Thursday, 22 March 2018, Covington & Burling, One CityCenter, Washington, DC

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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. 


Alun Milford

General Counsel, UK Serious Fraud Office

2017 Programme

Wednesday, 21 March

18.00 - 19.30 - Cocktail reception - Sponsored by KPMG

Thursday, 22 March

8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' welcome

Laurence Urgenson, Mayer Brown
Kathryn Atkinson, Miller & Chevalier

9.10: Keynote speech

Alun Milford, general counsel, Serious Fraud Office

9.50: Session one: Fundamental differences: How US and UK approaches to global investigations and resolutions diverge

The US Justice Department and the UK Serious Fraud Office are following significantly different approaches to deferred prosecution agreements, internal investigations, and privilege. In the UK, the more active supervisory role of the courts, coupled with fewer statutes of limitations, contribute to complexity for white-collar lawyers and potentially more legal exposure for the client. Recent important court rulings on both sides of the Atlantic -- restricting privilege in internal corporate investigations in the UK and the use of overseas compelled testimony in the US courts -- have changed the landscape.

Please join our panel of experts as they discuss the following topics:

  • Can corporations conduct effective internal investigations under SFO rules prohibiting interviews of company personnel?
  • Will the Second Circuit’s July decision in US v. Allen force the DOJ to back off prosecuting most foreign executives in US courts? Or can this "clash of legal systems" be avoided with closer cooperation?
  • What impact will the new UK failure to prevent money laundering offense have on enforcement?
  • How do differing US and UK policies regarding attorney client privilege impact multinational investigations?
  • Is the SFO protocol for handling DPAs fairer or more effective than the US system that returns billions to the US Treasury?
  • What are the consequences of UK DPAs that do not protect companies from debarment?

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two: TBD

Full conference programme to be confirmed

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