GIR Live DC: Weissmann speech and Q&A

16 February 2016

At GIR Live DC on 9 February, US Department of Justice fraud section chief Andrew Weissmann discussed how the department will factor in compliance, how it intends to reward those that self-report, and how it aims to increase transparency around resolutions and declinations.

GIR Live DC: In pictures

24 February 2016

Prosecutors from the DOJ and the Operation Car Wash task force in Brazil, in-house counsel and private practitioners gathered in Washington, DC to discuss the implications of the Yates Memo and the sprawling corruption investigation tied to Petrobras.

GIR Live DC: the SFO’s future after Green

01 March 2018

A senior prosecutor at the UK's Serious Fraud Office, who is currently working on the authority’s high-profile case against mining company ENRC, will deliver the keynote speech at GIR Live in Washington, DC, on 22 March.


Laurence Urgenson

Mayer Brown

Larry Urgenson is a co-leader of the firms’ Global Anti-Corruption & FCPA practice. He has represented corporate and individual clients in FCPA and anti-corruption matters worldwide for nearly four decades. As noted in the 2015 Edition of Chambers Global, Larry ~ “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.” 

Kathryn Atkinson

Miller & Chevalier

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 more.

Keynote Speakers

Paulo Roberto Galvão de Carvalho

Federal Prosecutor, Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office and member of Operation Car Wash task force

Paulo Roberto Galvao de Carvalho is a federal prosecutor in Brazil and currently a member of the task force responsible for the investigation of the Car Wash case (Petrobras case), the biggest corruption investigation ever held in Brazil.

Andrew Weissmann

Chief of the Criminal Division, Fraud Section, US Department of Justice

Andrew Weissmann was selected in January 2015 as the Chief of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section of the US Department of Justice. Prior to his selection, Weissmann taught criminal and national security law at New York University School of Law. Weissmann previously served as the General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Steven Fagell

Covington & Burling

William Jacobson

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Jeremy Levin

Baker Botts

John O'Donnell

Herbert Smith Freehills

Pamela Parizek


Karen Popp

Sidley Austin

Pablo Quiñones

Chief of the SP&T Unit, Fraud Section, US Department of Justice


8.00: Welcome coffee and registration 

8.30: Chairs’ welcome

Laurence Urgenson, Mayer Brown
Kathryn Atkinson, Miller & Chevalier Chartered

8.45: Morning keynote speech

Paulo Roberto Galvão de Carvalho, Federal Prosecutor, Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office and member of Operation Car Wash task force

9.15: Session one: Petrobras: A new paradigm for global enforcement risk?

A sleeping giant of enforcement awakes? After showing scant interest in enforcing anti-corruption rules, some Brazilian officials are making up for lost time.

Will it last, and what does the future hold?

Questions the panel is expected to address include:

  • How has Petrobras changed the international landscape?
  • To what extent are US and Brazilian authorities cooperating?
  • What are the challenges of running an internal investigation in Brazil?
  • How much credit are companies getting for cooperation in Brazil?

Laurence Urgenson, Mayer Brown

Karen Popp, Sidley Austin
John O'Donnell, Herbert Smith Freehills
William Jacobson, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Paulo Roberto Galvão de Carvalho, Federal Prosecutor, Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office and member of task force i/c of Operation Car Wash

10.30: Coffee break

11.00: Session two: Upping the ante - Tips for success in addressing the Yates Memo and DOJ's new compliance consultant

Pablo Quiñones – who is supervising the DOJ’s revamped approach to compliance as chief of the strategy, policy and training unit in the Criminal Division Fraud Section -- joins a panel of leading names for a roundtable-style discussion.

Topics the panel is expected to address include:

  • Six months on, have initial fears about the Yates Memo subsided?
  • What questions are coming up about the Yates Memo? Are senior executives and general counsel thinking differently about internal investigations?
  • What should counsel expect from the Fraud Section’s new compliance consultant, Hui Chen?

Kathryn Atkinson, Miller & Chevalier Chartered

Pablo Quiñones, Chief of the SP&T Unit, Fraud Section, US Department of Justice
Pamela Parizek, KPMG
Jeremy Levin, Baker Botts
Steven Fagell, Covington & Burling

12.30: Lunchtime keynote address

Andrew Weissmann, Chief of the Criminal Division, Fraud Section, US Department of Justice

13.00: Networking lunch

14.00: Close of conference


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