GIR Live DC: VimpelCom, Karimova and the importance of international cooperation

Miranda van Turennout at GIR Live DC

16 February 2017

Dutch prosecutor Miranda van Turennout said that VimpelCom’s extensive cooperation helped the Amsterdam-based telecoms company secure its US$397.5 million settlement with Dutch authorities.

GIR Live DC: UK/US conflicts, deleting documents and handling stolen information

17 February 2017

Rebecca Rohr, the former second-in-command in the DOJ’s fraud section, says the SFO and DOJ often have conflicts over which authority will take the lead in an investigation.

GIR Live DC: data leaks and the DOJ pilot programme

21 February 2017

Companies may be able to qualify for credit under the DOJ’s one-year pilot programme, even if they do not voluntary self-disclose wrongdoing to the authority, said panellists at GIR’s second annual Washington, DC conference.

GIR Live DC – in pictures

21 February 2017

Photos from GIR Live DC, which was chaired by Kathryn Atkinson at Miller & Chevalier and Laurence Urgenson at Mayer Brown and held on 16 February at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC.

GIR Live DC – in pictures

17 February 2017

GIR Live DC, chaired by Kathryn Atkinson at Miller & Chevalier and Laurence Urgenson at Mayer Brown was held on 16 February at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC.

Remarks by DAAG Trevor McFadden at GIR Live DC

16 February 2017

The Criminal Division deputy overseeing the fraud section and its FCPA unit made his first public remarks since his appointment in January.

Dutch Vimpelcom prosecutor: If US says it has jurisdiction, we don't argue

17 February 2017

Miranda Van Turennout made the comments at a panel discussion at GIR Live DC on 16 February which also featured top DOJ anti-kleptocracy prosecutor Mary Butler, WilmerHale's Kimberly Parker and KPMG's Teresa Pesce.


Laurence Urgenson

Mayer Brown

Larry Urgenson is a co-leader of the firm's 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).

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. 

Keynote Speaker

Miranda van Turennout

(VimpelCom prosecutor), Public Prosecution Service, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Miranda van Turennout is currently a public prosecutor at the National Public Prosecutor’s office for Financial, Economic and Environmental offences in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is involved in the criminal investigation and prosecution of international fraud and corruption cases.


Mary Butler

Chief, International Unit, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice

Trevor McFadden

Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice

Jim Mintz

Mintz Group

Kimberly Parker

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Teresa Pesce


John Richter

King & Spalding

Rebecca Rohr

Vice President, Anti-Corruption and Global Trade, Office of the General Counsel, Hewlett Packard

Daniel Suleiman

Covington & Burling


Wednesday, 15 February

18.00 - 19.30 - Cocktail reception - Sponsored by KPMG

Thursday, 16 February

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' welcome

Laurence Urgenson, Mayer Brown
Kathryn Atkinson, Miller & Chevalier

9.10: Keynote speech

Miranda van Turennout (VimpelCom prosecutor)Public Prosecution Service, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

9.40: Session one: From bribers to the bribed: How the fight against kleptocracy and money-laundering is changing the face of global enforcement 

After more than a decade of focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the US Department of Justice has begun attacking institutionalized corruption in a more traditional manner: by forfeiting the bribe proceeds and putting individuals in prison. Investigations from VimpelCom to Petroleos de Venezuela to the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB reveal an aggressive US-led campaign against kleptocrats and money launderers that is shaping up as the next global frontier in anti-corruption enforcement, with international banking in the crosshairs. Newly energized authorities, from Switzerland to the Netherlands, have joined the US and UK in efforts to fight money laundering and trace and confiscate the proceeds of corruption. The result is new risks for businesses and individuals and new challenges for the counsel who represent them.

Among the questions the panel will discuss:

  • What can we expect from the Trump administration concerning kleptocracy enforcement?
  • How should bank compliance operations respond to the increased law enforcement interest?
  • How vigorously do law enforcers across the globe scour the Panama Papers, whistleblower tips and public source information for investigative leads?
  • Can we expect to see a reduced emphasis on FCPA investigations as the focus shifts to the bribe-takers?

Kathryn Atkinson, Miller & Chevalier

Miranda van Turennout (VimpelCom prosecutor), Public Prosecution Service, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mary Butler, Chief, International Unit, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice
Kimberly Parker, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
Teresa Pesce, KPMG

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: The impact of media, hacking and whistleblowers on international investigations and corporate risk

White-collar defense today increasingly demands sophisticated media management skills and analysis. Whistleblowing, state-sponsored and activist hacking, corporate espionage, WikiLeaks, and subsequent press attention have greatly complicated the legal and reputational landscape for companies. In Brazil, prosecutors’ open-file policy has allowed journalists to produce stories related to the Petrobras scandal that often have corporate defense lawyers scrambling to catch up. The North Koreans are believed to have hacked Sony Pictures, with email correspondence from their outside lawyers discussing an internal FCPA investigation popping up on WikiLeaks. Whistleblowers from Wal-Mart to Unaoil to the Panama Papers have spurred international government investigations that follow press reports. In this atmosphere, information technology security is ever more important, but often still inadequate – especially when the threat comes from an employee within. Our team of expert panelists will discuss strategies for conducting corporate investigations in today’s asymmetrical environment, with an emphasis on outside media management.

Questions expected to be addressed include:

  • What are the policy and legal issues presented by the fact that much material in the public domain is illegally obtained?
  • How does increased hacking and media coverage impact internal investigations, the voluntary disclosure calculus, and the requirements and burdens of cooperation?
  • Should lawyers engage with journalists?
  • How must compliance programs change to respond to the new threats?

Laurence Urgenson, Mayer Brown

John Richter, King & Spalding
Jim Mintz, Mintz Group
Rebecca Rohr, Vice President, Anti-Corruption and Global Trade, Office of the General Counsel, Hewlett Packard  
Daniel Suleiman, Covington & Burling

12.45: Short lunch interim

13.00: Luncheon keynote speech: Trevor McFadden, deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division

Mr. McFadden, a former partner at Baker McKenzie, was appointed in January to oversee the fraud and appellate sections in the DOJ Criminal Division in the new Trump administration. His talk will assess the FCPA, 40 years after the landmark anti-corruption law's enactment.

Trevor McFadden, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice

14.00: Close of conference


Covington & Burling, One CityCenter, 850 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-4956, USA


  • “Excellent networking opportunities provided by the conference.”

    Charlie Goldschmid

    Marc Jacobs International

  • “Great chairs with in depth experience”

    Wanying Bin

    Mayer Brown LLP

  • "Excellent! This is my second GIR Live event and was very informative. This was a very high - quality programme and was well worth the time investment."

    Jessica Berada

    World Bank