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
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.
International payments specialist and co-founder
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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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.
Director, Head of OFAC and Sanctions Compliance
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.