The State Bar of Georgia is holding a seminar Sept. 2 in Atlanta on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a law that can potentially impact any U.S. company doing business in another country.
The FCPA makes it illegal for any U.S. company to bribe foreign officials. The law can apply to a company’s agent or contractors in another country, even if executives in the U.S. were unaware of the bribes.
The conference will include speakers from law enforcement and the private sector, including attorneys for Atlanta-based companies Home Depot Inc. United Parcel Service Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m.
Joe Whitley, a partner at Atlanta law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP who was formerly U.S. attorney for the northern and middle districts of Georgia and first general counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is co-chair of the conference. Marc L. Effron, director of investigative services at Habif, Arogeti & Wynne LLP accounting firm, is also a co-chair.
Scheduled speakers include Sally Yates, current U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia; Joel Rogers, senior director of the legal department at Home Depot and Norman Brothers, vice president and chief litigation counsel for UPS.
With an upswing in FCPA prosecutions and investigations in recent months, the Obama administration has sent a “clear signal that business corruption by U.S. corporations will not be tolerated,” Mr. Whitley told GlobalAtlanta.
The conference will be held at the State Bar of Georgia headquarters, 104 Marietta St., in downtown Atlanta.
Cost is $155 per person in advance and $175 at the door. Attorneys can receive six continuing legal education credits for attending this program, including three trial practice hours.
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