Sanctions Focus: Keeping Up with Current Sanctions

  • When: May 1, 2019
  • Time: 12PM – 2PM ET
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Keeping up with today’s sanctions is no easy task, but being out of the loop can have dire consequences for your institution. Join this webinar to stay up to date on the latest sanctions changes, with advice from seasoned experts on how to develop and execute a sanctions management master plan.

Learning Objectives

  • Reviewing the latest sanctions shifts involving Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, Russia and North Korea to safeguard your institution from non-compliance
  • Spotting and investigating potential Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) matches and TBML-linked sanctions risks by training banking personnel on the sanctions screening systems and common red flags
  • Resolving cross-border compliance issues by understanding the differences between US and non-US sanctions regimes

Who Should Attend

  • Sanctions Risk Managers
  • AML/CTF Specialists
  • Relationship Managers
  • Compliance Training Specialists
  • Legal Advisors
  • Trade Finance Specialists


  • Global
  • Banking
  • Regulatory/Law Enforcement
  • CTF Risk Managers


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Brian Arrington
  • Brian Arrington, MBA,CAMS

  • Managing Director, AML Governance


Melissa Leeds
  • Melissa Leeds, CAMS

  • Data Mitigation Support Specialist
  • Far Ridgeline Engagements, Inc.


Melissa is a Counter Transnational Organized Crime Financing Investigator with Metis Solutions with 12 years of financial analysis, data analytics, risk management, and compliance experience. In this role, her focus has been leveraging Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR), media search results, and commercial databases to investigate illicit financial networks to identify patterns of money laundering resulting in the seizure of over $1billion in illicit proceeds. Melissa has performed operational analysis and prepared insight reports for federal law enforcement units to include DEA Special Operation Division, FBI Terrorist Financing Office Section, and HSI Human Smuggling Cell.

Prior to joining Metis Solutions, Melissa was a Socio-Cultural Analysis Section Contract Team Manager where she managed a $1.5 million contract and lead her team of analysts to produce the highest number of annual products in the history of the directorate with over 200 reports. Melissa also successfully researched and devised strategies for investigating and mapping global financial networks that support illicit criminal finance activities and terrorist organizations as well as researched cultures to understand methodologies of informal illicit financial activities.

Melissa holds an MA in Criminology from the University of South Florida and a BA in Criminal Justice cum laude with a minor in German. She a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with additional ACAMS certifications in Counter Threat Finance and Trade Based Money Laundering.

Melissa Leeds
  • Hera Smith, Esq., CAMS

  • Global Sanctions Compliance Officer
  • AFEX


Hera U. Smith is the Global Sanctions Compliance Officer of Associated Foreign Exchange, Inc. (AFEX) – one of the leading global payments and risk management solutions provider – where she is responsible for overseeing the legal, technological, and operational matters of the company’s sanctions programs in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.

Before joining AFEX, Hera was the Assistant OFAC Officer of East West Bank. Prior to that, she was an associate at a law office in Los Angeles. She is admitted to the California and Philippine Bar and is the Managing Editor of the California International Law Journal. Her published articles include “Navigating U.S. Economic and Trade Sanctions: A Compliance Lesson for International Banking and Trade Finance” and “The Rise of the Machines: the Latest Trends in Sanctions and Sanctions Technology.”