Thursday, 28 June 2018, Grace Hall, London

GIR is pleased to announce "GIR Live Women in Investigations" - a new conference aimed at female investigation specialists. This inaugural event, in London in June, will offer a day of debate and discussion featuring leading women from around the world, followed by a networking dinner at which GIR will unveil its new Women in Investigations survey. Registration includes attendance at both the conference and dinner.

Thursday, 28 June 2018.

E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4137


Lucinda A. Low

Steptoe & Johnson

Dr. Martina de Lind van Wijngaarden

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Keynote Speaker

Leslie Caldwell

Latham & Watkins


Rita Mitchell

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Jodi Avergun


Cheryl Scarboro

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Shin Jae Kim


Jane Shvets

Debvoise & Plimpton

Mona Vaswani

Allen & Overy

Polly Sprenger

Katten Munchin Rosenman

Muriel Goldberg-Darmon

Cohen & Gresser LLP


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Lucinda Low, Steptoe & Johnson
Dr. Martina de Lind van Wijngaarden, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer  

9.40: Keynote

Leslie Caldwell, Latham & Watkins  

10.10: Session One: Negotiated resolutions and coordinating them

This session will discuss the challenge created by multi-national enforcement and resolutions of the same case. How does one settle in a coordinated way in different theatres? Are there lessons from recent cases on what works and what doesn’t?

Topics our panel are expected to discuss include:

  • Differences in the US and the UK: implications of the lack of effective judicial oversight
  • Standard terms of US DPAs: the responsibilities that companies take when agreeing to them
  • Managing competing interests when negotiating with multiple enforcement authorities
  • Strategies to minimize inherent risks in multiple national investigations 
  • The role of compliance, program enhancements and remediation 

11.25: Coffee break

11.55: Session Two: Grey areas in privilege

With different approaches to privilege on both sides of the Atlantic, and in Europe, and recent cases and pending appeals over the scope of privilege in the UK, U.S. and on continental Europe, the scope and approach to privilege in investigations has become ever more ‘grey’.  This session will explore the current landscape, and the challenges, and even opportunities, it may present, alongside tips on how to deal with the grey areas more skilfully.

 Questions the panel is expected to discuss include:

  • The position in the UK: where will the UK land?

  • The US and the Herrera decision: will cooperating with US authorities effectively mean waiving privilege protections over interview memos?

  • Privilege and employment law: balancing legal privilege in an investigation with the demands of disciplinary actions and related actions against employees.

  • Privilege and individuals: getting it right when there are follow on cases against individuals. 

13.10: Lunch

14.10: Session Three: Practical aspects of international investigations and Q&A

A panel of skilled and experienced investigators will share ‘war stories’ from their experience and will discuss hot topics submitted by the moderators and our audience.

Among other matters our panel will discuss:

  • The first 48 hours
  • The use of technology, and artificial intelligence in investigations
  • Thinking ahead: spotting the likely challenges and planning for them
  • Scoping – what clients expect; what officials expect
  • Overcoming cultural hurdles
  • Dealing with the difficult witness
  • Meeting the needs of multiple regulators
  • Managing the messaging
  • Learning the lessons: ensuring the investigation leaves a lasting impact
  • Ethical issues that may arise

15.25: Coffee break

15.55: Session Four: Monitorships: a survival guide

Monitorships can pose challenges for all concerned: the company, the outside counsel, the agency choosing whom to appoint, and the monitor herself. And they can be controversial in so many regards, from how they are appointed, to the scope of their powers, to the confidentiality of their reports. Yet, despite this, their prevalence is on the rise. In this panel, those who have seen monitorships in action first hand will report on what works, what doesn’t and what the challenges are for each of the stakeholders so that you are better prepared to advise clients. 

Topics they are expected to discuss include:

  • The process of getting selected
  • Being caught in the middle: the interactions with the government and the company
  • The company’s side: how it feels to be the receiver and interacting with the monitor
  • Duelling monitors: problems when there is more than one monitor in situations
  • Cultural issues: dealing with a creature of US law when you are not from the US 

17.10: Chairs’ closing remarks

Lucinda Low, Steptoe & Johnson
Dr. Martina de Lind van Wijngaarden, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer  

17.20: Close of conference



Grace Hall, 147 Leadenhall St, London EC3V 4QT


Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £800 18 May 2018
Early £900 15 Jun 2018
Standard £975 28 Jun 2018