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Kevin T. Abikoff is a Partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP where he also holds the positions of Deputy Chair and Co-chairman of the Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations and the Securities Litigation practice groups. Also a member of the Executive Committee, Mr. Abikoff possess extensive experience in securities and white-collar criminal litigation, enforcement and regulation with an emphasis on the representation of corporations, individuals and other entities in anti-corruption (including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [FCPA]) matters (investigations, due diligence and counseling), securities and insurance litigation, regulatory, enforcement and arbitration proceedings, particularly class-action litigation, securities disclosure counseling, and designing and implementing insurance and securities compliance policies, procedures and programs. Mr. Abikoff has also represented clients before the World Bank Group and other international financial institutions sanctions matters, including compliance, inspections, investigations, settlements, cooperation, coordination with monitors, and litigating contested sanctions proceedings. Additionally, Mr. Abikoff possesses experience in matters of corporate governance with an emphasis on shareholder derivative proceedings, conducting internal investigations, counseling board committees, and designing and implementing corporate compliance program.
Joint Ventures in the Anti-Corruption Crosshairs
Mr. Anga is a lawyer and political economist. He focuses on the legal needs of companies operating in Nigeria. He is admitted to practice law in Nigeria, Ghana and England & Wales.
He heads the firm’s banking and finance practice and has broad experience and expertise in matters pertaining to project finance, banking and capital markets transactions. He has an active Business Fraud and Anti-Corruption practice advising clients on compliance with anti-money laundering and anti-bribery laws in Nigeria. He advises clients from around the world on foreign direct investment in Nigeria.
Mr. Anga is a member, UNCITRAL Expert Group on Commercial Fraud. He is an active member of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association, the Section on Natural Resources and Energy Law of the American Bar Association, and the UK Energy Lawyers Group. Mr. Anga was the past Chairman of the Nigerian Capital Markets Solicitors Association. He was formerly Chairperson, Aviation Committee and Council Member of the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association. He is the Country Co-chair for Nigeria, of the International Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Anga obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and degrees in Law from Cambridge University, England. He is a Notary Public of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Roberto Berry was born and raised in Mexico City. He received a law degree from the University of California at Davis and afterwards clerked for two years in the United States Courts of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Berry practiced law in Portland, Oregon until joining Delphi Automotive Systems in 2001 to become Delphi’s general counsel for Mexico and then Latin America. Most recently, Mr. Berry joined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles LLC as its Assistant General Counsel for International Matters and Global Compliance. He devotes a significant part of his time training FCA’s international regions on compliance-related matters and has been a frequent speaker at anticorruption events in this country.
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.
Anti-Bribery Books & Records – Background, Best Practices and Red Flags
Kara Brockmeyer is a litigation partner based in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. She is a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense and Strategic Crisis Response and Solutions Groups, where her practice focuses on representing companies and individuals in anti-corruption, fraud and related government investigations and internal investigations, as well as advising on deal due diligence and compliance matters.
Prior to joining Debevoise in 2017, Ms. Brockmeyer served as the Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit and directed a nationwide team of attorneys and forensic accountants investigating violations of the FCPA. During her tenure as chief of the unit, she oversaw many of the agency’s largest and most complex FCPA investigations. She was also one of the principal authors of the SEC-DOJ Resource Guide to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which is widely considered the definitive government-issued guide on the FCPA.
Over a seventeen-year career at the SEC, including five years as an assistant director, Ms. Brockmeyer led and personally conducted major investigations in all areas of SEC enforcement, including financial reporting, broker-dealer and investment adviser violations, and insider trading. She was also the founder and co-head of the division’s Cross-Border Working Group, an interdisciplinary group focused on addressing accounting fraud by companies based overseas.
Before joining the SEC in 2000, Ms. Brockmeyer was in private practice in Chicago, primarily focused on securities and complex commercial litigation.
Ms. Brockmeyer earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, where she was also note editor of the Michigan Law Review. She received her B.A. from Williams College, cum laude.
Ms. Brockmeyer is a frequent speaker and commentator on anti-corruption and cross-border issues. She is co-editor-in-chief of the firm’s monthly FCPA Update newsletter, and is currently vice-chair of the Structured Criminal Settlements Subcommittee of the IBA’s Anti-Corruption Committee. She is also co-chair of the DC Bar Association’s Broker-Dealer Regulation and SEC Enforcement Committee.
TRACE Year in Review (2019)
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.
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
AsiaPac Webinar Series: China – The Current State of Play: Spotlight on Anti-Bribery Risks, Investigations and the China Competition Regime
How to Promote Transparency and Inspire Ethical Behavior
María González Calvet is an anti-corruption and international risk partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Recognized for her deep understanding and experience in the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery statutes in Latin America, she has worked with leaders in government, business and finance to investigate and assess risk across the region for more than a decade. She has substantial experience conducting investigations on behalf of companies and individuals concerning multi-jurisdictional matters involving corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial fraud.
María has conducted internal and government investigations in more than 20 Latin American countries and draws on her past work in government and the corporate sector to help clients across industries and geographies to identify and mitigate corruption risks and implement effective compliance programs. In addition to her Latin America knowledge, María has experience in anti-corruption and other investigative matters in Asia, Africa, and Europe, and in every significant business sector.
She has particular experience in the following areas:
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray in 2018, María served as Executive Counsel, Global Investigations for General Electric where she led and managed government, regulatory and internal investigations for the company’s business in Latin America. Earlier in her career, she was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Fraud Section, and was a member of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit where she led some of the Department’s most important investigations involving allegations of corruption and other white collar offenses in Latin America.
María is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked in education, focusing on adult literacy and bilingual education.
Richard L. Cassin is the founder of the FCPA Blog. He serves as editor at large.
He has been named multiple times as one of the 100 Most Influential People In Business Ethics by Ethisphere Magazine. He was named a Trust Across America 2019 Top Thought Leader in Trust.
Cassin's articles about corruption and compliance have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Times (Singapore), New England Law Review, and many other leading publications. His opinions about FCPA enforcement have been cited recently by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Business Week, Variety, Bloomberg's news wire, Reuters, NPR, Fox News, CNN, and others.
He was a senior partner in a major international law firm and the head of its Asia practice.
Dr. Edgar Chen is a senior partner with Tsar & Tsai Law Firm, practicing for years and having vast experience in litigation and arbitration. Prior to joining Tsar & Tsai in 1997, Edgar has been a judicial officer for more than 10 years. He had served as the Public Prosecutor of Taipei District Court, ShiLin District Court, PanChiao District Court and JinMen District Court, as well as a judge with Taipei District Court. Edgar has also served as the Executive Secretary of the Civil Code Amendment Commission of the Ministry of Justice responsible for proposing and drafting the amendment to the Law of Obligation of the Taiwan Civil Code.
Having served as a Public Prosecutor and a judge, Edgar brought to his private practice his familiarity with the court procedures and practice. Edgar specializes in corporate, employment, labor, construction and intellectual property rights related dispute resolution.
Edgar’s representative cases include representing numerous internationally renounced high tech companies on patent right and licensing related disputes, construction companies on defects and various contractual and customer disputes, anti-trust and fair competition issues, directors and ranking officers of publicly traded companies on criminal allegations of insider trading, securities law violations, breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duties, commercial banks on customer claim and investment disputes and various corporations on employee disputes.
In 1991 Edgar was awarded with a government scholarship to study at the Law School of the University of Michigan and obtained a LL.M degree. He then earned his Doctorate Degree of Law (PhD) from the National Taiwan University in 1994. He taught and gave lectures in FuJen University from 1995 on the civil code, fair trade law, securities regulations, and case study on commercial laws.
Edgar has been elected and served as the President of the Taipei Bar Association during 2012-2014, and served as the Vice President of Taiwan Bar Association during 2015-2016.
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.
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.
Anti-Bribery Books & Records – Background, Best Practices and Red Flags
In his role as President of IACCM, Tim works with leading corporations, public and academic bodies, supporting executive awareness and understanding of the role that procurement, contracting and relationship management increasingly play in 21st century business performance and public policy. He leads the Association's extensive research programs and interactions with universities and business schools.
Prior to IACCM, Tim's business career included executive roles at IBM and a period on the Chairman's staff, leading studies on the impacts of globalization and the re-engineering of IBM's global contracting processes. His earlier career involved the banking, automotive and aerospace industries, initially in Corporate Finance and later in commercial and business development. He led negotiations up to $1.5 billion in value and his work has taken him to over 40 countries.
Tim's writing is extensively published and he has acted in an advisory capacity to government bodies in countries that include the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Japan, as well as regular briefings to senior managers at many of the world's largest companies.
Based in Paris, Mr. Davis is a former US federal prosecutor and member of the Paris Bar. Part of the global Litigation Group, his practice focuses on criminal, regulatory and civil litigation and investigations involving US and French laws.
Mr. Davis is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented clients in high profile matters in both French and English language tribunals. He has represented major US, French and multinational companies in both domestic and international criminal investigations. He has also appeared as legal counsel in international arbitrations administered by the ICC, AAA and other institutions, and has served as an arbitrator in ICC arbitrations.
Mr. Davis’s recent matters include investigations, litigations and international arbitrations for General Electric, NBC, 3M, American Express, and Johnson & Johnson. He has represented five of the largest banks in France in litigations related to World War II assets; Citibank in many international proceedings including lawsuits in India, Gabon and Australia and Lloyd’s of London related litigation; and the heirs of W. Averell Harriman in a lawsuit against Pamela C. Harriman.
Mr. Davis is a past chair of the European Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He is also a member of the International Bar Association (where he is Senior Vice Chair of the Business Crime Committee), Union Internationale des Avocats, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Council and an elected life member of the American Law Institute. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a frequent lecturer for the New York Law Journal seminars, Practicing Law Institute, International Bar Association, American Bar Association, International Chamber of Commerce, and Federal Bar Council, as well as at the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature.
Mr. Davis joined the firm as a partner in 2006, after serving as a partner in two other well-known firms. He served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1974 to 1979, where he was Chief of Appeals from 1977 to 1978. Mr. Davis served as a law clerk to the Hon. Henry J. Friendly, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit and to Justice Potter Stewart of the US Supreme Court.
He received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1967 and his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1972, where he was the Writing and Research Editor of the Columbia Law Review.
He is a member of the Bars of New York and Paris.
Managing Risks Inherent in Obtaining Personal Data in Europe and Transferring them to the U.S.
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.
FCPA Compliance in Action
F. Amanda DeBusk, chair of the firm’s global International Trade and Government Regulation practice, focuses on matters relating to U.S. international trade regulations, export controls, sanctions and trade compliance. Ms. DeBusk is highly regarded as an authority on the enforcement of export and trade compliance, drawing on her experience as the former U.S. Commerce Department assistant secretary for Export Enforcement to represent clients across a broad spectrum of matters relating to civil and criminal enforcement, voluntary disclosures, regulatory compliance and customs.
Ms. DeBusk offers expertise in a number of regulatory areas, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Buy America Act. Her clients include leading multinationals and Fortune 500 companies. Ms. DeBusk practices across an array of industries, including defense, banking, manufacturing, electronics, automotive, agriculture, aerospace, telecommunications and energy.
Ms. DeBusk is consistently recognized and recommended as a top international trade and business lawyer in Chambers and The Legal 500. She was recently listed as one of the “top 30 practitioners of international trade law in the world” by Euromoney’s Best of the Best Expert Guide, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT). Ms. DeBusk was also recognized by Best Lawyers for International Trade. Ms. DeBusk is an active contributor to the international trade community, presenting at conferences and webinars around the world such as the American Conference Institute’s Networking & Leadership Forum for Women in Defense and Aerospace Law & Compliance, the Annual TRACE Forum and C5’s Conference on U.S. Defense Trade Controls Under State and Commerce. She has also authored articles for The Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions, Law360, The Export Practitioner and Westlaw Journal White-Collar Crime.
Ms. DeBusk is co-chair of Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative, which aims to identify and implement initiatives that promote opportunities for women to advance and lead throughout the firm.
Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. DeBusk was a partner at another international law firm, where she was the chair of the international trade department.
Spotlight on Iran Sanctions: Addressing Recent Changes to Global Regulatory Regimes & the Impact on Multi-National Corporations
Reagan Demas has significant experience working on behalf of companies and investors in emerging markets and high risk jurisdictions. He has managed major legal compliance investigations for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and negotiated settlements before the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state regulatory entities, obtaining declinations in a number of matters. He has also conducted risk assessments and due diligence in a variety of legal compliance matters for companies across industries, and has worked on the ground evaluating partnerships, investments and other business opportunities worldwide. Reagan has written and spoken extensively on emerging compliance trends, ethics, corruption and doing business in Africa.
Focus on Africa: Minimizing Bribery and Corruption Risks in Nigeria, Angola, and Kenya
Thomas W. Donovan is Managing Partner and founder of the Iraq Law Alliance, PLLC. He divides his time between the firm’s offices in Basrah, Baghdad and Erbil – Kurdistan Region. His experience centers on petroleum and natural gas law and the surrounding corporate, employment, immigration and customs issues. He also has considerable amount of experience in public international law, litigation and structured project finance. Mr. Donovan has published extensively on the development of the domestic Iraqi economy and issues associated with petroleum production and exploration.
Pascale Dubois, a Belgian national, became the World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice President on July 1, 2017.
The Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) contributes to the World Bank’s core mission of promoting development and reducing poverty by ensuring that funds are used for their intended purposes. As the head of INT, Ms. Dubois manages investigations in connection with allegations of fraud and corruption in World Bank Group-financed projects, as well as allegations of significant fraud or corruption involving World Bank Group staff. INT also supports the operational units of the World Bank Group by mitigating fraud and corruption risks through sharing investigative findings, advising on prevention measures and outreach. Finally, INT’s Integrity Compliance Office helps ensure that sanctioned firms engage in clean business in the future.
Ms. Dubois has played a leading role in the World Bank’s anti-corruption efforts for more than a decade. She previously served as Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer in the Office of Suspension and Debarment (OSD), where she determined whether to suspend and debar firms and individuals accused of fraud and corruption in World Bank-financed projects. Before that, Ms. Dubois managed the Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) in INT. She also worked as an operational lawyer advising the Africa region of the World Bank for seven years. Before joining the World Bank, she was a lawyer in private practice for ten years in the United States and Belgium.
Ms. Dubois is a Senior Advisor to the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s Anti-Corruption Committee, having earlier served as Co-Chair for three years. She is also former Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Since 2009, she has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she has taught a course on international anti-corruption. She speaks and publishes regularly on the World Bank’s efforts and other topics in international anti-corruption.
Ms. Dubois received her Lic. Jur., cum laude, from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and her LL.M. from New York University.
John Frangos is a partner and deputy director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution group. From the firm’s head office in Bangkok, he assists clients on complex disputes in Southeast Asia, including major commercial and liability claims, regulatory investigations, economic crime, aviation-related cases, and arbitration. He leads the firm’s aviation disputes practice and co-leads the firm’s compliance and investigations practice. John has been recognized by the Legal 500 for his work on compliance and investigations, aviation disputes, and product liability. With over a decade of experience in Thailand and Vietnam, John brings strong knowledge of local business practices and customs. He also has a deep understanding of the region’s political and economic landscapes, which shape the legal environment that foreign investors must navigate. John’s clients include multinational and regional firms in a wide variety of industries, including aviation, construction, energy, finance, life sciences, logistics, manufacturing, technology, and others. John serves on the Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption Commission for the International Chamber of Commerce – Thailand. In that capacity he has assisted the Thai government by providing his expertise and comments on draft anti-corruption laws. He has also worked with the Vietnamese government to propose amendments to draft laws on aircraft registration and repossession. He writes and presents regularly on legal issues in Thailand and Vietnam. John is admitted to the New York bar.
AsiaPac Webinar Series: An Exploration of the Anti-Bribery Regulatory and Compliance Environment in Thailand
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.
Navigating the Intersection of Anti-Bribery and Trade Compliance
Perry S. Granof is the Managing Director at Granof International Group LLC, where he provides insurance consulting, expert witness, and claims resolution services specializing in international and domestic Professional Liability Insurance, having previously served as Vice President and Claims Counsel with The Chubb Corporation. He is the principal editor of and contributor to The Global Directors and Officers Deskbook published by the ABA in September 2014, authored the chapter on “International ADR” for the book entitled Resolving Insurance Claim Disputes Before Trial, published by the ABA in June 2018, and has spoken on Professional Liability Insurance throughout the world.Mr. Granof is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Washington State Bar, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, where he attained his Fellowship designation in International Arbitration (FCIArb). He is also an Illinois Licensed Property and Casualty Producer. Mr. Granof graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin, was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honors society, and completed his training in Mediation Skills through Northwestern University.
Corporate and Individual Liability: Recent Litigation Trends, Defensive Tactics & the Connection to Anti-Bribery
Kristy Grant-Hart is a compliance and data privacy thought leader specializing in transforming compliance departments into in-demand business assets. She's been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Compliance Week, Compliance and Ethics Professional Magazine and many others. She was named a Trust Across America 2019 Top Thought Leader in Trust.
She is the CEO of Spark Compliance Consulting, a London, Los Angeles, and Atlanta-based consultancy providing pragmatic, pro-business, proportionate compliance ethics solutions.
She's the author of the best-selling book, "How to Be a Wildly Effective Compliance Officer." In addition, Ms. Grant-Hart was an Adjunct Professor at Delaware Law School, Widener University, teaching Global Compliance and Ethics. She can be found at www.ComplianceKristy.com. She's a board member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and Health Care Compliance Association, as well as the AIDS Healthcare Foundation UK.
Ms. Grant-Hart was formerly the Chief Compliance Officer for United International Pictures, the joint distribution company for Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures, based in London. In 2015, Ms. Grant-Hart was nominated and shortlisted for Chief Compliance Officer of the year at the international Women in Compliance Awards.
Ms. Grant-Hart is an experienced international speaker, and has published articles in magazines and trade publications in the United States and Europe on anti-bribery topics and on data privacy and data transfer between the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union. She has advised Fortune 500 companies on international compliance, and created and revamped compliance programs for major companies in Europe and the United States.
Bingna Guo has extensive experience in international anti-corruption investigation and compliance matters, cross-border litigation, international commercial arbitration and mediation, regulatory and compliance matters, including data privacy and compliance with China cybersecurity law, antitrust, anti-money laundering, crisis management, and complex commercial litigation. Bingna represents companies and individuals in internal investigations and enforcement actions, including FCPA/anti-corruption related investigations, fraud, embezzlement, conflicts of interest investigations, compliance risk assessment, and pre-transaction compliance diligence. She also advises companies on comprehensive compliance programs and trainings.
Bingna has litigated cases in various legal jurisdictions, and provides clients with strategic and case management advice for parallel proceedings involving multiple jurisdictions. She formerly worked in the litigation department of a leading Chinese law firm under secondment, where she litigated cases before Chinese courts. Bingna has extensive relationships with leading local counsel, and is able to effectively coordinate local litigation and counsel on litigation and dispute resolution proceedings in China.
Prior to joining White & Case, Bingna was a partner of another leading U.S. law firm.
Bingna was named a Hauser Global Scholar for 2001-2002 at New York University School of Law, selected by an international committee chaired by the President of the International Court of Justice. She is a member of the New York bar, and also passed the Chinese bar examination in 1999.
AsiaPac Webinar Series: FCPA Compliance Recommendations for Multi-National Organizations with Chinese Business Operations
Jannette E. Hasan is Senior Counsel-International, at Northrop Grumman Corporation, where she advises the corporation on international anti-corruption matters, including international consultants and CSRS, compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the OECD anti-corruption convention, and foreign anti-corruption laws.
Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Ms. Hasan was an Attorney Advisor-International, at the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program, where she devised, implemented and managed international legal and institutional reform programs, involving WTO accession and compliance, in the Middle East and Africa. Ms. Hasan also served for many years as an Associate at the law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP, where she represented foreign governments before the International Court of Justice and arbitration proceedings in cases involving international land and maritime boundary disputes.
Ms. Hasan’s professional qualifications include a Master of Laws in International Law from Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from the American University in Cairo. She is member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars and is fluent in Spanish and Arabic.
Lauren Higgins is Group Compliance Officer at Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press is a department of the University of Cambridge, and has over 2000 employees, based in over 40 countries globally. Lauren previously was a Divisional Compliance Manager for Oxford University Press, and before that served as a Director for an international risk consulting firm. In this role, she focused on helping companies (primarily FTSE 250s) in developing compliance programmes, in particular related to FCPA, UKBA and AML. She has over ten years’ experience in compliance.
Peter leads on Diversity and Inclusion Business Partnerships for Pearson. In this role, Peter is responsible for: diversity relationship management across the company; data, analysis and reporting; leading our efforts for marketplace eminence, including ratings, rankings, awards and accolades; and, interface with and support for our businesses, products and services.
Until recently, Peter was Director of Sustainability at Pearson. In addition to involvement in Gender Pay Gap reporting for Pearson, in that role he also led on environmental management globally; supply chain responsibility and sustainability related rankings, awards and benchmarks.
Previously, Peter was a Director at Corporate Citizenship where he provided strategic counsel on broad corporate responsibility strategy to global Fortune 500 companies / FTSE100 companies as well as time running their New York office.
Billy Jacobson has served as general counsel, chief compliance officer, federal prosecutor and government-appointed monitor. His experience serving in different capacities for the Department of Justice (DOJ), particularly the Fraud Section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement unit, allows him to provide clients significant insight into the processes and decision making of the DOJ. Billy, along with his partner Guy Singer, currently serves as an independent compliance monitor of a large multi-national petrochemical company, appointed by the DOJ and SEC. He regularly counsels clients facing sanctions proceedings brought by Multi-Lateral Development Banks such as the World Bank and African Development Bank. Billy is also considered a thought leader in the industry having spoken extensively on compliance and investigative topics.
Billy served for five and a half years as Senior Vice President, Co-General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Weatherford International Ltd., one of the world’s largest multinational oil and natural gas service companies. While there, he aided the company in establishing what is widely recognized as a best-in-class compliance program. Further, he supervised a litigation and regulatory docket of more than 1,000 cases around the world, including shareholder suits, complex commercial disputes, International Arbitration, employment matters, intellectual property, property damage and personal injury. This included guiding Weatherford through its response to the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 and various shareholder lawsuits.
Geraldine is an experienced corporate lawyer and advises clients on evolving corporate governance matters, including ESG (environmental, social and governance), directors' duties in managing multiple stakeholder interests and the intersection of business and human rights. She keenly follows developments in corporate governance laws and practices in Australia and internationally.
Spotlight on Australia: An Update on Modern Slavery Reporting and Business and Human Rights
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.
How to Promote Transparency and Inspire Ethical Behavior
Georg Kell is the founding Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with over 9,000 corporate signatories in more than 160 countries.
Georg Kell helped to establish the Global Compact as the foremost platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible and sustainable corporate policies and practices. In a career of more than 25 years at the United Nations, he also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact’s sister initiatives, on investment, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and on education, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), together with the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE).
Georg is Chairman of Arabesque Partners, an Anglo-German ESG Quant fund manager that uses self-learning quantitative models and big data to assess the performance and sustainability of globally listed companies. Its investment technology processes over 100 billion data points to select an investment universe of equities with the aim of delivering superior returns, integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) sources across 15 languages.
Georg started his career as a research fellow in engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Innovation in Berlin. He then worked as a financial analyst in various countries in Africa and Asia before joining the United Nations in 1987. A native of Germany, Georg holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.
Georg has received numerous recognitions from around the world.
James Koukios is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Washington, D.C. office, and serves as Global Co-Head of the FCPA + Anti-Corruption Practice. Mr. Koukios represents companies and individuals in high-stakes government enforcement actions and complex internal investigations. An experienced trial attorney and former federal prosecutor, Mr. Koukios has tried over 20 federal jury cases, including serving as the lead prosecutor in two landmark FCPA-related trials: United States v. Esquenazi and United States v. Duperval. Mr. Koukios also served as a lead prosecutor in United States v. AEY Inc., a defense procurement fraud and export licensing case that served as the basis for the 2016 film War Dogs.
With over a decade of corporate leadership experience, Robert Kuhn combines his expertise in project management, process re-engineering and supply chain issues with his knowledge of and passion for sustainability to bring the firm’s clients senior level strategic advice on sustainable business issues.
For over a decade Robert Kuhn served as CEO of a privately-held manufacturer of assembly products sold through distribution in the electronics and electrical markets. Prior to his corporate leadership experience, Mr. Kuhn was a corporate lawyer in New York City, where his practice centered on complex corporate finance transactions, with a concentration on asset-backed financing.
Robert Kuhn attended The Hotchkiss School (CT), holds a B.A, cum laude, from Wesleyan University, (CT) and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University (DC).
Robert belongs to a number of industry groups, including the Institute for Supply Management, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the Institute of Management Consultants, USA. Mr. Kuhn serves as Chair of ISM’s Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.
Yuliya Kyrlova is Regional Compliance Officer of Siemens Kazakhstan. Yuliya joined Siemens in October 2009 and has held the role of Regional Compliance Officer since January 2012. Yuliya’s role and responsibilities include business partners due diligence, training, compliance control framework, case handling, compliance risk assessment, compliance review board and responding to all other compliance related questions.
Mr. Lopez is a Mexican lawyer graduated with honors from Universidad de las Américas Puebla, in Puebla, México. He pursued academic studies in International Trade Law and in Economic Law at Istituto Universitario di Studi Europei, in Torino, Italy. Mr. Lopez also holds a Master of Laws in International Dispute Settlement from Geneva University Law School and a Master of Laws in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Lopez has worked in Mexico and in Geneva, Switzerland. He currently is Partner of the law firm Solórzano, Carvajal, González y Pérez Correa, S.C. (SOLCARGO) wherein he advises national and multinational companies in International Trade, Life Sciences and Anticorruption matters.
Lucinda A. Low is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP with a practice focusing on US and international anti-corruption laws and assisting US and foreign companies with compliance with international business laws and regulations. She is a widely recognized authority in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related international conventions from the OECD, OAS, United Nations, and European Union. Ms. Low provides legal advice and counsel in the related areas of export control, economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering compliance. In addition, Ms. Low has represented clients before the World Bank in connection with anti-corruption requirements for World Bank-financed projects. She also has represented foreign investors in a broad array of investment disputes with commercial partners and host governments and adds significant international arbitration experience to the firm.
Ms. Low’s FCPA practice includes internal compliance program development and implementation, including establishing workable compliance policies and procedures; training for company management and employee personnel; benchmarking and auditing programs for best practices and effectiveness, counseling on international trade and investment transactions in numerous jurisdictions; structuring commercial deals to address business ethics and regulatory requirements to mitigate risk; conducting internal investigations, audits, and risk assessments; and representing clients before enforcement agencies and bodies, such as the SEC, the US Department of Justice, local US Attorneys' offices, and the World Bank.
Ms. Low is a member of the Board of Directors of Transparency International - USA, a former Chair of the ABA Section of International Law, Vice President of the American Society of International Law, and a current member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law. She was the 2003 recipient of the William Ray Vallance Award presented by the Inter-American Bar Foundation, presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution toward improving the law and jurisprudence of the Western Hemisphere.
Martha Mallory is a Mexican trained attorney with experience in white collar crime, internal investigations and anti-corruption, with a special focus on Latin America. She has over seven years of experience working for the Mexican government in the areas of law enforcement, international criminal law, financial assistance, project coordination and tax litigation. As Business Development Manager for Latin America, Martha provides both multinationals and local companies with tailored compliance solutions that fit the needs of the market.
Prior to joining TRACE, Martha worked at the Legal Attaché Office of the General Attorney’s Office at the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. specializing in mutual legal assistance, anti-corruption, white collar crime, U.S. congressional investigations, sting operations and anti-money laundering practices.
Martha studied law at Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, and holds an LL.M. in General Studies from Georgetown University Law Center with a focus on white collar, anti-corruption and internal investigations.
Martha has been admitted to the New York State Bar and is also authorized to practice law in Mexico. She is a native Spanish speaker and is currently based in Washington, D.C.
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).
Attorney in charge of the area of contracts and general support in business/civil law.
With more than 10 years in practice, he acquired his professional experience in law firms and corporations, specializing in Civil and Business Law, providing legal assistance to companies in regard to obligations and contracts, corporate law, consumer law, intellectual/industrial property and related matters, in consultancy, litigation and administrative disputes.
Diego has great expertise in contracts, negotiation, analysis and drafting of various types of domestic and international contracts, competitive bidding and administrative contracts, assignment of rights, leasing and security agreements.
He has a graduate degree in Civil and Business Law obtained from Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas (UniFMU), and also advises clients in administrative proceedings involving consumer rights vis-à-vis agencies such as CONAR, ANVISA and PROCON, in legal consultancy, administrative disputes and litigation.
Spotlight on the Brazil General Data Protection Law (LGPD): Deciphering the Law and Its Impact on Due Diligence
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.
Conducting Effective Internal Investigations
Mark is the National Practice Group Leader of Blakes Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance group. He is widely regarded as one of the leading white-collar and investigations lawyers in Canada with a particularly strong anti-corruption practice. His practice focuses on white-collar crime defence, anti-corruption compliance and internal investigations. He regularly advises large corporate clients on compliance with criminal and regulatory legislation, and has defended clients on charges under a wide variety of criminal and regulatory statutes, including criminal, anti-corruption, competition, securities, environmental and occupational health and safety. A significant component of Mark’s practice involves conducting independent investigations on sophisticated white-collar and anti-corruption matters. He also advises clients in responding to regulatory and criminal search warrants and investigations.
Mark regularly advises Canadian and multinational corporate clients on compliance with domestic and international anti-corruption legislation (including the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA)), and has conducted numerous CFPOA internal investigations. He also assists clients with CFPOA/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) due diligence during mergers and acquisitions.
Mark has conducted investigations and risk assessments on five continents for numerous multinational companies. On a pro bono basis, he has provided training to prosecutors and enforcement officials in Zimbabwe, and also provided expert testimony to the Canadian Senate during hearings to consider Canada’s new Remediation Agreement legislation. Mark has also served on the Independent Investigations Advisory Board for one of the world’s largest mining companies, providing direction and oversight over all worldwide internal investigations.
Bribery & Corruption in Canada: The Current State of Play
As the Chief Compliance Officer, ASEAN, Sonali is responsible for setting the strategic direction for compliance programs of GE’s business portfolio which includes businesses such as Power, Oil and Gas, Healthcare, Aviation and Digital across the South East Asia region. She is a business partner, enabling business to grow and take risks without compromise on integrity. Sonali brings with her more than 14 years of experience in compliance and corporate governance. She has expertise in risk management, building compliance culture and open reporting programs, integration of acquisitions, internal investigations and innovative training and communications. She has been with GE in compliance roles in growing seniority at Asia Pacific and India with multiple industrial businesses such as Oil and Gas, Power and the Global Growth Organization. Sonali is passionate about community development, and currently co-leads the Singapore council for GE Volunteers, whose activities improve lives and meet critical needs in local communities. Sonali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Law. She is an associate member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and holds a diploma in Intellectual Property Rights Laws from the National Law School of India University at Bangalore.
Enhancing Internal Reporting Mechanisms to Build Trust and Foster a Culture of “Speaking Up”
Gabriella Neal currently serves as Regional Compliance Counsel for Latin America and Mexico Geozone Counsel at Weatherford where she’s held that role since April 2018. A dual licensed attorney in both New York and Mexico, Gabriella’s specialties include US & Latin America commercial and corporate law, international employment law, data privacy, corporate compliance, FCPA and software licensing. Prior to her current role Gabriella held the position of Legal Counsel for Mexico & Venezuela wherein she was responsible for all legal support in Mexico and Venezuela, supervising and managing local attorneys and legal staff on all legal matters including contract negotiations, bid processes, commercial issues and labor matters. Prior to joining Weatherford, Gabriella was employed at Halliburton where she held several roles including Northern Latin America Counsel and President, iMPACT Board of Directors Professional Organization, an organization of Halliburton professionals with the primary objective of furthering employee development, enhancing leadership competencies and increasing employee retention through networking and leadership programs that prepare members for growth within the company.
The Art of Joint Bidding - An Oil & Gas Industry Guide for Navigating the Process of Joint Bidding
Business-oriented advisor with relevant track record as outside counsel, global / latam legal executive for major companies, member of independent advisory boards and as international lecturer.
Successfully handles complex corporate crisis, legal, regulatory and compliance issues; and counsels senior leaders on substantial issues focusing on strategic, sustainable and systematised outcomes.
Works effectively with c-suite level committees, senior and mid-level management and cross-functional structures (local and abroad). His experience in the government (military), academic (legal & compliance), in-house counsel (legal, compliance, regulatory matters, business administration and Corporate Security), outside counsel ("street" and corporate crimes) and NGO's (social) sectors brought together several skills that lead to innovative and effective solutions for corporate issues.
Spotlight on the Brazil General Data Protection Law (LGPD): Deciphering the Law and Its Impact on Due Diligence
Mr. Orestis is a commercial lawyer who has focused on governmental transparency and anti-corruption issues since 2000. Prior to joining Statoil in 2008, Mr. Orestis worked as a United States Agency for International Development legal consultant in 5 former Soviet States and Egypt focusing on regulatory reform, bureaucratic streamlining and increased governmental transparency. In Georgia his work with the Minister for Reform Coordination contributed to that country’s unprecedented one year rise from 114 to 11 in the 2006 World Bank Doing Business survey. In Kazakhstan, Mr. Orestis was responsible for 70 specific regulatory reforms, including elimination of hundreds of business licenses, simplified customs procedures and improved rules for land use and acquisition.
Since 2008, Mr. Orestis has worked to ensure that Statoil, its partners and contractors remain in full compliance with all applicable anti-bribery laws in the countries where they work. As Lead Legal Counsel in Statoil’s Business Ethics and Anti-Corruption department he provides legal counsel to Statoil business units; develops and delivers anti-corruption compliance training to Statoil employees; conducts anti-corruption compliance oversight on Statoil operations globally; and has been an integral component in the development of Statoil’s anti-corruption compliance program and in its successful exit from a Department of Justice Deferred Prosecution Agreement.
Mr. Orestis is currently responsible for compliance oversight in South America, Tanzania, and for all of Statoil’s International Development & Production activities.
SEC’s Increased Enforcement of Internal Controls
Mark Pieth has been Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, since 1993. He completed his studies, his PhD in criminal procedure and his habilitation thesis (on sanctioning and broader criminological topics) at this University; after an extensive period abroad most notably at the Max-Planck-Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, Germany and the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, UK) and a time in private practice at the Bar (as Advokat).
From 1989 to 1993 he was Head of Section on Economic and Organised Crime in the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (Ministry of Justice and Police). In this position he was involved in drafting legislation against money laundering, organised crime, drug abuse and corruption and also on the confiscation of assets. As an official and later as a consultant to governments he has acquired extensive experience in international fora, most notably as a member of the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF) between 1989 and 1993, the Chemical Action Task Force on Precurser Chemicals, as Chairman of an Intergovernmental Expert Group of the United Nations (UN) to determine the extent of illicit trafficking in drugs (in 1990) and as the Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions (since 1990).
He has published extensively in the field of economic and organised crime, money laundering, corruption, sanctioning and criminal procedure. He has served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Basel . He has also assumed various presidencies and memberships of national commissions in Switzerland (President of the Expert Group of the National Research Programme on Violence and Organised Crime, Former President of the Federal Commission on Data Protection in the Medical Profession, Member of the Swiss Federal Gaming Commission, Member of the Consultative Commission to the Federal Administration of Finances on the Prevention of Money Laundering etc.).
He has been a consultant to corporations, international organisations and foreign governments on issues related to governance. Most recently he has participated in the Wolfsberg AML Banking Initiative.
Seth Rice, CCEP, is Assistant General Counsel and Global Director, Ethics and Compliance at Kennametal, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kennametal is a leading, publicly traded, global manufacturer of cutting tools and wear-resistant solutions with more than 11,000 employees serving customers in over 60 countries. Mr. Rice leads Kennametal’s Office of Ethics and Compliance, comprised of a team of nine global compliance professionals, which manage the company’s global anti-corruption and anti-bribery program, trade compliance and export licensing, Code of Conduct training and awareness, and internal investigations, among other responsibilities. Mr. Rice regularly advises Kennametal’s executive leader team and board of directors on various ethics and compliance topics and trends, while expanding and reinvigorating the company’s global compliance programs.
Mr. Rice earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from Westminster College and his law degree from the University Of Tulsa College Of Law. He is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.
Ms. Ringler is currently the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at International Rescue Committee: founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees and displaced people forced to flee from war or disaster. She was previously General Counsel to the Independent Inquiry into UN Oil for Food Programme. She was a member of the senior management team directing the investigation and preparing Committee findings and reports. International investigation of the UN's Oil for Food Program involving a 75 member international investigative team.
The UN Oil for Food Investigation The Price of Corruption and its Aftermath
John is the Chief Compliance Officer for Noble Energy, Inc. (”Noble”). Noble is a publicly traded (NYSE: NBL), leading independent energy company engaged in worldwide oil and gas exploration and production. In his role, he oversees all aspects of Noble’s ethics and compliance program globally, and is responsible for implementation and management of the company’s ethics and compliance policies, procedures and guidelines. John earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from California State University at Long Beach, and a law degree from St. Louis University, and is member of the Missouri Bar. He is a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences addressing legal and regulatory compliance and other international trade law issues.
Aaron Schildhaus represents corporations, NGO’s, governments and businesses with respect to structural and transactional matters in the US and internationally. He evaluates political and legal risks, assists with the setup of new businesses, and helps expand business operations, in new countries and markets, whether stand-alone or as joint ventures, mergers or acquisitions. He also assists with divestitures and all manners of civil litigation and dispute resolution in the US and abroad. Mr. Schildhaus has worked closely with the World Bank, and has been consulted by the Bank for his expertise on doing business in Africa, both Francophone and Anglophone and for his knowledge and experience regarding international anti-corruption. He has worked on transactions with the Export-Import Bank, and on cases requiring export clearances from US government agencies on sensitive, technical matters, including all ramifications of international satellite launch contracts and relationships. Mr. Schildhaus has extensive experience in the energy, transportation, aerospace, telecommunications and manufacturing industries. His experience includes matters in aviation finance, privatization, exports, imports, equipment lease and conditional sale financing, data privacy, and cybersecurity. Mr. Schildhaus was Chair of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association (ABA) in 2008-2009, and has been a member of its prestigious Council since 2000. He is a Fellow of the ABA. Mr. Schildhaus is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar, and the State Bar of Illinois, as well as of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago World Affairs Council.
Corporate and Individual Liability: Recent Litigation Trends, Defensive Tactics & the Connection to Anti-Bribery
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.
FCPA Financial Risk Assessment
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.
Journey to the Center of Anti-Corruption Compliance: Past to Present and How This Context Influences Current Thinking
Orsolya Szotyory-Grove is a senior associate of Mayer Brown’s Vietnam office. Orsolya has over nine years experience in corporate and commercial matters and all aspects of investment and licensing in Vietnam, including tax and structuring advice. She also has experience advising on compliance with anti-corruption laws, and developing internal corporate compliance programs.
As part of Microsoft’s Litigation, Competition & Compliance Group, Rashelle leads global anti-corruption and business conduct learning programs designed to empower employees to make decisions with integrity. Her award-winning online Standards of Business Conduct course is delivered annually, translated into 17 languages, and is required learning for Microsoft’s 120,000 employees and board of directors. Previously, Rashelle was SVP, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for CRISTA, where she led corporate and board governance, legal affairs, and compliance in long-term care, international relief and development, media broadcasting and education. Rashelle began her practice as an employment defense litigator at Williams Kastner & Gibbs after interning at the Washington State Court of Appeals. Rashelle is also a Momentum A.C.E.S. advisory board member, exploring anti-bribery, anti-corruption, international trade and sanctions compliance, and earned the Inaugural Faces of A.C.E.S. Award for Championing Diversity in Compliance Innovation. Rashelle earned her J.D. from Seattle University Law School and her B.A. from Howard University. She is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Innovations in Compliance & Ethics Training – Developing Effective & Engaging Training for Anti-Bribery Compliance
International compliance and ethics professional with knowledge of relevant international anti-corruption regulations (FCPA, UK Biribery Act, Chilean Law 20 393), due diligence matters and internal investigations.
In-house and cross-industry experience (aviation, mining, fertilizers) in enhancing accountability and transparency in corporate compliance programs in the two Chilean companies which have independent FCPA compliance monitors.
Trilingual Spanish, English and Portuguese in-person trainer and policies and procedures advisor.
In this capacity Ms. Vining assists multinational companies with selecting and executing the appropriate due diligence solution. Her team of multilingual due diligence analysts and lawyers has completed reviews on thousands of commercial intermediaries in most countries and across all industries. She helps develop customized, best practices third party management programs for TRACE members and customers.
Prior to joining TRACE, Ms. Vining was a litigation specialist in the tax department of Miller & Chevalier. She graduated from the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, and holds an LL.M. degree from The George Washington University Law School. She speaks Finnish and Swedish.
Ms. Vining is a member of the New York bar association.
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.
FCPA Financial Risk Assessment
Mark Webber is a US Managing Partner & Registered Foreign Legal Consultant with the European law firm Fieldfisher and is based full time in Silicon Valley. As a European lawyer, his practice focuses on international technology and internet law. He is a leading contract and regulatory specialist advising on EU based technology transactions, particularly those with a disruptive component. Mark advises where cloud, digital and online technologies converge and leverage IP and/or data. With EU/US personal data exchanges so fundamental to US technology offerings, a large proportion of his time is spent assisting with large global data transfer projects, GDPR “readiness”, internal information governance and accountability structures, and data protection risk management in the context of EU inward investment.
Martin J. Weinstein is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Chair of the Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement Practice Group and a partner in the Litigation Department. For two decades, he has represented corporations, organizations and individuals in a wide variety of sensitive matters ranging from bribery, fraud, whistleblower and corruption matters worldwide to Congressional inquiries into campaign contributions as well as conducting investigations on behalf of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. His practice has covered almost every major enforcement, compliance or financial fraud topic in almost every industry, spanning over 60 countries in every region of the world. Martin is a widely recognized authority in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). He has tried more than 50 cases, and he has argued over a dozen appeals.
Chambers USA and Chambers Global have given Martin Band 1 or Band 2 rankings since 2007, stating he is "very effective" and “fabulous at strategizing and is very personable and very client-oriented…. He has industrywide FCPA expertise and regularly represents leading corporations under investigation by government agencies.” He was also named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” in 2007, and as one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” by Ethisphere Magazine(2009-2015). Martin is co-author of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Compliance, Investigations and Enforcement, a comprehensive book covering all aspects of the FCPA.
Mr. Wieck is a Senior Compliance & Ethics and Investigation Professional with 21 years of extensive global corporate compliance investigation, forensic accounting and audit experience. Advanced credentials include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). His areas of expertise covers compliance policy development and refinement, investigation planning, execution and reporting, third party due diligence and audit/review, hotline case management.
Internal Investigations in Russia and CIS
AAlexandra 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 has served for four years on the B20 Taskforce on Anti-Corruption, drafting recommendations to 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 130 countries.
Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion, and the High Price of Bad Business
FCPA Financial Risk Assessment
Shared Cost Due Diligence: Reduce Screening Costs While Bolstering Your Procedures
Ms. Sophia Yeh is an associate partner with Tsar & Tsai Law Firm and is licensed in both New York and Taiwan. Sophia specializes in intellectual property law, antitrust and unfair competition law, technology law, litigation and dispute resolution, domestic and international transactions.
Sophia’s practice focuses on assisting clients in various industries on cases involving patent, trademark or copyright infringement, and customs issues relating to counterfeit or pirated goods. Sophia also assisted foreign clients to successfully obtain the approval from the NTA to exempt the withholding tax on royalty payments. She has also represented several offshore channel content providers in their application and requisition of required licenses for operation, renewal of the license and the submission of the required evaluation report in Taiwan.