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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

 

Corporate and Individual Liability: Recent Litigation Trends, Defensive Tactics & the Connection to Anti-Bribery

 

Date: Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Time: 1:00 pm EDT (6:00 pm GMT +1)
Language: English 
Presenters: Perry S. Granof, Managing Director, Granof International Group LLC and Aaron Schildhaus, Principal, Martorello Schildhaus LLC 

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Benefit during this session from an update on recent shareholder litigation stemming from bribery violations. Also addressed as part of this course, the session leaders will discuss the various litigation risks companies and executives face from bribery violations as well as insights into how companies can use directors and officers liability insurance when faced with a government investigation and as part of a defensive strategy when engaged in shareholder litigation.

Speaker Biographies

Managing Director
Granof International Group LLC
 

Perry S. Granof is the Managing Director at Granof International Group LLC, where he provides insurance consulting, expert witness, and claims resolution services specializing in international and domestic Professional Liability Insurance, having previously served as Vice President and Claims Counsel with The Chubb Corporation.  He is the principal editor of and contributor to The Global Directors and Officers Deskbook published by the ABA in September 2014, authored the chapter on “International ADR” for the book entitled Resolving Insurance Claim Disputes Before Trial, published by the ABA in June 2018, and has spoken on Professional Liability Insurance throughout the world. Mr. Granof is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Washington State Bar, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, where he attained his Fellowship designation in International Arbitration (FCIArb).  He is also an Illinois Licensed Property and Casualty Producer.  Mr. Granof graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin, was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honors society, and completed his training in Mediation Skills through Northwestern University.

Principal
Martorello Schildhaus LLC
 

 Aaron Schildhaus is a principal of Martorello Schildhaus LLC, an international law firm specializing in cross-border transactions, particularly with Latin America, Europe and India.  Mr. Schildhaus has lived and worked in Paris and in Buenos Aires.  He represents corporations, NGO’s, governments and businesses with respect to structural and transactional matters in the US and internationally.  He works with corporate legal departments to help evaluate political and legal risks and to review their corporate compliance policies, programs and training.  He assists with the setup of new businesses, and helps expand business operations in new countries and markets, whether stand-alone or as joint ventures, mergers or acquisitions.   He also assists with divestitures and all manners of civil litigation and dispute resolution in the US and abroad. Mr. Schildhaus has worked closely with the World Bank, and has been consulted by the Bank for his expertise on doing business in Africa, both Francophone and Anglophone and for his knowledge and experience regarding international anti-corruption.   He has worked on transactions with the Export-Import Bank, and on cases requiring export clearances from US government agencies on sensitive, technical matters, including all ramifications of international satellite launch contracts and relationships.  Mr. Schildhaus has extensive experience in the energy, transportation, aerospace, telecommunications and manufacturing industries.  His experience includes arbitration, aviation finance, privatization, exports, imports, equipment lease and conditional sale financing, data privacy, and cybersecurity. Mr. Schildhaus was Chair of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association (ABA) in 2008-2009, and has been a member of its prestigious Council since 2000.  He is a member of the ABA Cybersecurity Task Force, has written and presented papers on the GDPR and other privacy laws.  He is a Fellow of the ABA.   Mr. Schildhaus is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Illinois, as well as of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago World Affairs Council.

 

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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