Speakers and Q&A:
Tommy Helsby, Chairman for Eurasia, Kroll -Tommy joined Kroll in 1981 and has seen the firm grow from a single New York office to 60 offices around the world. He helped found the firm’s core due diligence business. He became European Chairman in 1999 and Chairman for Eurasia in 2010. Tommy was instrumental in building the firm’s substantial business in Russia and the CIS. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars.
Tommy will be talking about Russian perspectives on sanctions, Ukraine and the West; the risks of under-compliance with sanctions - and the cost of over compliance; and the peculiar complexities of sanctions on Russian entities.
Sarah Lain, Research Fellow at RUSI – At RUSI, Sarah has researched and written on the Ukraine crisis, sanctions and implications for European business and energy security. Her writing has featured in The Guardian and The Diplomat, and she has provided expert commentary for the BBC, Sky News, ITV and Al Jazeera, amongst others. Prior to RUSI, Sarah worked on fraud investigations and anti-bribery and corruption risk assessments at KPMG. Most of her work focused on Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Sarah speaks Russian and has lived in Ukraine and Russia.
Sarah will give a broad overview of the implications of the sanctions, and what they potentially mean for Europe and the UK’s ability to do business in Russia or with Russian companies. She will also take a look at what Russia’s likely next steps are in response to sanctions, and the possible implications for more long-term Russia/Europe business relations (e.g. what Russia’s vocal desire to de-dollarise, become independent of Western imports and its pivot eastwards will mean for Europe).