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Don’t Buy a Pig in a Poke: Minimizing FCPA Risks in International M&A

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Description: Experienced FCPA practitioners David Simon and Rohan Virginkar of the law firm Foley & Lardner LLP discuss recent examples of acquisitions gone bad as a result of bribery and corruption at target companies and outline practical strategies to minimize FCPA risk, including effective approaches to compliance due diligence, deal structure and contract language, and compliance integration. The conversation will also address recent DOJ and SEC guidance and expectations for acquiring companies, considerations if issues are identified at a target, and outline strategies for managing the enforcement authorities.
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Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams is a legal talent development expert with over 25 years of experience in success coaching for attorneys and executing high impact programs for law firms. She has created and implemented firm wide initiatives that help attorneys maximize their productivity while maintaining engagement. When individuals produce, a firm increases its profitability. As a talent development leader, she has handled every aspect of an attorney’s firm life from onboarding and integration, through mentoring and training to succession planning and exit interviews.
Dr. Abrahams has published three books with the American Bar Association and regularly publishes articles for Thomson Reuters and American Legal Media.   Known for engaging and educational programs, Dr. Abrahams is a sought-after keynote speaker, program facilitator and law firm advisor.
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David W. Simon leads Foley’s Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations International Practice, representing clients particularly in the areas of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), government enforcement, and the conduct of internal investigations to preempt or mitigate actions taken by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other enforcement agencies. His practice focuses on (1) conducting domestic and international internal investigations, (2) successfully defending companies and senior executives in enforcement actions and litigation with the government, and (3) delivering practical regulatory advice and building compliance programs to help avoid enforcement actions in the first place. David is experienced in guiding corporate boards and company management through challenging government enforcement matters and understands that corporate compliance problems are fundamentally business problems that require business-centric solutions.
David is a defense lawyer who is adept at assembling and leading global teams of professionals to provide solutions to the potentially catastrophic threat presented by a government enforcement action. He has substantial experience dealing with U.S. regulators, and he understands their expectations. In the course of helping companies successfully manage crises arising outside of the United States, David has conducted investigations all over the world and has built deep relationships with top-caliber business-oriented enforcement attorneys, forensic accountants, and other professionals in virtually all economically significant countries. David is a founding director of the Concilium Global Compliance, Investigations & Enforcement Defense Network, an alliance of business crimes and compliance lawyers around the world, which provides integrated investigations, defense, and compliance solutions to cross-border problems.
David is an FCPA/anti-bribery/anti-corruption authority who writes, speaks, and is quoted on hot topics in the field (and whose more informal perspectives are shared through his Twitter feed @davidsimon68). He also has extensive experience leading teams representing clients in international sanctions matters, in antitrust matters (particularly in the health care industry), and in defending False Claims Act and environmental law investigations and litigation
Rohan Virginkar is a former federal prosecutor and a member of the Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice and Co-Chair of the firm's multidisciplinary Cannabis Industry team. His practice focuses on advising corporations and executives on government and regulatory actions, conducting internal investigations, leading corporate compliance matters and representing individuals and corporations in white-collar matters and investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other domestic and foreign law enforcement and regulatory authorities.
Rohan returned to the firm in 2017 after more than six years as a federal prosecutor. He most recently served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division, Fraud Section, where he was part of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Unit, a small group of prosecutors responsible for global enforcement of the FCPA. In that role, his responsibilities included grand jury investigations, negotiation of resolutions and the selection, appointment and oversight of independent monitors. Rohan worked extensively with domestic and international law enforcement as well as civil regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He led numerous investigations into alleged violations of the FCPA by major corporations and individuals across multiple industries and spanning six continents. He led the Justice Department’s prosecution of a major global pharmaceutical company, which resulted in more than $280 million in criminal penalties and fines — part of a nearly $520 million global resolution — the largest ever against a healthcare company for violations of the FCPA.
Rohan also was a member of the DOJ’s Deepwater Horizon Task Force, where he investigated crimes related to the deadly 2010 disaster and resulting oil spill including environmental crimes, securities fraud, obstruction of justice and other federal criminal offenses. He was part of the team responsible for securing multiple guilty pleas, resulting in the imposition of more than $5 billion in criminal penalties.

Practice Areas: Administrative Law & Regulation, Corporate & Securities
Online Media Type: Audio
Production Date: 10/19/2020
Level: Intermediate
Category: Standard
Duration: 1 Hours, 1 Minutes
Online Format: On Demand

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David Simon - Partner - Foley & Lardner LLP, New York
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