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

Members only
Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Time: 1:00 pm EST (6:00 pm GMT)
Language: English
Presenter: Priyanka Sharma Goswami, Partner, Quad Law Associates (TRACE Partner Firm, India)

During this session benefit from an in-depth review of the current regulatory environment in India as the session leader provides an overview of recent statutory updates in key areas as well as practical recommendations for multinational organizations seeking guidance on how to navigate an evolving compliance and risk environment.  

Speaker Biography

Priyanka Sharma Goswami

PartnerQuad Law Associates (TRACE Partner Firm, India)

Priyanka is a Founding Partner of Quad Law Associates. With over 18 years of experience, she is widely recognized for her work on anti-bribery matters, specifically those involving issues under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act and India’s Prevention of Corruption Act.Priyanka’s outstanding work in litigation and arbitration, spanning close to 20 years, before judicial and arbitral forums in India are acknowledged and cited by her peers and clients alike. She has advised and represented market-leading corporations across a variety of sectors, such as automobiles, chemicals, education, financial services, infrastructure, packaging, pharmaceuticals, print media, telecom and spirits. Prior to Quad Law Associates, Priyanka was a Litigation and Ethics & Compliance Partner at Dua Associates, India’s leading full-service law firm. She has also worked with GE Capital International Services and the offices of a former Additional Solicitor General of India at the Supreme Court of India.She writes and speaks extensively on issues around anti-bribery, governance and whistle-blower protection, and her writings have been published in the ABA section on International Law, its Year-in-Review and the U.S.-based Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review. She is a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association, the Delhi High Court Bar Association and the American Bar Association.



Members only
Date: Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Time: 1:00 pm EST (6:00 pm GMT)
Language: English
PresenterK. Lesli Ligorner, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

During this session, gain valuable insight into key areas employers with operations in China can strengthen their compliance program through employment documentation. Specific topics to be discussed during this session will include investigations, employment contracts and key terms, termination and arbitration. An additional benefit of this session, the instructor will also provide practical recommendations for addressing employee suspension, data review parameters and how to handle specific issues that may arise during the recruitment process.

Speaker Biography

K. Lesli Ligorner

Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

K. Lesli Ligorner has more than 20 years of experience serving clients on a wide range of labor and employment matters, with more than 10 of those years spent on the ground in China. She has been advising a broad range of financial services; telecommunications, media, and technology; life sciences; and general manufacturing clients on the full suite of employment issues in China, including involving hiring and termination, establishment and enforcement of company policies, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and local anticorruption compliance, and discrimination and harassment policies, training, and investigations. Lesli is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.



Members only
Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
Time: 1:00 pm EST (6:00 pm GMT)
Language: English
Presenters: Scott E. Sullivan, Chief Compliance Officer, Newmont Goldcorp Corporation and James G. TillenMember & Chair, International Department, Miller & Chevalier Chartered 

Taking a historical review approach, this session will provide an overview of key compliance and enforcement milestones since the inception of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Informative to developing compliance best practices and providing context for recent developments including the U.S. DOJ’s guidance on “The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs,” corporate and individual prosecutions and international enforcement cooperation, this session will also analyze and provides capsule summaries of U.S. and international standards for compliance that can be used in educating board members and other key stakeholders.

Speaker Biographies

Scott E. Sullivan

Chief Compliance Officer, Newmont Goldcorp Corporation

Scott E. Sullivan is the Chief Compliance Officer of Newmont Goldcorp, the world’s leading gold company. Newmont Goldcorp has approximately 19,000 employees and 18,000 contractors and has 14 operating mines and 2 non-operated JVs in 9 countries. Mr. Sullivan oversees, develops, implements and manages Newmont Goldcorp’s ethics and compliance program including anti-bribery, antitrust, corporate investigation, and global trade compliance. Previously, Mr. Sullivan was the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of a global manufacturer of fluid motion and control products such as pumps, valves and seals with approximately 17,000 employees operating in 55 countries. Mr. Sullivan has written and contributed numerous articles on compliance programs, anti-bribery/FCPA, export controls, economic sanctions and other ethics and compliance topics to a variety of publications. Mr. Sullivan is also a frequent local, national and international speaker, moderator and conference organizer on compliance, anti-bribery/FCPA, export controls and economic sanctions.

James G. Tillen

Member & Chair, International Department, Miller & Chevalier Chartered 

James’ practice focuses on matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), money laundering, business and human rights, and other areas of international corporate compliance. He has had significant experience with every facet of an FCPA enforcement matter, from inception to completion, including developing work plans for internal investigations, conducting internal investigations (including in-country witness interviews and document collections and reviews), developing remediation strategies (including employee discipline, compliance program enhancements, and employee training), disclosing issues to the U.S. government, negotiating resolutions with the U.S. government, developing strategies for collateral issues (including public relations and related litigation), selecting independent monitors, and interfacing with independent monitors on behalf of clients. Mr. Tillen also has conducted anti-corruption due diligence reviews and compliance audits, drafted numerous anti-corruption compliance programs, developed training programs, and performed training for client operations throughout the world. He has created anti-money laundering compliance programs for a variety of multinational financial and non-financial institutions. In the area of business and human rights, Mr. Tillen has conducted risk assessments, advised on transactions presenting human rights risks, and developed corporate human rights policies. Who's Who Legal and Global Investigations Review recognized Mr. Tillen as one of the world's leading investigations lawyers, and one source said he "knows FCPA enforcement better than anyone I've ever come across." The "very business savvy" James Tillen is "practical, responsive and has excellent, highly particularized experience," according to clients who were quoted by Chambers USA and Chambers Global.



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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