Archive for January, 2007
January 29th, 2007
in Energy & Resources |
Practical strategies to prevent violations of emerging FERC regulations
INDUSTRY EXPERTS WILL PROVIDE STRATEGIC INSIGHTS ON:
-Using PLATTS to ensure accurate platforms
for price reporting in electric and natural
-Avoiding “alleged” market manipulation
by understanding what constitutes
-Taking proactive steps to comply with
new standards of conduct regulations
-Updating compliance controls to create an
effective regulatory compliance department
-Strategies to mitigate civil penalties under
FERC is fiercely on the move….can you afford the risk of non-compliance?
With FERC’s increased enforcement activity, new regulations in the works and more investigations underway, now more than ever you must have a rock-solid compliance program in place for your energy transactions.
ACI’s Energy Trading Compliance forum is specially designed to provide practical guidance and tools to help you comply with the newly anticipated FERC regulations.
Our outstanding faculty of legal, compliance and regulatory experts will guide you through:
-Using PLATTS as a price reporting authority
Instituting guidelines to delineate intentional
from unintentional conduct
-Current FERC audit/investigations and how
to avoid becoming the next target
-Receiving credit for self-reporting a FERC violation
-Mitigating civil penalties and reputational harm
under FERC’s expanding authority
Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks from:
Stephen R. Melton
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
NiSource Corporate Services Company
Chief FERC Compliance Officer for the NiSource Pipelines
and Northern Indiana Public Service Company
R. Michael Sweeney, Jr.
Hunton & Williams LLP
Incorporating New Legal Developments into Practical Strategies for Preventing – and Prevailing in – Litigation
Senior in-house counsel, top litigators and key regulators will give you cutting-edge, practical information on:
• Using lessons learned from subprime investigations and litigation to shore
up your litigation defenses going forward
• Emerging HMDA cases: targets, scope, strategic defenses, and impact
on lenders to date
• How recent FCRA decisions will impact client exposures
• Watters and other key preemption cases’ application to merging claims
• Responding to government investigations and enforcement –without providing fodder for follow-on litigation
New litigation risks + Fewer targets as the number of players in consumer finance shrinks = Increasing likelihood your client will be targeted.
Are you armed with the strategies you need to prevail?
The perennial challenge of managing consumer finance litigation intensified
dramatically this year. The global reverberations from the subprime market
demise have spurred renewed litigation based on HMDA data, FCRA litigation, including pre-screening actions, and government investigations in all sectors of consumer finance.
As fast as financial services companies respond to new risks and defend new causes of action, savvy plaintiff lawyers are working overtime to develop new strategies for bringing these complex cases. With all eyes on this industry, the stakes are higher than ever.
Ensure that you are up-to-date on the emerging claims and prepared to roll
out the most strategic defenses by attending American Conference Institute’s
7th Annual Consumer Finance Class Actions and Litigation conference.
We have assembled top litigation in-house counsel from key lenders – including American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, GMAC, MasterCard, Primerica, TCF National Bank, US Bancorp, Wachovia, and Wells Fargo Bank. They, along with key regulators, top judges and seasoned outside counsel, will bring you the critical insights and practical strategies you need to protect your client in this complex arena.
Implementing and Monitoring a State of the Art Anti-Corruption Compliance Program
Having an effective and comprehensive corporate FCPA compliance policy in place will demonstrate to employees and, if necessary, law enforcement officials that your company considers anti-corruption compliance an important corporate goal. If done properly, a comprehensive compliance program can become a valuable corporate asset that enhances company operations, facilitates compliance with law and mitigates damage when and if violations occur.
This highly rated American Conference Institute FCPA Boot Camp will provide you with an excellent working knowledge of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and strategies you need to successfully implement and monitor an effective anti-corruption compliance program. Topics will include:
-Creating a Code of Conduct that matters
-Tailoring FCPA training to the company
-Dealing with violations
-Screening and documenting potential business partners
-Developing effective anti-corruption training programs
-Performing anti-corruption risk assessments
-FCPA books and records requirements
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Demystified
Morgan Lewis & Bock
Kimberly A. Parker
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr
• Who is covered by the FCPA?
• What are permissible and impermissible payments
under the statute?
• What triggers U.S. government anti-bribery investigations?
• Internal controls requirements under the FCPA
• The FCPA paper trail: inaccurate books and records
• The intersection of Sarbanes-Oxley and FCPA
• Key elements of an FCPA compliance program