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Mitigating Sanctions Risk from Mergers & Acquisitions

Sanctions Connect

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Duration: 30 minutes

Speakers:
Joe Bognanno – Chair ACSS New York Chapter, Member of ACSS Sanctions Innovation and Technology Taskforce.
Karen Robertson – Uber

Moderator: Saskia Rietbroek, Executive Director ACSS

In recent years, the risks of OFAC enforcement against companies for regulatory breaches have continued to proliferate, including in the M&A context. Join a lively discussion about mitigating sanctions risk when a company acquires another company.

Join this SanctionsConnect call under Chatham House Rules, turn on your webcam, turn on your mike and participate in the discussion!

This SanctionsConnect Call is hosted by the ACSS Sanctions Innovation and Technology Task Force.

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Karen Robertson

Global Trade Compliance Officer, Uber Technologies, Inc.

Karen H. Robertson is Global Trade Compliance Manager at Uber Technologies, Inc. based in San Francisco, California. She launched a global sanctions screening effort to ensure compliance for Uber’s 2.5 million (and growing!) partner base of individual drivers, UberEATS restaurants, fleets, merchants, and couriers. Leading a global team of payments, trade, and logistics specialists, she supports Uber’s exponential growth in every market from ridesharing to Maps, self-driving cars, and beyond. Prior to joining Uber in October 2016, Karen was Program Manager for Sanctions and Regulatory Compliance at Intel Corporation, with deep background in export and customs classification, deemed exports, technology, sanctions and embargo compliance. She began her career in export control at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, successfully navigated OFAC licensing for medical devices to Syria, Sudan, and Iran while at Varian Medical Systems, and rounded out her expertise in cyber security at Symantec Corp. Karen earned a B.A. from Wellesley College, and an M.A. in International Policy and Nonproliferation.

Joseph Bognanno, III

President. Oxonia, Chair of ACSS New York Chapter

As President of Oxonia, Joseph leads an Advisory and Professional Services firm working with solutions providers and their customers to overcome the emblematic issues in applying technology to solve problems, avoiding waste and maximizing results.

Prior to launching Oxonia, Joseph served as Global VP of Strategy & Alliances at Accuity, Chief Innovation Officer at Safe Banking Systems and SVP, Head of Global Risk Analytics at HSBC and responsible all FCC solutions deployed in the US. He managed teams engaged in all aspects of model governance in relation to AML analytics, design, development, optimization, model validation and remediation.

Previously, he held various positions working with and for some of the world’s leading technology solutions providers and spent several years in the U.S. Treasury as Senior Advisor on Economic Crimes, and U.S. Treasury Attaché in liaison to the South American FATF to provide information technology solutions to combat financial crime through technical assistance programs.

Joseph has over 25 years of experience in the financial industry. More than 15 years have been spent within the Compliance industry, working to mitigate money laundering and other financial crime risks through the use of technology specific to AML/FCC initiatives. He has provided training, technical assistance, and guidance to both public and private sectors in over 40 countries.

As a subject matter expert, he has spoken at various industry events, notably ACAMS and FATF Plenaries, and has provided expert AML/CFT commentary to a number of international publications.

In 2020, Joseph will launch and Chair the New York City Chapter of the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS).

Joseph is also the co-chair of the New York City Alumni Club for The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.