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2016 International Law Symposium - Managing Corruption Risks in International Business

Date: 1:00pm - 5:15pm PST March 4, 2016 Location: Law Campus

Law Campus

This year’s International Law Symposium topic is “Managing Corruption Risks in International Business: Perspectives from the U.S. and Abroad”.

Corruption is endemic in many countries, and compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and foreign anti-corruption laws has long been challenging for any business with international dealings.  Yet compliance is more difficult and vital now than ever, as the Department of Justice and SEC have made FCPA enforcement a top priority and theories of liability for perceived anti-corruption violations have become more expansive.  This symposium brings together a diverse set of speakers—a top Justice Department prosecutor, experienced foreign and domestic lawyers, and academic experts—to offer insights on recent developments in this area.  They will also offer practical advice on how to meet compliance requirements in the face of foreign challenges and how to design and implement an effective compliance regime.


12:30-1:00 p.m.  Registration
1:00-1:15 p.m.  Welcome & Opening Remarks
1:15-1:45 p.m.  Keynote Address by Kathleen McGovern, Department of Justice
1:45-3:15 p.m.  Session I: Recent Trends in FCPA Enforcement & Unconventional Sources of Liability
3:15-3:30 p.m.  Break
3:30-5:15 p.m.  Session II: Dealing with Corruption in U.S. Trading Partner Countries
Local Counsel Perspectives
In-house Counsel Perspectives
5:15-6:30 p.m.  Closing of Symposium and Reception

Panelists to include:

Kathleen McGovern, Senior Deputy Chief for Litigation at the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center.

Peter Bragdon, General Counsel, Columbia Sportswear

Jo S. Levy is Chief Compliance Officer for Intel Corporation, having responsibility for Intel’s worldwide ethics and legal compliance program. Under her leadership, Intel has built upon its strong ethical culture and enhanced its anti-corruption, antitrust, subsidiary, and global compliance programs. She also oversees internal investigations directed by the Legal Department and serves as co-chair of Intel’s Ethics & Compliance Oversight Committee.

Janet Hoffman heads her own Portland firm specializing in criminal defense of serious crimes, including crimes involving cross-border corruption and compliance criminal violations. Her 35 years of practice have made her well-recognized and respected in her field as a creative and formidable defense attorney.

Merril Keane is a partner with Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP in Portland. As part of her international business practice, she trains corporate employees around the world on FCPA and other anti-corruption compliance measures, counsels on assessing and avoiding corruption risk, and drafts compliance plans and contract clauses. Merril is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has both conducted FCPA training and dealt with regulators in China in Mandarin.

Juan Carlos Bolaños is a partner with Cuetara y Bolaños, a business litigation boutique in Mexico City, and has practiced law for close to 20 years. As a strong business litigator, he witnesses Mexican legal corruption on a regular basis and has good advice for how to handle it. Part of his practice has involved advising the Mexican government on debt litigation issues and assisting in drafting industry regulations. He is considered one of the experts on Mexico’s new class action law.

Harry Liu is a partner in King & Wood Mallesons, resident in its Shanghai office. King & Wood was one of China’s largest law firms prior to its merger with Australian and English firms, and the combined firms created one of the world’s largest business law firms. Educated at Nanjing University and Columbia University Law School in New York, Mr. Liu specializes in compliance investigations and litigation. He regularly represents U.S. companies doing business in China and most recently handled the Glaxo Smith Kline corruption case in China for its China-based top executive Mark Reilly.

George K. Foster is a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he teaches and writes in the areas of international business transactions and international dispute resolution. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a partner in the global law firm Dechert LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s white collar and securities litigation team.

Amy Deen Westbrook is a professor at Washburn University School of Law, where her teaching and research focuses on securities regulation and international business transactions. Several of her publications have addressed the FCPA and related sources of corporate liability.

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Many thanks to our sponsors Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP and Janet Hoffman & Associates.

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Please direct all questions to Professor George Foster or Kari Baxter.


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