UK Trade Sanctions


Benjamin Kostrzewa, Foreign Legal Consultant, Hogan Lovells Hong Kong, Washington D.C.

Byron Phillips, Partner, Hogan Lovells Hong Kong 

Ellie Rees, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells London

Jamie Rogers, Partner, Hogan Lovells London

Stephanie Tsui, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells Hong Kong



Mark Lin, Partner, Hogan Lovells Hong Kong


UK Trade Sanctions: A New Enforcement Body and “Tougher” Monetary Penalties

The UK government has announced the creation of a new trade sanctions enforcement body, the Office for Trade Sanctions Implementation, which will be responsible for the civil enforcement of the UK’s trade sanctions regime. This panel discussion aims to provide a refresher to the audience on what the UK’s trade sanctions regime means for Hong Kong-based businesses which have connections with the UK (including the many senior managers who are UK citizens), as well as an update on the UK sanctions which are most relevant to such businesses/individuals and the trend in sanctions related litigation which may be relevant to Hong Kong’s jurisprudence. The panel will also cover the latest trends in US sanctions in this election year which are most relevant to Hong Kong-based businesses, whilst navigating through Hong Kong’s own sanctions regime.


About the speakers


As the former Assistant General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Ben Kostrzewa assists global clients in navigating the intersection of export control regulations, sanctions, free trade agreements, tariffs, Chinese countermeasures, U.S.-China trade relations, and other complex trade law challenges. Ben has a broad understanding of global regulations, and seamless working relationships with our international team, coupled with extensive local knowledge, Ben helps companies navigate sanctions and export control rules in Hong Kong and Greater China. 

Byron Phillips is a disputes lawyer and problem solver based in our Hong Kong office with over a decade of experience quelling crises for clients. Byron is experienced in handling complex arbitration, financial services litigation and investigations, white collar crime and fraud, insolvency litigation, and professional liability disputes for clients in the public and private sectors. Byron is also a member of the Hogan Lovells Crisis Leadership Team, the firm's multi-disciplinary, global crisis management practice.


Ellie Rees is a senior associate in the insurance and reinsurance team who has experience in advising clients across a wide range of contentious, regulatory and transactional matters within the insurance market. This includes complex disputes, coverage advice, claims handling, and the drafting of policy wordings and other commercial arrangements. Ellie's clients include insurance intermediaries, insurers, reinsurers, and a wide range of companies in other sectors. She has also spent time in-house with several insurance brokers, and with an in-house commercial legal team.


Jamie Rogers is widely recognised for his extensive knowledge of economic and trade sanctions laws and export and trade control regulation.  He deploys this in a range of industry sectors at all stages of the business cycle. This includes advising on internal policies; individual business transactions; M&A, drafting contract provisions surrounding trade compliance, applying for licences, advising on the conduct of internal investigations and enforcement action and voluntary self-disclosures.  Jamie has also acted in litigation where sanctions were at issue.  He is the author of market guidance on sanctions in sectors including the Lloyd's insurance market. He also regularly speaks at conferences on these issues.


Keeping up with the ever-tightening regulatory landscape can be challenging. When clients find themselves tangled in commercial litigation, financial services regulatory matters or other Government investigations, they turn to Stephanie for her proven record of getting the job done. Stephanie has worked on complex investigations with financial institutions involving multimillion dollar exposures across various jurisdictions. Stephanie’s unique blend of commercial litigation and regulatory experience extends beyond the financial institutions sector and spans across industries including TMT, transport, government, and retail. 


About the moderator

He is not your ordinary litigator. Mark Lin has mastered the art of asking the right questions to find the right solutions. He has been using this solution-driven approach to help clients, particularly those in the financial services and multimedia sectors, since the 1990s. Mark is highly experienced dealing with courts, tribunals, and regulators in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Asia Pacific. He is effective at handling cross-border crises and multi-jurisdictional investigations. He is a seasoned advocate who has advocated for clients in international arbitrations in Hong Kong, London, Paris, Gothenburg, Singapore, Shanghai, and Beijing.


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3/21/2024 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
China Standard Time
Hogan Lovells – Hong Kong 11/F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

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