This webinar will cover “best practices” for internal investigations in challenging jurisdictions. The speakers will focus on what has changed in terms of critical steps at each stage of an investigation, and the expectations of enforcement agencies in the last five years.
Charles “Chuck” Duross is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP where he heads the firm’s global anti-corruption practice. Prior to joining the firm, Chuck most recently served as a Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was in charge of all of the DOJ’s FCPA investigations, prosecutions and resolutions in the United States. Under his leadership, the FCPA Unit resolved more than 40 corporate cases, including two-thirds of the then-top 25 biggest corporate resolutions ever, resulting in approximately $1.9 billion in monetary penalties. During this time, the FCPA Unit also secured convictions of more than two dozen business executives and money launderers. Chuck’s tenure was also marked by his efforts to make FCPA enforcement more transparent and compliance with the statute more understandable to the business community. Working closely with his counterparts at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Chuck was one of the principal authors of the DOJ and SEC joint publication, A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which followed a series of consultations with business and compliance leaders. Chuck also served as DOJ’s principal representative to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Working Group on Bribery for many years. Chuck is the recipient of the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for the prosecution and conviction of Congressman Jefferson, the first Member of Congress ever charged with violating the FCPA, and the Assistant Attorney General’s Exceptional Service Award for leading the United States’ response to the OECD’s Phase 3 Review. Chuck is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where he teaches trial advocacy, and he has been a guest lecturer on foreign corruption issues at Harvard and the University of Michigan law schools.
James M. Koukios is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP and a member of its White Collar and FCPA and Global Anti-Corruption Practice Groups. His practice focuses on compliance counseling, internal corporate investigations, and government enforcement actions. Before joining MoFo, James spent six years in the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, rising from a line prosecutor in the FCPA Unit to Assistant Chief of the FCPA Unit to Senior Deputy Chief, the Section’s third-ranking official with oversight over the FCPA, Securities and Financial Fraud, and Health Care Fraud Units. James served as a lead prosecutor in two landmark FCPA-related trials, United States v. Esquenazi and United States v. Duperval, for which he received the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. Before joining the Fraud Section, James was an Assistant United States Attorney in Miami, where he tried nearly 20 criminal jury cases in 4.5 years. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, James investigated and prosecuted United States v. AEY, Inc., et al., the defense procurement fraud case that served as the basis for the movie War Dogs. James also served a one-year detail as special counsel to then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, advising the Director and other FBI executives on policy issues involving criminal law and criminal investigations. A Harvard Law graduate, James also served as a law clerk to then-U.S. District Judge Edith Brown Clement in the Eastern District of Louisiana and worked as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. James is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Georgetown University Law Center and is frequently asked to speak on FCPA and white-collar issues by law schools, conference organizers, and media outlets. He is also a co-author and editor of MoFo’s industry-leading monthly newsletter, Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments.