ACSS London Chapter Event
Konstantin Bureiko, Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Satish Kini, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Bela Pataki, Group Sanctions Compliance, OTP Bank
Professor Tom Ruys, Author of Secondary Sanctions: A Weapon Out of Control? The International Legality of, and European Responses to, US Secondary Sanctions
Tom Cornell, ACSS Chapter Chair
Thursday, March 04, 2021
01:00 PM – 02:30 PM New York (EST)
06:00 PM – 07:30 PM London (GMT)
07:00 PM – 08:30 PM Amsterdam (CET)
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Associate Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Konstantin Bureiko is an associate based in the London office. He is a member of the firm’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group and the Arbitration & International Disputes Group. Mr. Bureiko’s practice focuses on white collar defence and investigations and on high-value, complex and multijurisdictional commercial litigation and arbitration matters.
Mr. Bureiko has experience conducting international anti-corruption investigations for large multinational companies. In addition, he regularly advises multinational clients on EU and UK sanctions, export control issues and money-laundering regulations. He is regularly invited to speak on sanctions issues and is recognised as an authority on economic and trade sanctions by WorldECR. Indeed, the title recognized him as amongst the best young professionals working in the field of sanctions in its 2018 awards, noting that he has “established a reputation with major international clients as a sanctions expert, able to blend in-depth technical knowledge with commercial nous.”
Mr. Bureiko also has experience representing corporate clients in relation to international commercial arbitrations under the LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules.
Mr. Bureiko is recommended by The Legal 500 UK (2021) for his regulatory investigations and corporate crime work. Clients describe him as “highly qualified, effective and efficient, with excellent availability at all times.”
Mr. Bureiko joined Debevoise as a trainee solicitor in September 2011 and completed his training in the London office, including a secondment to the Hong Kong office. He graduated from Selwyn College, University of Cambridge in 2009 with a B.A. (Hons) in Law. Between 2010 and 2011, Mr. Bureiko attended BPP Law School in London, where he completed his LPC with distinction.
Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Bureiko was a researcher at the Law Commission.
Mr. Bureiko was part of the Financial Markets Law Committee Working Group that published the “U.S. Sanctions and the E.U. Blocking Regulation: Issues of Legal Uncertainty” report in June, 2019. He is also the author or co-author of “UK Introduces Magnitsky-Style Human Rights Sanctions Regime,” Compliance & Enforcement (July, 2020); “Court of Appeal Confirms Sanctions Provision Operates to Bar Recovery of Interest on Arbitral Award (Ministry of Defence & Support for Armed Forces of Islamic Republic of Iran v International Military Services Ltd),” LexisNexis Corporate Crime News (February, 2020); “Sanctions v Loan Agreements: a borrower’s perspective,” International Financial Law Review (September, 2019); “UK Treasury Publishes First Post-Brexit UK Sanctions Regulations and Guidance,” Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement (February, 2019); “The EU Blocking Regulation: compliance programmes for US and EU companies,” WorldECR (December, 2018); “UK High Court rules on sanctions clauses in insurance contracts and considers application of the EU Blocking Regulation,” World ECR (November, 2018); “UK’s OFSI to Impose Cash Penalties for Sanctions Violations,” Debevoise & Plimpton Client Update (December, 2016); “Comment: The Impact Of Lifting Iranian Sanctions On Private Equity,” Unquote Magazine (May, 2016); “Implementation Day – Iran Sanctions Relief Now Effective,” Debevoise & Plimpton Client Update (January, 2016); “Iran Nuclear Sanctions Deal Reached,” Debevoise & Plimpton Client Update (July, 2015); “The EU Sanctions Landscape in 2015: Everything a German Firm Needs to Know,” featured in AmCham Germany Newsletter (April, 2015); “U.S. and EU Continue to Expand Ukraine-related Sanctions and Clarify Sanctions Targeting Russian Companies,” (January, 2015); “Increasing EU Sanctions Set To Challenge Insurers,” Insurance Day (December, 2014); and the UK year-in-review section of the FCPA Update, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Vol. 5, No. 6 (January, 2014), for which he was an assistant editor. Mr. Bureiko is also associate editor of the firm’s monthly Sanctions Alert.
He was admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 2013.
Group Sanctions Compliance OTP Bank Béla Pataki is Lead Advisor for Group Sanctions Compliance at OTP Bank Hungary with a wide-ranging practice in banking, European law, international banking operations and compliance. He has a particular expertise in sanctions. Béla’s previous positions include regulatory and policy experience in the implementation of sanctions on domestic and European level, and acting as legal counsel for export finance. Béla studied law and European studies in Hungary and Germany, has a bar exam and a masters in Banking and Capital Markets.
Partner Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Satish Kini is Chair of Debevoise’s Banking Group and a member of its Financial Institutions Group. Mr. Kini advises on a wide range of regulatory and transactional issues.
For example, he has:
1 - represented large financial services firms in transactional matters, including to secure regulatory approvals for transactions from U.S. federal and state bank regulatory agencies and to develop compliance frameworks for various business combinations;
2 - counseled banks, securities firms, insurers and asset managers in a broad range of regulatory and compliance issues, ranging from the Volcker Rule to affiliate transactions, anti-money laundering, economic sanctions and data privacy/security;
3 - represented clients in adversarial proceedings before the federal bank regulatory agencies and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), including in investigations, enforcement proceedings and adverse examination contexts; and
4 - advised clients on regulatory and compliance issues arising out of cross-border transactions and outsourcing arrangements, including with respect to sanctions and money laundering issues.
In the context of these matters, Mr. Kini has led internal fact investigations of clients (involving allegations of data breaches/fraud, money laundering and sanctions compliance issues) and advised clients on compliance governance and structuring. He also has briefed senior business decision-makers and boards of directors, based in the United States and abroad, on important regulatory, enforcement and investigations matters.
Mr. Kini has represented a wide range of firms (including banks, securities broker-dealers, insurers and asset managers) and leading industry trade associations on regulatory reform issues, including those arising out of the Dodd-Frank Act, and has assisted clients to participate in the policymaking process before federal regulators. He has helped to create industry coalitions to advocate for regulatory positions and to arrive at consensus interpretations on difficult issues. He also has testified on Dodd-Frank issues before Congress and has represented clients on Dodd-Frank and other matters before the federal banking agencies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Stability Oversight Council and the U.S. Treasury Department and its Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
Chambers Global and Chambers USA have repeatedly recognized Mr. Kini as a leading lawyer. In Chambers Global (2020), he is recognized in the category of Banking & Finance: Mainly Regulatory USA and in Chambers USA (2020), where he is recommended for Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Compliance), clients describe him as a “phenomenal lawyer” who “provides very thoughtful legal analysis, is weighty on the substance and incredibly distinguished in the banking Bar.” In previous editions of the guides, clients highlight his “exceptional communication skills and great judgment” and attest: “He has a thoroughly comprehensive knowledge of bank regulatory issues relating to large domestic and foreign banks in the US. He understands the law and the inclinations of the regulators, and he connects that easily to the banks” and sources complimented him as “an outstanding lawyer with excellent client-service skills.” Mr. Kini is noted as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 US (2020) in Financial Services Regulation. He also has been recognized in the Data Protection and Privacy categories. In addition, IFLR1000 (2020) lists Mr. Kini as a Notable Practitioner for Banking.
Mr. Kini is a frequent speaker on sanctions, anti-money laundering and other financial institutions matters. He also is the author or co-author of numerous articles regarding compliance issues and banking and securities legal developments, and has been published in numerous business and legal publications.
He currently serves as counsel to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA) AML Committee. He also is a member of the Executive Council of the Banking Law Section of the Federal Bar Association. In addition, he serves on the Board of Editors of The Banking Law Journal and The Privacy and Data Security Review and the Board of Advisors for the University of North Carolina Banking Law Institute.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Kini served in the Legal Division of the Federal Reserve Board, rising to the level of counsel and working on a broad range of regulatory matters before the agency. From 1992 to 1993, he clerked for the Hon. Judge Richard J. Cardamone of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Kini received his B.A. magna cum laude from Colgate University in 1985. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1992, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and the managing editor of the Columbia Law Review. He is a member of the District of Columbia and the New York Bars.
Professor Tom Ruys
Author Secondary Sanctions: A Weapon Out of Control? The International Legality of, and European Responses to, US Secondary Sanctions Prof. dr. Tom Ruys is a professor of international law at Ghent University. He studied law and international relations at the universities of Ghent (Master of Laws, 2003; Ba. Political science, 2004), Nottingham (LLM Public international Law, 2004) and Leuven (Master of Conflict and Sustainable peace studies, 2008).He was a visiting researcher at Yale Law School in 2008 and a visiting fellow at the Cambridge Lauterpacht Centre in 2016. He holds a doctoral degree from the university of Leuven (2009) and is a member of the Brussels bar.
Tom Ruys’ research covers a variety of fields within the domain of public international law, including, the law on the use of force, the law of armed conflict, international dispute settlement, State responsibility, immunities and sanctions law.
He teaches the general international law course at Ghent University as well as advanced courses on the peaceful settlement of disputes and the law of armed conflict.
Tom was previously awarded the Francis Lieber Prize (2015 article prize and 2011 book prize) as well as the Francis Deák Prize of the American Society of International Law. He is the author of several publications, including the monograph ‘Armed Attack’ and Article 51 of the UN Charter: evolutions in customary law and practice’ (Cambridge Series in International and Comparative Law, 2010). His writings have appeared inter alia in the American Journal of International Law, the British Yearbook of International Law, the Chinese Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law and the International and Comparative Law Quarterly.
Tom Ruys is a co-rapporteur of the International Law Association’s Committee on the Use of Force (Military Assistance on Request) and a member of the International Law Association’s Study Group on Sanctions. He is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (JUFIL, Routledge), vice-director of the Military Law and Law of War Review and a member of the editorial board of the Revue belge de droit international. He is vice-president of the Belgian Society of International Law.
Chapter Chair Associate
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Tom practises as an associate in Debevoise & Plimpton’s London office. His practice focuses on complex international litigation and advice, with a particular emphasis on public international law and sanctions.
Tom is the co-author of ‘Sanctions Law’, which was published in January 2019 with a view to providing an accessible overview of sanctions law across a number of different jurisdictions. He has continued to write regularly on sanctions developments, and taught a sanctions module as part of the undergraduate law course at Lund University, Sweden.
Prior to joining Debevoise, Tom practised as a barrister and was Judicial Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Lord Dyson MR at the Court of Appeal for Easter and Trinity terms 2015. Tom also worked as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.