Thursday, 6 June 2019, The St. Regis Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma 439 Colonia Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City 06500, Mexico

E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4137

Chairs

Andrew Levine

Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Andrew Levine is a litigation partner who focuses his practice on white collar and regulatory defense, internal investigations and a broad range of complex commercial litigation. He regularly defends companies in criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters and has conducted numerous investigations throughout the world. Mr Levine frequently advises companies on compliance matters, including with respect to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the assessment and management of risks presented by potential mergers, acquisitions and other transactions. In 2014, Mr. Levine was named to Global Investigations Review’s inaugural “40 Under 40” list of the world’s leading investigations lawyers, and he was recognized in 2013 as a “Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal.

Diego Sierra

Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City

Diego Sierra is the Head Partner of the Bankruptcy & Restructuring and Anti-corruption & Compliance Practices of Von Wobeser y Sierra. He has approximately 15 years of experience and frequently acts as counsel in complex commercial litigation and commercial arbitration disputes. Diego represents several national and international clients in the resolution and prevention of commercial disputes. He has advised global Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in the United States and México in FCPA investigations and due diligence matters. In the last years, he has been involved in the most important and complex bankruptcy proceedings taking place in Mexico, advising creditors as well as debtors.

Programme

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chair's welcome

Andrew Levine, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

9.45: Enforcement – Anti-corruption in Latin America 

Big corruption scandals in Latin America have fueled a multi-jurisdictional wave of anti-corruption enforcement.  While Brazil still best embodies this tsunami of enforcement, others in the region have joined the fray.  Enforcement stemming from Brazil’s Operation Lavo Jato and its successors has spread throughout Latin America.  Other localized enforcement has also generated significant headlines, including Argentina’s Cuadernos affair, ensnaring numerous former government officials and business executives.  In addition to discussing the latest enforcement developments in the region, this panel will address some of the related challenges, such as managing the risk of prosecution in multiple jurisdictions for the same underlying conduct.

10.45: Coffee break

11.15: Keynote speech

Keynote to be confirmed

11.45: M&A – Mitigating anti-corruption risk in the transactional context

No company or executive wants to buy, at least unknowingly, a corruption problem.  On top of possible regulatory exposure, there is the terrifying prospect that an investment’s value could unexpectedly torpedo after an acquired company rightfully stops engaging in any past problematic practices, such as paying bribes.  Risk-based anti-corruption due diligence is therefore critical to understand the value and appropriateness of a potential transaction, as well as the potential risk of successor liability.  Doing so efficiently and effectively can be as much of an art as a science.  This panel will address various considerations in doing so, including identifying a target’s key anti-corruption risks, evaluating the effectiveness of its compliance program, and ensuring appropriate post-closing remediation.    

12.45: Networking lunch

13.45: Compliance – Innovative strategies for combating persistent risks

While many drivers of anti-corruption risk remain constant, the different methods of engaging in corrupt conduct are seemingly limitless.  For in-house compliance and legal professionals, as well as their external advisors, there is no shortage of concerns.  This panel will wrestle with the compliance risks that keep people up at night and discuss what savvy companies are doing to address these risks.  Topics of discussion will include the increasing expectations and sophistication of regulators in this area, and the prospect of companies relying on artificial intelligence and other technological tools to help counter these risks. 

14.45: Coffee break

15.15: Keynote speech

15.45: Symposium – Challenging issues in internal investigations

One critical feature of an effective compliance program is conducting appropriate internal investigations when learning of potential wrongdoing.  That can be easier said than done, as the imperative to investigate can collide with business realities like limited internal resources and budgetary concerns.  Beyond the specter of possible governmental enforcement, those conducting internal investigations often must consider how to navigate data privacy restrictions and labor agreements, counter employee resistance, and manage relationships with whistleblowers.  This panel will address some of the recurring challenges in conducting tailored internal investigations, including relating to scoping, document review, interviews, transaction testing, and reporting.  

16.45: Chair’s closing remarks

Diego Sierra, Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City

17.00 onwards: All attendees are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Von Wobeser y Sierra

Further information

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call +44 203 780 4137 or email llevents@latinlawyer.com

Venue

The St. Regis Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma 439 Colonia Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City 06500, Mexico

Testimonials

  • "Great structure and business relevant content" Alex Parker, GlaxoSmithKline

  • "Very well addressed topics" Mariana Matos, Hogan Lovells 

Prices

PRIVATE PRACTITIONER
Type Price Until
Super Early $550  26 Apr 2019
Early $700 24 May 2019
Standard $850 6 Jun 2019

 

IN-HOUSE/GOVERNMENTAL
Type Price
Standard Complimentary