Negotiated Justice: France, Great Britain, Switzerland & Singapore
20 March @ 9:00 am - 11:00 amFree
Without a trial, French, British, Swiss and Singaporean companies have been heavily sanctioned for violations of the United States’ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, enduring some of the harshest sanctions given in these matters. Each of these companies has had to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the US DOJ which imposes strict obligations on them, including the payment of large fines.
Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Singapore have enacted in recent years their own anti-corruption legislation in order to be able to control the practices of their own companies and to sanction any such violations of those laws. One of the key mechanisms put in place by the legislation is the Deferred Prosecution Agreement, or DPA (Convention Judiciaire d’ Intérêt Public).
The objectives of this IPBA conference shall be how to:
- Present the main characteristics of Deferred Prosecution Agreements, and the environment in which they thrive;
- Present the impact the negotiation and implementation of such agreements may have on corporations in terms of governance, allocation of responsibilities between legal and compliance, monitoring, etc.;
- Question the relevance of DPAs to some prevalent categories of corruption risks in the Infrastructure and Energy sectors, especially in a cross-border context where companies subject to DPAs are active in more than one local market;
- Help corporations understand that preventive compliance measures can give a competitive advantage; and
- Share a comparative law perspective by doing a crossanalysis of the main anti-corruption laws’ key provisions, and how they are endorsed by multilateral institutions providing finance to development projects.
Jeffrey Robert Holt
(IPBA JurisdicHonal Council Member, France)
- UK: Neil McIness (Partner – Pinsent Masons)
- France: Melina Wolman (Partner – Pinsent Masons) + Stéphane Gasne (Partner – Pinsent Masons)
- Singapore: Hamidul Haq (Partner – Rajah & Tann)
- Switzerland: Simone Nadelhofer (Partner – Lalive)