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Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Time: 12:30 PM – 02:00 PM ET

Keynote Speaker: Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital

Host: Joseph Bognanno, ACSS NYC Chapter Chair

Event Information

You are cordially invited to join us for the Virtual Launch of the ACSS NYC Chapter, the only community of dedicated sanctions compliance professionals in the Tristate area.

Our Launch will feature a presentation by Keynote speaker Bill Browder, the driving force behind the Global Magnitsky campaign, who will discuss the history of his campaign and impacts on the current sanctions regimes. Also on the menu will be a Roundtable discussion on current events and sanctions on China, and in relation to programs directed at HK, Iran, and DPRK, with perspectives of industry experts: Emma Monaghan of Blackrock, Aaron Wolfson of King & Wood Mallesons, and Peter Piatetsky of Our Chapter Advisory Board Member, Salvatore Scotto of Bank of China, will moderate the session.

ACSS members can register for FREE here.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join your fellow sanctions professionals in this inaugural event.

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12:30PM – 12:45PM

Welcome from Chairperson

  • Introductions of Executive Board and Advisors
  • Mission of ACSS and NYC Chapter

12:45PM – 01:15PM

Keynote from Bill Browder (20 Presentation – 10min Q&A)

01:15PM – 01:25PM

Topical Presentation

  • Saskia Rietbroek (ACSS)

01:25PM – 01:55PM

China Sanctions – Roundtable Discussion

  • Sal Scotto (Bank of China) – Moderator
  • Emma Monaghan (Blackrock)
  • Aaron Wolfson (King & Wood Mallesons) 
  • Peter Piatetsky (

01:55PM – 02:00PM

ACSS NYC Chapter Quarterly Report 

  • Overview of recent & upcoming events (Chapter Chair)

Thank you & Closing Remarks


William Browder

CEO Hermitage Capital Management

William Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he was denied entry to the country for exposing corruption in Russian state-owned companies.

In 2009 his Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was killed in a Moscow prison after uncovering and exposing a US$230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials. Because of their impunity in Russia, Browder has spent the last ten years conducting a global campaign to impose visa bans and asset freezes on individual human rights abusers, particularly those who played a role in Magnitsky’s false arrest, torture and death.

The USA was the first to impose these sanctions with the passage of the 2012 “Magnitsky Act.” A Global Magnitsky Bill, which broadens the scope of the US Magnitsky Act to human rights abusers around the world, was passed at the end of 2016. The UK passed a Magnitsky amendment in April 2017 and recently imposed its first wave of ‘Magnitsky sanctions’ on 6th July 2020. Magnitsky legislation was passed in Estonia in December 2016, Canada in October 2017 and in Lithuania in November 2017. Similar legislation is being developed in Australia, France, Denmark, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden and Ukraine.

In February 2015 Browder published the New York Times bestseller, Red Notice, which recounts his experience in Russia and his ongoing fight for justice for Sergei Magnitsky

Emma Monaghan

Deputy Head of Financial Crime at BlackRock

20+ years of experience in anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) advisory services, financial crime investigations and forensic accounting. Focused on a client base of global investment banks, foreign financial institutions, domestic and regional banks and other types of financial institutions. AML responsibilities have spanned multiple client facing and internal roles across the US, Europe and Asia.

Emma’s current role is the Deputy Head of Financial Crime at BlackRock, responsible for setting the strategy related to AML, anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions and fraud. Emma held previous roles at Citigroup and KPMG in New York and London. Her background and training is in forensic accounting, she has a degree in international accounting and finance and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Aaron Wolfson

Partner in King & Wood Mallesons

Aaron Wolfson is a partner in King & Wood Mallesons New York Office.  Aaron specializes in advising clients on economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, and corruption and export control matters. Aaron represents clients both domestically and internationally.

Aaron has extensive public- and private-sector experience. As a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, he led numerous investigations and prosecutions of global financial institutions for violations of U.S. sanctions laws. He also served as a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, where he was a member of a trial team that prosecuted fraud and price fixing in the municipal bond industry. Mr. Wolfson also held senior positions in a global investment bank’s Anti-Money Laundering and Economic Sanctions programs.

Aaron appears before both regulatory and criminal-justice agencies, including OFAC, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In 2009, Mr. Wolfson was honored with the “Department of Justice National Asset Forfeiture Award for Outstanding Investigation.” In 2010, he was awarded the Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General’s “Award for Distinguished Service.

Peter Piatetsky

Co-Founder and CEO of Castellum.AI, a watchlist screening automation startup.

Peter served at the US Treasury Department in multiple roles, including as Senior Policy Advisor, advising the President, Treasury Secretary and other principals on sanctions, anti-money laundering and terrorist financing related to Iran, Lebanon and Israel/Palestine. Prior to Treasury, Peter supported US Special Forces in Afghanistan. Following Treasury, Peter held a leadership role at Woori, one of Korea’s largest banks, supervising all of its financial crimes compliance in the US and advising the Chief Compliance Officer. He speaks regularly at industry conferences and is an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University.

Salvatore Scotto, CAMS

Foreign Financial Institution Rep. Bank of China

Salvatore is a globally recognized thought leader in Financial Crimes Compliance. He is a tested banking and government professional with experience in Anti Money Laundering, Office Foreign Assets Control and international sanctions compliance, internal control, consumer banking, securities, trade services & payment operations and e-commerce products. Salvatore has extensive experience in both technical and management aspects of developing and coordinating robust compliance programs, and the remediation of regulatory enforcement actions, MRAs, Consent Orders, and Deferred Prosecution Agreements. Salvatore is considered a Subject matter expert in regulations pertaining to Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), U.S.A. Patriot Act, U.S. and International Economic and Trade sanctions, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Salvatore is a frequent speaking for industry groups on AML, Sanctions and Compliance topics. Salvatore is currently employed by Bank of China, as Senior Vice President in the Legal & Compliance Department as Head of Sanctions. In this current role, Salvatore is accountable for the remediation of sanctions related opportunities and is implementing a comprehensive sanctions compliance risk framework for the bank. Previously, he has implemented for major domestic and foreign financial institutions AML and Sanctions compliance related programs and technology efforts. In addition to Private Sector experience, Salvatore worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Office of Foreign Assets Control, as a Senior Compliance Officer. In this capacity, Salvatore was involved with sanctions program implementations, advisory, program compliance, outreach and enforcement. Salvatore also represented the US Government in various interactions with other U.S. agencies, Foreign Governments and Private individuals.

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