Thursday, 25 June 2020, 66 Avenue Marceau, 75008 Paris, France


LBR Events and Global Investigations Review have taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s 2nd Annual GIR Paris conference, due to be held on 25 June 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 World Health Organisation (WHO).

We have also been listening carefully to the concerns of those no longer able to travel and attend GIR Paris conference on its current date, 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 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


Jonathan Mattout

Herbert Smith Freehills

Jonathan assists clients on all their white collar crime disputes, on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has significant experience working with clients on criminal litigation, investigations, compliance, risk and crisis management and sanctions.

Laura Perkins

Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Laura Perkins serves as Co-chair of the Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations practice group.  As a former senior official and prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Laura’s practice focuses on high-stakes government and internal investigations, crisis management, white collar criminal defense and cross border compliance counseling, risk assessments, and due diligence.


Alexandre Bisch

Debevoise & Plimpton

Karen Coppens


Yousr Khalil


Ludovic Malgrain

White & Case


13.30: Welcome coffee and registration

14.00: Chairs’ opening remarks
Jonathan Mattout, Herbert Smith Freehills
Laura Perkins, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

14.10: Keynote address

14.40: Session one: Compliance across the globe - the AFA, a French exception?

Compliance reviews are no longer predominantly handled by US regulators, and France has proven to have an increasingly active role in assessing compliance programs at multinational corporations. The recent Airbus settlement is a prime example of this and illustrates how the US, UK and French authorities are working more closely together to promote a stronger anti-corruption stance. However, how does the AFA fit into this?

The panel will discuss, among other topics:

  • Views on best practices: French versus US requirements and how to align the two;
  • The lessons learned after 2 years of AFA inspections;
  • How does this compare to the lessons learned from recent DOJ guidance and UK standards?
  • What sanctions have been imposed for compliance breaches?   


Jonathan Mattout, Herbert Smith Freehills
Laura Perkins, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

15.40: Coffee break

16.10: Session two: Global internal investigations – considerations and traps

The landscape of internal investigations is constantly evolving, and it is vital to ensure that the tools used to handle internal investigations are up to date and adaptable to changes in legislation around the world.

Our panel will address the following topics:

  • Tips on how to handle the ever evolving challenges in multi-jurisdictional investigations;
  • Cultural considerations for internal investigations;
  • Data privacy: Hurdles or excuses?
  • Reports - to draft or not to draft?
  • What to put in a report?
  • Legal privilege versus cooperation credits, a real dilemma?

Jonathan Mattout, Herbert Smith Freehills
Laura Perkins, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

17.10: Coffee break

17.25: Session three: When is it an option not to report?

Reporting regulations and legislation released throughout Europe and beyond increase the pressure to cooperate with authorities in a timely manner, with incentives to self-report. However, the decision of whether to report remains a difficult one. And if you decide to report, when, where and how should you report?

Against this backdrop the panel will discuss:

  • The main factors to consider in deciding whether to report;
  • How reporting obligations may be affected by different ant-corruption laws;
  • Lessons learned from recent DPAs and CJIPs;
  • Effect on sanctions.


Jonathan Mattout, Herbert Smith Freehills
Laura Perkins, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

18.25: Chairs’ closing remarks

Jonathan Mattout, Herbert Smith Freehills
Laura Perkins, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

18.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills


66 Avenue Marceau, 75008 Paris, France


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Private Practitioner
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Super Early €450 15 May 2020
Early €550 12 Jun 2020
Standard €650 25 Jun 2020


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