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Government Relations Task Force Roundtable

Through this interactive roundtable, members will get an overview of the Government Relations Task Force’s mission, meet members, and learn about future plans and activities. Roundtable panelists will discuss recent developments in the China, Russia, Myanmar, and Venezuela sanctions and highlight emerging issues and practical considerations for firms in various financial and trade industries. You will be able to ask questions and provide input on activity the task force should focus on to best support ACSS members in navigating sanctions developments.

Duration: 75 minutes

Amber Vitale, Managing Director, FTI Consulting, Inc.
Nicole Succar, Counsel, Crowell & Moring
Jennifer Stuart Smith, Sanctions Enterprise Risk Director, Citi
Shaswat Das, Counsel, King & Spalding
David Marr, Head of Global Transactional Compliance, RS Components Ltd.

Moderator: Natasha Bright, Reporter, ACSS

CSS Credits: 1

Date: Thursday, August 05, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM – 01:15 PM New York (EST)

05:00 PM – 06:15 PM London (GMT)

06:00 PM – 07:15 PM Amsterdam (CET)

Attendees will discuss:

  • Which sanctions programs they have the most questions or concerns about
  • Challenges faced by the securities and capital markets industry in applying and developing a control framework for the increasingly targeted sanctions
  • Secondary sanctions and supply chain issues

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Amber Vitale

Managing Director

Forensic & Litigation Consulting

Amber Vitale has 16 years of experience in economic sanctions, anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-bribery/corruption compliance. Her expertise includes OFAC investigations; financial crimes-related regulation and compliance; and risk management and internal controls. She is adept at identifying potential regulatory issues, assessing compliance programs, and developing tailored solutions for clients.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Amber worked at the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), including as an Enforcement Section Chief, where she investigated cases involving financial services, oil and gas, shipping, electronics, agricultural, medical, and other industries. She acted as an expert and liaison to federal, state and local agencies, such as the Commerce Department, Department of Justice, and NY District Attorney’s Office.

Previously, Amber was the Senior Compliance Officer for Economic Sanctions and Assistant General Counsel at AIG International and, most recently, Head of Sanctions Advisory at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. (BBH), where she was responsible for global sanctions policy and procedures; sanctions investigations; OFAC disclosures and reports; and OFAC guidance and training. At BBH, she also developed enhanced processes and performed analyses (e.g., lists, filter settings, and data for screening) to satisfy DFS Part 504 requirements.

In roles as a consultant, including as a Director at PwC, Amber has provided subject matter advice and led AML and OFAC-related projects. As an Associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, Amber provided legal counsel to banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies, and moneyservice businesses, and other global companies, on AML, OFAC and anti-corruption matters.

Nicole Succar


Crowell & Moring

Nicole Sayegh Succar is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s New York office. She is a member of the firm’s International Trade Group and works closely with White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement Group. Nicole provides compliance counseling and investigations services related to U.S. economic sanctions, and the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), and anti-money laundering laws (AML) and regulations. Nicole is a former sanctions officer with the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Treasury Department agency responsible for administering and enforcing economic sanctions. Before joining Crowell & Moring, Nicole served as a senior vice president and head of U.S. economic sanctions advisory and previously a vice president in the financial crimes division for HSBC North America Holdings, Inc. During her time with HSBC she completed international assignments as the Asia regional head of sanctions and Latin America regional head of sanctions, where Nicole managed teams of compliance advisory, investigations and screening operations personnel, as well as the implementation of key compliance systems for customer and transaction screening.

Jennifer Smith

Director, Sanctions Enterprise Risk


Jennifer Smith is the Director of Sanctions Enterprise Risk at Citi. In this role, Jennifer provides strategic direction to the Global ICRM Sanctions program, establishes plans to mitigate emerging sanctions risks, liaises with Citi business and Global Government Affairs (GGA) on Sanctions public policies, and leads the implementation of new sanctions programs.

Jennifer previously served as the Director of Government Affairs for Citi Latin America, leading political engagement and advocacy efforts across 23 countries in the region. She was responsible for helping to foster relationships with government officials, assessing political and policy changes in LATAM, and executing strategies that protect and advance Citi’s interests.

Key policy areas included: Anti-money laundering & sanctions; banking and capital markets regulations; infrastructure financing; FinTech; payments; data privacy & cyber security; fiscal, labor, & pension reforms; rule of law / corruption issues; trade, investment, & market access; consumer protection and financial inclusion.

Jennifer also served as Chief of Staff for Global Government Affairs (GGA), and was the lead on Latin America and Africa policy issues for the team. More broadly, she coordinated GGA’s portfolio of legislative issues and special projects, provided political analysis, managed team communications and financials, and liaised with key internal and external partners.

Prior to joining GGA, Jennifer was a Senior Program Manager with Citi O&T Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). She helped implement the Citi Holdings’ strategy by overseeing acquisition and divestiture activities across operations and technology functional areas, and negotiating and managing the Transition Services Agreements between Citi and the buyer / seller.

She has been with Citi since 2005 when she joined the company as a Management Associate. During the Associate Program, Jennifer worked in Financial Reporting Operations and Risk & Control.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Florida with a master’s degree in International Business. Her undergraduate degrees are in International Economics and Political Science.

Shaswat Das


King & Spalding

Shas Das is a counsel at King & Spalding LLP, where among other areas he advises clients on compliance with U.S. economic/trade sanctions, anti-money laundering requirements, and export controls regulations. Prior to private practice, Shas had a long career in U.S. government and quasi-government agencies where he served in numerous senior level positions, including: Associate Director at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, Senior Sanctions Advisor at OFAC, and Senior Counsel at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and Federal Reserve Board. Shas also previously served as the head of the compliance examinations unit at Legg Mason, a global asset management firm.