Full Day Seminar – Africa Anti-Corruption Seminar | January 30, 2017

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George “Ren” McEachern
Special Supervisory Agent Federal Bureau of Investigation
FCPA, Kleptocracy & Antitrust Matters

Reagan Demas
Baker & McKenzie LLP (Washington, DC)

Inam Wilson
Templars Law LLC (Nigeria)

Claudius O. Sokenu
Shearman & Sterling LLP (New York, NY)

Amee Sandhu
Sector Compliance Officer, Power
SNC-Lavalin (Canada)

Femi D. Thomas
Managing Partner
Partners Imperium Africa (Nigeria)

Rani Soobramoney
Executive Head, Anti-Corruption Compliance,
Sanctions and Trade Controls
Vodacom Ltd (South Africa)

Steven Powell
Director, Forensics
ENSAfrica (South Africa)

Cathy Konwisarz
Group Counsel – Conventional
Marathon Oil Corporation

8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30     Opening Remarks
9:00 The Year in Review: Anti-Corruption Updates, Trends and Developments from East to West Africa – Special Focus on Oil & Gas, Mining, Coal, IT/Telecom and Pharmaceuticals

Navigating Cash-Based Economies and Local Modality of Payments Risks: How to Identify Red Flags by Way of Example in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger and Equatorial Guinea

  • How to manage the problem of governments’ meddling in and distortion of local economies, such as bid-rigging and price fixing
10:15 Networking Break

How to Protect Your Investment: Guaranteeing Security for On-the-Ground Assets and Employees and Knowing What Local Resources to Hire – Spotlight on Niger Delta, Mining- Heavy Southern DRC and Northern Angola, South Africa)

  • How to assess the security risks associated with doing business in the region
  • Understanding regional governments’ approach to dealing with security-related matters such as fighting and/or negotiating with rebel groups that pose a threat to key infrastructure
  • Who will provide the “payoff” to mitigate the risk of local security threats – the multinationals or local governments?

Identifying the “True Owners” of Your African Business Partners Via Effective Due Diligence

  • How to identify, interpret and handle beneficial ownership relationships, and how to apply best practices to identify the true owners of your business counterparts
  • How to Distinguish and Deal with Nominee (Indirect) Shareholders vs. Actual Beneficiary Shareholders
  • Deciphering the awarding process of operating licenses: How to identify the “true” issuer and ensure compliance with anti-bribery
  • How government officials are becoming increasingly sophisticated in secretly taking ownership stakes in corporations, and how multinationals can enhance their vetting procedures
  • What role do sovereign wealth funds play in “controlling” corporate ownership? How can multinationals tackle this challenge?

Navigating the Risks of Corporate Social Responsibility “Requirements” from Governments to Tribes: Concessions, Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and Local Community Expectations by Way of Example in Nigeria, Gabon, Kenya and South Africa

  • How multinationals can manage local governments’ and communities’ “expectations” in exchange for being granted a license or concession for their business operations
  • How to appropriately respond to the multifarious nature of “requests”: employment (of relatives), infrastructure building, youth activities and/or occupation initiatives and financing, etc.
  • How to ensure that payments negotiated as part of an MOU comply with the FCPA, and that such funds be channeled to the agreedupon entities rather than rerouted to government-related outfits
  • How to best manage relationships with state-owned and statesponsored entities and public-private partnerships
12:45     Networking Lunch

Africa’s Enforcement Agencies Landscape: How to Disentangle the Jurisdictions of U.S. Agencies vs. Local Authorities vs. Multilateral Banks and Institutions – Knowing How (and If) They Cooperate

  • Understanding governments’ differing approaches to combating (endemic) corruption
  • How to assess the impact on your business of “softer” (negotiations over the recovery of stolen and/or misappropriated funds) versus “harder” approaches (incarceration of suspects, military mobilization)
  • Who do local governments prosecute? Individuals, companies, or both?
  • How to take into account US regulators’ anti-bribery activities when assessing your compliance program?
  • What is the role of multilateral banks and other development organizations in driving anti-corruption enforcement? How does
3:00 Networking Break

Localization Requirements in Anglophone vs. Francophone Africa: What Internal Checks and Controls Can Mitigate Your Company’s Risk of Falling Afoul of Local Anti-Bribery Legislation

  • How can multinationals tackle and overcome the challenge of implementing a global compliance program tailored to the realities on
    the ground (incl. political system, economic situation, cultural norms)
  • To what extend unpredictable national currency fluctuations and murky foreign exchange regimes and controls hamper compliance
  • How to choose between and what are the tradeoffs when selecting the resources to best ensure effective oversight of local operations
    (in-house, local partners, third party service providers, etc.)

The Top Cross-Border Supply Chain Pitfalls: How to Deal with Official Institutions without Submitting to Extortion Payments Requests

  • How the Panama Papers and Bahama Leaks have altered the debate on international information exchange in the context of fraud and bribery
  • How local and international privacy restrictions may impact the conduct of international corporate anti-corruption investigations
  • The “anti-FISA” Provision: How to manage a situation where crossborder sharing of personal information cannot be purely based on the decision of a foreign administrative authority, court or tribunal in the absence of an international agreement
4:45 Co-Chairs’ Closing Remarks and Seminar Conclusion


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