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The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2016


Speaker(s): Beatrice M. Schaffrath, Charles E. Duross, Cheryl J. Scarboro, Claudius O. Sokenu, Daniel S. Kahn, David W. Brown, Greta Lichtenbaum, James J. Benjamin, Jr., Jason A. Jones, Jay Holtmeier, John D. Griffith, Joseph M. Azam, Kara N. Brockmeyer, Karen A. Popp, Karen M. Griffin, Karen Patton Seymour, Kathryn Cameron Atkinson, Kelly S. Austin, Kim Nemirow, Kimberly A. Parker, Laura K. Kennedy, Laurence A. Urgenson, Lucinda A. Low, Melody Wang, Nathaniel B. Edmonds, Neil T. Smith, Patricia M. Byrne, Paul E. Rowsey, Pedro A. Medrano, Richard N. Dean, Richard S. Levick, Esq. , Richard W. Grime, Robert E L deButts, Jr., Sean Hecker, Sulaksh R. Shah, Susan M. Ringler, Thomas J. Koffer, William J. Stuckwisch
Recorded on: May. 2, 2016
PLI Program #: 149934

He has distinguished himself as an outstanding FCPA practitioner, . . . he has a terrific boardroom presence and a practical approach to dealing with issues and governments around the world." –Chambers Global 2015

Larry Urgenson is a co-leader of the firms' Global Anti-Corruption & FCPA practice. Larry is widely recognized as one of the preeminent FCPA authorities in the United States. He has represented corporate and individual clients in FCPA and anti-corruption matters worldwide for nearly four decades. As noted in Chambers, Larry is "a brilliant lawyer and a leading light at the FCPA Bar." (Chambers USA 2016). He "is highly esteemed for his FCPA practice, which includes advising on statutory compliance and corporate representation in government investigations" (USA 2015), is "known for his experience in high-stakes investigations" (USA 2013) and "offers incredible knowledge in the FCPA area . . . he has great judgment" (USA 2012). Clients praise Larry and state that, "There simply isn't a more client-sensitive strategist out there" (Chambers Global 2016).

Larry was named Benchmark Litigation Star in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. He was also recognized nationally as one of 8 FCPA Masters at the first annual Main Justice Best FCPA Lawyers Client Service Awards in 2013. Additionally, he is a sought-after writer and speaker on white collar matters and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Editors of the Business Crimes Bulletin.

Prior to joining private practice, Larry held key leadership positions at the US Department of Justice (DOJ). As the DOJ's Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, he primarily supervised the Fraud Section, General Litigation and Legal Advice Section, and Office of Policy and Management Analysis. Additionally, he testified before various congressional committees regarding the Department's white collar crime initiatives. He also served as the DOJ's Chief of the Fraud Section for the Criminal Division, where he advised US Attorneys on white collar crime issues, supervised the prosecution of bank, securities, and defense procurement frauds, and oversaw the FCPA Unit and the Defense Procurement Fraud Unit. Earlier in his career, Larry served as a Chief Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Larry received the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service and the Edmund J. Randolph award for Outstanding Service.


Lucinda A. Low is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she heads the firm's Chambers-ranked FCPA and anti-corruption practice and its Compliance, Investigations, Trade and Enforcement Department, and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Her practice focuses on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws, as well as other international regulatory compliance issues for multinational businesses, as well as multijurisdictional regulatory and enforcement matters. Ms. Low has extensive experience in internal and government investigations, representing companies, Audit Committees and Board of Directors, and individuals in enforcement matters before the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the World Bank and other international financial institutions and foreign authorities. Ms. Low's practice also includes compliance counselling and advice, representation in disputes between commercial parties and host governments, including disputes involving issues of fraud and corruption.  She received a #1 Ranking, Chambers Global 2010-2017, International Trade: FCPA Experts.  Ms. Low is listed in Best Lawyers in America 2012-2018, International Arbitration: Government and International Trade and Finance Law. Ms. Low is in Washington, DC Super Lawyers, International, 2014-2018.

Ms. Low is the Immediate Past President of the American Society of International Law, the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Integrity (formerly known as Transparency International-USA) and serves on its Executive Committee, and was the first woman to chair the ABA Section of International Law.  She has received numerous awards for her work. Most recently, in 2017, she received the Outstanding Career award from the Global Investigations Review, which in 2015 named her to its “Women in Investigations:  One Hundred Investigation Specialists from Around the World.” 

Ms. Low was appointed in 2017 by the President of the World Bank to the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID); and in 2016 was appointed by President Obama to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators.  She currently sits as President of two ICSID arbitration tribunals and is a member of an annulment committee in a third case.  She also serves on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Public International Law.  She also has significant experience as counsel in investor-state and commercial arbitration proceedings, and as an expert witness in disputes raising bribery and corruption and related issues.

Ms. Low was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review in 1976-77.  I addition to her J.D. from UCLA Law School, she holds a B.A. from Pomona College, where she designed an inter-disciplinary major in Latin American Studies and Economics.  Ms. Low speaks Portuguese, Spanish and French, and has some knowledge of Russian, Italian and Japanese.


BEATRICE M. SCHAFFRATH is an international legal and compliance executive experienced in cross-border operational, regulatory, and crisis-management issues and challenges – particularly those encountered in Asia. Recognized by various regional and global organizations for her work in anti-corruption, corporate compliance, investigation, dispute resolution, and environmental matters, she is also a regular commentator, presenter, guest-lecturer, and interviewee on these issues.

Until recently, Ms. Schaffrath was Shanghai-based Global Ethics & Compliance Counsel – China, with United Technologies Corporation (“UTC”), a US-headquartered global company active in the aerospace and building industries. In that role, she led, advised and assisted all of the UTC business units in the China region on legal, compliance, ethics, and enforcement matters. Prior to her work with UTC, she was a Beijing-based Partner with international law firm Baker & McKenzie.

Ms. Schaffrath is multi-cultural by birth, inter-disciplinary in mindset, and cross-functional in her collaborations. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in East Asian/China Studies from the University of Washington, and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice law in several jurisdictions in the U.S., and is a past Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s China Law Committee. She is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin), with some capacity in Hindi and German.


Claudius Sokenu, a former senior counsel with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, is Deputy General Counsel, Global Head of Litigation, and Global Head of Compliance at Andeavor, a Fortune 100 energy company.  Claudius oversees all of Andeavor’s litigation, internal and government investigations, regulatory compliance, and the ethics and compliance program.

Prior to joining Andeavor, Claudius was a litigation partner at Shearman & Sterling’s New York, Washington, DC, and London offices where his practice focused on representing multinational public and private companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, broker-dealers, investment banks, investment advisers, accounting firms, and their officers, directors, and employees in complex commercial litigations, securities enforcement actions and litigations, including class actions and FINRA arbitrations, white collar criminal defense, derivative actions, congressional investigations, internal investigations, and corporate crisis management.  Claudius has extensive experience in handling delicate high-profile matters that require concurrent representation in the civil, criminal, and political spheres.

Claudius is widely recognized as a leading securities enforcement, white collar crime and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) practitioner.  In nearly two decades in private practice, Claudius represented domestic and multinational compa­nies and their employees in all aspects of FCPA internal investigations, enforcement actions, and compliance matters before the SEC, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office, and other civil and criminal authorities in the United States and abroad.  Claudius has represented Boards of Directors, Audit Committees, officers, senior management and employees of multinational companies in all anticorruption investigations in dozens of countries and on virtually every continent.

Earlier in his career, Claudius served in the Washington, DC office of the SEC in the Division of Enforcement, on the Honors Program, first as a Staff Attorney and later as Senior Counsel, where he was responsible for handling a broad range of the SEC’s domestic and international enforcement matters, including investigations involving accounting fraud, insider trading, initial public offerings, illicit payments under the FCPA, investment companies and investment advisers, market manipulation, and broker-dealer misconduct.  Claudius was also a member of the Enforcement Division’s FCPA Working Group, which is now known as the FCPA Unit and the Financial Fraud Task Force.

Consistently ranked by Chambers USA and Chambers Global for his investigative, regulatory, and securities enforcement practice (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011), named a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2016, 2015), Latin Lawyer 250 for White-Collar Crime and Compliance (2013), named a rising star by Ethisphere in its national annual rankings of “Attorneys Who Matter” (2012), named a “Top Lawyer” by The Network Journal (2011), named by Main Justice as one of the Best FCPA Lawyers Outside the Beltway (2011), Diversity & The Bar’s “Leading Law Firm Rainmakers” (2010), and recognized by Securities Law 360 as one of its 10 under 40 (2007), Claudius has represented major companies and/or their officers and directors, including Bank of New York, Bank of America, CIBC World Markets, Northern Trust, Allianz SE, AIG, Cantor Fitzgerald, CVS Caremark, PepsiCo, GlaxoSmithKline, Ernst & Young, Avon Products, Arthur Andersen LLP, Amgen, Walmart, Bristol-Myers Squibb, KraftHeinz, Embraer, Cardinal Health, and TV Azteca before prosecutors and regulators in the United States and abroad and in federal and state courts on bet-the-farm matters.

Claudius was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC where he taught advanced level securities enforcement and litigation courses.  He has lectured and published extensively on securities enforcement and litigation matters and has been quoted in the financial press on a variety of securities law issues.  Claudius earned his LL.B (with Upper Class Honors) from London South Bank University, an LL.M in Corporate and Commercial Law from the London School of Economics and King’s College London, University of London, and an LL.M in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center.


Daniel Kahn has been with the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section since 2010, was an Assistant Chief in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Unit from 2013 to March 2016, and has been the Chief of the FCPA Unit since that time.  Mr. Kahn earned the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for his work on the Alstom case, and the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his part in prosecuting a bribery scheme involving the state-owned and state-controlled telecommunications company in Haiti.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Kahn spent six years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.  Mr. Kahn was twice selected by the New York Police Department Executive Development Division to present on the prevention of wrongful convictions.  He also assisted the New York Justice Task Force in investigating wrongful convictions.  Mr. Kahn graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.


Greta Lichtenbaum is a partner in the Washington, DC office of O’Melveny and Myers LLP. Greta has been advising clients on anti-corruption compliance for over two decades, and has worked with clients in a range of business sectors, including defense, energy, finance, high-tech, and pharmaceuticals. 

As the U.S. Government’s expectations concerning FCPA compliance programs have increased, Greta has worked closely with clients as they enhance and refine their compliance mechanisms to mitigate corruption risk. In addition to the FCPA, she has deep experience in the area of economic sanctions and export control laws. Greta has often been asked to develop parallel compliance mechanisms to mitigate both anti-corruption and trade controls risks, and understands how these areas of risk inter-relate. 

Greta has been recognized by The Legal 500, Chambers USA, and Chambers Global. She is a frequent speaker on legal issues at business groups and bar associations.

Greta earned her J.D. from Harvard University in 1990.



Jason Jones is a partner at King & Spalding in Washington, D.C., where he is a member of the Special Matters and Government Investigations Practice Group. Jason has broad international experience, including recent cross-border investigations into FCPA, money laundering, racketeering, and securities violations around the world.

Jason returned to the firm in January 2015 after nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor. Most recently, he served as Assistant Chief of the FCPA Unit in the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing the investigation and prosecution of companies and their employees for bribing foreign officials around the world. Prior to his service in Washington, Jason was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York for several years, most recently serving as Chief of the Violent Crimes & Terrorism Section.


Jay Holtmeier is a partner in Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP’s Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Group. He co-leads the firm's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Anti-Corruption Group. He joined the firm in 2004.

Mr. Holtmeier's breadth of experience as a litigator includes service as a federal prosecutor, a senior in-house attorney and a lawyer in private practice. Mr. Holtmeier represents institutions and individuals in complex government and internal investigations and matters of corporate governance and compliance. He has particular expertise in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

In FCPA matters, Mr. Holtmeier has represented clients in government and internal investigations involving conduct in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Australia. He regularly counsels clients facing difficult FCPA issues in a variety of business contexts, and he has assisted clients in numerous industries in developing and implementing FCPA compliance programs. He devotes substantial attention to advising clients on FCPA problems that arise in the context of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. He writes and speaks extensively on the subject and is a co-author, with partners Roger Witten, Kimberly Parker, and Erin Sloane, of the leading treatise in the field, Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (9th ed. 2016).

As a senior vice president and principal legal counsel with the Reuters Group, Mr. Holtmeier was responsible for all litigation and compliance matters in North and South America. As an assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, he tried several cases to verdict and led extensive grand jury investigations of various crimes, including racketeering, securities fraud, murder, narcotics and counterfeiting. Significant prosecutions included United States v. Jose Muyet, et al., and United States v. Ronald Ocasio, et al., related cases involving more than twenty murders, for which Mr. Holtmeier received the Director's Award for Superior Performance from the Executive Office for US Attorneys, and United States v. Carol Bayless, which received national attention and calls for the impeachment of the presiding US District Judge.

 


Kara Novaco Brockmeyer

Kara Novaco Brockmeyer served as the Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.  In that role, she oversaw nationwide investigations into violations of the anti-bribery and accounting provisions of the federal securities laws.  Prior to becoming Chief of the FCPA Unit, Ms. Brockmeyer served as an assistant director in the division, where she was the co-head of the division’s Cross –Border Working Group, focused on accounting fraud by companies based overseas and supervised a broad range of SEC investigations, including investigations into FCPA violations, accounting fraud, market manipulation, public offerings, misconduct by regulated entities, and insider trading.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the SEC’s Capital Markets Award and Supervisory Excellence Award.  In 2012, she received the SEC’s Irving M. Pollack Award for her work on the 2011 joint SEC-DOJ Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and in 2016, she received the SEC’s Meritorious Impact Award.

Before joining the SEC, Ms. Brockmeyer was in private practice with a large law firm in Chicago, primarily focused on securities and complex commercial litigation.  She received her B.A. cum laude from Williams College and her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was Note Editor of the Michigan Law Review.


Karen A. Popp is the Global Co-Leader of Sidley Austin’s White Collar Practice. Karen has an expansive practice representing companies and individuals in high-profile matters with legal, political and public relations components, such as corporate criminal defense, internal investigationsSEC EnforcementCongressional investigations, OIG and State Attorney General actions, corporate compliance, and litigation.  Chambers Global and Chambers USA recognize her as a leader in the practice area of FCPA/anti-corruption.

Karen represents corporate clients across a host of industries, as well as senior executives and government officials, including a U.S. Presidential Cabinet Member.  She has been retained to lead confidential worldwide internal investigations and defend numerous clients in government investigations.  Karen has extensive experience in FCPA and other anti-corruption matters and has represented clients in investigations in more than 70 countries around the world.

Karen also assists clients in designing and enhancing corporate compliance and ethics programs, and currently serves as outside counsel to several corporate compliance departments. She has conducted global compliance and risk assessments for numerous U.S. and non-U.S. companies. Karen helps companies to respond to internal allegations of wrongdoing, conducts training for Boards of Directors, management, compliance departments and other company personnel, and conducts compliance due diligence regarding corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and other business transactions.   

Before joining Sidley, Karen served in the government as Associate White House Counsel to President Clinton, a lawyer in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York.  She began her career on Wall Street as a litigator at Sullivan & Cromwell after finishing a clerkship for the Honorable Sam J. Ervin III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In additional to Chambers, Karen has been recognized for her White Collar and FCPA practice in Legal 500 US, Benchmark Litigation Star, Global Investigation Review, Who’s Who in Business Crime Defense Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Investigations, The Best Lawyers in America, Washingtonian magazine “Top Lawyers” List, Top 250 Women in Litigation USA, Top 50 Women Lawyers in Washington, D.C., Ethisphere Attorneys Who Matter, Inside Counsel Magazine Leadership Award, and Super Lawyers magazine. 


Karen Patton Seymour is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee and was formally the Co-Managing Partner of the Firm’s Litigation Group.  Her practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations.  She also represents clients in complex federal and state civil litigation.  She has in-depth experience representing corporations and individuals outside of the United States in responding to U.S. inquiries and investigations, and assisting in complex international investigations.

From 2002-2004, Ms. Seymour served as the chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she supervised 165 federal prosecutors and oversaw all criminal investigations and prosecutions in the district, including the investigations of corporate fraud involving WorldCom, ImClone and Adelphia.  She was lead trial counsel for the government in the prosecution of Martha Stewart and Peter Bacanovic. During her first tenure in the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1990 to 1996, she prosecuted a wide variety of cases and served as Chief of the General Crimes Unit.

Ms. Seymour is on the boards of various organizations including the Vera Institute of Justice, and serves as a member of the Attorney Grievance Committee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and a Panel Chair for the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court State of New York, First Department.  She also serves as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on White Collar Criminal Law, National Vice Chair of the ABA Criminal Justice Section White Collar Crime Committee, is a Member of the American Law Institute and a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy for New York State.

Ms. Seymour is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas Law School, and the University of London Law School.


Kathryn Cameron Atkinson is the Chair of the International Department and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Her practice focuses on international corporate compliance, including, in particular, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as export controls and economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering laws. She advises clients on corruption issues around the world. This advice has included compliance with the FCPA and related laws and international treaties in a wide variety of contexts, including transactional counseling, formal opinions, internal investigations, enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and resulting monitorships, as well as commercial litigation raising improper payment issues. Ms. Atkinson served as the government-appointed Independent Compliance Monitor for KBR, Inc. in an FCPA matter settled with the DOJ and SEC. She was a member of the original Transparency International task force that developed a compliance toolkit for small and medium-sized entities. She co-produced, with Homer E. Moyer, Jr., "Comply But Compete," a versatile, video-based FCPA training program.

On the compliance side of the practice, Ms. Atkinson focuses in particular on the design and implementation of custom-tailored international regulatory compliance programs for large and small companies in a wide range of industries.  Her compliance practice includes performing compliance due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, designing and performing compliance audits and assessments, training company personnel and third parties, and working with companies to design tailored safeguards in complex business transactions and relationships with third parties.


Kelly Austin is the Partner-in-Charge of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Hong Kong office and has served as a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  Ms. Austin’s practice focuses on government investigations, regulatory compliance and international disputes.  She has extensive expertise in government and corporate internal investigations, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws, and anti-money laundering, securities, and trade control laws.  Ms. Austin also regularly guides companies on creating and implementing effective compliance programs.

From 2001 to 2010, Ms. Austin served as the Compliance and Litigation Counsel for General Electric in Asia.  In that role, she coordinated litigation, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, government and internal investigations, and compliance matters for the GE businesses throughout the region.

Before moving to Hong Kong in 2001, Ms. Austin practiced in Washington, DC, representing individuals and entities in a wide variety of criminal and civil matters in federal and state courts around the United States.  Her practice focused on government investigations, including a host of Congressional and Independent Counsel investigations.  She also served as general counsel to non-profit organizations, providing guidance on a variety of legal, regulatory, and strategic matters, and regularly counseled individuals on government ethics and regulatory issues.

From 1993 to 1994, Ms. Austin served as a law clerk for The Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr., Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  In 2000, she served as Special Counsel to the Executive Office of the President, representing the White House in federal litigation.

Ms. Austin graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and received her law degree from Georgetown University.  She is a member of the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice in a variety of district and appellate courts in the United States.  She is also admitted to practice in Hong Kong.

Ms. Austin is ranked as a leading lawyer (top-tier) in the category “Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: China” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 and Chambers Global 2018; is ranked in Tier 1 for “Regulatory: Anti-Corruption and Compliance: Hong Kong” by Asia Pacific Legal 500 2019; is ranked as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Investigations 2019; was named one of the “World’s Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers” by Euromoney’s Expert Guide 2018; was awarded “The Mentor Award of the Year for Advancement of Women in Compliance” by C5 at its annual Women in Compliance Awards 2018; is ranked as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Business Crime Defence 2018; was named one of the “World’s Leading Women in Business Law” in the category “White Collar: Hong Kong” by Expert Guides 2017; and was named by The Asian Lawyer as the Regulatory / Compliance Lawyer of the Year for 2016.


Nathaniel Edmonds serves as the Chair of the firm's litigation practice in Washington, D.C, which houses over 80 lawyers handling a variety of litigation matters, including intellectual property and patent litigation, international arbitration, sanctions and export controls, antitrust, white collar crime, anti- corruption compliance and internal corporate investigations.

Mr. Edmonds focuses on global internal investigations, specializing in anti- corruption matters and the challenges arising from multi-jurisdictional investigations into complex economic crime.  As a former Assistant Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ), Mr. Edmonds assisted in the supervision of all FCPA cases in the United States and was one of the principal drafters of A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, published in November 2012 by the DOJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), available at http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/guide.pdf. Mr. Edmonds also specializes in anti-corruption compliance risk assessments and due diligence, as well as developing and overseeing compliance programs.

During his nearly ten years as a federal white collar prosecutor, Mr. Edmonds handled numerous complex economic criminal investigations and jury trials, including the FCPA and export control-related conviction of a major aerospace and defense contractor, the fraud and domestic corruption matters associated with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and various accounting and securities fraud matters. During his tenure at the Department of Justice, Mr. Edmonds worked with prosecutors, law enforcement and regulators from six continents on corruption matters, including with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office and as a member of the U.S.-China Joint Liaison Group’s Anti-Corruption Working Group.

Practice Areas

Anti-corruption and FCPA Securities Litigation Litigation

Investigations and White

Collar Defense

Admissions

Illinois Bar

District of Columbia Bar

Education

University of Chicago Law

School, J.D., 2002

Princeton University, A.B., 1995


Neil Smith is a partner in the firm’s Boston office, where he is member of the Investigations, Enforcement and White collar practice group.  His practice focuses on government investigations, securities enforcement, internal investigations, financial regulatory enforcement, and white collar defense.  In particular, he has extensive experience conducting global investigations involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws. 

Mr. Smith represents corporations and individuals in a wide range of criminal and civil matters, including investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal and state criminal and civil regulatory authorities.  His practice also involves counseling clients on best practices and risk mitigation strategies in securities regulation, anti-corruption policies, and FCPA compliance. 

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Smith served as senior counsel in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for more than six years, where he was a member of the SEC’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act specialized unit.  He is a recognized expert in FCPA enforcement and a frequent speaker at industry conferences.  His experience includes extensive collaboration with U.S. and foreign criminal and regulatory authorities in complex, cross-border investigations.  While at the SEC, Mr. Smith also had extensive experience investigating financial services firms and other companies for violations including securities fraud, investor misrepresentations, and marketing violations.  In 2017, he was the recipient of the Ferdinand Pecora Award for tenacity, creativity and efficiency under difficult circumstances, and the Director of Enforcement Award for outstanding service in 2016.

Mr. Smith earned his J.D. summa cum laude from Boston College Law School and B.A. from Dartmouth College. 


Pedro A. Medrano is an Assistant General Counsel in the Legal Department of Warner Media, LLC (“WarnerMedia”).  In this role, Mr. Medrano helps oversee the compliance function at WarnerMedia and its Divisions (HBO, Turner, Warner Bros., and Otter Media), as well as manages litigations and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Mr. Medrano served as Senior Counsel, Managing Director in the Enforcement and Investigations Division of the Legal Department of The Bank of New York Mellon, where he was responsible for conducting internal investigations regarding significant legal, regulatory, and criminal matters, as well as responding to non-routine regulatory inquiries from various governmental and regulatory bodies.  While at BNY Mellon, Mr. Medrano handled BNY Mellon’s response to the SEC’s industry-wide FCPA probe of financial firms’ interactions with sovereign wealth funds.

Mr. Medrano began his legal career at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.  During his tenure at WilmerHale, Mr. Medrano represented clients in white-collar criminal matters, internal investigations, and securities enforcement matters.  He also counseled clients in numerous industries on a variety of challenging anti-corruption concerns, including due diligence in cross-border mergers and acquisitions; performed internal anti-corruption compliance risk assessments; advised clients in developing effective global anti-corruption compliance programs and policies; and conducted anti-corruption training.  

Mr. Medrano is also a member of the Board of Directors of the City Bar Fund, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) arm of the New York City Bar Association.  He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve.


Richard N. Dean is the Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

Mr. Dean specializes in the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related legislation, including U.S. money laundering laws and their application to the activities of U.S. companies in emerging markets. He advises on the structuring of foreign investment transactions to comply with U.S. laws; supervises the conduct of internal investigations and audits to determine compliance with laws and regulations, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act; and 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.   His practice includes representing multinational companies before the U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with FCPA and related matters.

Mr. Dean has conducted investigations into possible FCPA violations in a variety of high risk emerging markets, such as Russia, Ukraine and other CIS countries, West Africa, the Middle East, China, India, South America and Indonesia and has advised multinational companies on structuring transactions with distributors, dealers, joint venture partners and charitable institutions.


Richard S. Levick, Esq. is Chairman & CEO of LEVICK, representing countries and companies in the highest-stakes global communications matters – from the Wall Street crisis and the Gulf oil spill to Guantanamo Bay and the Catholic Church. LEVICK is the communications firm of choice for international companies with critical Western-facing communications and public affairs needs.

Mr. Levick was honored multiple times on the prestigious list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the Boardroom” and has been named to multiple professional Halls of Fame for lifetime achievement.

He is the co-author of four books including The Communicators: Leadership in the Age of Crisis and is a regular commentator on television and print.


Richard W. Grime is a litigation partner in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, DC office and a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group and the Securities Enforcement Practice Group. 

Mr. Grime’s practice focuses on representing companies and individuals in corruption, accounting fraud, and securities enforcement matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.  Mr. Grime also conducts internal investigations and counsels clients on compliance and corporate governance matters with a particular focus on corruption investigations.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Richard spent over nine years in the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC.  In his last four years at the Commission he was an Assistant Director. Mr. Grime is currently highly ranked in Chambers USA Nationwide FCPA and Chambers Global FCPA and was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 in the field of Criminal Defense: White Collar.  He is also a longstanding and frequent speaker to legal and industry practitioners particularly on anti-corruption and securities enforcement topics.

Mr. Grime received his law degree from Oxford University.


Sean Hecker is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, government and internal investigations, complex civil litigation, and regulatory compliance.

Sean’s practice includes representing employees, officers, directors and corporations across various industries in grand jury and regulatory investigations, including those conducted by the DOJ, SEC, CFTC, FTC, IRS and federal and state banking regulators and state law enforcement agencies.  He represents individuals on matters concerning alleged securities and commodities fraud, corruption (including the FCPA), accounting fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, and antitrust violations.  He has tried numerous cases to juries in federal and state court.  He also regularly advises clients on various legal and compliance issues.

Sean is nationally recognized as a go-to lawyer for corruption and other white-collar criminal defense matters.  The Legal 500 US rated Sean as a leading lawyer in corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense, describing him as “thoughtful, commercial, and very experienced.” Chambers USA recognized him as one of the leading lawyers for FCPA matters and white-collar crime and government investigation matters, describing Sean as a “terrific,” “pragmatic and down-to-earth” lawyer.  Clients note that “Sean is an excellent partner and a pleasure to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable about the law and applies it in a very practical way.”

Sean is a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel in the Southern District of New York, where he represents indigent federal criminal defendants.  He serves as Chairman of the Board of the Office of the Appellate Defender and of the Board of the Federal Defenders of New York, Inc., and is the Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on Mass Incarceration.  He also serves as Treasurer on the board of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers.

Prior to joining Kaplan Hecker & Fink Sean was a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP and a trial lawyer with the Federal Defenders of New York.  As a Federal Defender, Sean defended individuals charged in the Southern District of New York with a wide range of federal offenses and handled numerous trials and hearings.  Sean was a law clerk for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, from 1998 to 1999, and for the Honorable Sidney H. Stein, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York from 1997 to 1998.

Sean received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1997, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was the Senior Note Editor of the Law Review.  He received a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1994.  He graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College in 1992.


Susan Ringler joined Alcoa in June 2013 as Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer.  In this function, Sue leads Alcoa's global ethics and compliance programs and ensures alignment to Alcoa's Values as well as compliance with applicable regulations. She oversees Alcoa’s Anti-Corruption and Trade Compliance Programs.

Prior to joining Alcoa, she was a Deputy General Counsel at Xylem Inc., a global water technology company that was spun off from ITT Corporation in 2011. She is the former Sr. Counsel for International Compliance at ITT, where she where she created and implemented its first global anti-corruption program.

Earlier in her career, Sue served as General Counsel under Chairman Paul Volcker of the Independent Inquiry Committee investigating the United Nations Oil for Food Programme, a large international corruption investigation spanning six continents. She also investigated fraud and corruption in World Bank-financed projects, and worked on developing best practices for investigations. As part of her work with the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative, Sue developed and managed criminal justice reform assistance and training programs in Russia and the former Soviet Republics. From 1985-1998, Sue served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, where she worked in the White Collar Fraud Group prosecuting complex federal fraud and corruption cases.

Sue earned a Juris Doctor Degree from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C., where she was a member of the Law Review.   She obtained her bachelor's degree in Government from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.

Sue is a member of the board of directors of the CEELI Institute in the Czech Republic, a global institution dedicated to enhancing the rule of law by providing legal education to lawyers, judges, prosecutors and other reformers worldwide; a member of the Sanctions Board for the African Development Bank; serves on the American Conference Institute's Global Anti-Corruption Advisory Board; and is a member of the Franklin & Marshall College Leadership Council.


PRACTICE AREAS

Ms. Wang heads the firm’ s complex disputes and investigations in beijing. She focuses her practice on various kinds of dispute resolution matters, through commercial litigation, arbitration and negotiation. She also has substantial experience with cross- border investigations and compliance, particularly in connection with anti- corruption, state secrecy and data privacy protection, and fraud.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS AND CASES

Commercial Dispute Resolution

  • Lead counsel on advising various investment banks in a series of disputes in connection with their investments in China.Disputes related to joint venture disputes, fraud, misappropriation of assets, misrepresentations in IPO applications and post-acquisition warranty and indemnity claims.
  • Represented a leading investment bank in various disputes arising from toll road projects in China before CIETAC and several Chinese courts.Disputes were related to joint venture contracts, loan agreements, and financial fraud.
  • Advised a leading steel producer in a shareholder derivative lawsuit, and disputes arising from equity transfer and joint venture agreements. Disputes concerned allegations of misrepresentation, misappropriation of assets and fraudulent financial statements.

OTHER INFORMATION

Professional Background

Ms. Wang used to work with a major international law firm and focuses her practice on various kinds of dispute resolution matters.  She has extensive experience in successfully representing foreign corporations and their China entities in resolving their disputes through negotiations, arbitration or litigation.  She also has substantial cross-border experience with investigations and compliance, particularly in connection with state secrecy and data privacy protection, anti-corruption and fraud.  In particular, she has advised some of the most high- profile cases in China with respect to PRC information compliance.

Ms. Wang is a native Mandarin speaker and is fluent in English.


A partner in the Litigation Department, David Brown focuses his practice primarily on white collar criminal matters, regulatory investigations, and securities and intellectual property litigation.

EXPERIENCE

  • The National Football League in an investigation concerning workplace conduct at the Miami Dolphins following the departure of offensive lineman Jonathan Martin; 
  • The National Basketball Players Association in an investigation into allegations of nepotism, conflicts of interest and the potential misuse of union funds;
  • A former executive of mortgage giant Freddie Mac in an SEC enforcement action concerning disclosures regarding subprime mortgages;
  • Two of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. in government investigations relating to off-label marketing;
  • Skanska and Tutor Perini, two of the largest construction companies in the U.S., in government investigations concerning the utilization of minority-owned subcontractors;
  • Songwriters and music publishers in a landmark rate-making proceeding to set royalty fees for the reproduction and distribution of musical compositions under Section 115 of the Copyright Act; and
  • I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, chief of staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney, on perjury charges in U.S. v. Libby.

David also maintains an active pro bono practice. Recently, he has represented Success Academy Charter Schools in cases where plaintiffs sought to prevent the co-location of charter schools in school buildings owned by the New York City Department of Education. Recently, David was named to The National Law Journal’s inaugural Minority “40 Under 40” list as well as the Crain's New York Business “40 Under 40” list. David currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Harlem Link Charter School, and on the Board of Directors of the Council of Urban Professionals. David served as a notes editor of the Harvard Law Review.

PRACTICES

Litigation
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
General Commercial Litigation
Internal Investigations
White Collar Crime & Regulatory Defense

EDUCATION

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2000 cum laude
A.B., Harvard University, 1997 magna cum laude

CLERKSHIP

Hon. Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia


Cheryl Scarboro, formerly an Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and the first Chief of the SEC’s FCPA Unit, is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a member of the Firm’s Government and Internal Investigations Practice. She represents corporations, financial institutions and individuals in government investigations and other regulatory enforcement proceedings. Cheryl handles sensitive internal investigations on behalf of management, boards, and special committees, and routinely counsels clients on compliance programs, SEC reporting, disclosure and corporate governance requirements. 

Selected representations include:

  • Representation of a former employee of a mining company in an action brought by the SEC alleging accounting violations relating to the value of a project in Africa. 
  • Special Litigation Committee of a Fortune 50 company in an internal investigation related to the Company’s handling of allegations of sexual harassment;
  • Global telecommunications company in an SEC/DOJ inquiry regarding alleged payments to government officials in various countries;
  • Various senior executives in connection with SEC/DOJ investigations into potential FCPA violations;
  • Large Asian company in connection with SEC investigation of potential FCPA violations;
  • Special committee of a large Chinese company in an independent review of allegations of fraud; and
  • Major mining consortium in South America in connection with the design and implementation of an enhanced anti-corruption program.

She is recognized as one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law” by Law360, and is consistently listed in the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation where market commentators describe her “huge place in the FCPA world”; “She was the leader of the SEC in the FCPA field and brings a wealth of experience to the table.” Cheryl was also recently named to Savoy Magazine’s “2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers” list. In addition, Cheryl was named to the “Enforcement 40” by the Securities Enforcement Forum, she is consistently recommended by The Legal 500 in white collar, and was named a National and Washington, D.C. “Litigation Star” by Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation in white collar.

She earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 1989 and her B.A. from University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1986.

 


Ms. Kennedy is the Senior Vice President for Ethics and Compliance at SAIC, and reports to the CEO and the Board of Directors.  She has 33 years of experience in the compliance field, 21 of which have been in private practice in large national law firms and 12 of which have been in multinational Fortune 500 companies.  She has extensive experience designing and implementing compliance programs in highly regulated industries in accordance with the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act and a range of other laws and regulations.  She also has experience managing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs.

Prior to joining SAIC in 2005, she was the Vice President for Global Compliance at Honeywell International Inc., where she reported to the General Counsel and was responsible for implementing compliance programs in international trade, government contracts and a number of other regulated areas. She uses technology to automate controls and institutionalize procedures to ensure consistent, effective and efficient operations throughout the enterprise. She has specific experience in the following:

  • Identify key risk areas to define essential elements of compliance program.
  • For each risk area, implement preventive actions, including policies, procedures, training and monitoring programs to achieve consistent “adequate” practices across the enterprise.
  • Develop web-based and in-person training and communications programs and deliver worldwide, tailored to specialized groups in Europe and the Far East.
  • Build consolidated enterprise-wide databases to identify trends, conduct risk assessments and develop process improvements to continually strengthen internal controls.
  • Develop metrics in dashboards to analyze, improve and control compliance processes.
  • Present metrics to the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team on a quarterly basis.
  • Coordinate closely with regulators at government agencies to validate compliance programs.
  • Benchmark compliance programs with peers to implement continuous process improvements.
  • Develop ethics programs from inception and implement throughout enterprise.
  • Negotiate with Departments of Justice and State to resolve allegations of noncompliance and manage Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) with outside independent monitors.

Ms. Kennedy has lectured extensively on best practices in compliance programs in regulated industries.    She is a two-time Chair of the Working Group of the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct (DII), serving 2014-2016 and 2008-2010.  She is also an active member of the International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC).  She attended Cornell Law School (J.D., 1979) and Oberlin College (B.A., 1976, Phi Beta Kappa), and is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia and Massachusetts.


Sulaksh is a partner in PwC's Forensic Services Practice in Washington D.C. and the co-leader of their Investigations practice.

Sulaksh has approximately 16 years of public accounting experience.  His practice focusses on anti-corruption/FCPA matters, including internal investigations, compliance programs, and due diligence.  Sulaksh has represented clients before the United States Department of Justice as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sulaksh has worked on anti-corruption/FCPA matters in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.  In particular, he has anti-corruption/FCPA experience in pharmaceutical/medical products, manufacturing, industrial products, retail and consumer, hospitality, and the oil and gas industry.

He frequently speaks on anti-corruption/FCPA topics and has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences, including American Conference Institute events.  Sulaksh has instructed at various universities, including but not limited to Georgetown Law School, University of Virginia, University of Missouri, and DePaul University.

From 1998 through 2001, Sulaksh assisted the Kuwait Public Authority for Assessment of Compensation for Damages Resulting from Iraqi Aggression (PAAC) in preparing claims for the Government of Kuwait, which arose from the Iraqi invasion, totaling to USD 131 billion for submission to the United Nations Compensation Commission.

Sulaksh is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Illinois and Virginia.  He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF).  Sulaksh is a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai, India.  He is also an associate (non-lawyer) member of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice and International Law sections.

Sulaksh is also a Board Member of MATHCOUNTS, a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory.


With more than a dozen years of experience focused on white-collar cases, Charles Duross has overseen FCPA investigations relating to business in more than 50 countries around the world.  His practice is focused on white-collar criminal matters, including internal corporate investigations, compliance counseling, due diligence regarding third parties and business transactions, and defense of clients before government enforcement agencies. In addition, as a veteran trial attorney, Chuck has a proven track record in the courtroom in high-profile, high-stakes trials.

As the former Deputy Chief in the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Chuck led the FCPA Unit and was in charge of all of the DOJ’s FCPA investigations, prosecutions and resolutions in the United States. In that role, Chuck was internationally recognized for developing and implementing the government’s FCPA enforcement strategy and was widely credited with developing the current enforcement regime. Under his leadership, the FCPA Unit resolved more than 40 corporate cases resulting in approximately $1.9 billion in monetary penalties, and secured convictions of more than two dozen business executives and money launderers.

Once dubbed “Mr. FCPA,” Chuck has been repeatedly recognized by the Ethisphere Institute’s “Attorneys Who Matter” list, including most recently as a “Top Gun” based upon his expertise and experience. He has also been recognized by Chambers USA, Law360, The Legal 500 US, the Washington Post and the Washington Business Journal for his work on FCPA matters.

Chuck is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches trial advocacy, and he has been a guest lecturer on foreign corruption issues at Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession, the University of Michigan’s Law School and Ross School of Business, and Fordham Law’s Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics.


James J. Benjamin Jr., a leader of Akin Gump’s securities enforcement and litigation practice group, represents institutional and individual clients in a wide variety of government and regulatory investigations and litigation. He has served as lead counsel in numerous internal investigations and has conducted numerous jury trials. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the areas of white-collar crime and government investigations.  Before joining Akin Gump, Mr. Benjamin served for more than five years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he served as deputy chief appellate attorney and as a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. Mr. Benjamin previously served as a law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justices Lewis F. Powell Jr. and John Paul Stevens. He received his A.B. magna cum laude in 1987 from Dartmouth College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and he earned his J.D. with honors in 1990 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was the research and projects editor of the Virginia Law Review.


Joseph Azam is Senior Vice President & Global Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer at Infor, where he heads global compliance and oversees internal investigations. Prior to his role with Infor, Joe was Group Chief Compliance Officer at News Corp in New York. Prior to that, Joe served as SVP & Associate General Counsel, Global Anti-Bribery at London-based HSBC has held similar in-house positions at Accenture and Oracle. Joe’s compliance counseling and investigations engagements have included in-country work throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He began his practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Joe is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he serves on the Board of Governors, and holds an M.A. and B.A. from New York University. He has been a contributor for MTV News, Ethisphere Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle the LA Times, and Lucky Peach Magazine.


Kimberly A. Parker is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington.  Ms. Parker co-leads the firm’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Corruption Practice.  She has represented companies and individuals in a variety of FCPA enforcement matters, including defense company Armor Holdings in its July 2011 FCPA settlement involving conduct related to the United Nations, oil driller Helmerich & Payne in its July 2009 FCPA involving payments to customs officials in Argentina and Venezuela, and the Titan Corporation in its landmark 2005 FCPA case.  She has conducted internal investigations in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.  She regularly counsels clients on FCPA compliance, assists in developing and conducting FCPA training and compliance programs, and conducts anti-corruption due diligence and risk assessments.  In addition to co-authoring several articles on the FCPA, Ms. Parker is a co-author, with Roger M. Witten, Jay Holtmeier, and Erin Sloane of the firm’s New York office, of a leading treatise in the field, Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  Ms. Parker is ranked for FCPA work in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business.


Patricia M. Byrne (“Trish”) is the VP & Associate General Counsel for International Compliance at BAE Systems Inc.  In addition to managing the International Trade Licensing and Trade Compliance teams, Trish’s work involves policy administration, training on FCPA and anticorruption laws, conducting due diligence on third party business partners, merger and acquisition FCPA diligence, and Offsets compliance.  Trish joined BAE Systems Inc. as Counsel for International and Domestic Compliance in October 2008.  Prior to joining BAE Systems Inc., Trish was a Counsel at WilmerHale, in Washington D.C. where her work focused primarily on FCPA investigations, and on reviewing, creating, and implementing anti-corruption compliance programs for multinational companies.  Trish also has experience with general litigation and securities investigations.  Trish received her JD from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, and she graduated with a BA(Hons I)/LLB from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.


Thomas J. Koffer is the Global Head of Anti-Corruption & Economic Sanctions Compliance at Credit Suisse, where he oversees Credit Suisse’s enterprise-wide compliance program addressing the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Bribery Act 2010, and other similar anti-corruption laws.  He also oversees compliance with economic and trade sanctions laws administered by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control and other international regulators.  Previously, Thomas served as counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, and as a law clerk for judges on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Before earning a law degree, Thomas investigated political corruption matters at the New York County District Attorney’s Office.  He also previously served with the U.S. Vice President’s Domestic Policy Office.


John Griffith is Associate General Counsel in the Office of Global Compliance at Weatherford, a publically-traded, multi-national company in the oilfield services industry.   John heads the Investigations Group responsible for internal investigations and ethics and compliance reviews designed to evaluate and mitigate FCPA exposure in high-risk markets throughout the world.  Previously, John was a DOJ prosecutor for 20 years, as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a Sr. Trial Attorney, handling numerous white-collar criminal prosecutions.


Kim Nemirow is a partner in Ropes & Gray’s Chicago and Hong Kong office.  She has extensive experience advising multinational organizations and individuals in a wide variety of U.S. DOJ and SEC investigations, internal investigations, and compliance matters. As a Chambers-ranked expert and Ropes & Gray’s first government enforcement partner resident in Hong Kong, Kim is widely recognized as having particular expertise advising clients on anti-corruption and other investigations arising out of conduct in China and throughout Asia.

Kim has led many investigations for private equity, pharmaceutical, medical device, technology and other clients into potential violations of the FCPA, securities laws, and various health care fraud statutes. She is also regularly called upon by clients to advise regarding anti-corruption, sanctions and anti-money laundering risk assessments and due diligence matters throughout Asia, and to conduct compliance trainings of personnel around the world.


Rob deButts is a Vice President in the Goldman, Sachs & Co. Financial Crime Compliance group, engaged principally on anti-bribery matters. He also has worked in the firm’s Business Intelligence Group. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he practiced law in the corporate, banking and business department at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., most recently as senior counsel. Rob earned a B.A. in History from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.


William Stuckwisch is a partner in Kirkland’s Washington, D.C. office. Bill focuses his practice on government and internal investigations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement and compliance matters, and white collar criminal defense.

Prior to joining Kirkland, Bill served as a federal prosecutor for eight years in several positions in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. As Assistant Chief in the Fraud Section’s FCPA Unit for two years, he supervised approximately half of the department’s FCPA matters, as well as assisted in the development and implementation of FCPA enforcement policy, strategy and initiatives.  Previously, Bill served as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General and as a senior trial attorney in the Fraud Section.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Bill was with O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Washington, D.C.

He has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; a leading investigations lawyer by Global Investigations Review; and in The Legal 500 U.S.


Karen M. Griffin is executive vice president and chief compliance officer at MasterCard. As the head of Global Compliance and Employment Law, Karen is responsible for building and executing the strategic vision for MasterCard’s ethics and compliance system encompassing a broad set of integrated programs including Ethics, Anti-Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering and Trade Sanctions. In addition, Karen oversees the internal investigations of employee fraud and misconduct related to violations of law and company policy.

Prior to joining MasterCard in 2014, Karen served as senior vice president and chief compliance officer for Visa Inc. where she was responsible for the development and execution of the enterprise-wide ethics and compliance system when the company went public in 2008. Karen also served as vice president of the Office of Business Conduct at Alcatel-Lucent from 2006 to 2008 after the company merged with Lucent Technologies where she served as the vice president of Corporate Compliance and held the role of vice president of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities in parallel with the compliance position from 2004 to 2006. Prior to this role, Karen was the head of Global Quality and held various leadership positions in supply chain management from 1996 to 2003. Prior to Lucent's IPO in 1996, Karen worked at AT&T moving through roles of increasing responsibility in engineering, project management and customer satisfaction.

Karen earned her Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Mr. Rowsey is the Chief Executive Officer of Compatriot Capital, Inc., a real estate investment company based in Dallas, Texas.  Prior to joining Compatriot, he was a founder and the managing partner of E2M Partners, LLC, a sponsor and manager of private real estate equity funds, and an affiliate of Compatriot. Mr. Rowsey continues to serve as Chairman of E2M. He previously served as a member of the Board of Trust Managers of Crescent Real Estate Equities Company, a real estate investment trust, and as currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Ensco plc, (NYSE: ESV), an international offshore oil field service and drilling company based in London.  Mr. Rowsey is a member of the Board of Directors of Powdr Corporation, one of the largest alpine resort and outdoor sports companies in the United States, KDC Holdings, a national real estate investment and commercial development firm, Village Green Holding, a multi-family housing management and investment firm, JLB Partners, a national multi-family development and construction firm, and Amicus Investors, an investment firm focused on higher education infrastructure. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Highland Park Independent School District and is past Chairman of The Real Estate Council.  Mr. Rowsey is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University and a cum laude graduate of the Southern Methodist University School of Law.