Pre-Conference Workshop

FUNDAMENTALS FOREIGN TRADE CONTROLS: DECIPHERING INTERNATIONAL EXPORT CONTROLS AND ECONOMIC SANCTIONS REQUIREMENTS AND HOW THEY APPLY TO YOUR BUSINESS

Mar 5, 2017 8:30am – 3:15pm

Speakers

Mac Baki Fadlallaf
Partner
Akin Gump (UAE)

Rebecca Kelly
Partner
Morgan Lewis (UAE)

Day 1 - Monday, March 6, 2017

8:30
Registration and Refreshments
9:00
OPENING REMARKS BY CHAIRS
9:01
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY DUBAI CUSTOMS: UPDATE ON THE AUTHORISED ECONOMIC OPERATOR PROGRAMME
9:30
A LOOK AT THE UAE AEO PROCESS IN PRACTICE: INSIGHTS FROM A PILOT COMPANY
10:15
Morning Refreshments
10:45
ARE YOUR CUSTOMS HS CODES AND CUSTOMS DECLARATIONS GETTING CAUGHT UP IN CUSTOMS? TOP TIPS FOR MANOEUVRING THROUGH THE GCC CUSTOMS REQUIREMENTS AT THE BORDERS WITHOUT UNNECESSARY DELAYS
12:30
Networking Luncheon
2:00
Russia, Sudan and Other Sanctions Changes to Expect under the Trump Administration
3:00
CONTROLLING TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE TRANSFERS OF TECHNOLOGY: PROVEN STRATEGIES FOR AVOIDING UNINTENTIONAL EXPORT VIOLATIONS
4:00
Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

8:15
Morning Refreshments
9:00
OPENING REMARKS BY CHAIRS
9:15
OFAC ESSENTIALS: HOW US SANCTIONS IMPACT COMPANIES IN THE GCC AND WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PROTECT YOUR COMPANY FROM PENALTIES
10:30
Morning Refreshments
11:00
Outlook on Iran Sanctions Under the New Administration
11:45
Traders Are Business as Well as Risk Partners: Overcome Common Sanctions Challenges – Know How
12:30
Networking Luncheon
1:45
STRENGTHENING DUE DILIGENCE PROCEDURES ACROSS YOUR BUSINESS TO MINIMISE DIVERSION RISKS
2:45
Afternoon Refreshments
3:00
Breakout Session Roundtables
4:00
Chair’s Closing Remarks

Post-Conference Workshop

POST CONFERENCE EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE: ADAPTING YOUR COMPLIANCE PROGRAMME TO MEET CHANGING EXPORT CONTROLS AND SANCTIONS REGIMES

Mar 8, 2017 8:30am – 12:00pm

Speakers

Minna Herranen
Head of Trade Management, MEA & India GOPS, Global Trade Management
Nokia Networks

Day 1 - Monday, March 6, 2017

8:30
Registration and Refreshments
9:00
OPENING REMARKS BY CHAIRS

Keith Stronach
Head of Export Controls
BAE Systems (Saudi Arabia)

Mac Baki Fadlallah
Partner
Akin Gump (UAE)

9:01
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY DUBAI CUSTOMS: UPDATE ON THE AUTHORISED ECONOMIC OPERATOR PROGRAMME

Eman Badr Al-Suwaidy
Customs Declarations Management Department
Owner AEO Program

Dubai Customs

Steve Desouza
Customs Manager
General Motors (UAE)

  • Current status of the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme in Dubai
    • Changes to the programme in the last year, including rolling out AEO to the entire United Arab Emirates
    • Changes to the programme in the last year, including rolling out AEO to the entire United Arab Emirates
  • Changes to the programme in the last year, including rolling out AEO to the entire United Arab Emirates

9:30
A LOOK AT THE UAE AEO PROCESS IN PRACTICE: INSIGHTS FROM A PILOT COMPANY

Steve Desouza
Customs Manager
General Motors (UAE)

Find out exactly what a company needs to do to receive AEO certification in the United Arab Emirates from one of the first companies to complete the process and earn the new certification. Have your top questions answered and apply lessons learned to your own application.

  • How does the UAE’s AEO application process compare to other AEO processes already in place in other countries?
    • Preparation time
    • Response time
    • Information that needs to be handed over
  • Lessons learned by the initial AEO holders
  • Measureable benefits of the new certification

10:15
Morning Refreshments
10:45
ARE YOUR CUSTOMS HS CODES AND CUSTOMS DECLARATIONS GETTING CAUGHT UP IN CUSTOMS? TOP TIPS FOR MANOEUVRING THROUGH THE GCC CUSTOMS REQUIREMENTS AT THE BORDERS WITHOUT UNNECESSARY DELAYS

Minna Herranen
Head of Trade Management, MEA & India GOPS, Global Trade Management
Nokia Networks

  • What extra details to include on customs declarations during increased scrutiny to prevent lags at customs?
  • Harmonisation of HS codes within the GCC: where are the obvious and hidden differences
    • How to best tackle using multiple HS codes for the same product
  • How to ensure your suppliers are providing you with the correct HS codes: what to look for, who to speak to and which questions to ask
  • When do invoices that need declaration of HS codes
    • Checking to make sure everything is set at the right price
  • Checklist for determining if both local and foreign compliance requirements are met
  • Software systems to accommodate the codes
    • Arabic dual language software systems
    • Classification systems

12:30
Networking Luncheon
2:00
Russia, Sudan and Other Sanctions Changes to Expect under the Trump Administration

Mac Baki Fadlallah
Partner
Akin Gump (UAE)

3:00
CONTROLLING TANGIBLE AND INTANGIBLE TRANSFERS OF TECHNOLOGY: PROVEN STRATEGIES FOR AVOIDING UNINTENTIONAL EXPORT VIOLATIONS

Keith Stronach
Head of Export Controls
BAE Systems (Saudi Arabia)

  • Obligations on a Middle East based company for following foreign export controls, including US and EU export controls
    • How do the requirements differ if you are re-exporting the products?
    • Duty of freight forwarders to understand the products they are moving and to follow applicable export control requirements
  • Expectation of third party to provide information to you on the goods you are receiving and the controls surrounding those goods
    • Who bares the liability if the supplier gets it wrong?
  • Intangible transfers of technology in practice; how to identify and control this data
  • Unobvious risks of controls surrounding intangible transfers of technology

4:00
Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

8:15
Morning Refreshments
9:00
OPENING REMARKS BY CHAIRS

Keith Stronach
Head of Export Controls
BAE Systems (Saudi Arabia)

Mac Baki Fadlallah
Partner
Akin Gump (UAE)

9:15
OFAC ESSENTIALS: HOW US SANCTIONS IMPACT COMPANIES IN THE GCC AND WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO PROTECT YOUR COMPANY FROM PENALTIES

Carlton Morris
Sanctions Compliance Officer
OFAC (USA)

Ibtissem Lassoued
Partner
Al Tamimi (UAE)

Stephan Becker
Partner
Pillsbury (USA)

  • Reality of the US sanctions regime; who it applies to, when it applies and what are the obligations on foreign based companies
    • Types of US economic sanctions
  • What to expect from an OFAC investigation
    • What triggers an investigation?
    • Common checks OFAC makes on companies
  • ‘US Person’ under OFAC: what constitutes and US person, what are they allowed to do in relation to Iran and what activities are prohibited
    • How can you prevent US persons involvement in transactions with Iran
  • Key checks to put in place to ensure sanction violations don’t slip through the cracks

10:30
Morning Refreshments
11:00
Outlook on Iran Sanctions Under the New Administration

Carl Valenstien
Partner
Morgan Lewis (USA)

11:45
Traders Are Business as Well as Risk Partners: Overcome Common Sanctions Challenges – Know How

Wafaa Khalaf
Managing Director - MEA & S. Asia
Helix Dynamics (UAE)

12:30
Networking Luncheon
1:45
STRENGTHENING DUE DILIGENCE PROCEDURES ACROSS YOUR BUSINESS TO MINIMISE DIVERSION RISKS

Rebecca Kelly
Partner
Morgan Lewis (UAE)

Maisa AlBelushi
Legal and Compliance
Sadara Chemical (Saudi Arabia)

Saboor Siddiqui
Risk and Compliance Officer
BitOasis (UAE)

  • How to get local and regional companies to establish due diligence procedures
  • How to ensure your local trading partners are complying with international export controls?
    • How to ensure they comply with US regulations
  • What are your liabilities if one of your third party’s is trading into Iran?
    • What is your obligation to ensure this doesn’t happen?
  • How to get access to information that you need in order to conduct thorough due diligence….without hiring expensive external lawyers
  • What are the first responses to make to initial red flags?
    • What are the easy things to do?
  • How to work with reluctant third parties during due diligence to make the process go more smoothly
  • How to screen for names that, when translated into a Roman alphabet from an Arabic alphabet, could have 6 or seven different spellings

2:45
Afternoon Refreshments
3:00
Breakout Session Roundtables

Stephan Becker
Partner
Pillsbury (USA)

Minna Herranen
Head of Trade Management, MEA & India GOPS, Global Trade Management
Nokia Networks

15.00

Identifying and Escalating Sanction Red Flags Stephan Becker, Partner, Pillsbury (USA) Calculating VAT Minna Herranen, Head of Trade Management, MEA & India GOPS Global Trade Management Nokia (UAE)

15:30



Digging Deeper on Due Diligence Stephan Becker, Partner, Pillsbury (USA) Gaining the Greatest Benefits from Free Zones Minna Herranen, Head of Trade Management, MEA & India GOPS Global Trade Management Nokia (UAE)

4:00
Chair’s Closing Remarks

FUNDAMENTALS FOREIGN TRADE CONTROLS: DECIPHERING INTERNATIONAL EXPORT CONTROLS AND ECONOMIC SANCTIONS REQUIREMENTS AND HOW THEY APPLY TO YOUR BUSINESS

Mar 5, 2017 8:30am – 3:15pm

Mac Baki Fadlallaf
Partner
Akin Gump (UAE)

Rebecca Kelly
Partner
Morgan Lewis (UAE)

What is it about?

8:30 Registration and Refreshments

9:00 TRADE CONTROLS BROKEN DOWN: BASICS OF EXPORT CONTROLS AND ECONOMIC SANCTIONS

  • Major export control regimes
    • US International Traffic in Arms Regulations
    • US Export Administration Regulations
    • EU export controls on dual-use goods
    • EU export controls on military goods
  • Major global sanctions regimes currently in place
    • UN
    • EU
    • US

>10:00 GOVERNING BODIES, HOW THEY WORK TOGETHER AND WHO TO CONTACT

  • Role of government bodies in export policy and enforcement
    • EU Commission vs. Member States
    • US Departments of State, Commerce and Justice
  • Departments responsible for setting out new sanctions in the UN, EU and US
  • How department work together
  • How foreign governing bodies work together

11:00 Morning Refreshments

11:30 KEY ELEMENTS OF A THOROUGH COMPLIANCE PROGRAMME

  • Key compliance elements from the corporate statement of commitment to execution of order
  • Importance of incorporating export and defence trade controls into cross border programmes
    • Integrating ITAR, EAR and EU trade controls with other controls including anti-corruption and boycotts
  • Management of training testing the effectiveness of your training and compliance processes
    • Internal audits and updates
    • Generating defensive data
  • Establishing a process for reporting concerns

12:30 Luncheon

13:45 INTERACTIVE EXERCISES

Export Control Exercises:

During these exercises participants will work through scenarios focusing on when export controls apply, which export controls apply and what licences are needed for the shipments to various locals.

Sanctions Exercises:

During these exercise, participants will gain skills on apply foreign sanctions regimes to local business. Find out when a licence is necessary, uncover hidden risks and determine when business is prohibited

How to Proceed when a Red Flag is Raised:

Finally, participants will work through the ideal way to respond when a red flag is raised, from who to alert within the business, to which government departments to reach out to and when to reach out to them.

15:00 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

15:15 Workshop Ends

POST CONFERENCE EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE: ADAPTING YOUR COMPLIANCE PROGRAMME TO MEET CHANGING EXPORT CONTROLS AND SANCTIONS REGIMES

Mar 8, 2017 8:30am – 12:00pm

Minna Herranen
Head of Trade Management, MEA & India GOPS, Global Trade Management
Nokia Networks

What is it about?

Major sanctions regimes are constantly undergoing change and regulators are expecting companies to meet the requirements of new sanctions virtually overnight. Compliance programmes must be watertight….and adaptable. Join this in-depth and practical workshop on how to adjust your compliance programme to include flexibility and reach the regulators highest standards.

8:30 Registration and Refreshments

9:00 Session Begins

  • Key elements of an effective sanctions compliance programme
    • US sanctions
    • EU sanctions
    • Other applicable sanctions
  • How have the government’s expectations on companies changed following a high number of prosecutions
  • Pros and cons of having a separate compliance programme for sanctions vs. incorporating sanctions compliance elements into a wider international trade compliance programme
  • Which teams to involve in the planning of your compliance procedures and who to train on the compliance programme
  • How to build flexibility into your compliance programme
  • What to do when sanctions are announced overnight to ensure violations under the new sanctions don’t occur
    • How soon are companies expected to adapt to new sanctions?
  • How to test the effectiveness of your compliance programmes

12.00 Roundtable Ends

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