GIR Live London: Get to know your ambassador

21 April 2015

Embassies can be useful and willing allies for companies operating in countries where there’s a high risk of corruption, says the UK’s former ambassador to Burma.

GIR Live London: OECD tax exchange a “major step forward” for enforcers

21 April 2015

OECD deputy secretary-general William Danvers says the high level of information generated through its automatic tax information exchange will be a boon to authorities in tackling international tax crimes.

GIR Live London: Lessons from the OECD's recent work

15 April 2015

William Danvers, the deputy secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, is to deliver the keynote speech at GIR Live London on Tuesday 21 April.

GIR Live London: When to call the ambassador

13 April 2015

Can embassies help businesses to improve operating environments – and so stop investigations from occurring? Can lawyers who are conducting investigations ever benefit from an embassy’s intelligence resources – without giving up privilege?

GIR Live London: SFO's mixed messages hinder self-reporting

22 April 2015

The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has an “unhelpful” attitude to privilege and internal investigations, says the UK’s former director of public prosecutions, speaking at GIR Live London on 21 April, during a panel discussion on international investigations.


Martin Coleman

Norton Rose Fulbright

Martin Coleman is Global Head of Antitrust & Competition at Norton Rose Fulbright and Global co-Head of the Regulation & Investigations Group which brings together over 500 lawyers across the world focussed on investigations including antirust, anti-bribery & corruption, financial services regulation and white collar crime. He has advised businesses on major antitrust investigations including acting for a global bank on the European Commission’s Euribor investigation; one of the ‘Big 4’ accountancy firms on the UK Competition Commission’s investigation into audit services and a major UK bank on the current investigation into retail banking.

Geoff Nicholas

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Geoff Nicholas is co-head of Freshfields’ global investigations practice, and is located in London and Hong Kong. Geoff advises large international corporations on regulatory risk management and multi-jurisdictional investigations and disputes. He builds compliance programmes, conducts corporate due diligence, manages large scale internal investigations and represents multinationals in criminal and regulatory investigations by external agencies.

Keynote Speakers

William Danvers

deputy secretary-general, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

William Danvers took up his duties on 2 September 2013. In addition to focusing on OECD’s regional initiatives in South East Asia, the MENA region, Latin America and Africa, he oversees the organisation's global relations portfolio, including outreach and the accession processes of candidate countries.

Andrew Heyn

Former ambassador to Burma, 2009-2013, director of governance strategy and government diversity strategy in the Cabinet Office

Andrew Heyn joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989 and served in Caracas, Lisbon and Dublin before his most recent overseas posting as Ambassador to Burma.


Matthew Bruce

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Christian Butter


Lista Cannon

Norton Rose Fulbright

Rod Clayton

Weber Shandwick

Michael Drury

BCL Burton Copeland

Judy Krieg

Compliance consultant, (former group director of risk and compliance, Willis Group Holdings; former CCO, Rolls Royce)

Lord Ken MacDonald QC

Matrix Chambers

John Rupp

Covington & Burling


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

9.10: Keynote speaker – Getting to better policies: lessons from the OECD's recent work

William Danvers, deputy secretary-general, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

9.40: Session one – Judgement calls in international investigations

As the enforcement landscape grows, so do the challenges facing lawyers handling regulatory or criminal investigations.

There are few precedents, and you’re often in a grey area. So what are the toughestscenarios right now, and how do you weigh up the options?

In this session, a panel of leading practitioners, led by Geoff Nicholas of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, will discuss their own approach to such issues and the judgement calls that are part of life. It will also be an opportunity for those attending to share thoughts and exchange views as to best practice in this developing area.

Questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • How do you balance the defence of a client’s interests with pressure from regulators/prosecutors for full disclosure?
  • Can you be confident advising a client on entering a DPA process before there is any track record on which to draw?
  • What do you do when regulators/prosecutors from different countries are making different demands of your client and are working to different timetables?

Geoff Nicholas, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Lista Cannon, Norton Rose Fulbright
Michael Drury, BCL Burton Copeland
Judy Krieg, compliance consultant, (former group director of risk and compliance, Willis Group Holdings; former CCO, Rolls Royce)
Lord Ken MacDonald QC, Matrix Chambers

11.00: Coffee break

11.30: Session two - The GIR Live case study 

This highly interactive session will build on the theme of the day – tough questions and judgement calls. In the case study, a UK company that manufactures in Asia but sells around the world learns of a potential problem at an Indian subsidiary, which, it so happens, is soon to be terminated anyway. How should it respond? How does it respond?

By the end, the case study will have elegantly pinpointed the toughest issues that a company, and more particularly the external counsel they call in, will face in the current international landscape, and everyone in the room will have had a chance to answer the question, so what would you do, or not do, if faced with this? A great opportunity to benchmark one's own approach.

Those include:

  • investigation triggers
  • scoping/setting up the initial internal investigation
  • handling privilege in real time
  • witness interviewing - how to improve 
  • managing subsequent lateral internal communications
  • problems posed by whistleblowers
  • avoiding a feeding frenzy by regulators
  • problems specific to China and India
  • how much, exactly,to disclose
  • when to start remediating
  • legal vs reputational risk
  • prioritising

Martin Coleman, Norton Rose Fulbright

Matthew Bruce, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Christian Butter, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Rod Clayton, Weber Shandwick 
John Rupp, Covington & Burling

13.00: Closing speech – The ambassador and his team - what role in difficult business environments?

Andrew Heyn, former ambassador to Burma, 2009-2013, director of governance strategy and government diversity strategy in the Cabinet Office

13.30: Networking lunch

14.00: Close of conference


Norton Rose Fulbright, 3 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AQ, United Kingdom


  • "Excellent - well organised and the sessions were very interesting and had a diverse range of speakers"

    Kim Potts, Corker Binning

  • "Good balance of debate and information"

    Alex Parker, Debevoise & Plimpton