Training Accreditation

TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation®

TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® is a comprehensive and rigorous year-long training and accreditation program that offers a professional credential for anti-bribery compliance specialists. The accreditation enables professionals working in this growing field to distinguish themselves with demonstrated anti-bribery compliance expertise. The program is designed to be completed online and offers more than 100 courses taught by a world-renowned faculty of industry and subject matter experts. Candidates may self-select a specialization by region (LatAm, Europe, AsiaPac), subject matter (Business Integrity & Risk) and/or industry expertise (Oil, Gas & Energy, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Aerospace & Defense, Tech & Telecom) better preparing them to add real-world value to organizations. The accreditation is awarded by TRACE, the internationally recognized anti-bribery standard setting organization, and supported by the TASA Advisory Committee.


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Upcoming Courses


China – The Current State of Play: Spotlight on Anti-Bribery Risks, Investigations and the China Competition Regime 

Date: Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Time: 1:00 pm EDT (6:00 pm GMT +1)
Language: English 
Presenter: Nathan Bush, Head of Investigations, Asia; Head of Antitrust & Competition, Asia, DLA Piper


During this session benefit from an overview of key bribery risks facing global multinationals operating in the region. Additionally, Mr. Bush will share recommendations for efficiently overseeing internal investigations on the ground including insights for working with local enforcement agencies when under  investigation. Finally, Mr. Bush will also provide a top level overview of the current state of competition law and trends in the region.

Speaker Biography

Head of Investigations, Asia; Head of Antitrust & Competition, Asia
DLA Piper

Nathan (Nate) Bush advises clients in internal investigations, government enforcement actions, and compliance matters in Asia. He was based in Beijing from 2004 through 2012, and has covered the region from Singapore since 2013. Nate was a pioneer of antitrust practice in China, and guides clients through anti-bribery and anticorruption (ABAC) risks in Asia's dynamic markets. Nate represents companies and individuals in internal investigations and enforcement actions involving violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other ABAC laws, as well as securities fraud, market misconduct, money laundering, export controls, and sanctions violations. He has conducted investigations throughout Asia, and routinely advises on compliance aspects of capital markets, M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions in Asia. Nate is experienced in the specific regulatory risks of diverse industries in Asia, including the financial services, life sciences, semiconductor, media, telecommunications, energy, aviation, manufacturing and retail sectors. He frequently publishes articles and speaks on competition policy and compliance issues in Asia. He has served as co-chair of Legal and IP Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (2017-2019) and as Legal Committee Chairman (2008) and General Counsel (2009-2011) of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.  Nate graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia, and clerked for the Hon. Leonie Brinkema of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia. 



Navigating Intersection of Anti-Bribery and Trade Compliance

Date: Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Time: 1:00 pm EDT (6:00 pm GMT +1)
Language: English 
Presenter: Dr. Malcolm Gammisch, Global Compliance Manager, DHL Global Forwarding, Freight


Led by Dr. Malcolm Gammisch, Global Compliance Manager, DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, this session will explore the intersection between two disparate but often interconnected areas of compliance - anti-bribery/anti-corruption and global trade. Providing the perspective of a global multinational organization, Dr. Gammisch will address common situations where these two areas of the law intersect, providing guidance for recognizing potential issues and addressing common overlapping risks.

Speaker Biography

Global Compliance Manager
DHL Global Forwarding, Freight

Malcolm steers global Compliance topics for air freight, ocean freight and road freight. Prior to joining Deutsche Post DHL Group, Malcolm worked for KPMG and Siemens. At Siemens Malcolm held various management roles and was also involved in bringing the organization to terms with its bribery past on an international level.  At KPMG Malcolm worked on a variety of both audit and advisory projects, the most recent one being the Dieselgate at Volkswagen Group where he was in charge of the team supporting the car manufacturer Audi in developing an adequate Compliance Management System.  Having a background in business studies and informatics he provides tailored efficient solutions for complex problems. Malcolm regularly publishes on Compliance and Performance topics.



Accreditation Program Requirements

TASA has been designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge base for those seeking subject matter expertise in anti-bribery compliance. The accreditation process requires candidates to complete 20 hours of coursework along with passing two examinations to ensure knowledge retention. To attain accreditation candidates must complete the 20 hours of coursework and both Phase examinations within 12 months of entering the program. Divided into two substantive phases- Phase One: Fundamental Courses and Phase Two: Advanced Courses, there is a third optional phase of the program focused on specializations by industry, region and subject matter.

The TASA program provides a core set of fundamental anti-bribery compliance courses along with a broad range of regional and industry specific topics.

  • Substantive Expertise: Courses focused on a wide range of anti-bribery fundamentals including but not limited to corporate compliance, third party due diligence, books and records provisions, law enforcement, cross-border investigations, international organizations, whistleblowers, compliance audits and forensic accounting.
  • Regional Expertise: Courses focused on anti-bribery challenges in specific countries including, but not limited to, China, Vietnam, France, Italy, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Russia, India, Brazil, Nigeria and Myanmar.
  • Industry Expertise: Courses tailored for the oil, gas & energy, aerospace & defense, technology & telecom, life sciences, financial services industries and the international development community.

Candidates are encouraged to design their own path of study of follow the standard two-phase structure detailed below.


Phase One: Fundamental Courses

Consisting of courses that address fundamental anti-bribery/anti-corruption concepts, Phase One provides candidates with a foundation for the material to be explored over the course of the TASA program. The fundamental courses include:

  1. Introduction to the FCPA: the History, the Law and the Lore

  2. Effective Internal Investigations – From Discovery to Disclosure

  3. FCPA Compliance in Action

  4. Gifts, Meals, Travel and Entertainment under the FCPA

  5. Due Diligence on Third Parties: Rationale, Requirements and Red Flags

  6. Navigating the Books and Records & Internal Control Provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”)

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

  8. How to Promote Transparency and Inspire Ethical Behavior Through a Compliance and Ethics Framework

  9. Innovations and Challenges in Compliance Training

  10. TRACE Conflicts of Interest

  11. TRACE How to Say No

Program Phase Two: Advanced Courses

Building upon the foundation provided by the Phase One Fundamental Courses, Phase 2 engages the candidate into an exploration of advanced concepts with anti-bribery implications. The advanced courses are listed below:
  • Managing Data Transfer & Conflict of Laws Risks Associated with Cross-Border Investigations and Litigation
  • Anti-Bribery Compliance Audits: A Checklist of Essentials
  • Contract Negotiation and Execution Detecting the Responding to bribery Risks
  • FCPA Financial Risk Assessment
  •  What to do When a Company Receives a Dodd-Frank FCPA Whistleblower Letter
  • Journey to the Center of Anti-Corruption Compliance: Past to Present and How this Context Influences Current Thinking
  • Voluntary Self-Disclosure, cooperation and Remediation under the DOJ's Pilot Program
  • SECs Increased Enforcement of Internal Controls
  • Resolving Licensing, Sales, Tax and Customs Issues in High Risk Markets without Running Afoul of the FCPA
  • TRACE Economic Sanctions Course
  • TRACE Avoiding Trafficked Labor Course

(Optional) Phase Three: Industry, Subject Matter or Regional Specializations

Phase Three offers candidates to the opportunity to specialize on areas of anti-bribery compliance. The specialization pathways are listed below:

  1. By Region:
    • LatAm
    • Europe
    • AsiaPac
  2. Business Integrity & Risk
  3. By industry:
    • Oil, Gas & Energy
    • Financial Services
    • Life Sciences Specialization
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Tech/Telecom


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