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ACI’s 4th National Forum on DCAA Audits

September 18th, 2012
in Aerospace & Defense, Financial Services, Legal Conferences, Manufacturing & Industrial, Telecoms & Technology |

 When: Monday, November 12 to Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Where: Hilton Arlington, Arlington, VA, USA

ACI’s DCAA Audits Conference, scheduled for November 12-13 in Arlington, VA, is one of the few events that has a consistent track record in gathering key government and industry decision-makers all in one room.  Past attendees have found this event to be very worthwhile, providing them with invaluable networking and best practices that they can apply to their daily work:

“Discussion content extremely timely and relevant to our company’s operations” – L-3  

“Good benchmarking opportunity.” – AMETEK AEROSPACE & DEFENSE

“Great refresher. Reminds me to refocus efforts based on conference presentations. Very organized and well-run. Great variety of speakers.” – GE AVIATION

“This was informational and confirmed that our issues are experienced by a lot of other contractors. It was eye opening as to where we are going in the future with DCAA and how they will be influencing business decisions.” – SRCTec

HERE ARE MORE REASONS WHY THIS EVENT DIFFERS FROM OTHER CONFERENCES:

1. DCAA, DCMA and DPAP are all confirmed for the event:

  • John Shire, Deputy Assistant Director, DCAA Policy & Plans Directorate
  • Steve Trautwein , Deputy Director, Cost & Pricing Center, DCMA
  • Shay Assad, Director, Defense Pricing, Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP)

View all speakers.

2. In addition to CLE and CPE, you will gain best practices for addressing the most critical issues affecting your bottom line.  View full agenda.

3. Meet and learn from Rolls Royce, DynCorp, CH2MHill, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, BAE, Fluor, Alion, URS, Eaton, Huntington Ingalls Industries, and Boeing.  You will also hear from leading private practice consultants and attorneys, who are recognized subject-matter experts on a wide range of complex DCAA audit issues. 

4. Highly in-depth, practical sessions, including:

  • Audits under the New Business Systems Rule: Upgrading Business Systems Demonstrations and Corrective Action Plans to Meet DCAA Expectations
  • Operating amid the Incurred Cost Audit Backlog: The Latest on DCAA’s More Detailed Sampling, Submission and Supporting Documentation Standards
  • What to Do When You Disagree with DCAA Audit Findings: When and How Far to Push Back, and Successful Rebuttal Strategies
  • The Rise in DCAA Fraud Referrals to DoJ: How Recent False Claims Act Cases Have Been Won and Lost
  • Labor Qualification Audits: Ensuring You Have the Required Internal Controls, Data and Documentation
  • DCAA Compensation Audits: How Recent Cases Have Changed DCAA’s Approach and Expectations

Anti-Corruption Compliance in High Risk Markets

May 8th, 2012
in Anti-Corruption / FCPA |

In the last year, anti-corruption enforcement actions have involved business activities in Mexico, China, India, Nigeria, Brazil, Russia and other markets considered “high risk”. At the same time, new anti-bribery laws and enforcement tools have spread across the globe promising to raise the stakes for multinationals. These developments make it clear that anti-corruption enforcement is here to stay and will affect more companies doing business in high risk markets than ever before.

What constitutes a high risk partner in India versus Brazil? How do you detect demand side corruption schemes in Nigeria or Russia? What does the investigative process look like in China as opposed to Brazil? How do you train employees to identify and report red flags in Ukraine versus Venezuela? These questions and others require multinationals to rethink anti-corruption compliance and adopt a more local approach to effectively respond to bribery risks.

That’s why American Conference Institute’s 3rd Global Forum on Anti-Corruption Compliance in Emerging Markets is designed to provide practical, country-specific guidance on screening third-parties, preventing gift s and entertainment pitfalls, working with joint venture partners, conducting internal investigations and other critical anti-bribery issues.

Get Firsthand Local Insights From:

  • Fernando M. Caleiro Palma, Anti-Corruption Program Manager – South America, ADM – Archer Daniels Midland (Brazil)
  • Yogesh Goel, Global Compliance Offi cer, Indian Subcontinent, SAP(India)
  • Irina Lazieva, Regional Ethics & Compliance Counsel, FSU and Europe,Weatherford International (Russia)
  • Lucía Villalón Trujillo, Head of Internal Control, Pemex Exploración y Producción (Mexico)
  • Raymond B. Eby, Director of Compliance & Business Conduct for Europe, Middle East & Africa, 3M Company (Turkey)
  • John W. Sullivan, Asia Legal Director, Texas Instruments (China)
  • Adriana Velezquez, Compliance Leader, Latin America, General Electric (Mexico)
  • Alexey Anikeev, Legal and Compliance Director, Russia and Caspian,Baker Hughes (Russia)

Benefit from More Country Focused Panels on:

  • Russia and Nigeria – preventing missteps when local enforcement authorities come knocking
  • Brazil – achieving local buy-in of your anti-corruption compliance program
  • Nigeria, Angola, and Equatorial Guinea – how to meet local content requirements for joint ventures without running afoul of the FCPA
  • Venezuela and Indonesia – how to manage mandatory community investment programs while upholding your FCPA compliance commitments
  • Iraq and Afghanistan – Minimizing bribery risks in reconstruction projects

New Interactive Discussions:

  • Local anti-corruption experts share best practices on third party due diligence and management in BRIC
  • Insights from counsel at Baker Hughes in the US and Russia on how to ensure the success of your global anti-corruption compliance program on the ground

A Unique Opportunity to Hear From Global Anti-Corruption Leaders:

Nuhu Ribadu
Chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Task Force (Nigeria), Former Executive Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

Sridar Iyengar
Board Member, Janaagraha Center for Citizenship & Democracy, I-Paid-a-Bribe (India)

Complete Your Experience with New Working Groups:

A. Train the FCPA Trainer: A Practical Guide on How to Design an Effective Anti-Corruption Training Curriculum for Employees and Third Parties and Successfully Conduct Training in BRIC Countries B. Detecting Corruption in Your Local Operations: How to Conduct Effective Risk Assessments in High Risk Markets

15th FCPA Boot Camp

May 8th, 2012
in Anti-Corruption / FCPA |

The last 12 months have certainly been headline worthy in the world of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Despite the mixed results obtained by the government in recent FCPA prosecutions, the USDOJ has made it clear that the recent string of difficulties will not slow down its anti-corruption enforcement efforts. Coupled with an increase in anti-bribery legislation being passed all over the world and the continued cooperation between and among enforcement authorities across borders…it seems corruption has become a borderless crime. Still, as the focus on anti-corruption continues to shine bright, U.S. businesses have been actively lobbying Congress for better legislation to protect U.S. companies operating abroad. In this type of high-tension, politically-charged enforcement environment, companies and the lawyers who represent them cannot afford to be on uncertain
footing when it comes to FCPA compliance.

Designed to provide you with global FCPA compliance strategies and internal controls you can take back and implement at your company or with your client, attendees of this acclaimed ACI FCPA Boot Camp will walk away with practical FCPA compliance solutions to meet their company’s operational challenges regardless of their industry or sector. Featuring an unprecedented speaker faculty, led by the practitioners inside the biggest cases of the year, senior legal counsel and compliance officers from companies with mature anti-corruption programs, attendees at this Chicago Boot Camp will learn how to:

  • Build an internal compliance program that fits your company’s global footprint
  • Conduct effective test-runs and self-assessments of your compliance program
  • Vet, screen, audit and monitor third parties
  • Ensure your global compliance program is aligned with international standards
  • Survive a multi-agency, cross-border investigation

And much more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to share and gain best practices from your colleagues while learning what steps your company can take to ensure its company’s compliance program meets government standards. Hear first-hand from companies with innovative FCPA compliance programs and lawyers who are on the front lines of the biggest cases as they share with you guidance into how to best navigate the world of FCPA compliance.

5th China Summit on Anti-Corruption

May 8th, 2012
in Anti-Corruption / FCPA |

Heightened anti-corruption enforcement will affect more companies in Asia than ever before. Are your compliance program and internal controls sophisticated enough to withstand the impact of government investigations? Do you know what the latest cases reveal about new risk areas and compliance standards?

Every June, in-house counsel, ethics and compliance executives, forensic accountants, finance and internal audit executives as well as corporate attorneys from China and around the globe attend ACI/C5’s China Summit on Anti-Corruption. Reserve your place today for what is regarded as the Anti-Corruption event of the year in China. Now in its 5th successful year,ACI/C5’s Anti-Corruption conference will once again provide latest anti-corruption enforcement initiatives in China and practical solutions for multinational companies’ specific China operational challenges.

Focus on Recent FCPA, UK Bribery Act, China Commercial Bribery and World Bank Prosecuted Cases

Recent published cases – including IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Maxwell Technologies, Rockwell Automation, Watts Water Technologies – highlight increasing risks for multinational companies doing business in China. Many more pending investigations reportedly also involve compliance issues in China. This summit will feature senior lawyers who were involved in anti-corruption investigations and will provide the audience with practical strategies to minimize risks of being investigated.

Insight from Senior Government Officials 
Get the latest anti-corruption and bribery enforcement update from the senior government officials:

Shulu Shi, Director, Fair Trade Division, Shanghai Administration for Industry & Commerce
Paul Ezzeddin, Senior Policy Officer, The World Bank 
Nicola Bonucci, Director Legal Affairs, OECD

More Opportunities to Benchmark and Learn from your Peers

Lemin Yu
Director, Corporate Legal Department
Sinochem Corporation

Josef Winter
Chief Compliance Officer
Siemens AG
 – Germany

Gangliang Qiao
General Counsel Northeast Asia
Siemens

Mark Whittenburg
Chief Compliance Officer – Greater China
General Electric

Steve Mortinger
Associate General Counsel & Trust & Compliance Officer for Growth Market
IBM

William B. Jacobson
Vice President Chief Compliance Officer
Weatherford – USA

T. James Min II
Vice President, International Trade Law & Corporate Compliance
DHL-USA

John J. Sadar
Chief Compliance Officer
Noble Energy – USA

Mathias Schinzel
Vice President
Emerson Process Management

Shawn Li
Group Regional Counsel – North Asia
Johnson & Johnson

Edward R. J. Neunuebel
Asia Pacific Regional Counsel, VP Government Affairs
Owen Corning

Allen Zhou
VP and General Counsel – Greater China
Schneider Electric

Cellina Yeh
Finance Director, Controls & Compliance
Microsoft

Lyn Wu
Legal Counsel, Asia
FMC

Felicia Chua
Senior Counsel & Regional Compliance Officer, Asia Pacific
Linde Gas Asia 

Aili Zhao
Ethics and Compliance, Asia Pacific,
Baxter Healthcare Asia Pacific

Jacqueline Peterson
Global Anti-Corruption Attorney
Hewlett-Packard – USA

More Panels on Compliance and Risk Management on the Ground

  • Global Anti-Corruption Think Tank: The View from HQ on How to Enhance Corporate Compliance Function and Risk Management in China
  • Preparing for Heightened Enforcement of China Commercial Bribery Laws: How to Strengthen Your Compliance Program and Incorporate New Requirements
  • Ensuring Local Management, Employee and Third Party Buy-In for your Bribery Compliance and Risk Management Initiatives
  • Inside a Bribery Internal Investigation in China: How to Collect Evidence and Overcome Electronic Data, Privacy Law and State Secrecy Challenges
  • When Bribery Leads to Employment Termination: Minimizing Litigation and Business Risks When Addressing an Employee’ Corrupt Conduct

FCPA and Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry

May 8th, 2012
in Anti-Corruption / FCPA |

“Johnson & Johnson will pay a $21.4 million penalty to resolve criminal FCPA charges with the DOJ…”

“Johnson & Johnson in $77 Million Global Settlement,” The FCPA Blog, April 2011

“Pfizer will pay more than $60 million to settle alleged violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act…Spurred by the investigations, companies throughout the industry are developing multimillion-dollar compliance programs…with these settlements the government has created incentives for companies to come forward, not only to cooperate in investigations but also toinform on competitors.

“Pfizer Settlement Offers Window Into Pharmaceutical Industry Probe,” November 2011, Wall Street Journal

Structured specifically to provide a forum for addressing continuing and emerging areas of focus for FCPA enforcement by the U.S. DOJ and SEC,ACI’s National Conference on FCPA & Anti-Corruption for the Life Sciences Industry is the annual must-attend event for legal and investigative counsel, global compliance officers, and FCPA attorneys, specifically within the life sciences industry. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn what steps you should be taking now to take now to proactively protect your company before, during and after the Government comes knocking.

How is your company poised to respond when the time comes to negotiate a settlement with the Government? Are you sure who retains oversight over foreign HCPs, consultants and doctors? What proactive steps are being taken now to minimize the blow from an FCPA settlement?

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the prosecutors and strategize with top FCPA counsel as you are provided with proactive strategies for fortifying your compliance program in the following key areas:

  • Screening and monitoring foreign third parties, HCPs, doctors and consultants
  • Compliance protocols and internal controls for global life science operations
  • Travel, gifts, entertainment and hospitality
  • Clinical research, physician sponsorships, grants and advisory boards

Ensure your team is equipped with the tools it needs to withstand an FCPA investigation in this era of heightened enforcement. Learn what to do now to minimize your company’s FCPA exposure tomorrow.

OFAC Enforcement and Compliance

March 16th, 2012
in International Trade & Defense, Regulatory & Compliance |

Now in its fifth successful year, American Conference Institute’s Advanced Forum on OFAC Compliance and Enforcement is widely regarded as the premier benchmarking and networking event for sanctions professionals. This advanced, flagship conference focuses on the most complex, hot button issues that impact global financial, insurance and export transactions.

Big ticket settlements, including JPMorgan, Flowserve, Credit Suisse, Lloyds and Barclays Bank demonstrate the potentially heavy price tag associated with U.S. sanctions violations, as well as the U.S. government’s resolve to aggressively prosecute OFAC violations. Such enforcement activity will undoubtedly continue and underscores the importance of strengthening internal risk-based sanctions compliance programs.

Amid evolving sanctions against Iran, Syria and other regimes, and strict EU sanctions, U.S. and foreign entities with global operations face unprecedented enforcement risks.

The highly sophisticated 2012 agenda is fully updated, featuring a newexpert speaker line-up of senior government officials, industry professionals and private practice experts.

New 2012 OFAC and HM Treasury (UK) Keynote Addresses:

  • Adam J. Szubin, Director, OFAC
  • Mikael Down, Deputy Director, Sanctions and Illicit Finance Team, HM Treasury (London)

First-Hand Insights and Q & A with Senior OFAC Officials:

  • Jonathan Thomas, Chief, Regulated Industries Oversight & Evaluation
  • Alexandre Manfull, Chief, Blocked Assets Administration and Analysis
  • Lorraine B. Lawlor, Chief of Compliance Outreach
  • Michael Geffroy, Assistant Director for Enforcement
  • Dennis Wood, Assistant Director, Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation
  • Andrea Gacki, Assistant Director for Licensing

Hear from the State Department on CISADA and Other Policy Updates:

  • Linda Specht, Director, Office of Terrorism Finance and Economic Sanctions Policy, U.S. Department of State

New 2012 Speakers from DOJ, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, OCC and The New York County District Attorney’s Office:

  • Sean O’Malley, Vice President and Deputy Chief Investigator for Enforcement, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Steven W. Pelak, National Export Coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Adam Kaufmann, Executive Assistant District Attorney, Chief of the Investigation Division, The New York County District Attorney’s Office
  • Indira Crum, BSA/AML Compliance Specialist, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Beverly Jules, Supervising Examiner, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Fire and Casualty Claims and Litigation

March 15th, 2012
in Insurance & Reinsurance, Litigation |

Latest version of NFPA 921’s negative corpus rule….changes, updates and amendments to NFPA 921….fraud and arson…..selection and credentialing of cause and origin experts…..exclusionary causes….costly preliminary investigations….electrical damages… fire loss…product defect…..construction defect….the list goes on and on.

Recent developments to the NFPA standards and regulations have changed the fire & casualty claims and litigation landscape. Now more than ever, attorneys need to be up to date with changes and amendments to NFPA 921. ACI’s lauded Fire & Casualty Claims and Litigation Conference, through its leading panel of origin and cause experts, will keep you apprised of the nuances and complexities of NFPA standards and regulations and answer the key questions of how will the negative corpus rule preclude a cause and origin investigation based on elimination and what credentials must cause and origin experts have in order to successful defend against aDaubert challenge.

To complicate matters further, often the first responders to a scene will fail to properly preserve evidence resulting in evidence spoliation. This conference will help you identify the unique issues as they relate to a fire scene (including how to identify a red herring when a critical piece of evidence is removed), establish a valid defense of lack of notice as a subrogation defendant, and draft a motion to exclude evidence and request instructions when exclusions are denied.

This is the premier Fire & Casualty summit that will shape the future of the industry’s claims and litigation strategies for leading litigators and in house professionals. This event is a must-attend event for cause and origin experts, insurance professionals and outside counsel involved with fire & casualty claims & litigation cases. You will not want to miss this unparalleled opportunity to obtain up-to-the-minute information and critical advice from the nation’s leading scientific and legal experts.

Fraud and Abuse in the Sale and Marketing of Drugs

March 14th, 2012
in Advertising & Marketing, Pharmaceuticals / Biotech / Life Sciences |

Attend the one event that has shaped compliance programs combating fraud and abuse for nearly a decade. The numbers are staggering.  The threat of individual liability looms ever larger with recent prosecutions making headlines.  These and numerous other developments have conspired to create a period of unprecedented turbulence and uncertainty for counsel and executives charged with preventing and defending against accusations of fraud and abuse in pharmaceutical drug sales and marketing.  Between ever-larger recoveries made under the False Claims Act, continued prosecution and exclusion of executives through the Park Doctrine, and increasingly contradictory court opinions on off-label drug marketing, it is more important than ever to receive expert guidance to traverse an increasingly vague regulatory landscape.

American Conference Institute’s 12th National Forum on Fraud and Abuse in Sale and Marketing of Drugs is the industry-leading conference uniting respected practitioners, top prosecutors, and leading in-house counsel and compliance executives.  Featuring in-depth analysis of landmark cases involving individual liability for executives and in-house counsel, detailed discussions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, useful guidance on the new aggregate spend reporting requirements, and analysis of critical federal appellate and Supreme Court opinions, this event will leave you with a specific plan of action for combating fraud allegations and put you in position to help your company or clients thrive.


Take advantage of an unparalleled networking opportunity

Food & Beverage Marketing & Advertising

March 13th, 2012
in Advertising & Marketing, Food and Beverage, Regulatory & Compliance |

In light of recent regulatory efforts and continuing private litigation, ACI’s annual Food & Beverage Marketing & Advertising Summit provides a prime opportunity for marketing and advertising attorneys who practice within the food and beverage industry to gain specific advice on how to structure, implement and maintain regulatory-compliant and litigation-proof marketing and advertising practices.

Active enforcement by the FTC and FDA coupled with looming pendency over the highly-contested proposals on food marketing to children and continuing uncertainty over front-of-package labeling are only a few of the issues currently confronting the food and beverage industry on the marketing and advertising front. In light of these issues, it is crucial that counsel remain up to speed regarding current enforcement trends and industry practices specifically within the food and beverage industry. Take advantage of this opportunity to benchmark and strategize with your peers as you pose your most pressing questions directly to the government and key industry leaders, including:

  • James Kohm, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC
  • Richard Cleland, Division of Advertising Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC
  • Devin Domond, Division of Advertising Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC
  • Phyllis Marcus, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, FTC
  • Kathleen Lewis, Division of Enforcement, Office of Compliance, CFSAN, FDA
  • Vincent de Jesus, Office of Nutrition Labeling and Dietary Supplements, CFSAN, FDA
  • Jennifer Seymour, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, CDC
  • Elaine D. Kolish, Vice President & Director, CFBAI
  • Wayne Keeley, Vice President & Director, CARU
  • Robert C. Post, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA
  • Genie Barton, VP & Director, Online Behavioral Advertising & Mobile Marketing, BBB
  • Kat Dunnigan, Staff Attorney, NAD
  • Mary Sophos, Executive Vice President for Policy and Strategic Planning, GMA

IT Management of Export Controls

March 12th, 2012
in Telecoms & Technology |

Back by popular demand, this unique one-day seminar will provide your IT and compliance teams with best practices for maximizing IT expertise and resources, as well as automated licensing, screening and recordkeeping solutions to strengthen your company’s export compliance program. Amid heightened U.S. export agency requirements for IT controls,leading IT executives will provide you with first-hand practical insights on how to enhance the protection of ITAR and EAR-controlled data, and control the IT access of foreign national employees and third parties in Web 2.0.

You will also take away invaluable guidance on how your export compliance and IT departments can work together to implement a successful, cost-effective compliance strategy, including how to properly vet and select IT vendors and automated solutions.

Topics will include:

  • Maximizing Coordination between Export Compliance and IT Departments to Support Global Export Compliance: Standardizing Your Approach to Technology Controls and Data Collection
  • Automating Your Export Operations: Measuring the Capabilities of Vendor Solutions to Address Critical Export Compliance Risks
  • Implementing Laptop, Server and Email Controls to Protect Export-Controlled Data: Overcoming Challenges related to Employee Travel and Data Storage
  • Limiting Virtual Access of Foreign National Employees and Third Parties in Web 2.0: Using Shared Networks and Collaborative Platforms to Reduce Security Risks
  • Rolling Out an Integrated Approach to IT Compliance: Overcoming Network and Application Challenges to Successful Program Management
  • Electronic Recordkeeping: Logging, Maintaining and Retrieving Technical Data Export Records
  • Outsourcing Helpdesk, Third Level Support, R & D and Software Development: Managing Unique, Heightened Risks of Unauthorized Technology Transfers
  • Leveraging the Forensic Capabilities of Your IT Systems for Effective Internal Audits and Investigations
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