Investigators and the new ‘Failure to Prevent Fraud’ Offence

Whether helping large organisations prepare reasonable procedures or leading investigations when things go wrong, corporate investigators will be heavily invested in the successful implementation of the pending UK corporate ‘failure to prevent fraud’ offence.* The offence will apply to UK-based large organisations as well as offshore large organisations with business and/or customers in the UK.

But what are the views of investigators on general readiness for the new legislation? RSM and the ACi are launching a Fraud Offence Readiness Survey, giving you the opportunity to express your thoughts on the matter.

*Section 199 of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act, 2023.

Click here for the survey.

The survey runs until 20 May. The results will be discussed in a webinar on 29 May 2024.

 

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Panel

Flip Stander,  Partner, Forensics & Investigations, RSM UK

 

 

Sam Tate, Partner, RPC

 

 

Ashu Sharma, Head of Advisory Panel, ACi

 

 

Navigating Senior Management Investigations

For all investigators, navigating senior management allegations involves handling 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.

 

Moderator

Mary Eastwood, Executive Director

Mary is an Investigations, Whistleblowing and Ethics specialist with 21 years’ experience in the fields of evaluation, assurance and investigations. She has worked across the public, private, charitable and humanitarian sectors. Mary started her career as a criminology researcher focusing on crime reduction, social inclusion and ethical compliance for the UK Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Youth Justice Board and UK police forces. She then worked in an international NGO as Oxfam’s Fraud and Corruption Team lead and most recently as Head of Investigations at the world’s largest university publisher, Oxford University Press. She is a certified fraud examiner and investigator with significant experience in fraud, bribery and corruption risk management and prevention of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. She has successfully set up and managed internal global ‘whistleblowing’ channels, investigations functions and ethics programmes, and has conducted hundreds of complex global investigations across cultures and languages in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, often in hardship settings. Mary enjoys communications and outreach: she is a regular contributor to thought leadership discussions, and delivers training in corporate investigations and ethical behaviour programmes to stakeholders at all levels.

 

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Whistleblowing Course

Whistleblowing investigation programmes

How to make sure you are identifying and responding effectively to employee concerns.

Never has it been more important to listen to employees.  A whistleblowing or speak up programme can be a vital tool in understanding what is happening in your company, identifying misconduct and improving risk management.  Get it right by investigating allegations quickly and effectively, and you provide confidence to employees, the board and other key stakeholders.  Get it wrong and it can create an atmosphere of mistrust and lack of transparency.

Join our whistleblowing training sessions to understand recent and upcoming changes in legislation, how to practically improve your whistleblowing investigation programme and how to make the most of data to measure the effectiveness of your whistleblowing programme and identify key risk areas.

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Session summaries:

Session 1: 29 September, 12.30pm – 1.30 pm GMT + 1

Current legislation and key components of an effective whistleblowing programme

A short high level overview of the key UK and European legislation and guidance available, upcoming legislation and the key components of an effective whistleblowing programme.

Session 2: 6 October, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm GMT + 1

Practical matters to consider when establishing and running a whistleblowing investigation function and programme

Legislation, policy and procedures are important in building a whistleblowing programme but often the practical aspects of integrating the programme into your organisation can cause the most issues.  By using a case study, we explore the common areas of a whistleblowing programme that often need improvement or refinement, as well as the areas of particular sensitivity and complexity during the investigation stage when dealing with certain types of whistleblowing complaint.

Session 3: 13 October, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm GMT + 1

Using the data from whistleblowers to improve conduct and compliance

Reported concerns can provide your organisaton with a wealth of information and insight into the company, which should be of interest to senior management and the Board. This session looks at how to measure and report whistleblowing KPIs and combining this information with other compliance and performance data to provide a powerful tool for identifying risk areas whilst observing data protection obligations.

Who is this training for?

The programme is designed for those who have responsibility or run whistleblowing programmes, conduct whistleblowing investigations or review the outcomes of whistleblowing investigations.

Price:

Book before September 6th for Early Bird price:
ACi Member Early Bird: £170
Non-member Early Bird £200

Regular price – booking after September 10th
ACi Member: £199
Non-member: £225

The Association of Corporate Investigators, as a non-profit association, seeks to deliver training at a cost price for the benefit of the corporate investigations community.  This training is kindly delivered by StoneTurn and Allen & Overy pro bono with the fees contributing to the operating costs of the ACi.

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Whistleblowing – A 360 Degree View

Whistleblowing – A 360° view

In this webinar sponsored by StoneTurn, a global advisory firm, an international panel of  in-house counsel and compliance and investigations professionals, external counsel, and compliance consultants  discuss:

  • The evolving International landscape of Whistleblowing legislation
  •  Practical aspects of implementing and running a speak up program
  • Triage, investigations and lessons learned
  • Different views on Whistleblowing – from the perspectives of in-house counsel, in-house investigators, external counsel and compliance consultants 

Presented by

Julia Arbery, Managing Director, StoneTurn

Manveer Hanspal,  Investigation Lead EMEA, Rio Tinto


Adrian Sandberg, Head of Allegation Management Office, Bilfinger SE

Jonathan Chibafa, Director, Squire Patton Boggs

Ines Kellner, Senior Legal Counsel, Siemens AG