New York Trade Finance Workshop
June 22 – 23, 2017
Deutsche Bank
60 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005


Nancy Amert
Director of the Trade Innovation Lab
Trade and Supply Chain

Ms. Nancy Amert has 25+ years’ experience in credit and trade and is a recognized thought leader in supply chain finance (SCF) technologies, which support global banks and their corporate customers. As Director of CGI’s Trade Innovation Lab, she is helping to lead and shape the strategic direction of the CGI Trade360 SaaS platform and its evolution into a fully integrated global solution for traditional trade, payables, receivables, collateral management and cash management. Ms. Amert and her team are actively engaged in the exploration of Blockchain/DLT solutions, emerging technologies and intelligent processing automation (IPA) for trade finance and supply chain.

Michael Evan Avidon, Esq.

Partner and Co-Chair, Banking and Finance Group
Moses & Singer LLP

Mr. Michael Avidon is a partner at Moses & Singer LLP, where he co-chairs the Banking and Finance Practice Group. Widely recognized for his knowledge of letters of credit and secured transactions, he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® as well as Law & Politics’ “New York Super Lawyers.”  His practice emphasizes secured and unsecured lending transactions, letter of credit transactions, letter of credit litigation, and supply chain finance.

Walter (Buddy) Baker
Vice President, Investment Banking Division
Goldman Sachs & Co.

Mr. Buddy Baker is entering his 40th year of working with letters of credit and with people who work with letters of credit.  This time has mainly been spent in employment with banks that actively finance international trade, like ABN AMRO and The First National Bank of Chicago and 5 more banks that no longer exist, but he also spent 3 years with Atradius Trade Credit Insurance, and a couple of years working as a freelance consultant to banks and exporters.  In late 2016, he returned to banking to join Goldman Sachs, where he serves as an internal expert on deals and problems involving letters of credit, based in Chicago.

Lee Davis
Supervisory Financial Analyst
BSA/AML Compliance Section
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Mr. Lee Davis is a Supervisory Financial Analyst for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System’s BSA/AML Compliance Section where he works on a range of issues related to anti-money laundering regulation and supervision.   Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Davis worked at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) from 2009-2013.  At FinCEN, he worked on a variety of policy issues, from emerging payments regulation to imposing BSA obligations on the residential mortgage industry.  Prior to FinCEN, Mr. Davis was the Associate Counsel to the Institute of International Banking Law and Practice working on issues related to trade finance.

Rachel Dondarski
Chief of Regulated Industries Oversight and Evaluation
U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreigh Assets Control (OFAC)

Ms. Rachel Dondarski is the Chief of Regulated Industries Oversight and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) where she leads OFAC’s financial sector enforcement process.  She manages the agency’s team responsible for investigating violations of U.S. economic sanctions laws committed by regulated financial institutions, including domestic and foreign banks, insurance companies, securities firms, and money services businesses.  Since joining OFAC in 2006, Ms. Dondarski has worked in a variety of other roles, all with the common goal of promoting robust sanctions compliance within the financial services and international trade communities.

Stacey Facter
Senior Vice President, Trade Products

Ms. Stacey Facter is a Senior Vice President, Trade Products where she has oversight of all trade-related advocacy, education and product-related initiatives for the association and its membership. She participates in BAFT trade committees and regional councils to advance the trade finance agenda of member institutions, including working toward standardizing trade definitions, documentation and regulations for industry adoption and consistent use. She has more than 25 years of experience in international banking, including over 20 years with JP Morgan Chase, covering emerging markets, international trade finance, cash and risk management, and securities collateral management.

Sam Jebamony
Vice President

Mr. Sam Jebamony, based in Chicago is the Manager for Standby LC Operations at JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase in June 2009, Mr. Jebamony has headed International Trade Operations departments at various major domestic and international banks. With 30+ years trade product and operations experience, Mr. Jebamony has been an active participant in national and regional Standby LC Committees and is a member of the Council on International Standby Practices (CISP).

Zoran Kanlic
TP PM Head America
Deutsche Bank

Mr. Zoran Kanlic is a Director and Global Product Head of Supplier Finance for Deutsche Bank’ Global Transaction Banking. Joining the bank nine years ago, he pioneered Deutsche Bank’s Financial Supply Chain business into today’s global suite of products. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Mr. Kanlic spent three years at as a Product Manager, where he focused on the web-based invoice presentment and payment acceleration offering. He was also Managing Director at Barter for three years where he managed the web-based barter exchange.

Albert P. Pacelli, Esq.
Partner, Banking & Finance Practice Group
Moses & Singer LLP

Mr. Albert Pacelli is a partner in Moses & Singer’s Banking and Finance practice.  He represents global and national commercial and investment banks in connection with loans to commercial, financial, investment company, tax-exempt, and high-net worth individual borrowers, including cross-border loans insured or guaranteed, directly or indirectly, by various U.S. and foreign export credit agencies and development finance institutions, and multilateral investment banks.  Mr. Pacelli’s export agency finance experience includes representation of major global banks on structured credit facilities for corporate and financial institution borrowers.

Rita Ricci, CDCS
Global Head, Trade Expertise Desk
BNP Paribas

Ms. Rita Ricci is the Global Head of the Trade Expertise Desk of BNP Paribas with over 30 years of experience in trade finance operations. Previously with CIBC in Montreal, responsible for operational delivery of trade products, acting as a Trade Consultant, providing workshops, and advising legal counsel on trade-related matters. She is Chairman of BAFT’s National LC Committee and BAFT’s National Bank to Bank Reimbursements Committee. She is also a Member of the ICC Banking Commission & Belgium National Committee.

Cathleen Ryan
Assistant Director of Enforcement
Office of Antiboycott Compliance
Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce

Ms. Cathleen Ryan is the Assistant Director of Enforcement in the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce) (OAC), responsible for investigations and administrative enforcement actions. Ms. Ryan joined OAC in 1993, after several years in various financial, administrative and legal functions with a U.S. multinational, both in New York and Paris.

Don Smith
Global Trade Advisory

Mr. Donald Smith has over 43 years of experience in letters of credit starting with the UCP 222.  He is retired from Citibank New York and is currently President of Global Trade Advisory, a Charlotte NC based consulting firm focused on training in the traditional trade products, regulatory compliance and dispute resolution.  He has been a member of the US delegation to the ICC Banking Commission since 1998, chaired the ICC’s Uniform Rules for Forfaiting drafting group, co-chaired the International Standard Banking Practices drafting group, was a member of the group which produced the International Standby Practices ISP98.  

Kristine Siebel
Chair, North American Standby Letter of Credit/Guarantee Committee
Société Générale

Ms. Kristine Siebel is currently at Société Générale in their Trade Finance Group, previously she had been a Senior Credit Officer for Royal Bank of Canada responsible for their Captive Reinsurance Business in New York. Prior to joining RBC, Ms. Siebel was Assistant Vice President and Standby Letter of Credit Risk Officer for JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York. Ms. Siebel has been in Trade Services for over 35 years beginning with JPMorgan Chase’s predecessor bank Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. Ms. Siebel has extensive experience in both the issuance and the risk aspects of Standby Letters of Credit. She has been a member of the BAFT National Standby Letter of Credit Committee since its inception in 1994 and is currently the Chair.

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