An International Conundrum- Conducting an Internal Investigation on Behalf of a Multinational Organization

Monday, November 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM EST / 3:00 PM GMT

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Event Description:

Corporate entities operating in multiple countries and regions are constantly confronted by conflicting regulations of various jurisdictions. Particularly with respect to privilege and attorney work product rules, what is considered confidential information in one country can be discoverable in another. In cross-border investigations, it is critical for attorneys to understand what steps should be taken to protect privilege and also what documents may not be privileged in light of the foreign jurisdiction’s privilege and privacy laws.

Join us for a CLE-accredited hour-long discussion lead by international investigators and former federal prosecutors. These experts will discuss applicable rules in the U.S., Europe and Asia as well as the intricacies involved in ensuring that internal investigations of a corporation’s world-wide operations do not run afoul of varying government rules.


Steven G. Kobre, Co-Founding Partner, Kobre & Kim LLP

Mr. Kobre is a co-founder of Kobre & Kim, focuses his practice on internal, government and regulatory investigations. Mr. Kobre regularly conducts internal investigations on behalf of multinational Fortune 500 companies operating across Asia, Europe and the Americas, regarding accounting and securities fraud, as well as bribery/FCPA violations, among others. He also regularly represents and advises clients in connection with cross-border investigations by the U.S. Government, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prior to establishing Kobre & Kim, Mr. Kobre served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. While serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Kobre focused on white-collar criminal cases as a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kobre worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office focusing on a wide range of white-collar financial crimes.

William F. McGovern, Partner, Kobre & Kim LLP

Mr. McGovern, a partner with Kobre & Kim’s Hong Kong office, focuses on representing clients with Asia-based operations in internal, regulatory and criminal investigations. He often conducts internal reviews on behalf of executive boards and committees of international public and private companies, regarding allegations concerning securities and corporate accounting fraud, money laundering, corruption/FCPA, and various other laws with international applications. In addition, Mr. McGovern is regularly called upon to lecture about and publish on topics in the areas of cross-border government enforcement, as well as the global regulatory climate with a particular emphasis on the interaction between the U.S. and Asia.

Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. McGovern worked as a senior litigator and Executive Director for Morgan Stanley in the US and Hong Kong. As a member of the U.S. Regulatory Group at Morgan Stanley, he represented the company in regulatory investigations and advised business managers on regulatory risk issues. In Asia, he was part of the legal risk management team and established and implemented enhanced compliance policies and procedures for the company. Earlier in his career, Mr. McGovern served as Branch Chief in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC and New York and as an Assistant District Attorney in New York.

Roger A. Burlingame, Partner, Kobre & Kim LLP

Mr. Burlingame is a partner in the firm’s London office who conducts internal investigations for U.K. and other European-based international corporations, regarding tax fraud, FCPA/bribery, antitrust and healthcare fraud, among other areas. Mr. Burlingame also represents U.K., European and Middle Eastern-based individuals and companies in connection with cross-border investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other U.S law enforcement and regulatory authorities.

Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Burlingame served as Chief or the Public Integrity Section and Senior Trial Counsel of the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Stephen Gentle, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Mr. Gentle specializes in assisting corporate and individual clients in complex fraud and financial regulatory matters, frequently with multi-jurisdictional aspects.

He has particular expertise in advising on international bribery investigations and proceedings and Financial Conduct Authority matters, with an emphasis on international regulatory issues, insider dealing and market misconduct matters. Mr. Gentle is also experienced in money laundering prevention, investigations and prosecutions. In addition, Mr. Gentle has expertise in Competition and Markets Authority cartel investigations. His international criminal practice covers extradition proceedings, sanctions breaches and mutual legal assistance requests where he acts for corporations, individuals and governments.