Handling Allegations Against Senior Management

For all investigators, handling allegations against senior management involves navigating a number of unique challenges. In particular, sensitivities arise regarding initial escalation, stakeholder engagement, data retrieval and review, and conducting interviews. Issues may also arise regarding whether the individual remains in their role during the investigation, notifications to relevant regulatory bodies, and consequence management. At the same time, investigation teams can face significant pressure to conduct the investigation quickly in order to minimise disruption. This webinar, kindly sponsored by K2 Integrity,  explores these challenges, and more, based on the panellists’ practical experience of handling these types of allegations.

 

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Jane Shvets, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton

Jane Shvets is a partner and member of Debevoise & Plimpton’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group focused on white collar defense and internal investigations, in particular regarding compliance with corrupt practices legislation. Ms. Shvets boasts a genuine international pedigree, having worked with clients on enquiries from authorities in the U.S., UK, Germany, Russia, and elsewhere, and on matters spanning jurisdictions in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Russia and the Middle East. In addition to her core investigations practice, Ms. Shvets also leads the firm’s sanctions practice in Europe, guiding clients through a sanctions landscape that has shifted significantly and swiftly in recent years. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including having been named White-Collar Crime Lawyer of the Year (Benchmark Litigation Europe Awards 2020), Best in White Collar Crime (LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2019), and listed to Global Investigations Review’s 2020 “40 Under 40” list and Benchmark Litigation USA’s 2021 “40 and Under Hot List.” Ms. Shvets holds a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School. She is a native Russian speaker and is proficient in Ukrainian.

 

Olivia Allison, Senior Managing Director, K2 Integrity

Olivia Allison is a senior managing director in the Investigations and Risk Advisory practice for K2 Integrity, resident in London. She has extensive expertise helping large private, state-owned and publicly listed companies carry out investigations into fraud, bribery, corruption and other misconduct. Olivia has also worked closely with a range of entities to improve their governance and controls, including in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other emerging markets. Her practice has been particularly focused in oil and gas, mining and extractive industries, as healthcare, retail and financial services.

 

Joanne Taylor, Senior Managing Director, K2 Integrity

Joanne Taylor, a senior managing director at K2 Integrity, has 20 years of legal, investigations and financial crime compliance experience, which includes fraud risk management, anti-bribery and corruption, regulatory enforcement and investigations experience working within the financial and legal services industries.  She has extensive experience of leading investigations relating to conduct issues, fraud, bribery & corruption and AML and her previous roles have included Global Head of Whistleblowing and Global Deputy Head of Anti-Fraud Bribery & Corruption at a major European bank.

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Basha Galvin, COO, ACi

Basha started her career with the Metropolitan Police and moved to the City of London Police Fraud Unit, covering money laundering, trade finance fraud, bribery and corruption.  Basha left the police and moved to Citigroup for four years, moving to Barclays plc in 2006 as Head of Investigations & Whistleblowing for Wealth & Investment Bank. In 2018 Basha moved to the Oil & Gas Industry as Head of Investigations for Tullow Oil Plc leaving in late 2020.  Basha is a seasoned financial crime investigator in the public and corporate sector. She has led and managed global investigations teams.  During her career, Basha has had the opportunity to work in a number of jurisdictions including the USA, APAC and EMEA developing investigation models and collating evidence for civil and criminal prosecutions.  Basha was named as one of the “Top 40 in-house” investigation professionals by Global Investigations Review.

 

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Investigations Quality Assurance

Conducting proportionate and robust investigations takes skill and experience.  In this webinar sponsored by Grant Thornton we will look at several elements – generally and throughout the investigation life-cycle – that may help investigators identify and improve the quality and consistency of their investigations, and help stakeholders gain assurance over the same.

 

 

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Panel

Steve Donaghy, Director, Grant Thornton UK

Steve is a director in Grant Thornton UK’s Forensic and Investigations team, specialising in financial services. He has over 20 years’ experience in investigations and disputes across all segments of the financial services industry, having led on multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations, as well as investigations into culture, conduct, controls, compliance programmes and systems, and accountability. Throughout this Steve has had extensive engagement with whistle-blowers. Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 2019, Steve’s experience includes seven years at the Royal Bank of Scotland plc, 12 years in a big four forensics practice, and a period of time in Enforcement at the FSA.

 

Lorne Wiggin, Managing Investigator, NatWest

Lorne is a Managing Investigator for the Litigation & Investigations team within NatWest Bank. This means as well as running investigations, he also manages a team of investigators and oversees the investigations they undertake. Having worked for NatWest for over 36 years, Lorne has undertaken multiple roles in that time from starting in-branch banking, through selling mortgages and the associated regulated products, Area Sales Management, Regulated Trainer, Compliance Manager and then Specialist Regulated Compliance Manager, prior to joining investigations in 2006.

 

Basha Galvin, COO, ACi

Basha started her career with the Metropolitan Police and moved to the City of London Police Fraud Unit, covering money laundering, trade finance fraud, bribery and corruption.  Basha left the police and moved to Citigroup for four years, moving to Barclays plc in 2006 as Head of Investigations & Whistleblowing for Wealth & Investment Bank. In 2018 Basha moved to the Oil & Gas Industry as Head of Investigations for Tullow Oil Plc leaving in late 2020.  Basha is a seasoned financial crime investigator in the public and corporate sector. She has led and managed global investigations teams.  During her career, Basha has had the opportunity to work in a number of jurisdictions including the USA, APAC and EMEA developing investigation models and collating evidence for civil and criminal prosecutions.  Basha was named as one of the “Top 40 in-house” investigation professionals by Global Investigations Review.

 

 

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