Thursday, 2nd April 2020, One Bishops Square, E1 6AD


LBR Events and Global Investigations Review have taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s 6th Annual GIR Live London event, due to be held on 2nd April 2020.

The health and safety of our clients, partners and staff are our primary concern. To that end we have been closely following the developing situation with regards to the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus and adhering to the advice being provided by the British Department of Health and Social Care and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

We have also been listening carefully to the concerns of those no longer able to travel and attend 6th Annual GIR Live London on its current dates, as either a speaker or delegate, due to travel restrictions imposed by their governments.

In order to make sure the event is delivered to the high standards on which we pride ourselves, and which our attendees expect, the decision to postpone the event has been taken. We will confirm the new date as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have, and we continue to look forward to delivering the best event yet in the annual series later in the year.

Nic O’Callaghan, Commercial Director

E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4282


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.


Timothy Bowden


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

Andrew Sackey

Pinsent Masons

Dame Alison Saunders


John Thompson

Director, Economic Crime Policy, UK Finance

Mark Underwood


Ian Winter QC

Cloth Fair Chambers


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks 

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Ali Sallaway, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

9.10: Keynote address 

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

9.40: Session one: 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.

Questions our panel are expected to cover include:

  • What is the future of the SFO? Is it doing enough to incentivise self-reporting and cooperation?
  • What can be learned from the disparity between the DPAs and acquittals of individuals?
  • What do we expect from other agencies like OFSI, ICO and the FCA this year?
  • What are regulators and prosecutors doing around the world?

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Ali Sallaway, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

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

10.40: Coffee break

11.15: Session two: 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.

Our panel of experts will discuss the following challenges:

  • How can in-house investigations teams influence culture?
  • What kinds of behaviours are behind the many issues that lead to investigations or poor company culture?
  • How far should an investigation go? How do you determine when you have investigated enough?
  • How relevant is culture to regulators and enforcement agencies?

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Ali Sallaway, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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

12.15: Coffee break

12.30: Session three: 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 already cooperate across borders? And how will geopolitical shifts like Brexit and other developments impact that cooperation?

Questions our panel are expected to discuss include:

  • What does criminal enforcement and intelligence look like post-Brexit?
  • What co-operation and information sharing measures will be available to UK criminal authorities? How will that impact companies and individuals under investigation?
  • What are the complexities of conducting pan-European investigations? How do legislative changes on corporate crime and investigations, in places such as Germany, impact that?

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Ali Sallaway, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

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

13.30: Chairs’ closing remarks 

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Ali Sallaway, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

13.35: Networking lunch 

14.40: Close of conference

Further Information

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call +44 203 780 4137 or email


One Bishops Square, E1 6AD


  • “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


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