Wednesday, 20 May 2020, Clothworkers Hall, London


LBR Events and Global Investigations Review have taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s 3rd Annual GIR Live Women in Investigations conference, due to be held in London on 20 May 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 British Department of Health and Social Care and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

We have also been listening carefully to the concerns of those no longer able to travel and attend GIR Live Women in Investigations 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 2037804270


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.

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."


Lily Becker

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Deborah Connor

Chief, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, US Department of Justice

Brooke Daley

Director & Senior Counsel, Global Compliance Investigations (EMEA), Zimmer Biomet

Arwen Handley

Hogan Lovells

Sarah Hitchins

Allen & Overy

Rita D. Mitchell

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Ivona Josipovic

Debevoise & Plimpton

Kristen Pisciotta


Karen Popp

Sidley Austin

Anneka Randhawa

White & Case

Elizabeth Wilks-Wood

Vice President, Compliance, Carlsberg Group


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs’ opening remarks

Lucinda Low, Steptoe & Johnson
Mini vandePol, Baker McKenzie

9.40: Keynote speech

Deborah Connor, Chief, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, US Department of Justice

10.10: Session one: Assessing anti-money laundering trends

Recent high-profile money laundering scandals in the Nordics and the Baltics at companies such as Danske Bank, have prompted banks to widen the focus of their investigation efforts and rein in economic misconduct in regions further afield. Our panel will analyse how these cases are reshaping approaches to investigations.  

Our panel of experts will address the following questions:

  • How do banks approach a money laundering investigation? How are they using AI?
  • Is cooperation between banks and financial regulators key factor in reducing crime rates?
  • How can banks monitor systems efficiently and update them to stay ahead?
  • How should you work with clients who are facing these issues?

Mini vandePol, Baker McKenzie

11.25: Coffee break

11.55: Session two: Whistleblowing and investigations: the dos and the don’ts from around the world

The panel will examine how best to handle an investigation that comes after the whistle has been blown by looking at some of the key cases from the last year; for example, the Samherji case in Namibia. This informative and interactive session will use the audience’s own responses to a series of questions and scenarios to discuss how the whistle-blower may complicate an investigation and the sharing of information.

Proposed areas to cover could include:

  • How to conduct an efficient and thorough investigation, given the need to preserve the confidentiality of the whistle-blower;
  • How do whistle-blower reports shape investigation strategies?
  • Practical steps an institution can take to prevent retaliation against whistle-blowers;
  • Discuss how to handle GDPR requirements in the context of a whistleblowing related investigation.

Arwen Handley, Hogan Lovells

Sarah Hitchins, Allen & Overy

13.10: Networking lunch

14.10: Session three: The art of interviewing

The art of interviewing has gained a cross cultural dimension and now requires a set of skills unique to the region you’re interviewing in. How should you handle challenges in investigations across different jurisdictions?

Our panel of esteemed speakers will answer the following:

  • What defines the best interviewers?
  • How can you plan for an interview?
  • How does your approach change when interviewing in a fraud investigation vs interviewing in a #MeToo investigation?
  • How does your approach change when interviewing in the US v in Angola for example?
  • How do you manage ethical issues, such as the waiving of privilege over interview memos for cooperation credit/DPAs, that arise when interviewing individuals for a corporate investigations
  • Mid-interview troubleshooting tips: What do you do when it’s not going as planned? 

Lily Becker, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Brooke Daley, Director & Senior Counsel, Global Compliance Investigations (EMEA), Zimmer Biomet
Ivona Josipovic, Debevoise & Plimpton
Rita Mitchell, Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Elizabeth Wilks-Wood, Vice President, Compliance, Carlsberg Group 

15.25: Coffee break

15.55: Session four: Looking back at the year gone by: an update on government investigations from across the globe

2019- 2020 has already seen some remarkable investigation developments, including the world’s largest bribery settlement aided by inter-agency collaboration from the UK, France and the US. Our panel will provide regional updates from Asia, Latin America, Canada and Africa. Explore the key takeaways and lessons learned from recent enforcement actions and what we can expect to see in the coming months.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Enforcement updates from the UK, US, Europe and beyond;
  • An examination of investigations from the last year;
  • The future of coordinated enforcement across jurisdictions.

Lucinda Low, Steptoe & Johnson

Karen Popp, Sidley Austin
Kristen Pisciotta, PwC
Anneka Randhawa, White & Case

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


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


  • "Great speakers, very informed and engaging." Emma Tyler, PwC

  • "Excellent quality, topics very interesting and relevant." Kelly Ryan, Financial Reporting Council 

  • "All the sessions were of relevance and quality of discussions was high." Eleanor Wallis, Baker McKenzie 


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Super Early £800 10 Apr 2020
Early  £900 08 May 2020
Standard  £975 20 May 2020


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