chapter-london-20240711 - Association of Certified Sanctions Specialists

ACSS London Chapter

Interactive Sanctions Roundtables

Hosted by     
Dow Jones - The News Building
1 London Bridge Street London SE1 9GF United Kingdom
Thu, 11 Jul 2024

18:00 – 21:00 BST

Table Moderators
  • Gem Conn – Dow Jones
  • Alex Haines – Outer Temple Chambers
  • Stacy Keen – Pinsent Masons
  • Haider Mannan – BIGTXN
  • Naomi Morrow – US Dept of Commerce BIS
  • Antigoni Matthaiou – Van Bael & Bellis in Brussels

Event Information

The ACSS London Chapter’s legendary Interactive Sanctions Roundtables are back! This time cordially hosted by Dow Jones in their sleek London Bridge offices.

The event will feature six round tables on various sanctions topics, with up to ten people per table, each with an expert moderator. Attendees will be able to choose three of the six roundtables and sit at their three chosen tables for 30 mins each. An interactive, hands-on experience like no other!

As per usual, our event will conclude with a chance to network with your colleagues over some drinks and nibbles whilst taking in the fantastic view of the London skyline from Dow Jones’ central southbank location.

Why wait? Sign up today!


17:30  Doors open

18:00-18:15 Welcome and registration

18:15-18:30 Opening remarks – Welcome from Gavin Proudley of Dow Jones, Intro from ACSS, Chapter Update from Tom Cornell – Associate at Debevoise Plimpton and London Chapter Chair

18:30-20:00 Interactive sanctions roundtables (3 sessions of 30 mins each)

Topics will include:

  • Table 1: Shining the spotlight on the assets of sanctioned subjects, moderated by Gem Conn of Dow Jones.
  • Table 2: Enforcement in the UK – The Next Sanctions Chapter, moderated by Alex Haines of Outer Temple Chambers.
  • Table 3: The US perspective on current export restrictions, moderated by Naomi Morrow – US Dept of Commerce BIS.
  • Table 4: Focus on the 14th EU Sanctions Package, moderated by Antigoni Matthaiou of Van Bael & Bellis Brussels.
  • Table 5: Securities Monitoring – Sanction Proof Your Investments, moderated by Haider Mannan of BIGTXN.
  • Table 6: Best practices in reporting and self-disclosures, moderated by Stacy Keen of Pinsent Masons.

20:00-21:00 Networking over drinks and nibbles

This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to share knowledge and ask our experts those burning questions in an informal setting.

Don’t miss it!

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Table Moderators

Gem Conn

Vice President, Content Strategy And Quality, Risk & Compliance

Dow Jones
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London-based Gem Conn has thirty years of experience in the business information industry. She’s been heavily involved with Dow Jones Risk & Compliance since its inception in 2000. Gem initially served as Vice President, Risk & Compliance Research, heading the large, global multilingual team who research, monitor and update the structured data relating to individuals and entities of interest to Dow Jones Risk & Compliance clients to support their sanctions, anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance programs. In her current role as Vice President, Data Strategy, Risk & Compliance, Gem has responsibility for developing additional proprietary content sets, overseeing Dow Jones’s rigorous data quality programs, upholding research standards and providing support to clients on data matters.

Gem started her career at Reuters in London, becoming head of translations and research teams for European business news. She holds an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Westminster and a B.A. in Modern Languages from Trinity College, Dublin.

Alex Haines


Outer Temple Chambers
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Alex is a barrister called to both the English and Irish Bars and a US-qualified attorney admitted to the New York Bar. He is a specialist in international law and sanctions, with rare expertise in the law of international organisations (IOs). A Franco-British dual national fluent in French and Spanish, Alex is ranked in Chambers and Partners for Sanctions (Band 2) and Legal 500 for Business and Regulatory Crime (including global investigations) (Tier 3). In February 2023 he was elected Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association International Section London Chapter.

Stacy Keen


Pinsent Masons
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Stacy specialises in financial crime and has extensive experience advising on enforcement, investigations and compliance, covering trade and financial sanctions, export controls, bribery and money laundering. She advises on all aspects of EU and UK sanctions and is also familiar with the application of US sanctions.

Antigoni Matthaiou


Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Antigoni Matthaiou practises international trade law, with an emphasis on WTO law and international dispute settlement, EU and EU Member States’ sanctions and export control legislation, as well as EU regulatory and trade matters.

Haider Mannan


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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).

Naomi Morrow

Regional Export Controls Officer

US Dept of Commerce BIS
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Naomi Morrow serves as the Regional Export Control Officer for Eastern Europe and Western Balkans at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). In this role, she provides support for all BIS initiatives in her area of responsibility related to the education and enforcement of U.S. export control laws, regulations, and policies. Naomi has a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business and Marketing from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s Degree in International Relations and National Security Affairs from Troy State.