Ethics Talk Live: Business & politics: navigating trade sanctions in turbulent times

March 24 · Virtual from HELSINKI

 14-15 EEST

As ethics & compliace professionals we are part of the turbulent global situation we are currently witnessing. Trade sanctions are a vital part of advocating for a sustainable solution. Business and politics become intertwined, we can no longer say “it is just business” but have to understand the role we play in fostering good governance and democratic societies. 

As a compliance professional one may view trade sanctions as a mere technical compliance exercise. This is of course true, we have to implement screening processes, interpret due diligence reports and red flags and conduct complex product classification exercises. When conducting these, often burdensome, activities we should be not forget the greater purpose and how we as business  can impact societies. 


13:45    Registration to the virtual seminar

14:00    Welcome from the moderators – Anna Romberg & Niina Ratsula, NBE Founders

A few words to dive into the topic and introducing the Ethics Talk LIVE partners and guests

14:10   Discussion 

The moderators will also take in questions from the audience, which can be presented during the Ethics Talk via chat.

14:45   Q&A with the audience

15:00   Closing

Time zone is on EET (Helsinki)

Aleksi pursiainen, CEO SOlid plan consulting

Aleksi Pursiainen, LL.M. (Helsinki), is the founder and CEO of Solid Plan Consulting Ltd., a leading Nordic boutique law firm focused on international sanctions and export controls, where he regularly advises many of the Nordic’s largest exporters, financial institutions, and technology companies on a comprehensive range of legal and policy issues related to compliance with trade regulations.

His publications include Kansainväliset pakotteet ja vientivalvonta (“International Sanctions and Export Controls”, Alma Talent, 2021), the first Finnish textbook on this topic.

Before private practice, Mr Pursiainen was Head of Trade Compliance at Nokia Corporation’s legal division, and before that, head of the Sanctions Team at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and a member of Finland’s delegation to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Alexandra belmonte, Head of Anti-Corruption, Sanctions & Export Controls at A.P. Moller – Maersk

Alexandra is the Head of Anti-Corruption, Sanctions & Export Controls at A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, also known as Maersk. She is responsible for the anti-corruption, sanctions and export control compliance programme at Maersk. Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simply its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, Maersk operates in 130 countries and employs roughly 80,000 people.

Alexandra supported the business and implemented the compliance controls enabling Maersk to re-enter the Iranian market in 2016 in light of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to later again withdraw from Iran. She rolled out Maersk Line’s zero facilitation payment policy for the company’s owned fleet in its fight against corruption.

Ramsey Jurdi, Partner At DLA PIPER

Ramsey Jurdi‘s practice focuses on international dispute resolution, trade and regulatory matters.

Ramsey has considerable experience advising U.S. and international companies on compliance with respect to economic sanctions and U.S. export controls, defending white-collar criminal inquiries and conducting special investigations. He has been involved in a variety of matters relating to economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and has designed compliance programs for companies in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and general manufacturing industries.

Ramsey also has strong dispute resolution experience, regularly appearing as counsel in arbitration proceedings and advising on disputes throughout the Middle East.

Ramsey is the four-term elected President of the American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates, a chapter of the US Chamber of Commerce, and is a champion for US – UAE trade and investment.



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