GIR Live DC: Increased transatlantic cooperation “changes calculus” for companies

21 November 2016

Strongly forged ties between US and European prosecuting agencies are likely to help white-collar crime enforcement continue apace regardless of who the US president is, panellists said at GIR Live DC.

GIR Live DC: China’s anti-corruption drive and building cooperation

Nathaniel Edmonds, Anna Ashton, Eugene Chen and Leo Tsao

17 November 2016

International companies believe they are one step away from being targeted by Chinese authorities as part of the country’s anti-corruption drive, panellists said at GIR Live DC.

GIR Live DC: Switzerland considers making bank secrecy rights part of constitution

16 November 2016

A senior prosecutor at the Geneva Public Prosecutor’s Office has said that a move to prevent banks sharing customer information could be a game changer, following the US Swiss Bank Programme.

DOJ bank integrity unit chief: Tips are invaluable

29 October 2018

The chief of the DOJ’s bank integrity unit has urged companies and financial institutions to consider calling the authority as soon as they discover evidence of potential wrongdoing.

Criminal division deputy pushes timeliness of self-reporting

25 October 2018

The principal deputy of the DOJ’s criminal division warned companies that they are up against a ticking clock to self-report potential misconduct, saying businesses are better off disclosing to the government before completing an internal investigation.


Nathaniel Edmonds

Paul Hastings (and Former Assistant Chief of the FCPA Unit and DOJ Representative to the State Department-led US-China Anticorruption Working Group)

Nathaniel Edmonds serves as the Chair of the firm's litigation practice in Washington, D.C, which houses over 80 lawyers handling a variety of litigation matters, including intellectual property and patent litigation, international arbitration, sanctions and export controls, antitrust, white collar crime, anti-corruption compliance and internal corporate investigations. Mr. Edmonds focuses on global internal investigations, specializing in anti-corruption matters and the challenges arising from multi-jurisdictional investigations into complex economic crime.  

Karen Popp

Sidley Austin

KAREN A. POPP, is the Global Co-Leader of the firm’s White Collar: Government Litigation & Investigtions group. Karen has an expansive practice representing companies and individuals in high-profile matters with legal, political and public relations components, such as corporate criminal defense, internal investigations, SEC Enforcement, Congressional investigations, OIG and State Attorney General actions, corporate compliance, and litigation. Chambers Global and Chambers USA recognize her as a leader in the fields of White Collar and FCPA. 

Keynote Speakers

Claudio Mascotto

Public Prosecutor's Office, Geneva, Switzerland

Since 2004, Claudio Mascotto works as a senior prosecutor with the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland, specialising in financial and complex cases, including corruption, money laundering, art looting and asset forfeiture, as well as mutual legal assistance. 

Stephen Zimmermann

Director of Operations, Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), World Bank Group

Stephen Zimmermann is the Director of Operations for the World Bank Integrity Vice- Presidency. He directs a multi-disciplinary team charged with detecting, investigating, sanctioning and preventing fraud and corruption in Bank- financed activities around the world. Since assuming his position, he has had a leading role in developing and implementing an expanded strategy for the World Bank’s integrity agenda.


Anna Ashton

Director, Business Advisory Services, The US-China Business Council

Daniel Braun

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (and Former Deputy Chief for Litigation in the Fraud Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division)

Eugene Chen

Hogan Lovells

Charles Duross

Morrison & Foerster

Jonathan Leiken

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Diebold

Stephen Spiegelhalter

EY Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services (and Former DOJ Criminal Division Fraud Section FCPA Unit Prosecutor)

Leo Tsao

Assistant Chief, Criminal Division Fraud Section FCPA Unit


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs' welcome

Nathaniel Edmonds, Paul Hastings
Karen Popp, Sidley Austin

9.10: Keynote speech

Claudio Mascotto, Public Prosecutor's Office, Geneva, Switzerland

9.40: Session one: European enforcement in an evolving environment

Recent developments are impacting cross-border investigations and resolutions in Europe, where companies and individuals face increasingly ambitious enforcement efforts against a backdrop of ever-expanding US jurisdictional reach. European agencies are increasingly collaborating with each other as well as with authorities in the United States, spurring continued growth in parallel international investigations and prosecutions. Agencies are reorganizing and adopting new tools to fight transnational corporate crime.

Among the questions the panel will discuss:

  • What are the recent cross-border cooperation developments among the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland and other European jurisdictions?
  • What does it mean for companies facing simultaneous investigations in multiple jurisdictions?
  • Are there different approaches to internal investigations given possible varying practices and expectations among differing European jurisdictions?
  • How are agencies and companies addressing the prospect of duplicative penalties in multiple jurisdictions?
  • Libor and FX – will the paradigm for close US-UK cooperation continue? Will the same trend develop in other European jurisdiction?
  • Are UK DPAs changing the equation for settlements, and does change have implications for parallel US-UK investigations?
  • What does increasingly aggressive Swiss enforcement mean for the global corporate investigation?
  • Which industries have the most exposure as US-style kleptocracy and money-laundering investigations spread to Europe?
  • How is the pan-European prosecutors’ network known as EuroJust increasing ties between national agencies?
  • Are European data privacy and banking secrecy rules creating challenges in cross-border investigations and monitorships?
  • The Brexit effect: What will the UK’s departure from the EU mean for enforcement, transnational cooperation, regulation, transactions and data privacy?

Karen Popp, Sidley Austin

Daniel Braun, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (and Former Deputy Chief for Litigation in the Fraud Section of the DOJ’s Criminal Division)
Jonathan Leiken, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Diebold
Claudio Mascotto, Prosecutor, Public Prosecutor's Office, Geneva
Stephen Spiegelhalter, EY Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services (and Former DOJ Criminal Division Fraud Section FCPA Unit Prosecutor)

11.00: Coffee break

11.20: Session two: US-China anti-corruption cooperation: A tentative partnership

Corruption issues in China continue to grab headlines as companies struggle to thrive in a challenging business environment. China has continued its anti-corruption campaign against both high-level and low-level public officials, and FCPA enforcement actions against U.S. companies more often include China than any other country. Yet the anti-corruption cooperation between the United States and China remains shrouded in mystery, despite an officially announced bilateral anti-corruption working group.

This panel will analyze pressing issues important for any company doing business in China, including:

  • What are the current anti-corruption enforcement risks facing companies operating in China and how have they changed in the past five years?
  • To what extent do US and Chinese officials cooperate on cross-border enforcement goals, including sharing evidence and intelligence?
  • What can companies (and their outside lawyers) do best to prepare for this evolving enforcement environment?

Nathaniel Edmonds, Paul Hastings (and Former Assistant Chief of the FCPA Unit and DOJ Representative to the State Department-led US-China Anticorruption Working Group)

Anna Ashton, Director, Business Advisory Services, The US-China Business Council
Eugene Chen, Hogan Lovells
Leo Tsao, Assistant Chief, Criminal Division Fraud Section FCPA unit; current Fraud Section Representative to the US-China Joint Liaison Group on Law Enforcement Cooperation

12.45: Luncheon featured discussion: DOJ and World Bank Group cooperation 

Charles Duross, Morrison & Foerster interviews Stephen Zimmermann, Director of Operations, Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), World Bank Group

14.00: Close of conference



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