GIR Live New York - in photos

18 September 2014

A photo impression of GIR Live, held on 17 September at the World Trade Center in New York, and chaired by Bruce Yannett at Debevoise & Plimpton, and F Joseph Warin of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.

GIR Live New York: DoJ reveals plans to boost transparency

25 September 2014

The US Department of Justice’s Criminal Division is considering how it can be more transparent about its corporate resolutions, to improve companies’ understanding of its expectations for cooperation, and its rationale for declinations, Marshall Miller said at GIR Live in New York.

GIR Live New York: Balancing enforcer demands is an art, not a science

24 September 2014

Balancing the conflicting perspectives and expectations in cross-border investigations is a demanding task. At GIR Live New York on 17 September, panellists discussed how to bridge the gaps.

GIR Live New York: China - the new frontier of enforcement

23 September 2014

In an evolving worldwide enforcement landscape, companies and their counsel should move on from the default understanding that the US is the toughest enforcer in the room, lawyers said at GIR Live New York.

GIR Live: Expose and provide evidence on culpable individuals, DoJ official says

18 September 2014

The US Department of Justice will continue to focus on prosecuting individuals, the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the criminal division, Marshall Miller, said on Wednesday at GIR Live in New York.

SDNY deputy: “Credibility is very, very important”

03 October 2018

Robert Khuzami, the deputy US attorney for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, gave advice to lawyers at a conference about how to present their client’s case to Manhattan prosecutors.

GIR Live New York 2019 - in pictures

09 October 2019

Photos from the 6th annual GIR Live New York on 8 October, chaired by Joe Warin of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Bruce Yannett of Debevoise & Plimpton.


Bruce Yannett

Debevoise & Plimpton

F. Joseph Warin is chair of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Washington, D.C. Office’s Litigation Department consisting of 150 lawyers and is co-chair of the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. He served as Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. from 1976-83. Mr. Warin represented General Electric in its Oil for Food Investigation, MCI in its criminal investigations, and Joe Cassano, former head of AIG London.

Joseph Warin

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Bruce Yannett is Deputy Presiding Partner and Chair of the White Collar/Regulatory Practice Group at Debevoise & Plimpton. He focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. He represents a broad range of companies, financial institutions and their executives in matters involving securities fraud, accounting fraud, foreign bribery, insider trading, and money laundering. 


Joel Kirsch

Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Siemens Corporation

Bill Leone

Norton Rose Fulbright

Marshall Miller

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice

Mark Mendelsohn

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Sarah Pfuhl

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

Adam Siegel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Karen Patton Seymour

Sullivan & Cromwell


Tuesday, 16 September

Delegates are invited to attend a cocktail reception hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from 19.00 until 20.00, followed by a conference dinner hosted by Norton Rose Fulbright from 20.00 onwards at the University Club.

Wednesday, 17 September


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration

9.00: Chairs’ opening remarks

9.10: Session one – the art of the impossible

As the playing field of enforcement grows, more clients are being asked to navigate some sort of “impossible” situation. How does one manage such a thing?

In this session, a panel of leading names, led by Bruce E. Yannett of Debevoise & Plimpton, will discuss exactly that: how to unpick the tougher conundrums. Drawing on decades of experience, the panel will discuss in a highly conversational way, what arethe toughest scenarios right now – and how would they be inclined to handle them?

Questions they’ll debate include:

  • How do you negotiate with officials who have a nuclear option at their disposal (debarment or something similar)?
  • What do you do when officials from different jurisdictions make diametrically opposed (or starkly incompatible) demands? and
  • Is it possible to stop becoming the centre of a feeding frenzy, featuring multiple agencies?

Bruce E. Yannett, Debevoise & Plimpton

Joel Kirsch, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Siemens Corporation
Mark F. Mendelsohn, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Karen Patton Seymour, Sullivan & Cromwell
Adam Siegel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

10.30: Coffee break

11.00: Session two – the GIR Live Q&A

The GIR Live Q&A is a format borrowed from another field of law (international arbitration) – where it’s known as “Tylney Hall.”

It’s been described as a Q&A session on steroids. Why’s that? For a start, it’s held under the Chatham House rule (so no comments are attributable outside the room and no enforcement agency officials will be present). But more importantly, all the questions will be supplied (in advance) by the audience and distributed to those attending ahead of time.

Then on the day, a pair of leading names will facilitate the discussion. If your question is selected from the bundle, you’ll be asked to stand, introduce yourself, and then introduce your question, after which the topic will be thrown open to the floor. After some rolling debate, the next topic will be selected and so on.

The GIR Live Q&A therefore offers a unique opportunity to benchmark one’s own practice against that of others, and to get opinions on those questions you can’t research any other way.

Bill Leone, Norton Rose Fulbright 
F. Joseph Warin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher 
Sarah Pfuhl, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr

12.20: Closing speech

Marshall Miller, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice

12:50: Networking lunch

14.00: Close of conference


7 World Trade Center, New York, NY 10166-0193, USA


  • "More intersting that any other i've attended"

    Laura Billings, Miller & Chevalier

  • "Excellent. Good networking time"

    Neil O'May, Norton Rose Fulbright

  • "Both sessions were excellent."

    Elizabeth Mullins, SwissRe