World's First Accreditation Program for FCPA Compliance to Establish Standards in Fast-Moving Legal Arena
Washington D.C., February 9, 2011 – Miller & Chevalier announced today that two Members of the firm's Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) practice, Kathryn Atkinson and James Tillen, will serve as faculty members of the TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation (TASA) program.
Responding to the requests of general counsel for more training for their legal and non-legal staff, as a result of the steady rise in FCPA enforcement actions and the proliferation of international anti-bribery laws and policies, TASA will provide a comprehensive framework for anti-bribery compliance training and certification. This accreditation program is the first of its kind.
TASA's training faculty is made up of a selected group of recognized industry leaders from across the globe, including Miller & Chevalier's Atkinson and Tillen.
Kathryn Atkinson's practice focuses on international corporate compliance, including, in particular, the FCPA, as well as export controls and economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering laws. She advises clients on corruption issues around the world. This advice has included compliance with the FCPA and related laws and international treaties in a wide variety of contexts, including transactional counseling, formal opinions, internal investigations, enforcement actions by the DOJ and the SEC and resulting monitorships, as well as commercial litigation raising improper payment issues. She is currently serving as a government-appointed Independent Compliance Monitor in an FCPA matter settled with the DOJ and SEC and was a member of the original Transparency International task force that developed a compliance toolkit for small and medium-sized entities.
James Tillen is Coordinator of Miller & Chevalier's FCPA and Anti-Corruption Practice Group, which includes more than 25 lawyers involved in FCPA matters, often involving complex investigations in multiple countries. He has had significant experience with every facet of an FCPA enforcement matter, from inception to completion, including developing work plans for internal investigations, conducting internal investigations, developing remediation strategies, drafting voluntary disclosures to the U.S. government, negotiating resolutions with the U.S. government, developing strategies for collateral issues, selecting independent monitors, and interfacing with independent monitors on behalf of clients.
Miller & Chevalier is consistently recognized as having one of the country's preeminent FCPA and International Anti-Corruption practices. For over 25 years, the group has advised and assisted scores of clients with the full spectrum of FCPA matters and issues, including conducting internal investigations, defending companies in enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); compliance program development, assessment, and training; formal legal opinions; FCPA due diligence; ongoing counseling, advice with respect to mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions, civil litigation and arbitration proceedings; advice on international anti-corruption conventions; and a full range of global compliance work.
TRACE is an international anti-bribery organization that provides compliance solutions for multinational companies and their commercial intermediaries, including due diligence reports on commercial intermediaries; an online tool for tracking gifts and hospitality; in-person and online anti-bribery training; and research on corporate best practices. For more information, visit www.TRACEinternational.org.
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