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Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, Securities and Exchange Commission are Focus of ABA Conference in Washington, D.C.

Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, Securities and Exchange Commission are Focus of ABA Conference in Washington, D.C.

By Matthew (Matt) Stegen

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 10, 2012 — New developments, policies and tools used to actively enforce anti-corruption laws by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice will be the focus of legal experts at the American Bar Association’s Fifth Annual National Institute on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The ABA Criminal Justice Section will host the conference Oct. 17 – 19 at the Westin Georgetown in Washington, D.C.

Fausto De Sanctis, federal appellate judge of the Tribunal Regional Federal of the Third Region in Brazil, will serve as the luncheon keynote speaker from noon – 1:15 p.m. on Oct. 18. De Sanctis has tried cases involving organized crime, corruption, tax evasion and money laundering in Brazil.

Program highlights include:

“SEC — Civil Enforcement Update: Trends and Significant Developments” — As the SEC continues to enforce the FCPA, it has developed new policies and tools to keep pace with the increasingly complex landscape. In this panel, civil enforcement experts will discuss the SEC’s latest enforcement trends.
October 18, 9 – 10:15 a.m.

“Compliance and Internal Investigations: A Case Study” — Multinational organizations have failed to comply with FCPA, demonstrating the need for effective, tailored internal investigations. Experts will explore the contours of compliance in the form of a detailed case study.
October 18, 10:45 a.m. – noon

Conducting Third-Party Vetting in Compliance with Local Laws Companies often find it impractical — if not impossible — to do business in certain foreign markets without the use of third-party agents. This panel tackles the difficult problems companies face in vetting third parties in high-risk markets and offers practical insights for cost-effective, rigorous third-party vetting.
October 19, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

A complete agenda and updated list of speakers can be found online.

For media credentialing, please contact Rabiah Burks at Rabiah.Burks@americanbar.org. This event is free and open to members of the press.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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