The Impact of a Global Crisis on Anti-Bribery Compliance


The Impact of a Global Crisis on Anti-Bribery Compliance

Tuesday, 21 April 2020 | 1:00 PM EDT

During this session hear from María González CalvetPartner, and Nicole D. HorowitzAssociate, both with Ropes & Gray LLP, as they address corruption risks heightened by “emergency” situations such as the global pandemic currently triggered by COVID-19. The speakers will address key points for exposure for companies including tips for best engaging with government officials, negotiating contracts, and managing third party relationships in a “crisis” environment. They will also share general best practice guidance on how to ensure your business continues to operate compliantly during a global crisis.


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


María González Calvet

Ropes & Gray LLP

María González Calvet is an anti-corruption and international risk partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. With a practice that spans two decades, María is recognized for her deep understanding and significant experience in anti-corruption and other investigative matters in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe, and in every significant business sector. Recognized for her deep understanding and experience in the application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-bribery statutes, María has worked with leaders in government, business and finance to conduct a wide variety of investigations and risk assessments, as well as on behalf of companies, portfolio companies and individuals concerning multi-jurisdictional matters involving corruption, money laundering, and other forms of financial fraud. For example, María has recently assisted a global pharmaceutical company in managing the strategy for an investigation related to a corruption scandal. María is also leading an investigation on behalf of a medical device company in connection with allegations of fraud in connection with public bidding. María has conducted internal and government investigations in more than 30 countries around the globe and draws on her past work in government and the corporate sector to help clients across industries, including private equity and other investors, and geographies to identify and mitigate corruption risks and implement effective compliance programs. Prior to joining Ropes & Gray in 2018, María served as Executive Counsel, Global Investigations for General Electric where she led and managed government, regulatory and internal investigations for the company’s business in Latin America. Earlier in her career, she was a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, Fraud Section, and was a member of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit where she led some of the Department’s most important investigations involving allegations of corruption and other white collar offenses. María is a fluent, native Spanish speaker, and an advanced Portuguese speaker. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked in education, focusing on adult literacy and bilingual education.

Nicole D. Horowitz

Ropes & Gray LLP

Nicole Horowitz is an associate in Ropes & Gray’s Litigation and Enforcement group. Her practice covers a broad range of civil litigation, including securities, antitrust, and complex commercial disputes, SEC enforcement matters, internal investigations, and international risk assessment. Nicole has experience in all stages of litigation, including drafting pleadings and dispositive motions, managing all aspects of discovery, and representing clients at depositions and hearings. Nicole regularly advises private equity sponsors, investment advisers, and multinational companies on international risk issues related to transactions and investments. She also assists clients in developing and enhancing their compliance programs.


Nicole holds a Masters in Art Business and previously worked for a major art collector. Given her background in the arts and fluency in Spanish, she focuses her pro bono efforts on advising arts organizations, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and obtaining grants of asylum for clients from Central America. Stemming from the relationship with SFMOMA, Nicole completed a secondment in 2018 during which she assisted the museum in establishing its litigation protocols, among other projects.


During law school, Nicole worked as an extern for the Honorable Edward M. Chen at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, for the Honorable Barbara Jaffe in the New York State Supreme Court, and on the Government Team of the San Francisco Office of the City Attorney.

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