Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 2 London Wall Place, London EC2Y 5AU

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Stephen Gentle

Simmons & Simmons

Stephen is head of the firm’s Crime, Fraud & Investigations group. He specialises in assisting corporate and individual clients in complex fraud and financial regulatory matters, frequently with multi-jurisdictional aspects.

He has particular expertise in advising in anti-bribery and anti-money laundering compliance, investigations and proceedings and Financial Conduct Authority matters (with a particular emphasis on insider dealing, market misconduct and international regulatory issues). He has expertise in Competition and Markets Authority criminal cartel investigations. His international criminal practice covers extradition proceedings, financial sanctions advice and mutual legal assistance requests where he acts for corporations, individuals and governments.

Louise Hodges

Kingsley Napley

Louise is particularly well known for representing individuals subject to financial regulatory and/or criminal investigations for market abuse or market misconduct including insider dealing and misleading the market, mainly dealt with by the FCA or the SFO. She heads the KN Financial Services Group.

She often advises early in an investigation, aiming where possible to avoid criminal charges and either secure no further action or an alternative regulatory disposal. She has a track record of securing acquittals at trial.

Her cases frequently have an international dimension, including involving the US DOJ, FBI, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), as well as many European prosecutors and regulators.

2018 Programme

13:00: Welcome coffee and registration

13.30: Chairs’ welcome

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Jonathan Grimes, Kingsley Napley

13.40: Keynote speech: The SFO: Current priorities and future directions

Matthew Wagstaff, Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption, Serious Fraud Office

14.10: Session one: The SFO’s new regime and the future of white-collar law enforcement

Following on from our keynote speech, this session will look to the ongoing developments within the SFO and what they tell us about its likely approach in the next few years.

Questions expected to be discussed include:

• ENRC: What is its impact on internal investigations, particularly cross-border ones? What are the practical ramifications when there is a need to secure witness evidence? Are all notes of witness interviews conducted by a company’s lawyers now fully protected? Will the position differ if there is to be a DPA?

• What is the current position on corporate attribution? In the absence of a “failure to prevent economic crime” offence, where is the corporate risk, from a charging perspective? Is there sufficient incentive to self-report?

• KBR Inc: was this the right decision or is there now an overreach in terms of the applicability and use of section 2 notices?

• What are the key takeaways from the evidence given before the House of Lords Select Committee on the Bribery Act?

• Going forward, how does the panel envisage that the SFO will work alongside the National Economic Crime Unit? Will the SFO continue to focus on bribery and corruption, as it has done in the last few years, or will we see more of a shift to investigations involving fraud and money laundering?

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case

Saqib Alam, Morrison & Foerster
Eve Giles, Allen & Overy
Kelly Hagedorn, Jenner & Block
Tamara Oppenheimer, Fountain Court Chambers
Sam Tate, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
Matthew Wagstaff, Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption, Serious Fraud Office

15.25: Coffee break

16.00: Session two: Tackling illicit finance: Political rhetoric or a new priority for law enforcement?

With more and more cases of unexplained wealth coming to public attention, our panellists will address the best approach in tackling illicit finance. What more needs to be done to improve government and law enforcement capabilities when it comes to money laundering and organised crime?

Questions expected to be discussed include:

• What is the state of current money laundering enforcement policy and practice?

• Prosecution versus asset forfeiture – which one, and when?

• What is the future for unexplained wealth orders among wider investigations and enforcement practices?

• What changes are being seen in AML compliance and what are their impact?

• What does the rise of “de-risking” mean, and what are the factors driving institutions to use this approach?

Jonathan Grimes, Kingsley Napley

Timothy Bowden, Dechert
James Brady, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Joe Smith, Global Financial Crime Counsel, Barclays
Polly Sprenger, Katten Muchin Rosenman
Simon Taylor, Forensic Risk Alliance

17.15: Chairs’ closing remarks 

Jonathan Pickworth, White & Case
Jonathan Grimes, Kingsley Napley

17.25 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Further information

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