Osofsky: SFO can and will offer immunity deals

12 June 2019

The director of the SFO has said the authority can offer cooperation agreements to individuals despite push back from the UK legal community.

China “has not abated” in its fight against corruption

12 June 2019

China’s anti-corruption drive has not slowed down and the country’s authorities are increasingly conducting joint dawn raids, an audience at GIR Live heard.

GIR Live Women in Investigations – in pictures

13 June 2019

Pictures from GIR’s 2nd annual Women in Investigations conference held in London on 12 June in association with the Women in White Collar Defense Association.

“Stakes are higher” in #MeToo investigations

14 June 2019

Individuals should seek legal counsel before attending #MeToo internal investigation interviews because of the potential consequences that may flow from the alleged misconduct, a panel at GIR Live London said.

Mobile phones can be Achilles’ heel of investigations

20 June 2019

Companies that do not have robust policies on employees’ mobile phones will have a tough time convincing authorities they have proper systems and controls in place, an audience at GIR Live in London heard.


Lucinda Low

Steptoe & Johnson

Lucinda Low's practice includes representing audit committees, boards of directors, and companies in internal, government, and international financial institution audits, investigations, and enforcement matters involving fraud, bribery, corruption, and other compliance issues. Lucinda is recognized by Chambers market commentators for her "incredible technical proficiency, spectacular advocacy skills, and cultural know-how." She has particular authority in matters involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, and other international business compliance issues. According to Chambers, clients concur that Lucinda is "very impressive" and credit her with "an attention to detail that is second to none."

Mini vandePol

Baker McKenzie

Mini is the Asia Pacific Head of Baker McKenzie’s Global Compliance and Investigations Group, having been its Global Chair until 2017, leading a global investigations powerhouse with over 900 team members across 47 countries ranking in GIR’s top 10 global investigations firms in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Chambers ranks Mini as a key practitioner for China Corporate Investigations and she was awarded 2018 Best in Compliance & Regulatory by Euromoney Asia. Her work focusses on internal or regulator driven corporate anti-corruption and other senior executive malpractice investigations in China, India and other parts of Asia in a variety of industries.

Keynote Speaker

Lisa Osofsky

Director, Serious Fraud Office

Lisa Osofsky became Director of the SFO on 28 August 2018.

A dual US/UK national, Lisa has over 30 years’ experience pursuing and protecting against financial crime, in both the public and private sectors.

She began her career working as a US federal prosecutor, taking on white collar crime cases including defence contractor and bank frauds, money laundering and drug related conspiracies. She spent five years as Deputy General Counsel and Ethics Officer at the FBI and was seconded to the SFO whilst a Special Attorney in the US Department of Justice’s Fraud Division. She was also called to the Bar in the UK.

Lisa has worked for Goldman Sachs International as their Money Laundering Reporting Officer and spent seven years in the Corporate Investigation Division of Control Risks, where she advised on compliance issues. Prior to joining the SFO, Lisa worked for Exiger, a global governance, risk and compliance advisory firm, where she served as Regional Leader and Head of Investigations for Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Louise Byrne

A&L Goodbody

Isabel Costa Carvalho

Hogan Lovells

Sarah Coyne

Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Joanna Dimmock

White & Case

Julie Fink

Kaplan Hecker & Fink

Yindi Gesinde

Baker McKenzie

Eve Giles

Allen & Overy

Claire Halstead


Stacie Hartman

Steptoe & Johnson

Natalie Kim

Corporate Counsel, Google

Rita Mitchell

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Sandra Paul

Kingsley Napley

Karen Popp

Sidley Austin

Elizabeth Robertson

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Cheryl Scarboro

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Jane Shvets

Debevoise & Plimpton

Amy Walsh

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Lucinda Low, Steptoe & Johnson
Mini vandePol, Baker McKenzie

9.40: Fireside chat with Lisa Osofsky

Lisa Osofsky, Director, Serious Fraud Office

Lucinda Low, Steptoe & Johnson
Eve Giles, Allen & Overy

10.10: Session one: The year in review: an update on government investigations from across the globe

In this session our esteemed panel will discuss all the need-to-know developments from the past year in regional and international investigations.

Points of discussion are expected to include:

  • Recent developments in US investigations, including new announcements from the Trump administration and their impact;
  • Enforcement updates from the UK including the SFO’s new leadership and priorities as well as the new proposed economic crime offence;
  • A wider examination of investigations from across Europe;
  • Legislative changes in Latin America and changes brought about following the outcome of Operation Car Wash;
  • Enforcement in Asia; what has changed?

Sarah Coyne, Weil, Gotshal & Manges 

Isabel Costa Carvalho, Hogan Lovells
Karen Popp, Sidley Austin
Mini vandePol, Baker McKenzie

11.25: Coffee break

11.55: Session two: Career development in investigations and enforcement: effective leadership and team management

This session will discuss how to further your career in investigations, from the perspective of senior and junior lawyers.

Amongst other things, the panel are expected to discuss:

  • Leadership skills and how to be an effective role model and mentor while making the most of your team;
  • Bringing on the next generation: the role of junior lawyers in investigations;
  • How to transition between the private and public sectors in internal investigations;
  • Hurdles in career development and how to overcome them.

Yindi Gesinde, Baker McKenzie

Louise Byrne, A&L Goodbody
Stacie Hartman, Steptoe & Johnson
Jane Shvets, Debevoise & Plimpton

13.10: Networking lunch

14.10: Session three: Internal investigations in the #MeToo era

An increase in global awareness of the #MeToo movement has created an unprecedented rise of these cases in the investigations sector. In this session our panel of experts will discuss the unique challenges that a #MeToo investigation can pose and share their experience of this often female-dominated area.

This panel will explore the best ways to address such cases, including:

  • The basics of a #MeToo investigation. What are the similarities and differences compared to other types of investigations?
  • How to take into account the perspectives of the company, victim and accused;
  • How to handle the unique psychological elements and sensitivities of such investigations;
  • How to tackle confidentiality;
  • These investigations tend to be handled mostly by a team of female lawyers. Should this be the case or should it not differ from any other kind of investigation?
  • When involved in this kind of investigation, what can be done to combat scepticism and bias?

Joanna Dimmock, White & Case 

Julie Fink, Kaplan Hecker & Fink
Sandra Paul, Kingsley Napley
Amy Walsh, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

15.25: Coffee break

15.55: Session four: Technology’s impact on the future of investigations

As technology becomes a commonplace feature in all aspects of our lives, the question of its role in the workplace is unavoidable. This panel seeks to examine this overlap, looking into the way that technology can be used to the benefit of investigation practices.

Amongst other things the panel is expected to discuss:

  • AI and how improved technology techniques can facilitate investigations;
  • Social media and how companies can balance the pressures of social media against questions of security and confidentiality;
  • Issues around encryption of work communication and what this could mean for investigations;
  • The interplay of data protection laws (including GDPR) in the investigations context;
  • Data visualisation: in a data-rich environment how do you bring together evidence from different sources?

Cheryl Scarboro, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 

Claire Halstead, PwC
Natalie Kim, Corporate Counsel, Google
Rita Mitchell, Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Elizabeth Robertson, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

17.10: Chairs’ closing remarks

Lucinda Low, Steptoe & Johnson
Mini vandePol, Baker McKenzie

17.15: Drinks reception 

18:30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend an all-conference dinner, kindly hosted by PwC 

Further information

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Clothworkers Hall, Dunster Court, Mincing Lane, London, EC3R 7AH


  • "Really interesting content, very good speakers" Joanna Rance, Alvarez & Marsal

  • "Great and very current topics. Lots of expertise in the room" Joanna Ludlam, Baker McKenzie

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £800 03 May 2019
Early £900 31 May 2019
Standard £975 12 Jun 2019