Thursday, 21 November 2019, Brandschenkestrasse 24, 8027 Zürich

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Dominique Müller

Lenz & Staehelin

Dominique Müller heads the Investigations practice in Zurich and advises on white collar, administrative, regulatory and internal investigations. He is a litigator and represents corporations and private individuals in proceedings before Swiss courts, administrative authorities and international arbitral tribunals. Dominique Müller focuses in particular on takeover and corporate litigations as well as M&A and Joint Venture disputes. He further co-heads the employment practice in Zurich (litigious employment matters) and practices insolvency law.

Benjamin Gruenstein

Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Benjamin Gruenstein is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on the representation of U.S. and multinational companies and their senior executives in government investigations, including those conducted by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as internal corporate investigations. Mr. Gruenstein represents clients in their U.S. and cross border government and internal investigations related to such matters as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), healthcare fraud, insider trading, criminal antitrust, accounting fraud and trade sanctions, and accompanying civil litigation. Mr. Gruenstein also conducts independent investigations on behalf of boards of directors in response to shareholder demands. 

Prior to joining Cravath, Mr. Gruenstein served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 2002 to 2008. Mr. Gruenstein returned to Cravath in 2008, and became a partner in 2012.

2018 Programme

13.30: Registration and welcome coffee

14.00: Chairs’ opening remarks  

Marcel Meinhardt, Lenz & Staehelin
Benjamin Gruenstein, Cravath, Swaine & Moore

14.05: Keynote address

Michael Lauber, Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland

14.35: Session one: Beginning a cross-border investigation: coordination, strategy and who to hire

What are the key steps and choices at the outset of an investigation- When it is not yet clear how serious an issue may became but you want to prepare for ever eventuality?

In this session, leaders in the art of the investigation will explain what to think about and do at every step during the early phase of an investigation – from the moment of discovery of a possible problem, to deciding where and how to deal with it. 

Questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • Who will conduct the investigation: is it better to retain outside counsel or deploy in-house resources?
  • Who will oversee the investigation: management or the board of directors?
  • When is the best time to advise your auditor?
  • Do you make disclosure to the public – and if so, when?

Benjamin Gruenstein, Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Daniel Lucien Bühr, LALIVE
Darren Matthews, K2 Intelligence
Evan Norris, Cravath, Swaine & Moore

15:15: Coffee break 

15.45: Session two: Resolving a cross-border investigation: making the right decisions and avoiding the pitfalls

There are two stages to investigations – facts and consequences. Having got your arms around a problem, what’s the best way to defuse or detonate the situation? In this session, a panel of leading names will turn their focus to resolving investigations. How do you bring things to a satisfactory conclusion? Again, what are the key things to be thinking about at each stage? 

Questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • How do you coordinate document collection across multiple jurisdictions?
  • Do you alert government regulators – and if so, which government?
  • How should you handle multiple government investigations?
  • How can you best resolve government investigations across multiple jurisdictions? 

Marcel Meinhardt, Lenz & Staehelin

Martina Berli-Stettler, Head of Litigation and Investigations, Credit Suisse 
Lisette van Eenennaam, Deputy Head Office of Special Investigations & Senior Legal Counsel Integrity, ABB
Marc Mauerhofer, Head AML and Suitability, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority
Derek Patterson, Forensic Risk Alliance

16.25: Coffee break 

17.00: Session three: Protection and enforcing legal privilege in Swiss investigations 

One of the thorniest issues in any investigation is privilege, but it’s arguably more complex for Swiss entities which sit just outside the European Union and do so much business internationally – especially the US. In this session, the panel will review the latest case law from key jurisdictions on privilege, and what it attaches to, before considering the practical implications for in-house counsel and their advisers.

Questions the panel are expected to discuss include:

  • What are the best practices to ensure that the results of the internal investigation are and remain privileged in an international context?
  • With whom can the results of the internal investigation be shared? How does privilege interplay with the FoIA and similar acts that may become relevant in the context of an internal investigation?
  • What is the effect of recent Swiss decisions pursuant to which the results of certain internal investigations are not fully covered by the attorney-client privilege?
  • What is the role of in-house counsel in an internal investigation?
  • What effect, if any, does the proposed amendment of the Swiss Code of Civil Procedure (protection of privilege of in-house counsel) have on the role of in-house in internal investigations?

Dominique Müller, Lenz & Staehelin

Peter Burckhardt, Schellenberg Wittmer
Benjamin Gruenstein, Cravath, Swaine & Moore

17.45 Chairs’ closing remarks 

Marcel Meinhardt, Lenz & Staehelin
Benjamin Gruenstein, Cravath, Swaine & Moore

17.50 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Lenz & Staehelin

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