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The Future of U.S. Sanctions On Iran: What You Should Do Amidst Uncertainties

International Trade Law CLE

The Future of U.S. Sanctions On Iran: What You Should Do Amidst Uncertainties

Live Webcast Date: Thursday, November 09, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (ET)
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U.S. Sanctions on Iran continue to be in a state of flux.  Yet the opportunities in Iran mean that more and more companies are considering the possibility of entering the Iranian market.  The continued uncertainty regarding the future of U.S. Sanctions on Iran implies the need for international companies to be prepared for any possible outcomes. Much business can now be done in Iran, but it is critical to proceed with caution.

In this Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group will help parties conducting business with Iran understand the important aspects of this significant topic. They will provide an in-depth discussion of the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 as well as President Trump’s potential approach to JCPOA enforcement and implementation. Speakers will also offer best practices in avoiding common pitfalls and risk issues as U.S.-Iran tensions rise.

Key topics include:

  • Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017
  • The Future of JCPOA
  • Iran’s Program to Counter US Sanctions
  • Additional Sanctions - Implications to Businesses
  • Best Practices to Avoid Pitfalls

Who Should Attend

  • Corporate Counsel
  • Multinational Companies (Public and Private)
  • Export Controls Vice Presidents, Directors and Managers
  • Trade Compliance Administrators and Managers
  • International Trade Specialists
  • Regulatory and Policy Managers
  • Other Related/Interested Professionals


Sean C. Kane

Sean C. Kane
Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Jonathan Cross

Jonathan Cross
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Evan Wilson

Evan Wilson
Managing Director
Ankura Consulting Group

Thaddeus R. McBride

Thaddeus R. McBride
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

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Sean C. Kane, Counsel
Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Decision Points

  • Potential decertification
  • Snapback – what and how?

Jonathan Cross, Counsel
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP


  • Level set – history of Iran sanctions
  • What did JCPOA do

Evan Wilson, Managing Director
Ankura Consulting Group

Future of GL H

  • Could we see requirements change?
  • What about the other general and specific licenses?
  • What action would Iran take if GL H changes--what if it conflict with JCPOA?

Future of secondary sanctions

  • Under what conditions would this threat still loom large?
  • What would economic fallout be for Europe? Russia? China?
  • What would the consequences for US business and banking?

Thaddeus R. McBride, Member
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC

Practical considerations

  • Assessing your exposure and potential risks
  • Practical tips to mitigate risk from snapback

Sean C. Kane

Sean C. KaneCounselHughes Hubbard & Reed

Sean C. Kane is counsel in Hughes Hubbard’s International Trade practice. He is a former Deputy Assistant Director for Policy in the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he played a leading role in several high-profile sanctions initiatives, including the implementation and development of the Iran and Russia sanctions programs. Prior to this role, Sean worked as Senior Sanctions Policy Advisor at OFAC, where he developed policy for consideration by senior Treasury officials and served as a primary interagency liaison for the NSC, Department of State and Intelligence Community. He also served as a License Examining Officer in the Office of Foreign Assets Control in the Treasury. Earlier in his career, Sean worked as Head of Risk Consultancy at the AKE Group in London, and as a Global Risk Analyst in the London office of Merchant International Group. Sean received his B.A. with honors from the University of Florida and his J.D. with honors from George Washington University Law School.

Jonathan Cross

Jonathan CrossCounselHerbert Smith Freehills LLP

Jonathan's practice focuses on government investigations and regulatory matters, including US economic sanctions and export control issues, Exon-Florio foreign investment filing issues, and securities and antitrust litigation.  Jonathan also has substantial experience in the field of complex commercial litigation, with a focus on transnational business disputes as well as project finance and infrastructure-related litigation.

Evan Wilson

Evan WilsonManaging DirectorAnkura Consulting Group

Evan Wilson is a Managing Director at Ankura Consulting Group associated with the Washington DC office. He has nearly a decade of experience in domestic and international law and policy, focusing on post-conflict peace negotiations, criminal law, and international commercial litigation. Mr. Wilson works with the Geopolitical Advisory Practice where he helps the firm untangle international challenges to evaluate threats and risks and to identify new opportunities.

Thaddeus R. McBride

Thaddeus R. McBrideMemberBass, Berry & Sims PLC

Thad McBride focuses his practice on counseling clients on compliance with U.S. economic sanctions and embargoes, U.S. export and import controls, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  He also advises clients on anti-boycott controls and on matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. Thad supports international companies across a range of industries, including aviation, automotive, defense, energy, financial services, manufacturing, medical devices, oilfield services, professional services, research and development, and technology.  Beyond advising on day-to-day compliance matters, Thad regularly assists clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by government agencies.  Thad is routinely recognized by Chambers and other publications as one of the most well-trusted trade compliance advisors in the United States.

Course Level:

Advance Preparation:
   Print and review course materials

Method Of Presentation:
   On-demand Webcast

   Experience in International Trade Law

Course Code:

NASBA Field of Study:
   Business Law

NY Category of CLE Credit:
   Areas of Professional Practice

Total Credits:
   2.0 CLE

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About the Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group has been a leading global provider of Continuing Education (CLE, CPE) for over 13 Years. We produce over 450 LIVE webcasts annually and have a catalog of over 4,000 on-demand courses.

About the Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group has been a leading global provider of Continuing Education (CLE, CPE) for over 13 Years. We produce over 450 LIVE webcasts annually and have a catalog of over 4,000 on-demand courses.

Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is an international law firm ranked for ten years, including five years in a row as the top-ranked New York-based firm, on The American Lawyer’s A-List of what the magazine calls “the top firms among the nation’s legal elite.” Our attorneys advise and represent clients in over 30 specialized practices from offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Paris, Los Angeles, Miami, Jersey City, Kansas City, and Tokyo.  For more information, please visit www.hugheshubbard.com.

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Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s leading law firms, bringing together the best people across 26 offices. The firm’s New York office comprises seasoned litigators, international arbitration specialists, project finance, and projects and infrastructure practitioners. The team’s experience is broad-based and encompasses a variety of sectors, with notable expertise in financial services, energy and consumer products.

Their New York office has extensive experience in advising financial institutions regarding compliance with US economic sanctions.  The firm has provided analysis of US sanctions issues arising in connection with transactions or potential transactions involving Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Myanmar, Iran and other jurisdictions, on behalf of US and non-US clients in the financial services, mining, oil and gas, and other sectors.

Website: http://www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/

Ankura Consulting, an independent business advisory and expert services firm, is defined by a culture of collaboration and focused on delivering unrivaled depths of knowledge to clients, addressing important opportunities and critical choices every day.  Our Cybersecurity & Geopolitical, Investigations & Accounting Advisory, Litigation & Disputes, Regulatory & Contractual Compliance, and Turnaround & Restructuring professionals are proven cross-disciplinary and cross-industry experts who create the diverse and dynamic solutions required to navigate today's complicated world.  At Ankura, we know that collaboration drives results.

To learn more about Ankura Consulting, please visit: www.ankuraconsulting.com

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Bass Berry & Sims PLC has more than 270 attorneys representing numerous publicly traded companies based in the United States and abroad.  The firm is regularly called upon to lead clients through their most complex legal challenges. 

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