From Russia With Love

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RUSImotif 2The Fraud Women's Network's first event of the Autumn takes us slightly away from mainstream fraud related topics and into the mysterious and complex world of sanctions and compliance.  The recent sanctions regime has caused a great deal of uncertainty for businesses with operations in Russia. Although the full material impact of sanctions is still unclear, there are obvious business risks that are now directly pertinent to European, and more specifically British, companies.  Our two expert speakers will look at different aspects of this fascinating and topical issue.

1700 - 1800 Registration and drinks

1800 - 1900 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, Royal United Services Institute
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).

1900 - 2100 Networking reception with drinks and canapés kindly sponsored by Kroll


To register for this event, please email The Fraud Women's Network at

If you’d like to invite guests, they would be welcome to attend at a cost of £5.00 per person which will be donated to our affiliated charity, The Eve Appeal (payment can be made at the event).

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