Government resources devoted to investigating and enforcing the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) are at an all-time high. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice collected a record $1.25 billion in criminal fines on seven corporate enforcement actions, setting an all-time record for the Department. Recent FCPA enforcement actions and disclosures demonstrate that no industry is immune from FCPA scrutiny, and FCPA sweep investigations across industry sectors are becoming more common and challenging.
Join us for a discussion with top in-house and outside counsel experts, as well as prosecutors from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as they examine the significant developments in the enforcement, compliance, and defense of the FCPA in 2014 and the first quarter of 2015. This all-star panel will discuss notable corporate settlements, FCPA litigation and government enforcement actions, and developments with international anti-corruption laws. The panelists will also look ahead to potential advancements and trends in 2015.
CLE credit is pending for the following states: IL, NY, VA, CA, and TX. A cocktail reception provided by Skadden will be immediately following the program and end at 8:30pm.
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Kara Brockmeyer has served as the Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit of the SEC’s Enforcement Division since 2011. Prior to becoming Chief of the FCPA Unit, Ms. Brockmeyer was an Assistant Director in the Enforcement Division, where she supervised a broad range of SEC investigations, including investigations into FCPA violations. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the SEC’s Capital Markets Award and the Irving M. Pollack Award.
Laura Perkins joined the Fraud Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division in 2006, serving as Senior Trial Attorney before her recent appointment to Assistant Chief. Ms. Perkins has prosecuted numerous FCPA cases, including Avon, Paul Novak (the former Willbros consultant), Bilfinger, and Armor Holdings.
Farzaneh Paslar is the General Counsel for International Transactions and Compliance at Honeywell, where she is responsible for the company's Global Anti-Corruption program. In that capacity, Ms. Paslar works to ensure that the company's Integrity and Compliance program is tailored to address and mitigate country specific anti-corruption risks and business models. Prior to joining Honeywell in 2008, Ms. Paslar was with Allen & Overy LLP for nine years.
Colleen Mahoney heads Skadden’s Securities Enforcement and Compliance practice at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. She regularly representing financial services firms, corporations, their officers, board committees, directors and employees in SEC and other law enforcement investigations. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Mahoney spent 15 years in increasingly senior positions with the SEC, serving as acting general counsel of the agency and as deputy director of the division of enforcement. Ms. Mahoney has been recognized as one of Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” since 2012, and she was included in Washingtonian Magazine’s 2013-2014 “Best Lawyers” for Securities.
Amanda Grier is an Associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. She represents corporations and individuals in connection with a wide range of criminal and civil litigation matters, particularly enforcement actions brought by the DOJ, SEC, and CFTC. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations and associated civil and administrative enforcement matters, related to allegation of securities fraud, FCPA violations, and other matters. Ms. Grier also works with clients to create and implement effective corporate compliance programs, perform internal corporate reviews, and conduct transaction diligence.
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