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FCPA Actions and New Compliance Guidelines: Are You Prepared?

Live Webcast Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (ET)
Legal (CLE)Recording

FCPA Actions and New Compliance Guidelines

Join us for this Knowledge Group FCPA Actions and New Compliance Guidelines Webinar. In November 2010, the joint effort of DOJ and the SEC has resolved several investigations wherein international companies pleaded guilty to the violation of anti-bribery provisions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). With these latest FCPA actions in mind, foreign companies as well as their subsidiaries and affiliates face considerable challenges in creating and implementing effective FCPA compliance guidelines.

In webcast, the Knowledge Group is assembling a panel of distinguished thought leaders and key regulators to help foreign companies and others which are bound to abide by the FCPA understand new compliance guidelines.

Some of the key areas addressed in this webcast:

  • Visible and transparent corporate policy on anti-corruption laws
  • Anti-corruption policies and procedures for business transactions
  • Yearly review of anti-corruption compliance standards and methods
  • Executive management oversight with compliance reporting obligations to board of directors and monitoring bodies
  • Due diligence and compliance requirements for agents and business partners
  • And other up to the minute compliance guidelines update

Companies and their executive team may have to completely overhaul their compliance guidelines to prevent their business from falling into the pitfalls of FCPA actions.

Agenda

Thierry O. Desmet, Assistant Regional Director, 
Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, FCPA Unit

  • Trends in FCPA enforcement, including increased coordination with overseas regulators and continued focus on prosecutions of individuals.
  • Considerations for designing meaningful FCPA compliance programs.
  • Mitigating the risks of FCPA violations through effective due diligence on third-party agents.
  • Whether to self-report an FCPA violation to the U.S. government.

Sharie A. Brown, Partner/Chair, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Corruption
and Corporate Compliance Practice, 
DLA Piper

  • Strategies For Mitigating The Impact of Dodd- Frank Whistleblower Provisions On The Viability Of Your Hotline
    1. The Risks From External Whistleblowing
    2. Company Incentives To Promote Internal Whistleblowing
  • Strategies For Addressing The Risks Of Parallel Anticorruption Enforcement Actions
    1. Resolving Policy and Procedural Differences Between The FCPA And UK Bribery Act
    2. Raising Awareness Of the FCPA and UK Bribery Act Differences To Your Senior Management So That The Compliance Culture Can Be Refined To Meet More Restrictive Standards
    3. The Benefits Of Value-Based Compliance Programs Over Rules Based Compliance When Laws Collide
    4. Taking Responsibility For the Compliance Culture, The Procedures Applied, and Steps That Position Your Company For the Best Outcomes With Enforcement Agencies
    5. Questions For The Board

Kevin Bennett, Executive Director, Advisory Services – Forensics & Litigation,
Grant Thornton LLP

  • What are some of the emerging trends and best practices coming out of the recent FCPA enforcement actions?
  • What are the differences between the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act and what should companies being doing to enhance their current compliance programs?
  • Should Private Equity firms be concerned with the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act?
  • With the resurgence in M&A activity are we seeing an increase in anti-bribery and corruption due diligence and enforcement actions?
  • What does the Lindsay Manufacturing verdict mean and who should be most concerned?

Who Should Attend

  • General Counse
  • International Counsel
  • Trade Counsel
  • Compliance Officers
  • Ethics Officers
  • Forensic Auditors
  • Vice Presidents and Directors
  • International Contract
  • C-Level
  • Outside Counsel
  • Foreign Subsidiary Directors
  • Regulatory Specialists

FCPA Actions and New Compliance Guidelines

Thierry O. Desmet, Assistant Regional Director, 
Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, FCPA Unit

  • Trends in FCPA enforcement, including increased coordination with overseas regulators and continued focus on prosecutions of individuals.
  • Considerations for designing meaningful FCPA compliance programs.
  • Mitigating the risks of FCPA violations through effective due diligence on third-party agents.
  • Whether to self-report an FCPA violation to the U.S. government.

Sharie A. Brown, Partner/Chair, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Corruption
and Corporate Compliance Practice, 
DLA Piper

  • Strategies For Mitigating The Impact of Dodd- Frank Whistleblower Provisions On The Viability Of Your Hotline
    1. The Risks From External Whistleblowing
    2. Company Incentives To Promote Internal Whistleblowing
  • Strategies For Addressing The Risks Of Parallel Anticorruption Enforcement Actions
    1. Resolving Policy and Procedural Differences Between The FCPA And UK Bribery Act
    2. Raising Awareness Of the FCPA and UK Bribery Act Differences To Your Senior Management So That The Compliance Culture Can Be Refined To Meet More Restrictive Standards
    3. The Benefits Of Value-Based Compliance Programs Over Rules Based Compliance When Laws Collide
    4. Taking Responsibility For the Compliance Culture, The Procedures Applied, and Steps That Position Your Company For the Best Outcomes With Enforcement Agencies
    5. Questions For The Board

Kevin Bennett, Executive Director, Advisory Services – Forensics & Litigation,
Grant Thornton LLP

  • What are some of the emerging trends and best practices coming out of the recent FCPA enforcement actions?
  • What are the differences between the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act and what should companies being doing to enhance their current compliance programs?
  • Should Private Equity firms be concerned with the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act?
  • With the resurgence in M&A activity are we seeing an increase in anti-bribery and corruption due diligence and enforcement actions?
  • What does the Lindsay Manufacturing verdict mean and who should be most concerned?

FCPA Actions and New Compliance Guidelines

FCPA Actions and New Compliance Guidelines

Thierry O. DesmetAssistant Regional DirectorSecurities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, FCPA Unit

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.

FCPA Actions and New Compliance Guidelines

Sharie A. BrownPartner/Chair, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Corruption and Corporate Compliance PracticeDLA Piper

FCPA Actions and New Compliance Guidelines

Kevin BennettExecutive Director, Advisory Services – Forensics & LitigationGrant Thornton LLP

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.


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FCPA Actions and New Compliance Guidelines

Course Level:
   Intermediate

Advance Preparation:
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Method Of Presentation:
   On-demand Webcast

Prerequisite:
   NONE

Course Code:
   114117

Total Credits:
    2.0 CLE

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About the Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group has been a leading global provider of Continuing Education (CLE, CPE) for over 13 Years. We produce over 450 LIVE webcasts annually and have a catalog of over 4,000 on-demand courses.

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.

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