Day 1: Monday, March 21, 2016

8:00 - Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 Opening Remarks from Conference Co-Chairs

Anneliese Reinhold
Senior Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Du (UAE)

Kuljit Ghata-Aura
Regional Counsel – India, Middle East, Africa
Boeing International Corporation (UAE)

9:15 - The View from the Regulators: Local Authorities Speak on the Increased Focus on Compliance Across the Region

Lawrence Paramasivam
Director Conduct Supervision
Dubai Financial Services Authority (UAE)

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear directly from the regulators in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Qatar as they share their priorities for 2016 and discuss their expectations for strong compliance going forward. Time will be left for Q&A at the end of the panel, so bring your questions.

9:45 Middle East Compliance Think Tank: Senior Executives from Different Industries Share Their Most Effective Strategies

Anneliese Reinhold
Senior Vice President, Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Du (UAE)

Jaleel Ghani
Director MEA Compliance, Legal Affairs
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Saudi Arabia)

Waheed Rathore
Executive Vice President – Group Chief of Compliance & Anti-Money Laundering
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (Saudi Arabia)

Doraliz E. Ortiz de Leon
Group Legal Advisor
Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC)

Tareq Haddad – Panel Moderator
Partner, Forensic Services
PwC (Saudi Arabia)

Shahzad Ahmed Khan
Associate General Counsel
Mubadala (UAE)

What keeps you up at night? This exclusive and new panel brings together leading compliance and legal experts from some of the most powerful companies in the region. They will provide a comprehensive review of the hot button compliance risks in the Middle East and provide insights into how to build a strong system of compliance and involve senior management in the process. Find out how to lead and champion new initiatives through company success stories. A not to be missed panel.

10:45 Networking Break

11:00 Focus on Financial Crime: How to Protect Your Organization from Increasingly Sophisticated Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Schemes

Alexis Guest
Senior Legal Counsel-AFMESA
Travelport (UAE)

Salmin Jadavji
Regional Head, Anti-bribery and Corruption, MENAP
Standard Chartered Bank (UAE)

Stuart Paterson
Herbert Smith Freehills (UAE)

  • What latest cases and investigations reveal on financial crime schemes and trends in the region
  • How US and global financial crime enforcement is increasing liability for individual compliance officers
  • Increased interest over money laundering in the real estate sector, and the ongoing focus on trade-based illicit financial flows in 2015
  • Strategies for implementing KYC effectively: how to respond to increasing “know your customer’s customers” requirements
  • Monitoring with enhanced analytics and financial intelligence data
  • Effective methods for assessing your risk profile
  • Developing effective onboarding and KYC programs
  • How to ensure ongoing due diligence
  • How money laundering relates to anti-bribery investigations

11:45 Global Perspective: How Western Companies Manage Cultural, Political and Business Considerations in the Middle East Region

Wole Onabolu
Ethics and Compliance Director
Baker Hughes – Middle East and Asia Pacific Region (UAE)

Anders Wigand
Regional Compliance Counsel, MEA
Nokia Corporation (UAE)

David Charles
Senior Regional Counsel – Middle East
Tyco International (UAE)

  • Navigating requirements from your home office with the realities of working in the Middle East
  • Modifying your business to align with local culture and customs
  • Mitigating the challenges faced by corporations doing business in the Middle East
  • Advantages of centralizing or decentralizing compliance in the region

12:30 Networking Lunch for Speakers and Attendees

13:45 Keynote Address: Status Update on Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Abdullah A. Al Abdulkader
Vice President for the Protection of the Integrity
National Anti-Corruption Commission (Saudi Arabia)

14:15 How the Internal Audit Function Can Enhance Your Compliance Function

Mohamed el Roubi
General Counsel – Asia, Middle East, Africa & Southern Europe
Amec Foster Wheeler (UAE)

  • Working with your compliance team to conduct third party due diligence review
  • Determining when a third party audit is required
  • Reporting to senior management on compliance risks during business planning
  • Establishing and implementing practical guidance for entertainment, gifts and travel policies

15:00 Networking Break

15:15 How to Minimize the Unique Compliance Risks of Doing Business with Government and State-Owned Entities

Kuljit Ghata-Aura
Regional Counsel – India, Middle East, Africa
Boeing International Corporation (UAE)

Lamia R. Matta
Miller & Chevalier Chartered (Washington, DC)

Glenn T. Ware, Esq
Practice Leader, International Anti-corruption, Corporate and Strategic Intelligence


This will be an interactive session presenting scenarios that arise when doing business with government or state owned entities including:

  • Managing pre-relationship vetting and due diligence screening
  • Understanding the relationship between government official and vendors, suppliers and contractors
  • Identifying the appropriate representations and warranties and developing the right contract language
  • Exerting control over the use of joint venture funds
  • Working with JV partners that don’t share your anti-corruption commitment
  • What regulators will expect you to have in your files
  • Unique concerns when dealing with royalty

16:15 Keynote Address: Tackling Corruption and Financial Crime in Fragile States - the Why and the How from A Business Perspective

Arkan El Seblani
Chief Technical Advisor & Regional Project Manager
Anti-Corruption and Integrity in Arab Countries
UNDP Regional Hub for the Arab States in Amman

16:45   Video Conference: Lead US Prosecutor Speaks on Recent FCPA Enforcement Trends in the Middle East

Jason Linder
Senior Attorney - Lead Prosecutor on Weatherford case
U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, DC)

  • Focus on enforcement trends in the region
  • Impact of the Yates memo on corporate executives
  • Insight into appointment of Hiu Chen, Compliance Counsel Expert and her new role
  • How the new guidance on voluntary disclosures will change FCPA enforcement going forward

17:15 Beware of the Serious Fraud Office: Latest Development on UK Bribery Act Enforcement

Michael Roberts
Hogan Lovells International LLP (UK)

  • New enforcement landscape in the UK after Sweet Group
  • Priorities of the SFO for 2016
  • Specific compliance expectations

18:00 Conference Adjourns to Day Two

DAY 2: TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016

9:00 Co-Chairs’ Opening Remarks

9:05 How to Create and Maintain a Culture of Compliance at all Levels of Your Organization

Mona Ashour Madi
General Counsel
Unilever – North Africa & Middle East (UAE)

Dalia Al-Sayeh
General Counsel, Middle East
Honeywell (UAE)

Nick Robinson
Regional Forensic Services Leader
PricewaterhouseCoopers Middle East

  • Strategies to enforce policies across different and remote locations
  • Working with sales and marketing teams to stay compliant
  • Getting senior management buy-in
  • Frequency of communication and training

10:00 Keynote Address: Recent Developments in Changing Economic Sanctions Landscape

Amanda Miralrío
Sanctions Compliance Officer
Office of Foreign Assets Control
U.S. Department of the Treasury (Washington,DC)

  • Review of current sanctions restrictions in Russia
  • Easing of sanctions restrictions in Cuba
  • Update on sanction enforcement in the US and EU.

11:00 Networking Break

11:15   Minimizing Third Party Risks: How to Apply the Right Level of Due Diligence When Selecting and OnBoarding New Partners

David R. Cherrington
Senior Counsel, Law Practice Group Leader: Compliance & Litigation
Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia)

Sheila Shadmand
Jones Day (UAE)

Bhavin Mehta
Vice President and Head of Compliance
Middle East & Africa
MasterCard (UAE)

  • Navigating the distributor/agent/JV partner laws in the Middle East and Africa from a compliance perspective
  • How to navigate due diligence in these countries where no or little public information is available
  • What companies should be looking for when conducting due diligence
  • Being mindful of local laws and potential conflicts with the FCPA and UKBA
  • What to do if due diligence uncovers bribery issues
  • How to be mindful of risks such as successor liability, collateral consequences for pre-acquisition activity, and post-acquisition activities

12:15   Navigating the Criminal Landmine to Recover Stolen Assets and Deter Fraudsters

Ibtissem Lassoued
Partner, Financial Crime
Al Tamimi & Company (UAE)

Michael O’Kane
Peters & Peters (UK)

  • Criminal proceedings: various steps starting from the filing of the criminal complaint (ie after investigation stage)
  • Tracing and freezing assets (focus on gaining access to UAE banking records)
  • Location and arresting fraudsters
    • Interpol
    • Extradition request

13:00 Networking Luncheon for Attendees and Speakers

14:15   Training Your Staff on Anti-Bribery Rules: Success Stories and Pitfalls to Avoid

Russell Vickers
Senior Director, Compliance, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Hilton Worldwide (UAE)

Nirav Mehta
Compliance Geographic Program Leader – Middle East & Africa
Johnson Controls (UAE)

  • Importance of senior leadership co-sponsoring Anti-Bribery training
  • Creating locally relevant training and creating a connection between staff and the message and including local languages
  • “Friendly face of compliance” — making sure staff know where to go with questions and are comfortable doing so
  • Tracking training/staff turnover issues

15:00   Internal Investigations Case Studies: What Would You Do If…

Yasir Abdelgader
Executive Counsel for Global Investigations
General Electric

Bapsy Dastur
General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer
Stolt Nielsen (UK)

Ezzeddine Nciri
Lead Investigation Specialist
Group Integrity Office
Islamic National Bank (Saudi Arabia)

Orlando E. Vidal
Dentons (UAE)

Through case studies, panel leaders will provide best practices for conducting effective and fact-finding internal investigations. After a review of each scenario and the challenges involved, the audience will discuss the facts and then the expert speakers will take the audience through a step by step approach to decide the proper course of action.

  • Hypothetical Scenario 1: Allegations of bribery and corruption from an internal perspective, potential bribery breaches by a company
  • Hypothetical Scenario 2: Allegations of bribery and corruption when it involves a company’s business partner, potential bribery breaches by a local partner
  • Hypothetical Scenario 3: Allegations of bribery and corruption involving third parties such as a company’s

15:45 Networking Break

16:00 Minimizing Compliance Risks in Mergers & Acquisitions: The Top 10 Pitfalls that Acquirers Make During Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence and Integration

Charles Laubach
Afridi & Angell Legal Consultants (UAE)

Elena Kovaleva
Compliance Officer, International
Eurasian Resources Group (Luxembourg)

  • Assessing the target business model
  • How to evaluate the compliance program
  • What to do when pre-merger due diligence reveals problems
  • Negotiating representations and warranties regarding compliance with anti-corruption, sanctions and AML
  • Resolving post-closing issues

17:00 Conference Adjourns