Thursday, 3 December

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Chairs

Ali Sallaway

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

With a record of acting on major cross-border and domestic investigations for clients in all sectors, she specialises in corporate and financial crime defence and regulatory enforcement actions, particularly defending actions brought by the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and/or Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), as well as overseas authorities.  

Ali has significant expertise handling false accounting, fraud, bribery/corruption, money-laundering and terrorism-related matters. She has acted on many of the leading enforcement decisions brought by the FCA, especially in market abuse, market manipulation, and disclosure and listing obligations cases.

Jonathan Pickworth

White & Case

Jonathan Pickworth heads the London White Collar Crime team and has over 30 years of experience representing corporates and individuals in investigations by UK and international agencies. Jonathan's practice focuses on allegations relating to money laundering, corruption, market misconduct, fraud, tax evasion and insider trading. He also advises firms on internal investigations, due diligence, compliance and risk in relation to criminal and regulatory matters. He frequently interacts with the Serious Fraud Office, the National Crime Agency, HM Revenue & Customs, the Financial Conduct Authority, the police and other agencies, and is also a regular speaker and commentator in the media on financial crime matters.

Keynote Speaker

Anneke Van Woudenberg

Executive Director, Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID)

Anneke Van Woudenberg is the Executive Director of corporate watchdog NGO, Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID), which she joined in March 2017. Previously she was the Deputy Africa Director at Human Rights Watch where for 14 years she led in-depth fact-finding on human rights violations across Africa, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Africa’s Great Lakes region. She has testified at international war crimes trials, briefed the UN Security Council, the US Congress and the British and European parliaments, and is a frequent commentator in the international press.

Speakers

Timothy Bowden

Dechert

Selene Brett

UK Chief Counsel, Aon

Shawn Chen

Global Co-General Counsel for Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement, HSBC

Gayathri Kamalanathan

Head of Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement, Danske Bank Group

Brandon O'Neil

Allen & Overy

Zoe Osborne

Steptoe & Johnson

Jessica Parker

Corker Binning

Sandra Paul

Kingsley Napley

Dame Alison Saunders

Linklaters

John Thompson

Director, Economic Crime Policy, UK Finance

Mark Underwood

BDO

Ian Winter QC

Cloth Fair Chambers

Programme

08:30-09:00     Registration and networking

09:00-09:10     Welcome address

Jonathan Pickworth, Partner and Head, White Collar Crime Team, White & Case
Ali Sallaway, Partner, Disputes, Litigation and Arbitration, Global Investigations, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

9:10-9:40         Keynote address 

Speaker: Anneke Van Woudenberg, Executive Director, Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID)

09:40- 10:40   
Covid-19: What this means for investigation strategies across the globe

As countries loosen lockdown measures and working conditions are transitioning to the “new normal”, enforcement activities are expected to return to pre-crisis levels with much of their focus on the fertile ground the crisis may provide for fraud and misconduct. This session will delve into the challenges arising from the pandemic and explore best practises coming to the surface for investigations and compliance.

  • Reconsidering the design of internal investigations: lessons learned from conducting remote internal and regulatory investigations
  • Implementing effective cross-border compliance processes
  • Accessing and providing data to authorities through collection constraints
  • Predicting what future enforcement approaches look like and how investigation strategies need to adapt


10:40-11:15     Networking break

11:15-12:15     GIR Live Question Time

A panel of leading names will discuss hot topics submitted by the audience and moderators in advance. Questions likely to be answered are:

  • What to look out or when conducting interviews virtually?
  • What risks are enforcement agencies prioritising in the current climate?
  • How did investigations overcome the delay of legitimate yet timely excuses during the pandemic?
  • Are we expecting a rise in fraud and misconduct as companies seek to repair financial damage?
  • How do you handle the threat of cyberattacks with more people working remotely?

12:15-13:15     Which agencies should be keeping you awake at night?

With the conviction rate of the SFO in decline, we are seeing more agencies within the UK with an appetite for strong enforcement (including use of criminal powers) and more active and empowered prosecutors in places like Germany, France and the Nordics. With this in mind, our panel will discuss the future of law enforcement and of which agencies from around Europe and beyond companies should be mindful.

  • The future of the SFO; assessing the effect of incentivising self-reporting and cooperation
  • Lessons to be learnt from the disparity between DPAs and acquittals of individuals
  • Addressing expectations for other agencies like OFSI, ICO and the FCA
  • Reflecting on what other regulators and prosecutors are doing around the world
  • Determining the impact of covid-19 on conviction rates


Moderators:

Jonathan Pickworth, Partner and Head, White Collar Crime Team, White & Case
Ali Sallaway, Partner, Disputes, Litigation and Arbitration, Global Investigations, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

Panellists:

  • Shawn Chen, Global Co-General Counsel for Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement, HSBC
  • Zoe Osborne, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson
  • John Thompson, Director, Economic Crime Policy, UK Finance

13:15-14:15     Lunch and networking break

14:15-14:45     Keynote address

14:45-15:45     Criminal enforcement and investigation across borders

Prosecutors and other enforcement agencies often point to cross-border cooperation as a key pillar of their work. But how much do the authorities currently cooperate across borders? And how will geopolitical shifts like Brexit, the ongoing effects of the covid-19 pandemic and other developments impact that cooperation?

  • Reconsidering what criminal enforcement and intelligence look like post-Brexit and post covid-19?
  • Assessing the co-operation and information sharing measures available to UK criminal authorities and how these will impact companies and individuals under investigation
  • Exploring the complexities of conducting pan-European investigations and how legislative changes on corporate crime and investigations, in places such as Germany, impact that


Moderators:

Jonathan Pickworth, Partner and Head, White Collar Crime Team, White & Case
Ali Sallaway, Partner, Disputes, Litigation and Arbitration, Global Investigations, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

Panellists:

  • Timothy Bowden, Partner, Dechert
  • Brandon O'Neil, Partner, Allen & Overy
  • Jessica Parker, Partner, Corker Binning 
  • Dame Alison Saunders, Partner, Linklaters
  • Ian Winter QC, Barrister, Cloth Fair Chambers 

15:45-16:15     Networking break 

16:15-17:15     Culture and conduct risk


In-house legal and compliance must manage a multitude of risks arising from conduct; risks as diverse as economic crime, modern slavery in the supply chain, data leaks, and work-place misconduct. Companies seeking to manage risk holistically are turning to corporate culture to help them do so. This shift in focus reflects messages from regulators about the importance of company culture as an aggravating or mitigating factor in investigations.

  • Analysing the importance of having an in-house investigation team and its influence on company culture
  • Determining what kinds of behaviours are behind the investigations into poor company culture
  • Understanding how far an investigation should go and how to determine when you have investigated enough
  • Reviewing the relevance of culture to regulators and enforcement agencies


Moderators:

Jonathan Pickworth, Partner and Head, White Collar Crime Team, White & Case
Ali Sallaway, Partner, Disputes, Litigation and Arbitration, Global Investigations, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Panellists:

  • Selene Brett, UK Chief Counsel, Aon
  • Gayathri Kamalanathan, Head of Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement, Danske Bank Group
  • Sandra Paul, Partner, Criminal Litigation, Kingsley Napley
  • Mark Underwood, Forensic Director, BDO


17:15-17:20     Closing remarks 

Jonathan Pickworth, Partner and Head, White Collar Crime Team, White & Case
Ali Sallaway, Partner, Disputes, Litigation and Arbitration, Global Investigations, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

Testimonials

  • “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

  • "A very high level conference with excellent speakers" - Karyn Harty, McCann Fitzgerald

Tickets

PRIVATE PRACTITIONER
Type Price Expires
Super Early £600 23 Oct 2020
Early  £700 20 Nov 2020
Standard  £800 03 Dec 2020

 

IN-HOUSE/GOVERNMENTAL
Type Price
Standard £0