Translating Government Guidance into Compliance Realities: Industry Specific Approaches for ABC Compliance


Translating Government Guidance into Compliance Realities: Industry Specific Approaches for ABC Compliance

Thursday, 28 September 2023 | 1:00 PM EDT (6:00 PM BST)

TRACE Member Spotlights: Corporate Compliance Series: Session One

In March 2023 the U.S. Department of Justice issued updated guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs. The Serious Fraud Office has published similar guidance on its website for the UK Bribery Act as have other governmental agencies. Setting out clear expectations for how companies should be governing their compliance function, such guidance has left compliance officers with the task of updating and expanding their compliance programs to ensure their programs are keeping pace with new and evolving government expectations.


A special three-part series, hear from TRACE members representing a diversity of industries as they address key points mentioned in various government guidance and how they’ve implemented the same within and across the compliance program and function.


CLE credits are available for this webinar in the following states only – TX, VA, NY, NJ, CA. Additional instructions on how to obtain CLE credits will be provided during the webinar.


Karen Benson

Senior Counsel, Global Compliance Risk Management
Energizer Holdings, Inc.

Karen Benson has extensive legal, compliance, and data privacy experience in various sectors. She started her career as a regulatory attorney for the financial services sector.


After nearly a decade in private practice, Ms. Benson joined Royal Caribbean Group (RCG) to centralize and oversee the compliance and ethics program. Serving as the Associate Vice President & Assistant Chief Compliance for RCG and its wholly-owned cruise brands Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Silversea, Ms. Benson designed an award winning program and led the organization to being named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies seven consecutive times.


To broaden her expertise in a new sector, Ms. Benson joined Energizer Holdings, Inc. (EHI) in March 2022 and currently serves as Senior Counsel, Global Compliance Risk Management. As part of her responsibilities, she oversees the global ethics and compliance risk management program and influences the organization’s third-party strategy, from due diligence through ongoing monitoring. In addition, she advises the company on ethics policies and standards, supports the company’s whistleblower hotline, administers employee compliance and ethics training, and monitors and addresses corporate policy and ethics violations.


Ms. Benson is an alum of Syracuse University and The George Washington University Law School. She is an avid speaker and contributor of compliance best practices and enjoys learning something new every day.

Trent Sandifur

Taft Stettinius & Hollister

Trent is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister. He is a former federal prosecutor who has tried more than 30 cases to verdict; has defended dozens of high-profile subjects and targets in government investigations and enforcement actions; has conducted hundreds of internal investigations; and has planned, prepared, executed, and continuously assessed cutting-edge compliance programs for businesses ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. 

Trent, also an Army Reserve JAG Corps lieutenant colonel and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, combines deep government experience and an international perspective with more than fifteen years of advising private sector clients in high-stakes matters to offer innovative, practical, and cost-effective solutions in corporate compliance, internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and commercial litigation.

Trent is a graduate of Harvard College, Notre Dame Law School, and the University of Chicago. 

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