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.
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.
9.00: Welcome coffee and registration
9.30: Chairs’ welcome
9.45: Mexican anti-corruption enforcement: a tipping point or mirage?
Although the new administration recently has been more active in combatting corruption, political motives sometimes have appeared to fuel its actions, raising questions for the panel to debate regarding future enforcement prospects. The Financial Intelligence Unit has increasingly frozen individuals’ bank accounts, including those of a former Justice of Mexico’s Supreme Court, Pemex’s former director, and Mexico’s former Secretary of Public Security. Meanwhile, both the Financial Intelligence Unit and Attorney General’s Office have been formulating reforms that may increase their powers, potentially without corresponding checks and balances. In recently proposed statutory amendments, the AG has raised the prospect of reversing the new criminal adversarial system that fully entered into force in 2016, returning Mexico to its prior inquisitorial system.
10.45: Coffee break
11.15: Morning Keynote
11.55: Assessing and mitigating third-party compliance risks
It is no surprise that third parties – rather than company employees – overwhelmingly serve as the conduits for corporate bribes. Managing the risks posed by third parties is therefore a critical (and extremely challenging) component of an effective compliance programme. In Mexico, such risks are particularly pronounced in directing the work of gestores, as well as third parties, including distributors, involved in direct tenders and other procurement processes. This panel will examine best practices for screening, engaging, and monitoring third parties in Latin America, addressing anti-corruption, antitrust, and other essential compliance considerations.
12.55: Networking lunch
14.10: Regional perspectives on investigative challenges
As compliance expectations rise and enforcement proliferates, the premium on conducting appropriate internal investigations of suspected wrongdoing likewise continues to increase. Just as internal investigations must be tailored to the relevant allegations, they similarly must comply with local laws and other applicable regulations and address specific, and sometimes unforeseen, challenges that different jurisdictions may pose. This panel will discuss some of the perspectives and key aspects in conducting internal investigations in the region, focusing in particular on Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. Relevant topics include the applicability and preservation of attorney-client privilege; the growing array of data privacy requirements; self-reporting considerations; and challenges in dealing with enforcement authorities across different jurisdictions.
15.10: Coffee break
15.40: Evaluating the design and effectiveness of a corporate compliance programme
Much ink has been spilled over what constitutes an effective compliance programme. But what does this mean in practice, and how can companies learn from the experiences of others in order to design and implement better programmes? Speakers will draw on their experiences to identify key features of a risk-based compliance programme and provide guidance on evaluating its effectiveness. Among other topics, the panel will offer practical tips on conducting compliance risk assessments, crafting appropriate policies and procedures, testing the effectiveness of internal controls, and monitoring and bolstering a compliance programme more generally.
16.40: Chair’s closing remarks
16.50 onwards: All attendees are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Von Wobeser y Sierra
"Excellent snapshot of current regional scenario." Francisco Revilla, NFL
"Good strategy and knowledge shared by speakers." Jose Cortina, Deloitte
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09 Oct 2020
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