Ethics Talk LIVE Exclusive with Richard Bistrong: “An Honest Discussion on Real World-Risks and Real-World Lessons”

SEPTEMBER 21 · Virtual from HELSINKI

 15-16 EEST

Richard Bistrong spent much of his career as an international sales executive. In 2007, Richard was targeted by the United States Department of Justice in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation and was terminated by his employer. He currently consults, writes and speaks on foreign bribery, ethics and compliance issues from that front-line perspective.

EthicsTalk LIVE Exclusive with Richard Bistrong focuses on Richard’s experiences as a sales executive, a former FCPA violator and FBI/UK Cooperator. Richard will visit the studio for an honest discussion about lessons learned the hard way and the ethical dilemmas businesses and organisations face today. With his unique story Richard aims to raise awareness and sensitivity with respect to ethical decision making.

In addition to Richard, Patrick Rappo from DLA Piper will share his vast experience on enforcement, self-reporting and corporate settlements. Anna, Niina, Patrick and Richard will touch upon, among others, the following themes:

  • Do we need more lessons learned the hard way?
  • What Richard thinks about ethical blindness – is it real or an excuse?
  • Can organisations be ethical?
  • Is self-reporting a good thing?
  • How should E&C professionals view incentives and compensation structures?
  • Richards personal reflections on cooperating with the FBI and DOJ.

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14:45    Registration to the virtual seminar

15:00    Welcome from the moderators – Anna Romberg & Niina Ratsula, NBE Founders

A few words to dive into the topic and introducing the Ethics Talk LIVE partners and guest

15:10   Discussion 

The moderators will also take in questions from the audience, which can be presented during the Ethics Talk via chat.

15:45   Q&A with the audience

16:00   Closing

Time zone is on EEST (Helsinki)

CEO Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC

Richard worked as the Vice President of International Sales for a large, publicly traded multinational, which also required him to live and work internationally.

For well over ten years, Richard traveled overseas in his sales responsibility for approximately 250 days a year. In 2007, Richard was targeted by the United States Department of Justice in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation and was terminated by his employer.

In that same year, as part of a cooperation agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and a subsequent Immunity From Prosecution Agreement in the United Kingdom, Richard assisted the U.S. Government, the U.K. Government, and other enforcement agencies in an undercover capacity in their investigations of FCPA, bribery and other criminal conspiracies.

In 2012, Richard was sentenced as part of a Plea Agreement, and served fourteen-and-a-half months at a U.S. Federal Prison Camp, returning home in December, 2013.

Currently, through his consultancy, Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, Richard now conducts corporate workshops and keynotes to sales teams, leadership groups (including boards and c-suite executives) and compliance teams (including internal audit, finance and HR).

Patrick Rappo
Global Co-Chair, Investigations & Compliance Group
Partner, UK Corporate Crime & Investigations Group

Patrick’s practice focuses on a range of corporate and white-collar crime matters, international bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, and sanctions issues. Patrick represents companies and individuals, and has been involved with a number of high profile investigations and prosecutions – including Global Investigations Review’s “Most Important Case of 2020”: SFO v Barclay’s Bank. He works across high risk sectors and high risk jurisdictions.

Patrick’s practice includes proactive, preventative advice for corporate clients (such as compliance programme design, drafting policies and procedures, conducting risk assessments and due diligence, advising on mergers and acquisitions, as well as training and compliance audits). Patrick regularly advises on the conduct of internal investigations, and responding to government investigations and prosecutions.

Patrick also advises international governments on changes to their ABC and AML regimes and trains their judiciary, prosecutors and investigators.

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Patrick was Joint Head of the Bribery and Corruption divisions at the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO). He has significant experience of corporate self-reporting, acting as the SFO’s point of contact for all such reports, was involved in the changes to the SFO’s self-reporting processes, and helped introduce deferred prosecution agreements (DPAs) in the United Kingdom.

Anna Romberg & Niina ratsula, the founders of NBE will moderate the event