Chairs

Andrew Levine

Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Andrew Levine is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton who focuses his practice on white collar and regulatory defense, internal investigations and a broad range of complex commercial litigation. He regularly defends companies and individuals in criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement matters and has conducted numerous investigations throughout the world. Mr. Levine has represented clients in matters related to Lava Jato and other significant enforcement operations in Latin America. He also frequently advises companies on compliance matters, including with respect to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and the assessment and management of risks posed by potential mergers, acquisitions and other transactions. Mr. Levine is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers Latin America and Chambers Global for Corporate Crime and Investigations and by Chambers USA for FCPA matters.

Diego Sierra

Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City

Diego Sierra heads the Von Wobeser y Sierra Anti-corruption practice, where he also handles complex commercial litigation.  Diego has advised global Fortune 500 companies in investigations and due diligence.  He is VP of the Anticorruption Committee of the ICC México.  In 2014-2016, Diego served as rapporteur for the IBA’s Judicial Integrity Initiative.  Diego heads the Legal Group of MeXXIco Libre de Corrupción.  Diego Co-Chairs the Insolvency Committee of the Mexican Bar Association (2017 – 2021).  Diego Sierra is admitted to practice in NY. GIR 100 has recognized VWyS’ Anticorruption Practice as one of the top 100 investigations practices worldwide.  

 

Keynote Speaker

Julio Scherer Ibarra

Legal Adviser to the Federal Executive, Government of Mexico

Speakers

Adriana Bittencourt

Senior Compliance Manager Mexico and Latin America Compliance Counsel, 3M, Mexico City

Adriana Dantas

Independent Board Committee on Sanctions, Petrobras, and AD Attorneys at Law, São Paulo

Adriana Peralta

Corporate Compliance Executive, Compliance Mexico, Mexico City

Alejandro Torrendell

Regional General Counsel, Latin America, Merck, Montevideo

Allison Everhardt

Nardello & Co., Washington, DC

Christopher Georgiou

Deloitte, New York

Evelyn Sheehan

Kobre & Kim, Miami

Guillermo Jorge

Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Buenos Aires

Hugo López Coll

Greenberg Traurig, Mexico City and New York

Ignacio Stepancic

Chief Compliance Officer, Grupo Bimbo

James Tillen

Miller & Chevalier, Washington, DC

Jose Octavio Presa

President, National Anti-Corruption System's Citizen Participation Committee

Leonel Pereznieto

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez, Mexico City

Lindsay Sykes

Ferrere, Bolivia

Lisa Vicens

Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, New York

Luis Dantón Martinez Corres

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, Mexico City

Matthew Galvin

Vice President, Ethics & Compliance, Anheuser-Busch InBev, New York

Shin Jae Kim

TozziniFreire, São Paulo

Veronica Yepez

Covington & Burling, Washington, DC

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.

Moderator:
Lisa Vicens, Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, New York

Panel:
Lindsay Sykes, Ferrere, Bolivia
Veronica Yepez, Covington & Burling, Washington, DC
Adriana Dantas, Independent board committee, Petrobras
Guillermo Jorge, Bruchou, Fernández Madero & Lombardi, Buenos Aires

10.45: Coffee break

11.15: Mexico’s national anti-corruption system - challenges and opportunities

Jose Octavio Presa, President, National Anti-Corruption System's Citizen Participation Committee

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.   

Moderator:
Andrew Levine, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Panel:
Christopher Georgiou, Deloitte, New York
Allison Everhardt, Nardello & Co., Washington, DC
Leonel Pereznieto, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez, Mexico City
Matt Galvin, Vice President, Ethics & Compliance at Anheuser-Busch InBev, New York

12.45: Networking lunch

13.50: Chairs' afternoon welcome

14.00: Keynote address

Julio Scherer Ibarra, Chief Legal Adviser to the President, Government of Mexico

14.45: 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. 

Moderator:
Luis Danton Martinez Corres, Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, Mexico City

Panel:
Adriana Peralta, Corporate Compliance Executive, Compliance Mexico, Mexico City
Alejandro Torrendell, Regional General Counsel, Latin America, Merck, Montevideo
Adriana Bittencourt, Senior Compliance Manager Mexico and Latin America Compliance Counsel, 3M, Mexico City
Ignacio Stepancic, Chief Compliance Officer, Bimbo, Mexico City

15.45: Coffee break

16.15: 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.  

Moderator:
Diego Sierra, Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City

Panel:
Hugo López Coll, Greenberg Traurig, Mexico City and New York
Shin Jae Kim, TozziniFreire, São Paulo
Evelyn Sheehan, Kobre & Kim, Miami
James Tillen, Miller & Chevalier, Washington DC

17.15: Chair’s closing remarks

Diego Sierra, Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City

17.25 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