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Iris E. Bennett, panellist on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the 2016 Women, Influence & Power in Law conference, held in Washington, D.C.

On September 22, 2016, SPM Member Iris E. Bennett, with co-panelists Rochelle (“Shelly”) Cooper, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for IAP Worldwide Services, Inc., and Maria E. Gomez, Regional Compliance Officer for Latin America for General Motors Corporation, led a workshop and panel discussion on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at the 2016 Women, Influence & Power in Law conference, held in Washington, D.C.  The WIPL annual conference brings together women corporate counsel, outside counsel, and public sector attorneys who are in leadership positions at their companies, firms, and agencies, to discuss critical legal issues in corporate law and compliance, and to provide a forum for these leaders in the legal community to share their expertise on these issues.  The FCPA workshop led by Ms. Bennett, Ms. Cooper and Ms. Gomez focused on the practical and legal implications of an FCPA hypothetical fact pattern involving a non-US government contract bid, the crucial decisions that General Counsels and Compliance Officers need to make when confronted with such situations, and how to analyze and mitigate the risk of criminal and civil corporate liability under the FCPA. 

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