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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
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 fixed income derivative transactions.  Since 2007, he has been with the New York office of the Paris based corporate and investment bank, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, where he currently is a Managing Director and Senior Counsel and is the Head of Fixed Income Derivatives for the Americas – Legal.  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.

Mr. Booker has previously been a presenter at various programs conducted by the Practicing Law Institute, the American Bar Association, ACI, FTF and SIFMA and he has spoken at classes at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Fordham University Law School.  In addition, Mr. Booker is a member of the New York State Bar Association (where he is a member of the Derivatives and Structured Products Committee), the Bar Association of the City of New York (where he is a member of the Futures and Derivatives Committee) and the Association of Corporate Counsel (where he is a member of the Energy Committee and the Financial Services Committee).  Mr. Booker is also a member of SIFMA’s Derivative Task Force Committee and ISDA’s Credit Derivatives Committee among others.

Mr. Booker is a native Manhattanite and resides in Manhattan with his wife and two children.  He is also an avid wine collector, traveler and skier.


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 Executive Vice President & Managing Counsel for American Express, and has oversight responsibility for the teams in the General Counsel’s Organization that provide primary legal support for several business units, including US Consumer, Corporate, and Merchant and Network Services, US Banking, Digital, Prepaid and Alternative Payments and Global Advertising and Brand Management.  His duties also include oversight of certain legal subject areas such as Bank Regulatory, Advertising and Insurance, and for federal and state legislative and regulatory monitoring and support.

Tim joined American Express in 1983.  Prior to that, he was associated with the law firm of Breed, Abbott and Morgan in New York City after clerking for the Chief Judge of the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey.  He is a member of the bar in New York and New Jersey.

Tim received a B.S. in Economics in 1977 from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and his J.D. degree in 1980 from Fordham Law School. 


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.