London Chapter

Our Next Chapter Event

The Lap of Luxury: Navigating Trade Restrictions against Russia

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 'RPC'
Tower Bridge House St Katharine’s Way London E1W 1AA United Kingdom
Thursday, 13 Jul 2023
6:00 PM – BST

About Chapter

Come join us to promote sanctions awareness and create a community for sanctions professionals in London! The mission of the ACSS London Chapter will be to serve, inform, and promote sanctions professionals in the London and the Greater London Area. We hold regular events centred around hot topics in the sanctions industry that impact UK sanctions compliance professionals.

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Board Members

Tom Cornell

Chapter Chair

Debevoise & Plimpton
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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.

Jonathan Burke

Chapter Advisory Financial Services
Managing Director – EMEA Chief Sanctions Officer

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Jonathan joined Citibank in 2019 based in London where he has oversight responsibility for sanctions compliance matters across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) where Citi is physically present in 55 countries. Previously, Jonathan led the sanctions services portfolio within EY’s Financial Services Advisory practice in the U.S., supporting global financial institutions with sanctions compliance program enhancements as well as independent reviews for U.S. and UK regulatory authorities. Prior to that, Jonathan held several positions with the U.S. Government, including senior sanctions policy roles within the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Terrorism & Financial Intelligence as well as roles within the U.S. State Department and in the U.S. Senate.

Stuart Gamester

Chapter Advisory Corporate

Trade Compliance Manager
Shell International Ltd (UK)
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Stuart Gamester has been building and managing Ethics & Compliance processes for over 25 years in various multinational companies and also with Government Legislators, such as the Export Control Organisation and HMRC. Highly experienced in Import / Export controls, Sanctions, AML, ABC, with a UK/EU/US/Asia angle.

Stuart has developed and managed restricted party / KYC screening tools, built compliance processes and systems for trade / customs, risk assessment and management and is a qualified auditor (working with UK Government and multinational defence, pharmaceutical and oil & gas companies).

Out of work Stuart still tries to play cricket and is a Kent Cricket Club qualified coach, coaching at youth level.

Michelle J. Linderman

Chapter Advisory Legal

Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Group
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An English qualified solicitor with over 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. She also works closely with colleagues in the Privacy and Cybersecurity, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Litigation and Trial groups.

Michelle counsels clients on compliance with EU and U.K. sanctions legislation; U.K. anti-bribery and anti-money laundering laws and regulations; the U.K. Modern Slavery Act; export controls; data privacy and cybersecurity issues. This work includes devising compliance policies and procedures; advising on enforcement and investigation proceedings; conducting internal investigations; and responding to government enquiries. She also advises licensees in disputes with enterprise database licensors including advising on how to manage licensing audits.

Michelle regularly publishes articles on the impact of EU sanctions, both in traditional media and online. She also speaks at industry events on sanctions, anti-bribery, and corruption and other compliance and regulatory issues with a particular focus on the maritime and (re)insurance industries.

Haider Mannan

Chapter Advisory Sanctions Tech

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Haider Mannan is founder of the risk intelligence data provider BigTXN. He is a data scientist and subject matter expert in investment screening, specialising in ESG controversies, global sanctions and investment restrictions.

Haider is a member of PRMIA’s SME advisory expert group on buy-side investment risk and sits on the membership committee of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF).

Anna Sayre, CSS

Chapter Programmes Director

Sanctions Advisor & Programmes Director
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Anna is Sanctions Advisor & Programmes Director for the Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists (ACSS), where she leads the creation, development, and coordination of its training courses, international conferences, task forces, and chapters.

Before joining the ACSS, Anna spent over 10 years working within the financial crime sector in the City of London. Her experience includes six years at the UK financial watchdog – the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – where she assisted on a variety of high-profile financial crime investigations, as well as private practice in top city law firm – Eversheds-Sutherland – handling ad hoc sanctions advices and compliance audits for multinational clients.

Earlier in her career, Anna gained experience working for the commercial litigation departments of law firms in Paris, London, and New York. Anna speaks Polish fluently and is also well-versed in French.


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