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Ethics for In-House Corporate Counsel 2018


Speaker(s): Carole Basri, David Boyd Booker, Nishat S. Ruiter, Raja Chatterjee, Timothy Heine (Ret.)
Recorded on: Jun. 27, 2018
PLI Program #: 221964

Carole Basri is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law and a visiting professor at Peking University School of Transactional Law. She helped to create the Corporate Compliance program at Fordham Law School, which includes a certificate and LLM in Corporate Compliance that launched in 2012.

Ms. Basri is a graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, where she was a member of its National Moot Court Team. She then joined the Federal Government, where she was an Assistant Counsel with the United States Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee and an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. She later became in-house counsel with the advertising agency, NW Ayer Inc., and left to become an associate, first with Baker & McKenzie and then with Hall Dickler Lawler Kent and Friedman. Ms. Basri then became in-house counsel with Maidenform Inc. and a consultant with the Perrier Group Inc. From 1994 to 2002, she was a consultant to Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she helped to create its Ethics and Compliance practice. During this time, she also served as General Counsel of China On Line Inc.

Ms. Basri was the Senior Vice President of B3 Legal, a national legal and compliance staffing company that provides, among other things, attorneys and compliance professionals to serve as in-house counsel attorneys and Compliance Officers at financial institutions.  In addition, she has been Executive Director of the Greater NY Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for over 10 years (until September 2006).

Ms. Basri is also President of the Corporate Lawyering Group LLC, which advises on corporate compliance programs. She has created comprehensive compliance and ethics programs for major corporations, including the Dunn & Bradstreet Corporation, Cendant, Benjamin Moore & Co. and Dannon Inc. These programs were all launched within nine months and, in many cases, in multiple languages and locations. She also provides advice on law department management, document retention and corporate governance issues.

Carolina Academic Press just published two casebooks by Ms. Basri: Corporate Legal Departments and Corporate Compliance. 


David Boyd Booker is a New York corporate attorney specializing in specialized capital markets transactions.  He is currently a Managing Director and Senior Counsel and the Head of Derivatives, Repo and Securities Lending Sales and Trading for the Americas – Legal at the New York office of Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank.  Previously Mr. Booker practiced for several years in the New York legal department of Credit Suisse.  In addition, prior to going in-house, he practiced for a number of years in New York with the law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and then the law firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.  Mr. Booker holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from Cornell Law School. 


Nishat Ruiter is General Counsel of TED conferences, a non profit organization that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Through creativity, and a deep respect for TED's mission, Nishat's work is centered on ensuring that TED's legal requirements are met through a combination of practical and creative solutions that meets its needs, while still retaining the authentic TED voice across every area where possible. She manages the legal issues with respect to TED's licensing, partnerships, TM, brand protection, TED's code of conduct, data privacy, copyright, transactions and all corporate legal matters. Prior to TED, she worked as Associate General Counsel where she spent ten years in a variety of roles including managing legal issues on all marketing and advertising, M&A integration, and led the North American legal team responsible for the legal review of $1B/year in licensing transactions at CA Technologies. She also worked as Managing Counsel at LivePerson, provided in house counsel legal support to Chubb Insurance, Binary Tree.com and Capco. She is a visiting guest lecturer at Fordham Law School (New York) since 2013, faculty for the Practicing Law Institute, and has served for over ten years on the Editorial Board of the International In-house Counsel Journal (London). Inspired by a Bahá’í perspective on things, she loves resolving the most complex problems with an elegant solution, but always with coffee on hand. She enjoys music, tennis, hosting Spiritual Cafes in her community to foster meaningful conversations, and finding connectedness with people from all walks of life. She is happily married to her better half and mother of two teenagers. You can follow her on twitter @nishatruiter.


Tim Heine is recently retired, having served in the American Express General Counsel’s Organization for over 37 years, with a range of responsibilities over time including in senior leadership roles. Most recently, he served as a Special Advisor to the Company’s Chief Legal Officer and, immediately prior to that, Tim led the Company’s Enterprise & Regulatory Legal Team whose charter was to deliver legal support on an enterprise-wide basis for certain subject matter areas (including bank regulatory, financial crimes, technology, privacy, cyber security, antitrust, intellectual property, digital, supplier management, insurance and real estate). That team also included the Company’s Global Legal Policy and Strategy function. In prior roles, Tim led the business lawyer teams supporting most of the Company’s core U.S. businesses and functions. In addition to his legal duties, for several years Tim had oversight responsibility for the Company’s Global Compliance & Ethics Organization and program. In 2017, Tim served as the Company’s Acting General Counsel on an interim basis.

Tim joined American Express in 1983 after working for a NY law firm (Breed, Abbott & Morgan) and clerking for the Chief Judge of the Federal District Court in New Jersey.

Tim received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his J.D. from Fordham Law School. He and his wife, Sue, live in Spring Lake, NJ and have three grown sons.


Raja is responsible for oversight of the company’s Compliance program, including Financial Crimes Compliance, as well as other global risk responsibilities.  He also participates in Tishman Speyer’s Investment and Management Committees.

Raja previously worked at Morgan Stanley for ten years as the Global Head of the Anti-Corruption Group, the Global Head of Special Investigations, and the Firm’s Global Franchise Committee Officer.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Raja was a prosecutor for ten years, most recently at the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, in Washington, DC.  Raja also served as an Assistant District Attorney at the New York County District Attorney's Office.