7th Annual Webcast Briefing on Challenges in Compliance and Corporate Governance

January 25, 2011

While compliance professionals struggle to balance developing, implementing and monitoring effective compliance programs with the reality of shrinking resources and budgets, the risks involved in non-compliance are higher than ever. Join our experienced securities law, corporate governance, white collar defense and investigations, and government contracts attorneys as they discuss practical approaches for avoiding potential pitfalls and developing strong compliance programs in today’s challenging environment.

Topics discussed include:

  • Impact of Dodd-Frank and the SEC’s proposed whistleblower/bounty program on compliance and risk management
  • Increased focus on enterprise risk management "ERM"
  • The role of the board and management in risk management and compliance
  • The importance of codes of conduct
  • Convergence of trade sanctions, antitrust and FCPA compliance
  • Trends and developments in international compliance
  • Evolving compliance requirements for government contractors
  • Compliance costs vs. investigations and settlement costs: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Who should view this program:

In-house counsel, directors, senior executives, finance and audit staff, corporate governance and compliance officers, corporate secretaries and others responsible for public company compliance.

Our Panelists:

Joe Warin — Partner and co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice and former Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. Named by numerous publications as a leading white collar criminal defense, securities compliance and enforcement attorney including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Washingtonian magazine and The Best Lawyers in America. Expertise includes white collar crime and securities enforcement — including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, False Claims Act cases, special committee representations, compliance counseling and complex civil litigation.

Amy Goodman — Partner and co-chair of the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice group. Previously with the SEC, holding several positions, including Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance. Former Chair of the Committee on Director and Officer Liability of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section, and former Chair of the Section’s Shareholder and Investor Relations Subcommittee of the Corporate Governance Committee. Listed in the 2008 Guide to the World’s Leading Corporate Governance Lawyers. Advises clients with respect to securities law disclosure and regulatory issues and corporate governance matters, including the representation of independent board committees.

Kelly Austin — Partner in Gibson Dunn’s Hong Kong office specializing in government and internal investigations, regulatory compliance and international disputes. Extensive expertise in corporate internal investigations, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and in creating and implementing effective compliance programs. Named to Asian Legal Business’ 2010 Hot 100, which recognizes Asia "lawyers who have risen above the rest in the most challenging of years for legal markets across Asia." Former Compliance and Litigation Counsel for General Electric in Asia from 2001 to 2010.

Joe West — Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Government and Commercial Contracts Practice in Washington, D.C. Expertise includes contracts counseling and dispute resolution, including compliance and enforcement. Has handled numerous internal investigations prompted by corporate reviews, whistleblowers, and government enforcement elements. Has also defended Civil False Claims Act charges brought by qui tam relators and the Department of Justice. Frequently named as one of the leading government contracts attorneys in the D.C. metro area by publications including Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Washington Business Journal and Legal Times.

MCLE Credit Information:

This program has been approved for credit in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.5 credit hours may be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement.  This course is NOT approved for transitional credit.

Attorneys seeking New York credit must obtain an Affirmation Form prior to watching the archived version of this webcast.

Please contact Jeanine McKeown (National Training Administrator), at 213-229-7140 or [email protected] to request the CLE form.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 hour.

California attorneys may claim "self-study" credit for viewing the archived version of this webcast.  No certificate of attendance is required for California "self-study" credit.