Are Your Global Business Partners Exposing You to FCPA Liability?

A complimentary gourmet lunch will be provided to all attendees. Attendance will be limited to 100, so please register early to reserve your seat.

Online PR News – 16-February-2011 – – Merrill Brink International, in cooperation with AES Corporation, Baker & McKenzie, KPMG and McGuireWoods, presents an engaging discussion around Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) liability. The panel discussion will focus on risks stemming from the actions of third party intermediaries such as agents, consultants, distributors, joint venture partners, etc. In this event you will learn how to manage these relationships to avoid exposure to FCPA sanctions.

A complimentary gourmet lunch will be provided to all attendees. Attendance will be limited to 100, so please register early to reserve your seat.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 22, 2011. Please click on the link to register.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008 Agenda/Schedule
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Meet and Greet Reception
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Panel Discussion (Lunch)
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Q&A, Open Discussion

Potential Discussion Topics
• Overview of Relevant FCPA Provisions Including Third Party Liability
• A Review of Cases Involving the Use of Third Party Intermediaries
• Risk Assessment. What Are The Risks And How To Mitigate Them
• Implementing a Risk Based Approach to Vetting Third Parties
• Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence
• Developing an Effective Compliance Program
• Engaging Corporate Management to Support a Robust Compliance Program

Dress Code Policy: Jacket and tie required for gentlemen, similar attire for ladies (no jeans or tennis shoes)

Mark Brzezinski

Mr. Brzezinski manages the international law practice in McGuireWoods' Washington, D.C., office. He focuses on regulatory and legal compliance pertaining to sanctions, export administration regulations and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the development of corporate internal compliance programs.

Mr. Brzezinski is frequently asked to speak on current events related to his practice including on "Flash Briefs" to CNN's "The Brief," MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, BBC, RTV, U.S. Council for International Business, Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Security Network.

Lina Braude
Baker McKenzie

Ms. Braude has extensive experience advising clients on anti-corruption compliance matters with an emphasis on internal investigations, including in the context of pending US government investigations. She supervises and conducts internal investigations and compliance audits and advises clients on the consequences of such internal investigations, including disclosure obligations and strategies, the development of defenses and the determination of appropriate remedial and disciplinary measures. She represents clients under investigation by the US Department of Justice and has conducted a number of internal investigations in the former Soviet Union, Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa, including complex multi-jurisdictional investigations.

Colette Devine
AES Corporation

Ms. Devine is the Deputy Chief Compliance Officer of The AES Corporation, a global energy corporation located in Arlington, Virginia. She manages The AES Corporation’s anti-corruption compliance program and specializes in the vetting and review of third parties and training on and compliance with international anti-corruption conventions, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Prior to joining AES, Ms. Devine was a corporate and securities attorney with Hogan & Hartson in Washington, DC. She received her law degree from University of Virginia, a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and a Bachelors degree from Georgetown University.

Pam Parizek

Ms. Parizek is a Partner in KPMG’s Forensic practice specializing in financial reporting and securities investigations and regulatory compliance and monitoring. She has 20 years of experience investigating financial crimes, securities fraud, and accounting irregularities. She is a JD/CPA, certified in Financial Forensics, and previously served on the staff of the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She chairs the firm’s SEC Enforcement Steering Committee.

Pat Rowan

Mr. Rowan focuses on government and internal investigations, white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. He has substantial experience in federal law enforcement and national security matters. He has represented corporations and individuals in investigations and related civil litigation involving the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Defense Inspector General. He has also provided advice to corporate clients on internal investigations and compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and export controls.

Rich Vestuto
Merrill Corporation

Mr. Vestuto is Vice President of Client Advisory Services for Merrill Corporation. He is responsible for providing legal insight, best practices guidance, and other technology based litigation strategies. Working with top law firms and corporate clients, he has developed eDiscovery Response Plans, eDiscovery Strategies, Litigation Hold policies, Document Retention audits, Early Case Assessment strategies, and Preservation / Data Acquisition plans. In his role leading Merrill’s Advisory Services team, Mr. Vestuto has conducted more than 90 accredited continuing legal education (CLE) presentations nationally and internationally. He has also presented across the country on topics such as data recovery, computer forensics, and other computer related issues to companies & technical organizations.

About Merrill Brink International
Merrill Brink International ( is a leading provider of complete translation and language solutions for global companies and law firms, with special expertise in serving the legal, financial, life sciences, software, heavy machinery and corporate markets. A proven leader with more than 30 years of experience, Merrill Brink offers a wide range of language solutions including translation, localization, desktop publishing and globalization services.

Merrill Brink is recognized in the industry for its commitment to quality and its pioneering approach of leveraging technology to reduce costs, eliminate redundant processes and accelerate translation life cycles. Merrill Brink is certified to ISO 9001:2008; ISO 27001:2005 and ISO 13485:2003, and registered to EN 15038:2006 and ISO 14971:2007. Together, these standards provide assurance that the most stringent process and quality standards for translation are followed.