Ryan McConnell is a former US federal prosecutor. His practice focuses on white collar defense and advising clients on corporate compliance issues. He helped clients navigate lengthy Justice Department investigations and assisted companies with compliance issues including design, training, investigation, and assessment in locations ranging from Abuja, Nigeria to Macae, Brazil. During his tenure as an assistant United States attorney on the Organized Crime Strike Force, he tried numerous criminal cases and conducted significant grand jury investigations of international scope on cases ranging from violations of the US trade laws to complex fraud

A former US federal prosecutor and English barrister specializing in crime, Lisa Osofsky advises international organizations on anti-corruption strategies, anti-money laundering programs and fraud cases.  She also manages corporate and due diligence investigations. Lisa’s work combines specialist knowledge in anti-corruption, white collar crime and anti-money laundering matters. Before joining Control Risks, Lisa was the MLRO and Executive Director of the Business Intelligence Group at Goldman Sachs International (GSI) in London and served as Deputy General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Ryan D. McConnell
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Lisa Osofsky
Regulatory Advisor, Corporate Investigations
Control Risks

This webinar will outline ideal approaches to managing corruption investigations and will focus on practical advice gained from collective experience throughout the globe. Specifically, the seminar will focus on crisis management once a company discovers a corruption event and/or corruption allegations surface.

Discussion will center around:

  • the best methods for assembling an appropriate team to combat such an event and working with all stakeholders (including internal and external counsel,
  • third party representatives in the jurisdictions where the event(s) are alleged to have occurred and where the company is headquartered) to manage the event effectively.
  • methods for dealing with whistleblowers and measures necessary to determine the veracity of their allegations.
  • ways of securing evidence in foreign jurisdictions and document management once evidence has been obtained.
  • investigative practices in running background checks on companies and individuals identified from forensic accounting and email reviews
  • confirming ownership details and potential links among vendors and between vendors and employees of the targeted company.
  • communicating the “lessons learned” back through the organization (in every jurisdiction in which it is located) in conjunction with its senior managers and decision-makers from a host of relevant departments.

Ideal Approaches to Managing Corruption Investigations

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Lucy Norton
Associate Director, Anti-corruption Consulting
Control Risks

Simon Yarwood
Associate Director (Forensic Accounting), Corporate Investigations
Control Risks

Lucy Norton manages a network of sector and regional specialists that provide strategic risk management and problem-solving advice to organisations tackling bribery, corruption and wider financial crime and business integrity challenges. She has 10 years’ risk advisory experience, with a focus on advising companies active in the Middle East and Africa. Before joining Control Risks, Lucy spent six years working for political risk and business intelligence firms, helping to found a specialist Middle East investigations practice.

Simon Yarwood has over 15 years of experience in providing specialist financial and accounting assistance to clients conducting internal or external investigations, or involved in complex legal disputes. He has experience conducting complex investigations and risk assessments in most regions including Western and Eastern Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australasia and the Caribbean. Prior to joining Control Risks, Simon worked as an in-house forensic accountant at Clifford Chance, assisting the legal teams in preparing for litigation and arbitration, and in conducting financial investigations.

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