Anti-Corruption Outlook for 2016: China, Brazil, the U.K. and Other Enforcement Hot-Spots

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More than ever before, commercial activity cuts across national boundaries.  Increased enforcement focus on corporate wrongdoing in China, Brazil, and the U.K. has led to an explosion of enforcement actions under anti-corruption laws.  How did these enforcement activities in 2015 alter the landscape, and what trends and developments provide clues to the outlook for 2016 as well as other anti-corruption “hot-spots”?

Educational Objectives:
• Understand the cross-border nature of global anti-corruption compliance and enforcement
• Learn how to manage risk when utilizing third parties and business combinations
• Have an understanding of how to develop third-party due diligence procedures and investigations in the face of allegations or evidence of misconduct surface
• Know the key points related to the design and implementation of effective global risk-management strategies and programs

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Practitioners involved in offering counsel, representation, and compliance advice related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws, as well as legal and compliance professionals at multinational companies.  Anti-corruption laws impact many areas of practice including corporate law, white collar crime, international trade, securities regulation, extractive industries (oil, gas, and mining), the defense industry, and pharmaceutical, medical device, and other healthcare-related areas of the law. 



Mr. Kevin Abikoff is the Chairman of the Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s Anti-Corruption and Internal Investigations practice group, Co-Chairman of the firm’s Securities Litigation practice group, and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  He regularly advises clients across myriad industries and geographic regions on the full range of anti-corruption issues.  He was appointed as monitor for Innospec by the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (and with approval from U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control), led the engagement for a multinational oilfield services company in its post-DPA activities, and was appointed by the United Nations as a monitor.  He has travelled the world many times over to conduct internal reviews and meet with a broad range of business partners including hundreds of agents, distributors, joint venture partners, and other third partners.  Mr. Abikoff is also the first U.S. member of the Certification Committee of ETHIC Intelligence, a Paris-based group that assesses corporate anti-corruption policies and processes and certifies that those policies and processes comply with international legal standards and best practices, and whose certifications are validated by the Basel Institute on Governance.


Mr. John Wood is a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed who focuses his practice on providing compliance advice to corporations and conducting internal corporate investigations. He served as an Independent Professional Ethics and Internal Compliance Expert approved by the United Nations for a multinational company seeking reinstatement as a U.N. vendor and represents a variety of large multinational companies in connection with all phases of anti-corruption compliance-related activities. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, Mr. Wood served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, the chief federal law enforcement official for that district. In that role, Mr. Wood oversaw a staff of 128 employees and a broad range of federal prosecutions, including the largest corporate fraud and securities investigation in the district’s history. Mr. Wood previously held other high-level positions with the Department of Justice, including as Deputy Associate Attorney General and Counselor to the Attorney General. John also served as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Mr. Michael Huneke is a Senior Associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed with significant experience conducting FCPA investigations and compliance reviews and representing individuals accused of white-collar offenses. Currently, Mr. Huneke is serving as the liaison between a multinational industrial manufacturing company and the compliance monitor imposed as part of that client’s recent settlement with the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency. Mr. Huneke has significant experience performing anti-corruption and FCPA due diligence reviews, as well as numerous investigations in connection with U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, U.S. Department of Justice, and congressional inquiries. Mr. Huneke has experience with investigations across a variety of industries and nations around the globe and with assisting American and European clients in designing, administering, and maintaining anti-corruption policies and compliance programs. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, Mr. Huneke clerked on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.