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FCPA is Everyone’s Business:

How it Affects U.S. Companies, U.S. Citizens and U.S.-affiliated
companies and foreigners in Kuwait

When:
10:00 AM to 12 PM

Where:
Ernst and Young, Baitak Tower, 21 Floor, Kuwait City

Event Background:
Come join us for a panel discussion on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  The U.S. has been investigating and prosecuting more FCPA violations than ever.  Certain industries have proved to be vulnerable to FCPA investigations. As a consequence, companies must identify high-risk activities and focus compliance efforts to mitigate potential violations of the FCPA in Kuwait and elsewhere.

Download the Presentations:

Please click here to download the FCPA briefing from Patton Boggs
Please click here to download the FCPA briefing from Citibank

Agenda:

10:00 am

Registration and Refreshments

10:30 am

Remarks by the U.S. Embassy’s Senior Commercial Officer Dao M. Le
Remarks by PattonBoggs Partner Joe Brand
Remarks by General Electric Regional Counsel Inam Siddiqui
Remarks by Citibank CEO Ozgur Kutay
Question and Answer Session co-moderated by EY Head of Fraud Bob Chandler

12:00 pm

Adjourn

About the Speakers:
Mr. Joe Brand, Partner, PattonBoggs,
has done legal work in all corners of the globe. He served for many years as outside counsel to a U.S.-based multinational with operations in over 70 countries and has counseled the company’s managers on almost every significant domestic and foreign legal activity involving the company; engagements that run the gamut from market access and direct foreign investment to trade disputes and international litigation. U.S. legal work for his foreign clients includes regulatory compliance for an Arab bank, defense procurement for a Brazilian manufacturer and human rights advice for a European company.  In his domestic practice, he helps his foreign and U.S. clients on their mergers and acquisitions, financings, regulatory compliance, corporate governance matters and dealings with the federal government. He is publishing a book on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and brings over three decades of experience in the field.  He taught at George Washington University Law School and is vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University. He now serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

Mr. Inman Siddiqui, Regional Counsel, GE Oil and Gas, Middle East North Africa Turkey. Inam provides advice, support and training to the business on a wide range of issues, including commercial contract drafting, compliance matters, internal investigations, employment, legal entity management, corporate governance and commercial disputes. When he was in private practice with Clifford Chance, he represented multinational companies in several international arbitrations, including a significant case involving European and Middle Eastern government bodies in dispute over a major military purchase.

Mr. Ozgur Kutay, Citibank CEO in Kuwait. Ozgur Kutay has been Citi Country Officer for Kuwait since January 2012. Ozgur has been with Citi since 1994 in a variety of roles. Prior to his assignment in Kuwait, he was serving since 2007 as the Country Risk Management Officer for Turkey. Previously, he served as head of the Risk Analysis Unit for Turkey, Global Portfolio Management where he had responsibility for a portfolio comprised of corporations, public sector and financial institutions clients located in Turkey, and some of the CIS including Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

Mr. Bob Chandler, Head of Ernst & Young Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services for the MENA region. A former UK Companies Act Inspector, Bob has been based in the Middle East for the last thirteen years during which time he has undertaken a variety of fraud investigations in the region, some of which have often involved providing evidence (both written and oral) in criminal and civil proceedings and asset tracing in multiple jurisdictions.  He has also acted as accounting expert in respect of regional arbitration and litigation and undertaken numerous FCPA related reviews into the agency relationships of international companies, both from a compliance perspective and in the form of investigations triggered by specific concerns.

Guest Name

Organization

Deepak Jain

Agility

Rami Dagher

Alargan Logistics & Services

Eng. Jehad A. Al-Zuraiqi

Alargan Logistics & Services

Shaheen J Al-Zuraiqi

Alargan Logistics & Services

Khalid F Al-Mashaan

Alargan Logistics & Services

Peter Obino

Alghanim Industries

Bob Chandler

Ernst & Young

Alok Chugh

Ernst & Young

Inam Siddiqui

General Electric

Manar Al Moneef

General Electric

Brian Freeman

Integrated Environmental Solutions

Luis Suarez

KAPICO Group Holding Company

Mohammad Al-Wasmi

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

Marwan Al-Woqayan

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

Rani Selwanes

NBK Capital

Susan Bastress

Patton Boggs LLP

Robert Hager

Patton Boggs LLP

Joseph L Brand

Patton Boggs LLP

Faris Al Obaid

Supreme Council for Planning & Development

Dao M. Le

US Embassy

James Sheets

Sheets Law P.C.