Training Accreditation

TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation®

TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® is a comprehensive and rigorous year-long training and accreditation program that offers a professional credential for anti-bribery compliance specialists. The accreditation enables professionals working in this growing field to distinguish themselves with demonstrated anti-bribery compliance expertise. The program is designed to be completed online and offers more than 100 courses taught by a world-renowned faculty of industry and subject matter experts. Candidates may self-select a specialization by region (LatAm, Europe, AsiaPac), subject matter (Business Integrity & Risk) and/or industry expertise (Oil, Gas & Energy, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Aerospace & Defense, Tech & Telecom) better preparing them to add real-world value to organizations. The accreditation is awarded by TRACE, the internationally recognized anti-bribery standard setting organization, and supported by the TASA Advisory Committee.

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Upcoming Courses

Third Party Due Diligence: A Practical Approach for Managing and Mitigating Anti-Bribery Risks

 

Date: 18 October 2018
Language:
 English
Time: 
1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Speakers: Pia Vining
, Senior Director, Due Diligence, TRACE.

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Third party due diligence is both a necessary cost and a precaution of doing business in today’s high-risk business environment. As personal connections and Government relationships behind the scenes become more difficult to discern making third parties a top point of exposure for multinational organizations, this session will provide an overview of the purpose and legal basis behind third party due diligence. Offering practical guidance for conducting due diligence as part of an anti-bribery compliance program as well as insight into key “red flags” and how to address them when they arise, this session will also delve into a few case study examples that will explore various approaches for managing third party relationships.

Speaker Biography


Pia Vining
Senior Director, Due Diligence
TRACE


In her role at TRACE, Ms. Vining assists multinational companies with selecting and executing the appropriate due diligence solution. Her team of multilingual due diligence analysts and lawyers has completed reviews on thousands of commercial intermediaries in most countries and across all industries.  She helps develop customized, best practices third party management programs for TRACE members and customers.

Prior to joining TRACE, Ms. Vining was a litigation specialist in the tax department of Miller & Chevalier. She graduated from the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, and holds an LL.M. degree from The George Washington University Law School. She speaks Finnish and Swedish.

Ms. Vining is a member of the New York bar association.

 

Spotlight on Iran Sanctions: Addressing Recent Changes to Global Regulatory Regimes and the Impact on Multi-National Corporations

Date: 30 October 2018
Language:
 English
Time: 
1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Speakers: 
 F. Amanda DeBusk, Partner & Chair, Global International Trade and Government Regulation Practice, Dechert LLP

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During this session benefit from a comprehensive overview of recent changes to the global Iran sanctions regime, including an examination of sanctions updates both in the US and the EU as well as practical recommendations for ensuring compliance across your global operations.

Speaker Biography

F. Amanda DeBusk
Partner & Chair, Global International Trade and Government Regulation Practice
Dechert LLP

Amanda DeBusk is chair of Dechert’s global International Trade and Government Regulation practice and focuses on matters relating to U.S. international trade regulations, export controls, sanctions and trade compliance. Ms. DeBusk is highly regarded as an authority on the enforcement of export and trade compliance, drawing on her experience as the former U.S. Commerce Department assistant secretary for Export Enforcement to represent clients across a broad spectrum of matters relating to civil and criminal enforcement, voluntary disclosures, regulatory compliance and customs. Ms. DeBusk offers expertise in a number of regulatory areas, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Buy America Act. Her clients include leading multinationals and Fortune 500 companies. Ms. DeBusk practices across an array of industries, including defense, banking, manufacturing, electronics, automotive, agriculture, aerospace, telecommunications and energy. Ms. DeBusk is consistently recognized and recommended as a top international trade and business lawyer in Chambers and The Legal 500. She was recently listed as one of the “top 30 practitioners of international trade law in the world” by Euromoney’s Best of the Best Expert Guide, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT). Ms. DeBusk is an active contributor to the international trade community, presenting at conferences and webinars around the world such as the American Conference Institute’s Networking & Leadership Forum for Women in Defense and Aerospace Law & Compliance, the Annual TRACE Forum and C5’s Conference on U.S. Defense Trade Controls Under State and Commerce. She has also authored articles for The Journal of Export Controls and Sanctions, Law360, The Export Practitioner and Westlaw Journal White-Collar Crime. Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. DeBusk was a partner at another international law firm, where she was the chair of the international trade department.

 

Innovations in Compliance & Ethics Training – Developing Effective & Engaging Training for Anti-Bribery Compliance

Date: 6 November 2018
Language:
 English
Time: 
1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Speakers:
Rashelle Tanner, Director of Compliance Training, Office of Legal Compliance, Microsoft

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Utilizing a case-study format, this session will provide valuable insights into developing compliance and ethics training programs that fully engage the learner. As part of the session, you’ll view examples of how Microsoft is using a suspenseful episodic drama format showing relatable characters maneuvering through ethical issues. In part based on adult learning research, this approach has significantly increased learner engagement, investment, and retention among Microsoft employees. You'll walk away from this session with practical ideas for promoting awareness, combatting fatigue, and increasing retention and excitement through realistic storytelling and reinforcement of core compliance and ethics concepts.

Speaker Biography


Rashelle Tanner
Director of Compliance Training, Office of Legal Compliance
Microsoft


As part of Microsoft’s  Litigation, Competition & Compliance Group, Rashelle leads global anti-corruption and business conduct learning programs designed to empower employees to make decisions with integrity.  Her award-winning online Standards of Business Conduct course is delivered annually, translated into 17 languages, and is required learning for Microsoft’s 120,000 employees and board of directors.  Previously, Rashelle was SVP, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for CRISTA, where she led corporate and board governance, legal affairs, and compliance in long-term care, international relief and development, media broadcasting and education.  Rashelle began her practice as an employment defense litigator at Williams Kastner & Gibbs after interning at the Washington State Court of Appeals.   Rashelle is also a Momentum A.C.E.S. advisory board member, exploring anti-bribery, anti-corruption, international trade and sanctions compliance, and earned the Inaugural Faces of A.C.E.S. Award for Championing Diversity in Compliance Innovation.  Rashelle earned her J.D. from Seattle University Law School and her B.A. from Howard University.  She is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

The Art of Joint Bidding – An Oil & Gas Industry Guide for Navigating the Process of Joint Bidding

Date: 13 December 2018
Language: 
English
Time: 
1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Speakers: 
Gabriella Neal, Counsel for Latin America and Mexico, Weatherford International LLC 

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More and more often, end customers within the oil and gas industry are requesting joint bids for complex projects to supplement a lack of expertise by a party involved. Led by Gabriella Neal, Regional Compliance Counsel for Latin America and Mexico Geozone Counsel at Weatherford, learn during this session practical guidance for navigating the joint bidding process in a manner that will reduce your company’s risk exposure while ensuring compliance with key anti-bribery regulations. Addressing key topics including due diligence and contract terms, an added benefit of this session, Ms. Neal will also share insights into the nuances of joint bidding when working with partners in various jurisdictions including Latin American and Mexico.

Speaker Biography


Gabriella Neal
Counsel for Latin America and Mexico
Weatherford International LLC 


Gabriella Neal currently serves as Regional Compliance Counsel for Latin America and Mexico Geozone Counsel at Weatherford where she’s held that role since April 2018. A dual licensed attorney in both New York and Mexico, Gabriella’s specialties include US & Latin America commercial and corporate law, international employment law, data privacy, corporate compliance, FCPA and software licensing. Prior to her current role Gabriella held the position of Legal Counsel for Mexico & Venezuela wherein she was responsible for all legal support in Mexico and Venezuela, supervising and managing local attorneys and legal staff on all legal matters including contract negotiations, bid processes, commercial issues and labor matters. Prior to joining Weatherford, Gabriella was employed at Halliburton where she held several roles including Northern Latin America Counsel and President, iMPACT Board of Directors Professional Organization, an organization of Halliburton professionals with the primary objective of furthering employee development, enhancing leadership competencies and increasing employee retention through networking and leadership programs that prepare members for growth within the company.

 

Human Trafficking in the Supply Chain: Best Practice Recommendations for Complying With Federal, State and Foreign Requirements

Date: 19 December 2018
Language: 
English
Time: 
1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Speakers: Michael R. Littenberg
, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP 

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Human trafficking remains an issue of global scale for companies across industries. Posing risks to global corporate operations across several fronts, benefit during this session from an overview of recent updates to the law specific to human trafficking at the global, US state and federal level.  Providing practical suggestions for meeting regulatory compliance requirements, the session will also address related supply chain requirements outside of human trafficking that can pose exposure for multi-national corporations with global operations.

Speaker Biography


Michael R. Littenberg
Partner


Michael Littenberg is a partner at Ropes & Gray. As part of his practice, for almost 30 years, Michael has been active in advising leading public and private companies, asset managers and asset owners on ESG, corporate social responsibility and supply chain compliance matters, and he is widely viewed as one of the leading practitioners in this emerging area.  Michael is the only U.S. law firm partner ranked in Chambers Global Business and Human Rights category, has been included for multiple years in various top influencer lists relating to CSR, conflict minerals and modern slavery compliance and has been a member of numerous advisory panels on a range of CSR issues.   

In the ESG/CSR/supply chain compliance space, Michael advises clients on, among other things: compliance with a wide range of enacted, pending and proposed regulatory requirements, “soft law” instruments and industry and NGO codes of conduct, standards, frameworks and guidance;  due diligence; risk and impact assessments; structuring and implementation of tailored compliance policies, procedures, programs and codes of conduct; public benefit corporations; impact and socially responsible investing; training; benchmarking; regulatory and voluntary disclosures and other communications; stakeholder engagement; and grievance mechanisms.

 

Accreditation Program Requirements


TASA has been designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge base for those seeking subject matter expertise in anti-bribery compliance. The accreditation process requires candidates to complete 20 hours of coursework along with passing two examinations to ensure knowledge retention. To attain accreditation candidates must complete the 20 hours of coursework and both Phase examinations within 12 months of entering the program. Divided into two substantive phases- Phase One: Fundamental Courses and Phase Two: Advanced Courses, there is a third optional phase of the program focused on specializations by industry, region and subject matter.

The TASA program provides a core set of fundamental anti-bribery compliance courses along with a broad range of regional and industry specific topics.

  • Substantive Expertise: Courses focused on a wide range of anti-bribery fundamentals including but not limited to corporate compliance, third party due diligence, books and records provisions, law enforcement, cross-border investigations, international organizations, whistleblowers, compliance audits and forensic accounting.
  • Regional Expertise: Courses focused on anti-bribery challenges in specific countries including, but not limited to, China, Vietnam, France, Italy, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Russia, India, Brazil, Nigeria and Myanmar.
  • Industry Expertise: Courses tailored for the oil, gas & energy, aerospace & defense, technology & telecom, life sciences, financial services industries and the international development community.

Candidates are encouraged to design their own path of study of follow the standard two-phase structure detailed below.

Phase One: Fundamental Courses

Consisting of courses that address fundamental anti-bribery/anti-corruption concepts, Phase One provides candidates with a foundation for the material to be explored over the course of the TASA program. The fundamental courses include:

  1. Introduction to the FCPA: the History, the Law and the Lore
  2. Effective Internal Investigations – From Discovery to Disclosure
  3. FCPA Compliance in Action
  4. Gifts, Meals, Travel and Entertainment under the FCPA
  5. Due Diligence on Third Parties: Rationale, Requirements and Red Flags
  6. Navigating the Books and Records & Internal Control Provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”)
  7. Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion, and the High Price of Bad Business
  8. How to Promote Transparency and Inspire Ethical Behavior Through a Compliance and Ethics Framework
  9. Innovations and Challenges in Compliance Training
  10. TRACE Conflicts of Interest
  11. TRACE How to Say No

Program Phase Two: Advanced Courses

Building upon the foundation provided by the Phase One Fundamental Courses, Phase 2 engages the candidate into an exploration of advanced concepts with anti-bribery implications. The advanced courses are listed below:

  • Managing Data Transfer & Conflict of Laws Risks Associated with Cross-Border Investigations and Litigation
  • Anti-Bribery Compliance Audits: A Checklist of Essentials
  • Contract Negotiation and Execution Detecting the Responding to bribery Risks
  • FCPA Financial Risk Assessment
  •  What to do When a Company Receives a Dodd-Frank FCPA Whistleblower Letter
  • Journey to the Center of Anti-Corruption Compliance: Past to Present and How this Context Influences Current Thinking
  • Voluntary Self-Disclosure, cooperation and Remediation under the DOJ's Pilot Program
  • SECs Increased Enforcement of Internal Controls
  • Resolving Licensing, Sales, Tax and Customs Issues in High Risk Markets without Running Afoul of the FCPA
  • TRACE Economic Sanctions Course
  • TRACE Avoiding Trafficked Labor Course

(Optional) Phase Three: Industry, Subject Matter or Regional Specializations

Phase Three offers candidates to the opportunity to specialize on areas of anti-bribery compliance. The specialization pathways are listed below:

  1. By Region:
    • LatAm
    • Europe
    • AsiaPac
  2. Business Integrity & Risk
  3. By industry:
    • Oil, Gas & Energy
    • Financial Services
    • Life Sciences Specialization
    • Aerospace & Defense
    • Tech/Telecom

 

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Employees of TRACE Member companies benefit from complimentary access to all live and recorded TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® webinars and discounted tuition.

Employees of TRACE Member companies benefit from complimentary access to  all live and recorded TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® webinars and discounted tuition.