Meet OFAC in Brussels and discuss the disruption of export control & sanction regimes by new technologies on 11 June 2018

The combination of innovation and digitization causes severe disruption to existing controls and regimes. New technologies have potential to disrupt if not evade traditional export control regimes and create significant challenges for businesses and regulators alike.

If you have cross-border operations through customers, third parties or even through your own employees, you may face unexpected export control risks by simply following innovative trends. This is likely to be the case when you use or provide a cloud computing service, when knowledge of your technically skilled employees is collected in a shared network or when ‘3D-printing’ becomes part of your production process. It would be a mistake to think that the range of technological innovations and their far-reaching implications stop here.

Because of this, new technologies are playing such a central role in the ongoing discussions regarding the reform of the EU Dual Use Regulation 428/2009: we might see stricter controls on cyber-surveillance items but potentially a loosening of the controls on cryptography. What is to be expected from the regulatory changes and how can one prepare?

This seminar aims to identify the main innovative technologies and clarify their impact on existing export control management and related compliance requirements.

Target audience: trade compliance professionals, in-house company lawyers, CIO’s, regulators…

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Speakers:

  • Alonzo Bell, Senior Enforcement Officer, OFAC, US. Department of the Treasury
  • Sophie Delhoulle, Director of Legal Services, Trade Compliance, EMEA, Accenture Belgium & Luxembourg
  • Stephanie De Smedt, Lawyer, Loyens & Loeff, Brussels
  • Dirk Dujardin, Legal Director Global Accounts, Benelux/Complex Contracting, Accenture
  • Bert Gevers, Partner, Loyens & Loeff, Brussels
  • Tom Ghelen, Associate Director leading the development studio at Kunstmaan (part of Accenture Interactive)
  • Susan Kovarovics, Partner Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Washington, DC
  • Gerard Kreijen, Senior Associate, Loyens & Loeff, Amsterdam

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Programme

14:30     Introduction by Olivier Joris, Executive Manager of the Competence center Europe & International, Federation of Enterprises in Belgium

14:35     What is new for export controls and sanctions in the EU and the US?

  • Presentation by Alonzo Bell, Senior Enforcement Officer, OFAC

15:05     The rise of new technologies and the export control challenges

  • New technologies unpacked: AI, Blockchain, Cloud computing, by Tom Ghelen, Associate Director leading the development studio at Kunstmaan (part of Accenture Interactive)

– Export control considerations

  • What is a “data export” in the EU and the US, by Susan Kovarovics, Partner Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in Washington, DC and Bert Gevers, Partner Loyens & Loeff in Brussels
  • What data is controlled data in the EU (dual-use regulation) and US (ITAR, EAR) jurisdictions?, by Susan Kovarovics, Partner Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in Washington, DC and Bert Gevers, Partner Loyens & Loeff in Brussels
  • Do new technologies challenge, or on the contrary enhance, export controls compliance?, by Sophie Delhoulle, Director of Legal Services, Trade Compliance, EMEA, Accenture Belgium & Luxembourg
  • Export control risks and liabilities in IT outsourcing contracts, by Dirk Dujardin, Legal Director Global Accounts, Benelux/Complex Contracting, Accenture & Sophie Delhoulle, Director of Legal Services, Trade Compliance, EMEA, Accenture Belgium & Luxembourg

– General security and privacy considerations, by Stephanie De Smedt, Lawyer, Loyens & Loeff

– Business cases and panel discussion between users, providers and legal

16:55     Concluding remarks

17:00     Networking reception

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Practicalities

Timing : Monday, 11 June 2018, from 14.00 (doors open) till 17.30

Venue : FEB, Rue Ravenstein 4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Price :   

  • EUR 115,00 excl. VAT (21 %) for members of ICC Belgium or of a sector federation member of the FEB
  • EUR 130,00 excl. VAT (21 %) for non-members

Registration : online or by e-mail to Julie Deré: julie.dere@iccwbo.org

 

 

Bert Gevers

Bert Gevers

Attorney at law, Local Partner at Loyens & Loeff Belgium
Bert is a partner of the Brussels office, he heads the Loyens & Loeff Indirect tax group in Brussels and co-chairs the firm’s International Trade Group. He advises clients on matters related to international and domestic exchange of goods and services. Matters such as export controls and sanctions, FTA's, customs valuation, origin, classification, excise duties and VAT are familiar parts of my practice. He is also co-heading the Food & Beverages team and he is a core member of the firm's Corporate Investigation Team.

Bert assists clients by drafting compliance programmes, giving trainings, as well as in performing internal scans and audits. He also represent clients before the Belgian and Dutch authorities and courts as well as before the European Commission, its advisory committees and the Court of Justice of the European Union. He has ample experience in counselling clients involved in (criminal) investigations on suspected tax and trade law violations.

He is a member of the Brussels Bar since 2000, the current President of the Global Legal Customs Association, a global network of trade-lawyers, a correspondent for the international VAT Club, a member of the ICC section on Customs and trade facilitation and the sub-committee on indirect taxes and a member of the steering committee of the ABA International Law Section on sanctions and export controls.

He is the co-founder and scientific coordinator of the blog www.worldtradecontrols.com in cooperation with ICC Belgium, VBO/FEB and Bryan Cave LLP where he comments the recent developments in sanctions and export controls.
Bert Gevers