Thierry Olivier Desmet is an Assistant Director in the Miami Regional Office of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission where he also serves as a supervisor in the FCPA Unit, reporting directly to the FCPA Unit Chief in Washington. Mr. Desmet has worked on a number of high-profile enforcement actions at the SEC, including the FCPA case against Alcatel-Lucent and the financial fraud case against Vivendi Universal. He currently supervises several large FCPA investigations. As a member of the U.S. delegation to the OECD Bribery Working Group, he also served as a lead examiner for the follow-up (Phase III) review of Canada’s enforcement of the Anti-bribery Convention. Mr. Desmet joined the enforcement division in December 2002 after spending four and a half years as a litigation associate at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP where he worked in the white collar crime defense group. Mr. Desmet was born and raised in Belgium and speaks French fluently.
Kevin Bennett is an Executive Director and practice leader of the Advisory Services practice in the Minneapolis office of Grant Thornton and has worked on behalf of Special Committees of the Board of Directors advising them on global anti-bribery and anti-corruption matters regarding potential violations of the Anti- bribery and Books and Records provisions of the FCPA and complex accounting investigations. He has assisted management and corporate boards of directors with comprehensive risk assessments to identify potential fraud, bribery and corruption related risks and assisted corporations in developing and enhancing their anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance programs to meet their legal compliance requirements, corporate mandate, and transactional due diligence responsibilities.