Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Joe D. Whitley to Co-Chair the International Business and Crime: FCPA - Criminal Antitrust Seminar for the State Bar of Georgia

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Greenberg Shareholders Michael X. Marinelli and James I. Serota are Speakers

Joe D. Whitley, Shareholder and Chair of Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Atlanta White Collar Practice, will co-chair the International Business and Crime: FCPA - Criminal Antitrust seminar held on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at the State Bar of Georgia headquarters. The program will focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and criminal antitrust matters.

The International Business and Crime seminar, offered through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) in Georgia, will feature panelists with wide-ranging experience in FCPA enforcement and criminal antitrust litigation.

Whitley, formerly appointed as U.S. Attorney for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, will begin the seminar by delivering the welcome message and program overview. Whitley joined Greenberg Traurig after an extensive career with the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on white collar, compliance and corporate governance topics. Whitley represents the firm’s clients nationally and internationally in matters including regulatory enforcement, U.S. export controls and FCPA compliance.

Greenberg Traurig attorneys Michael X. Marinelli and James I. Serota will also be among the speakers at the seminar. Marinelli, a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. Export Controls Practice, will serve on a panel discussing defense strategies in FCPA cases. Serota, Chair of the firm’s Global Antitrust Litigation and Competition Practice and Chair of the Global Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice, will speak as part of a panel discussion on defense strategies in criminal antitrust cases.

Other speakers will include former Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert (Bob) W. Tarun as the luncheon speaker. Tarun, now in private practice, is the author of “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Handbook” published by the American Bar Association.

Law Enforcement agencies in the United States and around the world are daily joining forces to investigate and prosecute businesses that violate both domestic and foreign laws. Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act , as well as applicable export control and criminal antitrust statutes, often appear center stage in such enforcement actions. Increases in enforcement activity including record setting sanctions and penalties have made effective compliance and remediation in these areas a priority for businesses. This program will focus on the following:


  •     Federal law enforcement and SEC perspectives
  •     Prosecution trends
  •     The government’s Investigative techniques
  •     Internal investigations
  •     Voluntary disclosure
  •     Resolutions
  •     Impact of recent changes in the regulatory environment (e.g., UK Bribery Act, Dodd-Frank) on compliance programs
  •     Cross-functional collaboration as a way to maximize compliance program effectiveness
  •     Strategies for developing a third party intermediary due diligence and monitoring program
  •     Latest trends and practical insights on developing compliance training, implementing internal controls, and establishing hospitality policies


  •     Recent enforcement trends
  •     Amnesty plus in recent cases
  •     Organizational changes at Antitrust
  •     Early internal investigations—the need for speed driven by leniency programs and attorney-client issues related to potential individual defendants
  •     Coordination of multinational leniency applications
  •     Common Interest Agreements and foreign attorney-client privilege considerations
  •     Criminal strategy considerations related to potential follow-on treble damages litigation—ACPERA burdens for leniency recipients

For additional information and to register online, please visit This program offers 6 CLE Hours including 4 Trial Practice Hours.

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