Demystifying Anti-Corruption Enforcement for Journalists: Part I: Enforcement in the United States


Demystifying Anti-Corruption Enforcement for Journalists: Part I: Enforcement in the United States

Wednesday, 16 February 2022 | 1:00 PM ET (6:00 PM GMT)

Join the Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute and TRACE for an interactive session, designed for journalists, on anti-corruption investigations and enforcement in the United States. Topics will include:

  • How U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases are uncovered
  • Prosecutorial discretion, settlements and deferred prosecution agreements
  • Jurisdictional issues and coordination with international counterparts
  • Monitors: how they work and associated challenges

To submit a question ahead of the session, please write to [email protected].

Presented by the Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute and TRACE, this series brings together current and former government officials from several countries, international development bank personnel and private sector lawyers to provide an overview of anti-corruption investigations and enforcement for journalists. The series will remain publicly available following the scheduled sessions.


Alexandra Wrage


Alexandra Wrage is president and founder of TRACE. She is the author of Corrosive: Corruption and its Consequences as well as Bribery and Extortion: Undermining Business, Governments and Security, co-editor of How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes and What You Should Know about Anti-Bribery Compliance and the host of the training video Toxic Transactions: Bribery, Extortion and the High Price of Bad Business, produced by NBC.


Ms. Wrage hosts the popular weekly podcast: Bribe, Swindle or Steal. She is a guest writer for Forbes and speaks frequently on topics of transparency, good governance and the hidden costs of corruption.


Ms. Wrage currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Vancouver Anti-Corruption Institute. She has served since 2015 on the B20 Taskforce on Anti-Corruption, drafting recommendations to G20 leaders to consider in their global economic policies, and was a member of FIFA’s failed Independent Governance Committee until her resignation in 2013.


Ms. Wrage was named one of the “Canadians Changing the World” by the Toronto Globe & Mail and one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” by The Maryland Daily Record.  She has been awarded the Women in Compliance “Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Compliance Industry.”


Raised in Canada and now dividing her time between Vancouver and Annapolis, Ms. Wrage studied law at King’s College, Cambridge University. She has provided anti-bribery consulting or training in over 140 countries.

Dr. Peter German, Q.C.

VACI Advisory Committee

Peter German QC, PhD, is President of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform. A lawyer and member of the Ontario and British Columbia bars, he was previously a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, serving as its Director General of Financial Crime and as Deputy Commissioner for Western and Northern Canada. He was also Regional Deputy Commissioner Pacific for Correctional Service Canada and served as the initial team commander in the 2008 search for kidnapped Canadian diplomats in West Africa.


He holds various degrees including a Doctorate in Law from the University of London, focused on asset recovery.


He is the author of ‘Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering’, published by Thomson Reuters in 1998 and currently updated bi-monthly. He is also the author of ‘Dirty Money’ and ‘Dirty Money Part 2’, reports commissioned by the Attorney General of B.C., relating to allegations of money laundering in the casino, real estate, luxury vehicle & horse racing sectors. His awards include Queen’s Counsel and Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Charles Duross

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Chuck serves as global co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Investigations & White-Collar Defense Practice Group and is a co-head of the FCPA & Global Anti-Corruption practice. With more than 23 years of experience principally focused on white collar cases, Chuck’s practice has an emphasis on complex white-collar criminal matters, including internal corporate investigations, representing special committees, compliance counseling, due diligence regarding third parties and business transactions, and defense of clients before government enforcement agencies and multilateral investment banks. Chuck has handled cases and overseen investigations in dozens of countries.


As a veteran trial attorney, Chuck has a proven track record in the courtroom in high-profile, high-stakes trials. Dubbed “Mr. FCPA” in The Washington Post, Chuck is routinely recognized in various rankings and publications, including Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and Ethisphere, as a leading attorney in white-collar criminal defense, with a particular specialty in FCPA and foreign corruption cases.

Cheryl J. Scarboro

Partner Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP;
Former Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement; First Chief of the SEC’s FCPA Unit

Cheryl Scarboro, formerly an Associate Director in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and the first Chief of the SEC’s FCPA Unit, represents corporations, financial institutions and individuals in SEC and other regulatory enforcement proceedings. Cheryl conducts internal investigations and counsels clients on FCPA compliance programs, SEC reporting, disclosure and corporate governance requirements. Cheryl is recognized as a leading individual in FCPA by Chambers USA Nationwide and Chambers Global, where sources describe her as a “calm, cool, confident counsel” with an “immense amount of credibility” and as “universally unflappable when it comes to high-stakes situations.” She was also recognized as one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Securities Law” by Law360, one of the “Top 10 Women in Litigation” by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, and was named to the “Enforcement 40” by the Securities Enforcement Forum. She is also consistently listed in the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation. Cheryl was recently recognized as part of Corporate Counsel’s “Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards” and named to Global Investigations Review’s “Women in Investigations” and “The Top FCPA Practitioners” 2021 lists, with the profile highlighting that, “few lawyers, if any, can match [Cheryl’s] credentials.” Cheryl was also named to Savoy Magazine’s “2018 Most Influential Black Lawyers” list. Cheryl is consistently recommended by The Legal 500 in white collar and was named a National “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation. In addition, she is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, and a member of the Board of Visitors of Duke University School of Law.

Daniel S. Kahn

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Dan represents clients in criminal and regulatory investigations and in civil and criminal trials. A former prosecutor, he served for 11 years in senior roles at the Department of Justice.


The Wall Street Journal described Dan as DOJ’s “most recognizable expert on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.” At DOJ, Dan was acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division and, earlier, head of the Fraud Section and FCPA Unit. He supervised matters involving FCPA violations, money laundering and sanctions violations, and fraud related to digital currency, fintechs, commodities, securities, healthcare and procurement.


At DOJ, Dan played a central role in developing enforcement policies on the FCPA, corporate investigations and resolutions, compliance and monitors. He worked with enforcement authorities in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.


Dan teaches Corporate Criminal Investigations at Harvard Law School and Global Anti-Corruption at Georgetown Law Center.

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