27 October 2022

Sanctions against Russia: legal consequences for Swiss businesses

Deepen your understanding of international and Swiss sanctions on Russia and explore solutions for effective compliance.
The conference will cover the fundamentals of sanctions from Swiss, international and comparative law perspectives and give insights into the sanction implementation programs in key jurisdictions (Switzerland, the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom). The afternoon working sessions will focus on practical cases of export controls, financial sanctions, investigations, and enforcement.

An attendance certificate is delivered.

  • Objectives

    The conference aims to enhance the participant's understanding of the legal implications of the financial and trade sanctions adopted by Switzerland and other key jurisdictions and provide practical advice to address the challenges facing Swiss corporations impacted by those sanctions.

  • Program

    8h15–9h05 – Registration

    9h05–9h15 – Welcome and opening remarks

    9h15–9h35 – Sanctions and their role in international trade law - a brief overview

    9h35–10h45 –  Sanctions from a Swiss perspective

    10h45–12h00 – Sanctions from US, EU, and UK perspectives

    12h15–13h30 – Buffet (included)

    13h30–14h40 – Building a sanctions compliance program

    14h40–14h45 – Break

    14h45–16h30 – Working sessions (export control, financial sanctions)

    16h30–16h45 – Coffee break

    16h45–18h00 – Investigation and enforcement

    18h00–18h10 – Closing remarks

    19h00–23h00 - Dinner (not included, sign-up required, limited availability).


  • Venue

    The conference will take place on 27th of October 2022 in the Fribourg University Aula Magna, Avenue de l'Europe 20, CH-1700 Fribourg.

  • Audience

    Members of legal and compliance departments; members of federal authorities; lawyers; wealth managers; company executives and entrepreneurs.

  • Speakers


    Mr Richard Newcomb, Partner, Chair, International Trade Practice Group, DLA Piper LLP US (Washington, DC, USA), former Director of OFAC (1987-2004) | Keynote speaker

    Dr Anna Bradshaw, Partner, Peters & Peters (London, UK)

    Dr Béatrice Graf-Hurni, Policy Advisor, Swiss Federal Department of Finance

    Ms Orisia Gammell, Chief Legal Counsel, Export Control, SAP

    Mr Silvan Jampen, Senior Corporate Counsel, Head of Sanctions Compliance Competence Center, Nestlé

    Prof. Dr Pascal Pichonnaz, University of Fribourg Law School

    Dr James F. Reardon, Senior Associate, MLL Legal, LLM Lecturer University of Fribourg Law School

    Ms Michelle Reed, Chief Compliance & Sustainability Officer, LLM Lecturer University of Fribourg Law School

    Prof. Dr Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer, University of Basel, Co-Director of the Swiss Institute for Comparative Law

    Prof. Dr Marcel Niggli, University of Fribourg Law School

    Mr Harout J. Samra, Of Counsel, DLA Piper LLP US (Miami, USA)


  • Fees

    General audience: CHF 450.-

    Members of federal authorities and other select associations: CHF 350.-
    Students, PhD candidates: CHF 200.-

    25% early booking discount for registration before 15 October 2022


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