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TASA Faculty

TASA courses are taught by internationally recognized industry experts. Our distinguished faculty members include:

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Emily Anderson, Counsel, Ethics and Compliance - Americas

Emily Anderson works as Counsel, Ethics and Compliance - Americas at VF Corporation in Greensboro, NC. For the past three years, Emily has worked with the VF Ethics and Compliance team to shape and build various aspects of VF’s first formal Ethics and Compliance Program. Emily experienced her first Ethics and Compliance role and learned her niche was in this field while working at a shipping company in Charlotte, NC. Prior to that time, Emily practiced law at a firm in Charlotte.

TASA Courses:

Innovations in Compliance Training

Margaret M. Ayres, Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Ms. Ayres is counsel in Davis Polk’s Washington D.C. office. She concentrates in U.S. trade and investment laws applicable to cross-border transactions, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), U.S. economic sanctions, the U.S. anti-boycott laws and laws restricting foreign investment in the U.S. communications, shipping, aviation, nuclear and defense industries. She has advised many companies around the world, including software, pharmaceutical, travel industry, banking and investment banking clients, on the FCPA and related statutes, as well as the other laws just noted.

Her anti-bribery advice has focused on worldwide transnational anti-corruption measures and conventions as well as FCPA enforcement actions and developments. Ms. Ayres has drafted numerous agent agreements, guidelines and compliance codes, tailored to take account of differences in corporate operations, structures and cultures. She has also conducted intensive training programs for U.S. companies and their overseas subsidiaries in many parts of the world, as well as for foreign issuers of U.S. securities.

TASA Courses:

Gifts & Hospitality in the Anti-Bribery Context

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Matt Birk, CPA and Partner, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Mr. Birk is a CPA and Partner in the Deloitte Financial Advisory Services practice and has over 18 years of experience in providing auditing and forensic accounting services to businesses and law firms in a wide range of matters. Mr. Birk serves as one of the firm’s leaders on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Investigations, M&A Due Diligence engagements and Corporate Compliance Reviews and has spent most of his time over the past 8 years consulting in this area with some of the world’s largest companies. He currently leads the FCPA practice for the Mid-America region of Deloitte. In addition, he has several years of external audit and internal controls experience. Mr. Birk has an undergraduate degree in Accounting from St. Louis University and a Masters in Business Administration from Washington University.

TASA Course:

Anti-Bribery Books & Records – Background, Best Practices and Red Flags

Patricia Byrne, Vice President and Associate General Counsel for International Compliance, BAE Systems Inc.

Patricia M. Byrne (“Trish”) is the VP & Associate General Counsel for International Compliance at BAE Systems Inc.  In addition to managing the International Trade Licensing and Trade Compliance teams, Trish’s work involves policy administration, training on FCPA and anticorruption laws, conducting due diligence on third party business partners, merger and acquisition FCPA diligence, and Offsets compliance.  Trish joined BAE Systems Inc. as Counsel for International and Domestic Compliance in October 2008.  Prior to joining BAE Systems Inc., Trish was a Counsel at WilmerHale, in Washington D.C. where her work focused primarily on FCPA investigations, and on reviewing, creating, and implementing anti-corruption compliance programs for multinational companies.  Trish also has experience with general litigation and securities investigations.  Trish received her JD from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, and she graduated with a BA(Hons I)/LLB from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
TASA Course:

How to Promote Transparency and Inspire Ethical Behavior

Sharie A. Brown, Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP

Sharie Brown is a recognized leader in ethics, compliance and internal investigations involving financial fraud and corruption for U.S. and non-U.S. companies. As a former federal prosecutor, a Mobil Oil compliance and ethics officer and a leader of white collar and compliance practices at major law firms, Sharie is regarded as a trusted advisor, counselor and skilled investigator for board audit committees, corporate senior management and general counsels in several regions of the world. Her experience, leadership and frequent media contributions regarding corporate fraud and corruption make her an international thought leader in the field.

As a partner in the White Collar & Government Investigations Practice Group of Troutman Sanders, Sharie represents international corporations and conducts internal investigations, audits and transactional due diligence worldwide in the areas of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program, the UK Bribery Act, OFAC compliance and international trade controls, corporate ethics and compliance, World Bank procurement frauds, the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) and USA Patriot Act anti-money laundering. Sharie regularly represents U.S. and non-U.S. clients in complex matters involving the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. State Department, U.S. Congressional Committees and other local regulatory agencies.

Sharie’s compliance reviews, M&A due diligence and internal investigations have involved the following countries: the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, the UK, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Ghana, Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, the DRC, Equatorial Guinea, China, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Russia, and Kazakhstan, among others.

TASA Courses:

  • Anti-Corruption Due Diligence in M&A Deals in Emerging Markets

  • What to do When a Company Receives a Dodd-Frank FCPA Whistleblower Letter: Key Considerations and Practical First Steps

 
 

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Jeffrey D. Clark, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Jeffrey D. Clark is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and is a member of the Compliance & Enforcement Practice Group in Washington D.C.

Mr. Clark represents corporations and individuals in a wide variety of civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters, including grand jury investigations, SEC enforcement actions and Congressional inquiries. His practice includes conducting complex, worldwide internal corporate investigations and providing advice to corporate management and directors regarding enforcement matters. He also counsels companies on designing and implementing corporate compliance programs. Mr. Clark specializes in Foreign Corrupt Practices matters, and also has substantial expertise in other types of international business and white collar litigation.

TASA COURSES:

  • Conducting Effective Internal Investigations
  • Voluntary Self-Disclosure, Cooperation and Remediation under the DOJ’s Pilot Program
 

Michele Cross, Senior Manager, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP

Ms. Cross is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Services practice. She has over 15 years of experience spanning business/financial strategy development, financial management, internal controls assessment and FCPA compliance and investigations. While at Deloitte, she has participated in numerous engagements assisting clients in evaluating FCPA compliance programs, conducting FCPA-related investigations and assessing internal controls and remediating internal control deficiencies for regulatory compliance purposes. Ms. Cross’ industry specialties include technology, telecommunications and aerospace/defense and a geographic focus of China, Brazil, India and other emerging markets.

TASA Courses:

Anti-Bribery Books & Records – Background, Best Practices and Red Flags

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Richard N. Dean, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Richard Dean advises on corporate compliance transactions —including mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investments and joint ventures, among others — in the Firm's Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, he served as managing partner in the Washington, D.C., Moscow and St. Petersburg offices of Coudert Brothers. Mr. Dean authored several articles for various publications, including Financier Worldwide and International Corporate Governance Review. He is also a lecturer on emerging markets and international financial crimes in the University of Virginia School of Law.

Mr. Dean focuses on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related legislation, including U.S. money laundering laws and their application to the activities of US companies in emerging markets throughout the former Soviet Union as well as in Asia and Latin America. He advises on the structuring of foreign investment transactions to comply with U.S. laws and supervises the conduct of internal investigations and audits to determine compliance with laws and regulations, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Mr. Dean also advises senior management and corporate audit committees on the consequences of such investigations and audits, including the development of appropriate defenses, disclosures, disciplinary actions and compliance policies. Mr. Dean has an in-depth understanding of the key political, economic and cultural issues facing organizations doing business in challenging markets, particularly in Russia and the rest of the former Soviet Union.

TASA Course:

FCPA Compliance in Action

 

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Kimberly Kaminski, Vice President & Chief Ethics Officer, BAE Systems Inc.

 Kimberly Kaminski is Vice President & Chief Ethics Officer at BAE Systems, Inc., with responsibility for overseeing the company’s world class global business ethics program. She received a BA in Marketing Management from St. Catherine’s University.  Kim joined BAE Systems, Inc., in 2016 after having business ethics positions with increasing levels of responsibility at MTS Systems Corporation and Alliant Techsystems Inc.  

TASA Course:

How to Promote Transparency and Inspire Ethical Behavior

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Mark F. Mendelsohn, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

A partner in the Litigation Department, Mark F. Mendelsohn is a member of the White Collar Crime and Regulatory Defense, and Securities Litigation Practice Groups.

Prior to joining Paul, Weiss, Mr. Mendelsohn served as the deputy chief of the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), and is internationally acknowledged and respected as the architect and key enforcement official of DOJ’s modern Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement program.

As deputy chief of the Fraud Section from 2005 to 2010, Mr. Mendelsohn was responsible for overseeing all DOJ investigations and prosecutions under the FCPA, and for supervising a team of trial attorneys with respect to investigations and prosecutions of a wide variety of federal white collar crimes including money laundering, mail and wire fraud, procurement fraud, Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) violations and violations of economic and trade sanctions laws and regulations, including with respect to the United Nations Oil for Food Program. During his tenure, Mr. Mendelsohn handled hundreds of voluntary disclosures of illicit corporate payments, worked closely with attorneys in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, helped establish and worked closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s FCPA squad at the Washington Field Office, negotiated numerous corporate plea, deferred and non-prosecution agreements on behalf of DOJ and participated in the appointment of, interaction with and reporting by more than 16 corporate compliance monitors. Mr. Mendelsohn led an effort to forge closer working relationships with foreign regulators in connection with transnational bribery cases, resulting in coordinated settlements with the Munich Public Prosecutor in Germany in the Siemens prosecutions and coordinated settlements with the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office in the BAE and Innospec prosecutions, among others. Mr. Mendelsohn was also responsible for administering DOJ’s FCPA Opinion Release Procedure, including issuing the seminal opinion on FCPA transactional diligence and successor liability (Op. Rel. 08-02).

TASA Courses:
  • Introduction to the FCPA: the History, the Law and the Lore
  • Types of Resolutions: New Trends and Patterns
 

Robert J. Meyer, Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Robert J. Meyer is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and is a member of the Compliance & Enforcement Practice Group in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Meyer represents corporations and individuals in civil and criminal lawsuits and investigations involving fraud, bribery, whistleblower allegations, securities, ethics and conflicts of interest. He has conducted numerous domestic and international internal corporate investigations, and regularly counsels corporations on compliance and government enforcement matters. Mr. Meyer has substantial expertise in matters involving government ethics, the Inspector General Act, accounting fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, False Claims Act, qui tam litigation and securities enforcement. As a former federal prosecutor with substantial trial experience, Mr. Meyer is frequently called upon to defend criminal and civil enforcement matters involving all of these subject matter areas.

TASA Courses:

Conducting Effective Internal Investigations

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Eileen Radford, Former Director, Member Services and Advocacy, TRACE

Eileen Radford has extensive experience as an attorney specializing in anti-corruption enforcement and compliance. She most recently worked as an Investigator for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the "Global Fund"), focused mainly on investigations in West Africa. She has managed all aspects of investigations into high-level African government officials and agencies accused of corruption, money laundering and fraud. She has also represented the Global Fund on joint missions with the U.S. Government and international organizations. Prior to joining the Global Fund, Eileen worked for several years as an attorney at Miller & Chevalier, where she counseled clients on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and other international anti-bribery regulations. She also conducted FCPA-related investigations and assisted in representing clients before the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Prior to her legal career, Eileen was a journalist in Poland and in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and also holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

She is a member of the New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. bar associations.

TASA Courses:

Anti-Bribery Compliance Audits – A Checklist of Essentials

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Sulaksh Shah, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Mr. Shah is a director in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global FCPA practice based in Washington, D.C. He routinely works on matters involving the SEC and the US DOJ. Mr. Shah has led FCPA projects in Asia, North America, South America, Africa, as well as Europe. Mr. Shah is the primary contact person in the Global FCPA practice for India and the Middle East. Mr. Shah's FCPA case experience includes FCPA investigations, FCPA compliance assessments and FCPA due diligence projects. Mr. Shah is a CPA, CFE and CFF.

TASA Courses:

FCPA Financial Risk Assessment

 

Scott Sullivan, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Flowserve Corporation

Scott E. Sullivan is Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Flowserve Corporation, a global manufacturer of fluid motion and control products such as pumps, valves and seals. Flowserve has approximately 17,000 employees and operates in 55+ countries.  Mr. Sullivan oversees, develops, implements and manages Flowserve’s global trade compliance, anti-bribery, antitrust, corporate investigation, security and ethics programs.

Mr. Sullivan has written and contributed numerous articles on anti-bribery/FCPA, export controls, economic sanctions and other ethics and compliance topics to a variety of publications. Mr. Sullivan is also a frequent local, national and international speaker, moderator and conference organizer on compliance, anti-bribery/FCPA, export controls and economic sanctions.

TASA Courses:

Journey to the Center of Anti-Corruption Compliance: Past to Present and How This Context Influences Current Thinking (Advanced Level Course)

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James Tillen , Vice Chair of Miller & Chevalier's International Department

His practice focuses on Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) matters. He has had significant experience with every facet of an FCPA enforcement matter, from inception to completion, including developing work plans for internal investigations, conducting internal investigations (including in-country witness interviews and document collections and reviews), developing remediation strategies (including employee discipline, compliance program enhancements, and employee training), drafting voluntary disclosures to the U.S. government, negotiating resolutions with the U.S. government, developing strategies for collateral issues (including public relations and related litigation), selecting independent monitors, and interfacing with independent monitors on behalf of clients. 

Mr. Tillen also has managed FCPA due diligence reviews and compliance audits, drafted numerous FCPA compliance programs, developed FCPA training programs, and performed FCPA training for client operations throughout the world.

TASA Courses:

Journey to the Center of Anti-Corruption Compliance: Past to Present and How This Context Influences Current Thinking (Advanced Level Course)

 

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Albert A. Vondra, Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Mr. Vondra is a senior partner PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global FCPA practice based in Washington, D.C. He regularly provides specialized advisory services to attorneys, boards of directors, audit committees and senior management in the area of FCPA and other relevant regulatory regimes. He is a nationally recognized speaker and regular contributor to national and international seminars/ publications on the FCPA. Mr. Vondra is a JD, CPA, CFE and CFF.

TASA Courses:

FCPA Financial Risk Assessment

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Alexandra Wrage, President and Founder, TRACE

 

Alexandra Wrage is president and founder of TRACE. She is the author of Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments and Security, co-editor of How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes and What You Should Know about Anti-Bribery Compliance and the host of the training DVD Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion and the High Price of Bad Business, produced by NBC.

Ms. Wrage hosts the popular weekly podcast: Bribe, Swindle or Steal. She is a guest blogger for Forbes and speaks frequently on topics of transparency, good governance and the hidden costs of corruption.

She was a member of FIFA’s failed Independent Governance Committee and serves on the B20 Taskforce on Anti-Corruption, drafting recommendations for G20 leaders to consider in their global economic policies.

Ms. Wrage was named one of the “Canadians Changing the World” by the Toronto Globe & Mail and one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” by The Maryland Daily Record. She has been awarded the Women in Compliance “Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Compliance Industry.”

Raised in Canada and living now in the United States, Ms. Wrage studied law at King’s College, Cambridge University. She has provided anti-bribery consulting or training in over 120 countries.

TAS
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Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion, and the High Price of Bad Business