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Doing Business in and with Emerging Markets 2019

Speaker(s): Alex Hao, Brian Markley, Christian C. Davis, Christopher Boehning, David Grosgold, David Tang, Edward J. Lee, Emily Golovicher, Geoffrey M. Goodale, Gina Rebollar, Javier Oroz Coppel, Lian Duan, Natalie L. Reid, Randall A. Hanson, Randall Cook, Ricardo C. Veirano, Ross K. Stoeterau, Sharie A. Brown, Shyamal Mukherjee, Steven M. Richman, Thomas S. Heather, Vassily Rudomino
Recorded on: Jun. 3, 2019
PLI Program #: 252244

Alex Hao is a partner at JunHe’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Strategy Committee. Alex has been practicing law in New York since 2003.

Alex has significant experience in corporate, M&A, finance and FDI matters involving China. He also advises US clients on complying with China’s rapidly developing laws in areas such as anti-bribery, anti-monopoly, labor and employment, and national security. In addition, Alex acts as outside general counsel for many Chinese clients doing business in the U.S. (including some of China’s largest developers, banks and manufacturers) and links them with U.S. lawyers and other professionals.

Clients report that “Alex has superb instincts, utmost discretion, a keen judgment, a unique ability to de-mystify the complex, and a phenomenal ability to bring in all the expertise that is needed, but never more than what's needed.” Because “he's always exactly where you need him, when you need him” and “extremely creative and responsive”, clients “would recommend Alex in a heartbeat" and “just can't imagine doing anything legal in China without his counsel.”

Alex frequently speaks and writes on China-related legal and business issues, and has been interviewed by leading Chinese and U.S. media. He is an adjunct professor at Fudan University’s Fanhai International School of Finance in Shanghai, and co-chairs Practising Law Institute’s annual seminar on Doing Business in and with Emerging Markets in New York. Alex reads history avidly, studies Spanish and German, and travels the continents.

Brian T. Markley represents companies, boards of directors and special committees in connection with civil litigation and internal investigations and inquiries by the DOJ, SEC and other governmental agencies and self-regulatory organizations. He frequently investigates potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws in countries around the world, as well as allegations of accounting fraud, earnings management, workplace harassment and other misconduct.

In addition, Brian represents financial institutions in connection with regulatory investigations, examinations, enforcement actions, litigations and internal investigations involving residential mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps and other complex financial products, as well as general commercial and securities litigation.

Brian also advises companies in connection with FCPA diligence for mergers, acquisitions and other investments in jurisdictions with high corruption risk and works with clients to implement effective post-acquisition compliance programs.

Brian has been recognized as a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation 2018 and was named to Global Investigations Review's “40 under 40” list of the world’s leading investigations lawyers in 2014. He began his legal career at Cahill in 2000 and was elected partner in 2009. Today, he serves as Cahill's Co-Administrative partner and Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee.


  • Representing one of the world’s largest asset management firms and its portfolio companies in connection with M&A diligence and regulatory matters, including FCPA and trade sanctions compliance.
  • Represented the Audit Committee of Wal-Mart Stores in an FCPA investigation relating to activities in Brazil, China, India and Mexico.
  • Counsel to the Audit Committee of Qualcomm in an investigation by the DOJ and SEC, and a related internal investigation, into the company’s FCPA compliance.
  • Counsel to the Audit Committee of Diageo in connection with an internal investigation and an SEC enforcement action concerning the company’s FCPA compliance.
  • Oversaw compliance and governance reforms at Biomet as part of a Monitorship required by a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey.
  • Counsel to the Monitor for Toyota Motor Corporation in connection with a Deferred Prosecution Agreement entered into with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
  • Representing multiple companies in the oil service and equipment industry in connection with investigations in Asia and Latin America.
  • Counsel to Standard & Poor's in connection with state and federal lawsuits, investigations, regulatory examinations and testimony before U.S. Senate and House committees.
  • Counsel to Time Warner Cable in disputes related to affiliation and retransmission agreements.
  • Successfully defended client in a 5-day AAA arbitration hearing related to a dispute over the interpretation of a Purchase Agreement earn-out provision.
  • Represented financial services company against wrongful termination and other claims before a FINRA arbitration panel.
  • Represented journalists Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper in connection with the federal government's efforts to compel disclosure of their confidential sources in a criminal investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's identity.
  • Defended the Columbia Journalism Review against a libel claim arising out of an article concerning an alleged American mercenary imprisoned in Afghanistan.
  • Represented The New York Times in connection with grand jury subpoenas seeking to compel disclosure of its reporters' telephone records in a federal grand jury investigation.
  • Represented six major media companies in numerous First Amendment challenges to restrictions on newsgathering activities at polling places during primaries and general elections.


Christian Davis is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. His practice focuses on U.S. law and policy affecting international trade and business. He represents clients in the merger, acquisition and divestiture process before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and on accounting for associated risks. He counsels clients in a wide variety of industries and advises clients in developing and administering international trade compliance programs and conducting internal investigations. He has also advised sovereign entities in the formation of law and policy.

Christian graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2008.

Christian was recognized by Law360 as a rising star in International Trade, 2018 and received the global excellence award for leading advisor in International Trade Law, 2018. He was also recognized by CorporateLiveWire as International Trade Lawyer of the Year from 2014 to 2016. He is a frequent speaker on CFIUS , foreign investment, export controls, sanctions, anticorruption and customs laws, and has written extensively on these topics as well.

David Grosgold is a partner in the firm’s Financial Institutions Group and Insurance Practice Groups. Mr. Grosgold’s practice focuses on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions in the financial services and insurance industries, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, reinsurance and bancassurance transactions in the U.S., Latin America and Asia.

Mr. Grosgold is a recommended lawyer for insurance in The Legal 500 US 2017 and is also recognized by The Legal 500 Latin America 2015, which notes that he is a “rising star in the financial institutions space.” He was also named a “Rising Star” in 2015 by the New York Law Journal.

Mr. Grosgold received his B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2001 and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law summa cum laude in 2005, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and served as Submissions Editor on the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law Review. Mr. Grosgold is a member of the New York Bar and is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew.

David Tang is a partner in the Shanghai office of JunHe LLP, having over 19 years of experience in trade and customs, economic sanctions and export controls matters.

David is one of the very few practitioners in China who has deep understanding and extensive experience in U.S. sanctions and export controls. He represents U.S. companies in internal trade compliance audits, end user due diligence and verification. In recent years he has helped many Chinese large SOEs to develop their compliance programs for coping with U.S. sanctions and export controls, and assisted Chinese clients in assessing sanctions/export controls risks for their business involving sanctioned countries.

Clients often seek for David’s very unique investigative and auditing expertise in finding facts for the purposes of internal investigations and government investigations related to FCPA and trade sanctions.

David is also highly experienced in international trade disputes (i.e. antidumping, countervailing duty, safeguard, 337) related to imports to U.S., EU, and PRC. His hands-on approach and ability to quickly understand a client’s business and operations has consistently enabled him to obtain the most favorable results in complex trade cases.

David’s practice also covers the full spectrum of customs matters, including classification, valuation, country of origin, duty assessment, VAT refund, free trade zones and bonded warehouses, import licensing, Chinese and US export control. David frequently assists clients in internal audits and compliance training. Clients always find his advice precise, clear and helpful. He also offers strategic and practical business solutions to exporters as well as importers in their long-term business planning, such as cross-border transactions, duty assessment, setup of importer of record, utilization of bonded warehouse and other programs.

David has been consecutively recognized as a leading lawyer in international trade by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific since 2012.


Edward J. Lee is a transactional partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Ed’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and shareholder activism defense.  Lawdragon has named Ed as one of the 500 leading lawyers in America, and IFLR1000 and Expert Guides have recognized him as a leading lawyer within the M&A practice. Law360 named Ed as one of six “Rising Stars” for M&A in 2018. Ed has significant experience advising on both cross-border and domestic transactions, as well as on spin-offs and carve-outs, joint ventures, LBOs, and initial public and other securities offerings. He has advised a broad range of public and private clients across industries, including, among others, technology, media and telecom (TMT), industrial, health care, consumer goods, energy and financial institutions. Ed is a David Rockefeller Fellow, Class of 2017-2018. Ed is also a member of the Council of Korean Americans, and serves as a board member and co-chair of the Corporate Law Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and as a member of the Leadership Advisory Group for the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York. Ed holds degrees from Cornell University and Harvard Law School.

Emily Golovicher co-leads the Technology Law team at Prudential Financial, Inc. She manages a legal team that provides transactional, contractual and advisory support for technology matters worldwide. Emily and her team advise on a wide range of issues, including technology contracts and matters, digital transformation and communication, and outsourcing.

Prior to her current role, Emily served as Chief Legal Officer of Americas and Africa for Prudential International Insurance. She had oversight and supervisory responsibility for legal teams throughout the Americas region, including in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Emily oversaw and managed legal issues with respect to Prudential International Insurance’s reinsurance entity in Bermuda, investments in Africa and pension joint venture in Chile, Colombia and Peru. Emily was also Chief Legal Officer of Digital Transformation for Prudential International Insurance. Prior to this role, Emily supported strategic business initiatives and market expansions for Prudential International Insurance Law in Asia and Europe.

Emily joined Prudential in 2016 as a member of Prudential Retirement Law, where she was a lead lawyer on pension risk transfer and longevity reinsurance transactions.

Prior to joining Prudential, Emily was in private practice in the insurance group at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Throughout her career, Emily has worked on a number of large M&A, reinsurance and insurance transactions, including the groundbreaking $25 billion General Motors and $8 billion Verizon buy-out agreements with Prudential.

Emily earned a B.A. in government and history from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Geoffrey Goodale is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of FisherBroyles, LLP.  For over 17 years, he has assisted many companies, financial institutions, and other entities develop and implement strategies to accomplish their international business goals.

Geoffrey regularly counsels U.S. and non-U.S. entities on a wide range of complex issues relating to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and the economic sanctions regulations administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In addition to providing training on these regulations, designing compliance manuals, and assisting clients with all aspects of the export license and agreement approvals processes, he conducts internal reviews and audits to assess compliance in these areas and helps clients develop and implement effective corrective action strategies, including the drafting and submission of voluntary disclosures when warranted.

He also advises clients on import compliance matters, prepares ruling requests, protests, petitions for relief, and prior disclosures that are submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and he assists clients in preparing for and undergoing various kinds of CBP audits (e.g., Focused Assessments and NAFTA Verification Audits).  Moreover, he has represented both U.S. and non-U.S. companies in antidumping and countervailing duty cases, as well as in Section 201, Section 232, and Section 337 proceedings.

In addition, Geoffrey counsels clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the regulation of foreign direct investment in the United States (e.g., CFIUS reviews).  He also assists clients in developing strategies to protect their intellectual property rights in the United States and abroad and in complying with cybersecurity and data privacy laws, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Geoffrey has been an accomplished leader in the American Bar Association (ABA) and other bar associations for many years.  He currently is Co-Chair of the ABA Section of International Law’s National Security Committee and Senior Advisor to the Section’s Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee.  In addition, he currently serves as Chair of the D.C. Bar’s International Trade Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s International Practice Section. 

Geoffrey received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where he was a Dean's Fellow and a Notes Editor for the AIPLA QUARTERLY JOURNAL. He obtained his B.A. in Russian Studies and Government, with Honors, and his M.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary.

Gina Rebollar is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Clever Leaves, one of the world’s largest hemp and pharmaceutical cannabis producers. Clever Leaves is a fully legal cannabis company with a global footprint encompassing brands, extraction facilities, cultivation operations and other investments across Canada, Colombia, Germany, Portugal, and the United States, and 500 employees worldwide. Ms. Rebollar provides full-service counsel to Clever Leaves in capital markets, corporate governance, commercial and other global matters, and has led the development of the company’s legal and compliance function. Her extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions includes M&A transactions on three continents exceeding $30 billion in aggregate value.

Previously, Ms. Rebollar served as Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel at Chubb (NYSE: CB), the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company with operations in 54 countries.  Before joining Chubb, Ms. Rebollar was an associate with the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where her practice covered a broad range of corporate transactions.

Ms. Rebollar earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law and B.A. from Duke University. She is the chair of Stoked, an action sports youth development non-profit.

Javier Oroz is the General Secretary at AXA México, one of the biggest insurance company in the country with a multi-branch business and part of the French AXA Group, the number one insurance brand in the world.

He oversees Legal, Compliance, Public Affairs, Corporate Responsibility, Customer Complaints and Crisis Leader. He is also member of the Executive Committee and member of the AXA Global Leadership Network. For the past 4 years he has been also the Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Mexican Insurance Association (AMIS).

Javier graduated summa cum laude from the University of La Salle Law School in 2004 and has taken several post-graduate studies: Sox Act, Orientation to US Legal System and Amparo Law in the Libre de Derecho Law School of Monterrey; and a mini-MBA for General Counsels (GC) by Global Leaders in Law in Harvard. Currently he is undergraduate in a master’s degree about Insurance and Bonds in the University of Monterrey.

His career includes being a legal manager and subdirector in ING from 2005 to 2007 and Head of Litigation, GC and Head of Compliance and General Secretary in AXA from 2008 until now.

He was included by Legal 500 in the GC Powerlist and his team was highlighted as one of the best legal teams in México. The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) shortlisted him as one of the best in-house litigation lawyer and nominated him as GC of the Year 2019 in LatAm. The Latin America Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) nominated him two years in a row as GC of the Year in LatAm in which he was awarded in 2018.

Lian Duan is the Senior Vice President, Deputy Head of Legal and Compliance, of China Merchants Bank New York Branch, where she manages the Bank’s legal function, regulatory compliance matters, provide strategic legal advice to senior management, and facilitates communications with Headquarter’s Legal and Compliance Department. She has been with China Merchants Bank for 7 years.

Lian graduated from the Boston University School of Law in 2011. Prior to BU, Lian worked as the legal counsel at People’s Property and Casualty Insurance Company, the largest property insurance company in China. Lian received her Master of Laws in International Law and Bachelor of Laws from Sun Yat-sen University in China. 

Randall Hanson is a partner in the Greensboro, North Carolina office of Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP specializing in US and cross-border corporate and commercial transactions.  He represents emerging and middle-market companies, including closely-held businesses, from the Southeastern United States and from Latin America, Europe and Asia.  He also serves as outside general counsel to many of his domestic and foreign based clients.

Randy’s practice areas include cross-border negotiated transactions; domestic and international mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures and strategic alliances; international business negotiations; general corporate advising; domestic and international corporate formation and reorganization; cross-border procurement, supply, distribution and sales representative agreements; and global supply chain legal requirements.

Through almost 35 years of law firm and in-house practice, Randy has gained extensive experience representing clients in the manufacturing, retail and consumer sectors.  His clients come from a wide array of industries including furniture, textiles, motor vehicles, construction equipment, OEM/parts suppliers, commercial building supply, chemicals, medical products and consumer products. 

Ricardo C. Veirano is Veirano’s Managing Partner, leading its Executive Committee and seating in its Partners’ Evaluation Committee. Veirano is one of the most prominent firms in Brazil and Latin America, with offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília and Porto Alegre.

Ricardo has a transactional practice focusing primarily on cross border public and private M&A, corporate finance, governance matters and financial investors, including private equity funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds and large family offices.

Ricardo holds a law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, an LL.M. degree from the University of Chicago Law School and is a former recipient of a scholarship from Fundação Estudar. From September 1995 through August 1997 he was a foreign associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.

Ricardo serves on the board of directors of Multiplus, a publicly traded company in Brazil. He also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC) and as a Co-chair of the Latin American Regional Forum of the International Bar Association, among many other industries and not for profit institutions.

Ricardo speaks frequently abroad in seminars and conferences in his areas of expertise and has, for the last 15 years, been appointed as a leading lawyer in Latin America in the fields of corporate/M&A and corporate governance by Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, Global 500, Latin Lawyer, IFLR and Who’s Who.

Ross Stoeterau is Managing Director and Associate General Counsel – International with Nuveen, a multi-boutique investment manager with over $900 billion under management.  Nuveen provides specialized investment solutions through its affiliates, including Nuveen Asset Management, Symphony Asset Management, NWQ Investment Management, Santa Barbara Asset Management, Winslow Capital Management, Teachers Advisers and Gresham Investment Management. Ross oversees a team with responsibility for legal and regulatory issues related to Nuveen’s product development, sales and distribution, corporate governance and regulatory affairs outside the United States. Prior to joining Nuveen in 2011, he was legal counsel for AllianceBernstein, a global asset manager, in their New York and Singapore offices, and an associate attorney with the law firm of Clifford Chance in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. Ross holds degrees from DePaul University (BA), the University of Chicago (MA) and Northwestern University (JD), and is admitted to the Bar in both New York and Illinois.

Shyamal Mukherjee heads the Fox Mandal & Associates’ Corporate & Dispute Resolution Laws practice.

Shyamal has been in practice for over twenty five years in the areas of Corporate Litigation and Arbitration. Before joining the firm, he was commissioned as an Officer in the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the Judge Advocate General’s branch and has served as Assistant Chief Legal Advisor and Judge Advocate in the IAF.

Shyamal has handled Writ Petitions in various High Courts and the Supreme Court of India, briefed Government Standing Counsels (including the Solicitor General of India) on litigations of civil and criminal nature, rendered opinion on personnel policies, general contracts and agreements, arbitration, personal laws and other litigation matters.

He has advised on general corporate and commercial matters related to contractual and corporate laws, insurance, banking, license and agreements, joint ventures, formation of companies, mergers, takeovers, acquisitions, due diligence reviews, alternative dispute resolution, debt recovery, maritime claims and real estate. In addition to the High Courts, Admiralty Courts and the Supreme Court he has also represented corporate and individual clients in subordinate courts, State and National Consumer fora, the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission and before various statutory and regulatory authorities.

He also leads the firm’s advisory and consulting services in the Laws on Prevention of Sexual Harassment of women at workplace. He has conducted several awareness workshops on the “PoSH Act” [Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 & Rules 2013]. He has trained members of the Internal Complaints Committees (ICCs) of several organizations on various aspects of PoSH.



Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Human Resources, Litigation, Arbitration & Dispute Resolution.



Enrolled as an Advocate in the Bar Council of Delhi

International Bar Association

Confederation of Indian Industry

Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce



Master of Arts (English)

Bachelor of Laws (Professional)

Steven M. Richman holds a law degree from New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1980, Order of the Coif, and a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Drew University.  He is a member of Clark Hill PLC, based in Princeton and New York, with a national and international litigation and arbitration practice including representation of foreign and domestic companies in dispute resolution and contract matters.  He is the author of the ABA book, Photography Law Handbook, and has written and spoken extensively in the areas of international law, corporate social responsibility, contracts, litigation and arbitration, and ethics and professional responsibility. He is Immediate Past Chair of the American Bar Association’s 17,000 member Section of International Law, a Section delegate in the ABA House of Delegates, as well as an ABA Liaison to the UIA and the United Nations.  Within the International Bar Association, he is an officer of Bar Issues Commission.  He is a former member of the National District Export Council Board, and appointed to the New Jersey District Export Council by the United States Secretary of Commerce.

Thomas S. Heather is a graduate of the Escuela Libre de Derecho, School of Law, the National University of México (Business and Finance), and of the University of Texas at Austin (LLM).

Mr. Heather joined Creel in 2021 as of-Counsel.  His consolidation of a multidisciplinary career of more than 40 years, has positioned him as a leader in his areas of practice.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of several leading public corporations, and chairs the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees of Grupo Financiero Banorte, and its operating subsidiaries, and GRUMA. In addition to sharing the Investment Committee of Afore Siglo XXI, Banorte, he is a Member of the Audit Committee of Grupo Televisa, and RLH Properties. Recently, he was invited as Independent Member of the Audit Committee of the Central Bank of Mexico.

Mr. Heather has earned several recognitions as a leading lawyer. He is a founding Member of the International Insolvency Institute, co-Founder and Chairman of the Mexican Institute of Mediation, and headed the Financial Law Committee of the Mexican Bar Association. He is an international fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, and Member of the Mexican Academy of Arbitration and Best Practices Committee of the Business Coordinating Council (Consejo Coordinador Empresarial-CCE). He has also participated in the Advisory Council of Harvard University's International Financial Institutions Program.

Mr. Heather has been a delegate at UNCITRAL, participating in international conferences and seminars on multinational insolvency issues.  He has published more than a hundred articles, and he also has co-authored several treatises.


Vassily Rudomino is a co-founder of ALRUD Law Firm, Head of Competition/Antitrust practice.

He is an expert with profound experience in all aspects of the Russian competition legislation including in merger control clearance of complex transactions and cartel investigations. Vassily represents interests of clients in the Federal Antimonopoly Service and its territorial divisions, during inspections as well as in antimonopoly disputes in courts. Vassily advises clients across a range of industries including healthcare, life science and chemicals, banking and finance, consumer goods and retail, technology, media and telecoms.

Vassily Rudomino has significant experience assisting clients in Russian corporate crime matters, including matters relating to bribery and corruption. He has also supported clients in preventative compliance work in these areas (often working together with U.S. and European counsel in projects involving joint consideration of Russian law, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and relevant EU anti-corruption laws).

Vassily Rudomino graduated from the Moscow State University of International Relations, International Commercial Law Department of the International Law Faculty. He is an advocate, a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA).

Vassily Rudomino has been recognized by Chambers Global as a leading corporate lawyer. Chambers Europe, Best Lawyers and Legal 500 recommend Vassily Rudomino for Competition/Antitrust.

A partner in the Litigation Department, Chris Boehning’s practice includes complex commercial and civil litigation matters, insurance counseling and litigation, criminal, civil and other regulatory inquiries, internal investigations and international arbitrations.

Chris has 25 years of regulatory, civil litigation and international arbitration experience representing leading financial institutions and a variety of other global companies in high-stakes matters. Chris has represented companies and their executives in investigations and related litigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), FINRA, Senate Permanent Subcommittee of Investigations, New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) and a host of other state and federal regulatory authorities in connection with research and trading, mutual fund transactions and sale practices, RMBS, and CDOs, among others. He has significant experience representing companies facing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and corruption-related investigations and proceedings before the SEC, the DOJ and the World Bank; and global financial institutions in connection with global sanctions and anti-money laundering investigations.

Chris has an active insurance practice, which includes representation of leading insurance and reinsurance companies concerning coverage litigation, reinsurance disputes, litigation arising out of the events of 9/11, regulatory inquiries involving the DFS and other insurance regulators, and government investigations.

Chris has extensive experience representing international clients in cross-border litigation, investigations and international arbitrations. Chris has handled international arbitrations sited in Germany, London, New York, Paris and Tokyo. He co-chairs the Firm’s International Practice Committee and is an Honorary Member of COMBAR.

Chris received both his M.S. in Public Policy Analysis in 1988 and his B.A. in Political Science in 1987 from the University of Rochester where he was a Rochester National Scholar. Chris received his J.D. in 1994 from Washington University School of Law where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Washington University Law Quarterly and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He is currently a member of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees, chair of the Arts, Sciences & Engineering National Council of the University of Rochester, on the National Council for Washington University School of Law, and on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Michigan Law School.

Randall H. Cook is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura based in New York. He has more than 20 years of experience as a former federal prosecutor, in-house executive leader and counsel, Inspector General, law firm attorney, and US Army officer leading and advising organizations engaged with critical operational, compliance, and risk mitigation challenges. Randy assists companies, organizations, investors, and counsel to navigate complex risks arising from national security concerns (including the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) and US trade controls); government and regulatory investigations and audits; and public and fiscal integrity issues.

Prior to joining Ankura, Randy was Senior Counsel for two Fortune 50 aerospace technology companies, where he built and led global compliance and investigation programs focused on consistent, process-based risk analysis, engagement, and mitigation. These programs were a critical enabler for the companies’ successful navigation of consent agreements with the US Department of State.

Randy also was an Assistant United States Attorney in the federal district of New Jersey, where he prosecuted numerous complex crimes while serving as District Coordinator for Counterproliferation Initiatives and as the Anti-Money Laundering District Coordinator for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. Previously, he was an attorney for Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, where he provided counsel and advocated for clients confronting complex regulatory issues in multiple industries.

Randy served in the United States Army and Army Reserve as an Infantry Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Company Commander, and Inspector General. He is currently assigned as an instructor in the US Army Command and General Staff College, where he teaches strategy and operational design to Army field-grade officers.

Randy’s professional experience includes:

  • CFIUS Monitorships: Supervised design and implementation of CFIUS-required independent third party monitorship programs for: a global technology company that recently acquired software products used by US Government agencies; a global financial services company that was acquired by a Chinese multi-national conglomerate; and a sensitive solar power facility. In each instance, the program includes collaborative development and monitoring of sensitive data management, minimization, and security elements; training; incident identification and reporting; non-retaliation; insider threat; cyber security; system and product integrity assurance; and physical security.
  • Disaster Recovery Procurement Compliance Program Design and Implementation: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement a public procurement compliance program office in support of disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts for a large public utility following a catastrophic hurricane. The program office reviewed over $1.5 billion in procurement activity for Stafford Act compliance, conducted a compliance assessment and enhancement plan, and provided policy support and reporting in order to assure the utility’s credibility and the availability of federal disaster recovery assistance funds.
  • Compliance Risk Assessment and Prioritized Program Design: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design a post-audit compliance program for fortune 500 international manufacturer. Approach integrated existing enterprise processes and systems, and developed a project plan that enabled the enterprise to implement the program through phased, risk-prioritized, iterative enhancements.
  • Monitorship Investigations and Compliance Program Implementation: Led a team of Ankura professionals to design and implement an internal investigations and related compliance program for a fortune 50 aerospace defense and technology company to satisfy the requirements of a Consent Agreement with the US Department of State. The program enabled the company to successfully implement an accountable, efficient investigation process and fulfill its compliance requirements to the satisfaction of the Consent Agreement’s monitor.
  • As Senior Counsel and Empowered Official for two fortune 50 aerospace technology firms, Randy built a compliance, investigation, and audit program specifically cited by State Department regulators as the “best in the industry” and led over 250 investigations with 100 percent success in resolution without enforcement action. Randy reduced outside counsel fees by over 90 percent over a two-year period.
  • As an Assistant US Attorney, Randy served as the lead federal prosecutor on over 100 cases involving trade controls, sanctions, government contracts, fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, bank and tax fraud, narcotics, war crimes, and terrorism. During his tenure, he tried five cases to verdict, prepared 10 cases to within weeks of trial, and drafted and argued dozens of motions, as well as interviewed and prepared hundreds of targets, subjects, and witnesses.
  • As a law firm attorney, Randy focused his practice on government, congressional, and internal investigations; CFIUS; trade controls; public integrity; anti-corruption; anti-fraud; and corporate defense for defense, policy, financial services, logistics, pharmaceutical, and technology clients.
  • As a Lieutenant Colonel for the US Army and the Army Reserve, Randy served as an Inspector General, conducted federal whistleblower and contract fraud investigations, and led organizational audits. As an Infantry Battalion Executive Officer, Task Force Operations Officer, and Company Commander, he provided mission-critical leadership, planning, coordination, and decision-making during multiple international and domestic contingencies.

Sharie Brown is a partner in the White Collar & Government Investigations Practice Group in the firm’s Washington, DC office. She is a recognized leader in ethics, compliance and internal investigations involving financial fraud and corruption for US and non-US 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.

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 sanctions compliance and international trade controls, corporate ethics and compliance, Section 301 tariffs and International Trade Commission proceedings,  and USA Patriot Act anti-money laundering. Sharie regularly represents US and non-US clients in complex matters involving the US Department of Justice, the US Department of Treasury, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Department of Commerce, the US State Department, US Congressional Committees, and other local regulatory agencies.

Prior to joining Troutman Sanders, Sharie chaired the White Collar Defense & Corporate Compliance Practice Group and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Corruption and Corporate Compliance Practice Group at two leading law firms. Before joining these other law firms, Sharie worked at Mobil Oil Corporation’s Office of General Counsel, where she served as an ethics and compliance officer. In that capacity, she developed a worldwide ethics and compliance program, a code of conduct and employee training videos, as well as pamphlets on the FCPA, and Iran, Iraq, Cuba and Libya sanctions compliance. As Mobil's policy advisor in Corporate Planning and Economics, she handled trade, tax and sanctions policy issues. In addition, she directed Mobil's state government relations in key states prior to her Corporate Planning assignment.

Prior to Mobil, Sharie was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where she handled tax, bank fraud and securities fraud cases. She was commended by FBI Director William Sessions for her co-prosecution of a securities fraud RICO, among other enforcement agency commendations. Sharie also clerked for the Honorable Richard M. Bilby, United States District Court, District of Arizona.

Sharie has authored, contributed to or been the feature of numerous articles regarding her practice areas, in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the National Law Journal,, and many others. She has also presented or moderated numerous FCPA, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, compliance, and OFAC sanctions panels all over the world, including the Middle East, Africa and Europe.  She serves as co- chair of the District of Columbia Bar Association’s International Law Community, and is an active member of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences.

Natalie L. Reid is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution Group and Co-Chair of Debevoise’s Caribbean Practice. Ms. Reid focuses on international arbitration, public international law, and complex commercial litigation matters. A Jamaican national, she advises and represents states, multinational corporations, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations in proceedings in U.S. courts and international fora. Ms. Reid acts as counsel in commercial and treaty arbitrations conducted under the rules of the major arbitral institutions. She serves on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, and is Co-Chair of CPR’s Y-ADR group for practitioners under 45.