Tuesday, 20 April 2021
PRE-CONFERENCE EVENING RECEPTION
17:30-19:00 Opening reception and registration
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
08:00-09:00 Registration and networking
09:00-09:15 Welcome address
NAVIGATING THE COMPLEXITIES OF INVESTIGATIONS IN TODAY’S GLOBAL ENFORCEMENT ARENA
09:15-10:15 The Enforcers Roundtable
Historically, the US has led the way for regulatory and criminal investigations globally but in recent years we have seen an astronomical increase in the number and profile of these investigations. The record-breaking Airbus settlement and the PNFs leading role show that other jurisdictions are not just cooperating with the US but are now taking centre stage in the international fight against corruption. This roundtable will bring together those shaping the enforcement landscape and provide a clear understanding of where enforcers efforts are being focused and what the future will look like in the era of multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional enforcement.
10:15-10:50 Networking break
10:50-11:50 Cross-border investigations: strategies to stay ahead in an ever-evolving environment
Investigations by law enforcement and regulatory bodies have increased dramatically in number, severity and complexity over the last decade. The nature of today’s globalised economy means it is now common to see large scale cross-border investigations involving multiple agencies and often conflicting legal regimes. While this has led to significant improvements in cross-border cooperation and resulted in an increased number of global settlements, it makes managing these investigations to a successful conclusion even trickier. What strategies can practitioners employ to overcome the multitude of challenges arising?
Stéphane Navacelle, Partner, Navacelle
11:50-12:50 Handling data: overcoming differing and often contradictory national and international legislation
Companies under investigation often find themselves in the unenviable position of trying to balance the need to provide prosecuting agencies with the information they request and staying on the right side of the myriad of data protection legislation across the world. Get it wrong and they can find themselves in further difficulty with the prosecuting agencies or staring down the barrel of a hefty data protection fine. What steps can practitioners and companies take to successfully resolve these conflicts in an effective and timely way?
12:50-14:00 Lunch and networking break
14:00-14:45 Keynote address: supporting and encouraging whistleblowers in coming forward
Recent years have seen an increasing focus on whistleblowing and its positive impact on corporate culture. Effective whistleblowing procedures offer an ability to uncover wrongdoing or errors within an organisation early and an opportunity to rectify compliance shortcomings and prevent crisis. This special address will explore some of the efforts being made and assistance available to protect whistleblowers as they work to combat corruption and support investigations.
Anna Myers, Executive Director, Whistleblowing International Network (WIN)
14:45-15:45 New frontiers in the fight against corruption: jurisdictions and countries to keep an eye on
As we’ve seen in Latin America, with Brazil’s Lavo Jato investigation, one case can spawn renewed anti-corruption momentum across a whole continent. With countries across the world passing new anti-corruption legislation or enhancing existing laws, we can expect to see investigations conducted in places not usually associated with robust enforcement. Our panel will put the spotlight on the rising jurisdictions and explore what the future might hold in these emerging anti-corruption hotspots.
15:45-16:15 Networking break
16:15-17:15 Winning tips for navigating the evolving sanctions landscape
Sanctions is one of the most challenging regulatory areas facing global corporations today. Until recently, it has largely been viewed as a US domain but in recent years the EU and US have been growing apart on sanctions policy. In March this year, the UK’s OFSI announced its first major fine and other countries have passed similar provisions. So how is the landscape evolving and what tips are out there for navigating the field?
17:15-18:30 Drinks and networking reception
Thursday, 21 April 2021
08:00-09:15 Registration and networking
09:15-09:30 Opening remarks
IMPROVING THE ART AND SCIENCE OF INVESTIGATIONS
09:30-10:30 Self-reporting to the authorities: negotiating and securing Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs)
Since originating in the US, DPAs have also been introduced across multiple jurisdictions in Europe and Asia with more expected to follow suit. There are plenty of potential positives in pursuing a DPA but the process itself can be fraught with difficulties and competing considerations. While the SFO and DOJ have provided public information on their expectations for cooperation, many questions are left unanswered and companies must weigh-up the risks and benefits of self-reporting. Our expert panel will explore when to make the judgement call and how to manage the notoriously tricky process of securing a DPA.
10:30-11:00 Networking break
11:00-12:00 Improving compliance and reducing risk through psychology and behavioural science
Despite organisations investing heavily in developing robust compliance programs, criminal conduct still happens. Regulatory enforcement is on the rise and the penalties for non-compliance are severe. This panel will explore the many benefits organisations are seeing from behavioural sciences and psychology to further support in the fight against corruption.
Rosemarie Paul, Partner, Ropes & Gray
12:00-13:00 Lunch and networking
13:00-14:00 Embracing AI to increase efficiency and accuracy in investigations
AI has transformed theoretical machine learning into useful problem solving in all works of life. It is affecting daily tasks in both visible and invisible ways, disrupting every major industry along the way. So, what are the significant opportunities that AI can offer to improve efficiency and accuracy in investigations while reducing timescales, resources and potentially costs?
14:00-14:45 A view from the defendant: when to send for help
When criminal behaviour within a company is met with the jaws of enforcers, it’s time to call in the cavalry. In a fireside chat format, this session will delve into when that decision is made, what general counsel and compliance officers look for in outside counsel and how they decide on who to hire.
Jonathan Pickworth, Partner and Head, White Collar Crime Team, White & Case
14:45-15:15 Networking break
15:15-16:30 Breakout discussions: the future of investigations - what’s next in the eye of the storm?
While the complexity, severity and scale of investigations continue to grow, so too do the events that trigger them. As new statutory laws and corporate policies become more prominent, their focus climbs on the enforcers agenda. So, what does the future hold for corporate investigations, where will enforcers set their gaze next and how can corporates mitigate the potential legal and reputational risks on the horizon?
Through a series of informal, small-group interactive discussions participants will exchange ideas, best practice and experience. After 20 minutes, attendees will alternate between groups offering the opportunity to work through three of the following topic areas:
16:30 Closing remarks
"Great and very current topics. Lots of expertise in the room" Joanna Ludlam, Baker McKenzie
“Particularly high quality speakers, with different perspectives” – David Hamilton, Pinsent Masons
"Very interesting and relevant topics and chance to meet other delegates." - Kim Potts, Corker Binning
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