernsey.

Liana Sebastian

Head of Global Trade Compliance

As of February 2018, Liana Sebastian is head of the global trade compliance legal team at Google. Prior to her current role, she was senior export compliance counsel at Google focusing on US export controls and trade sanctions compliance. She had been in that role for 10 years. Before joining Google, Liana worked at Baker & McKenzie in the trade compliance team based in Washington, DC and is an alumni of Georgetown University Law Center.

Kees Lakerveld

Kees Lakerveld
International payments specialist and co-founder
2FX Treasury 

Kees advises corporates in the area of treasury and trade finance. He has been working in the financial services industry for more than 20 years setting up global operating models for banks and corporates.

Kees specializes in payments and currency risk management models for emerging market countries. He has successfully helped corporates insetting up payment routes to and from Iran.

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Gert Demmink

Gert Demmink
Philip Sydney

Gert Demminkis partner at Philip Sidney, a niche risk and reputation consultancy firm active in global trade compliance. Philip Sidney’s market include: Banking, Factoring & Financial Services, Payments Services, Aerospace & Defense, Aviation, Oil&Gas/Offshore, and (Re-)insurance.

From 1998 to October 2006, Gert headed the Centre of Excellence for Integrity (all financial-economic crime related matters) at the Dutch Central Bank. Before that, Gert set up the Finance Intelligence Unit (FIU) for the Netherlands Antilles.

Gert’s ancillary activities include:

  • Deputy Judge in the Criminal Courts in Amsterdam, Haarlem, Schiphol and Maastricht. Often presiding, as the case may be;
  • Chair of the Expert Group for Export Licenses for the Netherlands Industry for Defense and Security (“NIDV”);
  • Representative of NIDV in the European Association of Defense Industries (“ASD”) ‘s Export Control Committee and Business Ethics Committee;
  • Chair, Compliance Chamber of the Institute for Financial Crime in the Hague Security Delta;
  • Member of the FCI Compliance Committee;

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.