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Ethics and Compliance on the Front Lines of International Business

April 28, 2016, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location University Hall - Conference Center
SponsorDepartment of Political Science and LawCostFreeMore Information InCampus Events
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                    Professor Maurice L. Cescenzi Jr., MA, CCEP

Is it possible to conduct business ethically and still make money? Join us for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime event to find out. Ethics and Compliance on the Front Lines of International Business will explore the topic of global bribery and corruption from perspectives offered by an industry chief compliance officer, Big Four anti-corruption partners, a convicted felon under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and a former United Nations anti-corruption investigator.

The event, which is sponsored by the MA, Law and Governance program, will be held on April 28 at 6:30pm at the 7th floor state-of-the-art Conference Center of University Hall. The venue has wonderful views of the NYC skyline.

Professor Maurice L. Crescenzi, Jr. will moderate the event. Professor Crescenzi currently serves as the leader of Grant Thornton LLP’s (big five firm) ethics and compliance services practice, where he works with clients across industries, helping clients prevent, detect, and respond to compliance violations and misconduct. He also serves as a graduate adjunct professor in the MA, Law and Governance program, where he teaches two “core” courses related to corporate compliance and organizational ethics. Professor Crescenzi has previously held compliance officer positions at the leadership level in leading, global companies such as Philip Morris and Kraft Foods.

Through a series of informative and dynamic presentations, and through a panel discussion facilitated by Professor Crescenzi, Ethics and Compliance on the Front Lines of International Business will explore …

•      Global trends and themes: Global trends and themes related to bribery and corruption, particularly in emerging markets.

•      Ethics and compliance programs and organizational culture: The importance of properly designed ethics and compliance programs that prevent, detect, and respond to misconduct and the important role of organizational culture.

•      White collar criminal psychology: Pressures, opportunities, and rationalizations related to engaging in corruption – and why compliance programs sometimes fail.

•      Investigating and prosecuting corruption:  How to detect and investigate misconduct and what prosecutors look for in corruptions cases.

The panel will include two senior partners from two Big Four firms: Dr. Timothy P. Hedley and Mr. Chip Cottrell. These distinguished partners work with clients around the world, helping companies prevent, detect, and respond to misconduct and corruption. Their clients include the United Nations and the World Economic Forum, among many others.

The panel will also include a convicted felon, Richard Bistrong. Mr. Bistrong was convicted under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for bribing foreign government officials, subsequently cooperated as an undercover agent for the FBI and UK authorities, and served time in federal prison. Mr. Bistrong is currently the CEO of Front-line Anti-bribery Consulting and has appeared on MSNBC and CNN as an anti-corruption analyst.

Also on the panel is the United Nations investigator, Robert Appleton, who investigated Mr. Bistrong as part of the United Nation's "Oil for Food" Task Force and ultimately brought Mr. Bistrong to justice. Mr. Appleton is currently a partner at a top NYC law firm.

We are looking forward to a diverse audience, represented by faculty, undergraduate, and graduate populations across all related disciplines.

This is an event you do not want to miss.

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