Speaking Events

I consult with compliance, legal, audit, investigatory and commercial teams, via corporate engagements, industry events, and symposiums, as to share and exchange views on current “real world” compliance challenges. If you would like to discuss an upcoming event,  feel free to e-mail me, and we can schedule a call or video conference.

  • Upcoming Speaking Events:
  • On Monday, May 22, 2017, at the Compliance Week 2017 DC Conference,  at 11:30, I will moderate a panel, Prevention and Profits: A Deep Dive Into Managing Incentive Programs. Incentives are seen as integral to business and are a proven means to motivate employees to reach goals and commercial objectives. But incentives can have unintended and invisible side-effects by leading employees to bend the rules to the needs of forecasts, targets and quotas. In this session we’ll discuss how to index incentives and measures to ethical and commercial success, as well as the process – and role of the compliance officer – in revamping performance management systems, including overcoming opposition, communicating with employees, and maintaining business performance. Joining me will be Matthew D’Ambrosio, SVP, Chief Compliance and Ethics officer at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. as well as Michael Shaw, VP and compliance office for GlaxoSmithKline. The full event site can be found here.
  • On June 5th, 2017, I will moderate a panel at the MetricStream GRC Summit, “Does A Defensible Anti-Corruption *(or FCPA) * Compliance Program Mean That It’s Understood in the Field?” with Laura Perkins, Assistant Chief, FCPA Unit, Fraud Section, Department of Justice, Sharie A Brown, Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, James Lord, Shareholder with Inman Flynn and Former Chief, Corporate Fraud Task Force, U.S. Attorney’s Office, WDWA.  The event site can be found here.
  • On June 9th, 2017,  I will address the Antikorrupsjonskonferansen Oslo 2017. The Conference is a unique collaboration between ØKOKRIM, Transparency International Norway, PwC, and Selmer. The conference focuses on international and national anti-corruption developments and will showcase the most important measures in the current anti-corruption work. The initiative will also contribute to strengthening cooperation between private companies, public sector, development organizations, NGOs and other relevant actors. The full conference site can be found here.
  • On  June 29th 2017, at the C5 Anti-Corruption London Conference, I will engage in a panel with Wendy Addison, as moderated by Barry Vitou, Partner, Pinsent Masons, titled DOUBLE ACT: PERPETRATOR VS WHISTLE-BLOWER, understanding behavioural factors that have driven each party to make the decision they did. The full conference site can be found here.
  • On October 4th 2017,  I will engage in a discussion on “A View from both sides: Why Corruption Happens and How to Shut It Down,”  at the the “Your Future in Global Markets 2017 International Business Conference,” presented by FITT in Gatineau-Ottawa, Quebec. Presented with Sgt. Pat Poitevin, senior investigator with the RCMP, I will explore both sides of these  contentious issues, and offer a unique opportunity to answer questions in this special Q&A. Everyone, no matter the title or job function, will take something new away from this presentation. The full event site can be found here.
  • Past Speaking Events:
  • On May 16th 2017, I joined Protiviti and Skaddden’s FCPA and Anti-Kleptocracy conference in Chicago, featuring special agents from the FBI’s International Corruption Squad and other dignitaries from the law enforcement, regulatory compliance and legal communities.
  • On April 26th, 2016, I addressed The Innoxcell Annual Symposium in Hong Kong. At the end of day one, I  participated in a panel, “A Journey to the Dark Side of International Business and Steps to Protect Your Organization.” In the session, I shared my experience and perspective in corruption with Kyle Wombolt, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills.
  • On April 6 & 7, 2017, I presented at the 2nd Annual Global Anti-Corruption & Compliance Summit in Amsterdam. On day one of the summit, I  engaged in a conversation with Wendy Addison, Founder, SpeakOut SpeakUp, and Patrick Rappo, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, in a session titled “Bribing and Whistle-blowing straight from the Horse’s Mouth.”
  • On March 29th, 2017,  I engaged in a fireside chat with Phil Ryan, CEO, International Compliance Association, at their London Annual “Compliance Making a Difference Conference
  • On March 21st, 2017, at the 2nd Annual Third-Party Risk Management & Oversight Summit in NYC, I moderated a panel called, “Behind the Bride: Multiple Real-World Perspectives on How Foreign Bribery Occurs, Is Investigated and Could be Prevented,” with Gary Giampetruzzi, Global Vice-Chair, Investigations and White Collar Department in the Litigation Department Paul Hastings LLP, and, George “Ren” McEachern, Supervisory Special Agent,  FBI.
  • On March 10th, 2017, I  addressed the Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, during their one-day Fraud Symposium, in a presentation titled “Can A Risk Based Audit Process Miss Risk: A Journey to the Dark-Side.” 
  • On January 31, 2017, I  presented on “A Journey to the Dark Side of International Business and Steps to Protect Your Organization” at the CBI Global Anti-Corruption & FCPA Compliance Congress in Miami.
  • On December 8th, 2016, at the 2016 Business Integrity & Compliance Conference, I will engaged in a Q & A with Jonathan Armstrong, Compliance & Technology Lawyer, Partner at Cordery, on “The Yates Memo and the Senior Management Regime- New Standards for Individual Accountability
  • On November 30th, 2016, I was on a panel at NYU Law School: Wading into the Gray: Compliance and Enforcement Lessons, When Good People Make Bad Decisions. The panel included, in addition to myself, Rashmi Airan, Walt Pavlo and FBI SSA William McMurry.
  • On November 14th, 2016, I presented at the Legal Week 2016 Middle-East Regulatory & Compliance Forum  which took place at the Sofitel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I engaged in a  live video keynote interview with Farida Alkaff, MENA senior compliance & ethics counsel, Oracle.
  • On October 26th, 2016, I participated in two panels at The FCPA Blog NYC Conference 2016. 
  • On October 20th, 2016, I engaged in a panel discussion titled: “Behind the Bribe: Multiple Real-World Perspectives on how Foreign Bribery Occurs, is Investigated and Could Be Prevented.” The panel was moderated by Gary F. Giampetruzzi, Partner at Paul Hastings LLP and former Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Head of Government Investigations, at Pfizer. Joining us was  George “Ren” McEachern, CFE, CAMS, Supervisory Special Agent at Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), International Corruption Unit (ICU).
  • On  September 27th, 2016, I moderated an Advanced Discussion Group at the 15th Annual SCCE Ethics and Compliance Institute on “Does defensible compliance mean understood compliance?”
  • On Friday, September 16th, 2016 in the morning session of the Protiviti “2016 Dallas Powerful Insights CPE Event,” I presented on “How A Risk-Based Compliance Program Misses Risk.”
  • On Thursday, June 15th, 2016  I  led a discussion  at the ACI Anti-Corruption China Conference,  “A Story and a Debate – How to Engage Your Sales, Business Development and Marketing Team in Your Compliance Initiatives,” via a discussion “A Former Sales Executive Talks about Compliance Challenges on the Front Line of International Business Development.” .
  • On June 13th, 2016 I presented at the Legal Aspects of Trade Conference in Hartford, CT, sponsored by the US Commercial Service. This conference featured government and private sector compliance speakers from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Defense, FBI, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Treasury, United Technology Corporation, and other OEMs. I participated in an FCPA Panel with Ross Garber, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin and “Ren” McEachern, Chief of the International Corruption Unit, FBI.
  • On June 9th, 2016 I  participated in a panel discussion on “Anti-corruption – Running Investigations and Handling the Regulators” at the Corporate Compliance Congress in NY. Our experienced panel  discussed the importance of weaving compliance into the corporate culture and ran through the timelines and best practices for an incident response. Other Speakers included: Timothy Schultz, Vice President, Ethics and Business Conduct, Raytheon Co, Bart Schwartz, Chairman, Guidepost Solutions LLC and Peter S Spivack, Partner, Hogan Lovells US LLP.
  • On May 26, 2016, I  addressed the ACFE DC Chapter. In this session,  I explored how bribery and corruption  occurs in an organization and  steps  to protect and mitigate.  I also addressed how individuals approach ethical decisions and how they can be drawn away from the path to compliance.
  • On May 23rd, 2016  I moderated a plenary  panel at Compliance Week 2016:  THE UNSOLVABLE PROBLEM: PERFORMANCE, PAY, PRESSURE, AND MISCONDUCT. For all the talk of prudence in corporate risk-taking, and valuing ethics above the quick sale—the truth remains that pressure to achieve financial results is huge, and incentive pay is a standard tool to get employees to deliver those results. In this keynote discussion, I explored why the “incentive trap” is so difficult to solve. What is that pressure to achieve, and that temptation of large reward, really like? It was a  vigorous discussion
  • On May 4th, 2016, I presented at the Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University, where I  lead a panel on the Dark Side of International Business, joined by James Koukios (Morrison & Foerster, LLP), Jonathan Drimmer (Barrick Gold Corp), Frances McLeod (Forensic Risk Alliance) and Moderated by Evelyn Suarez, The Suarez Firm.
  • On May 2nd, 2016, I presented at  the University of St. Thomas, School of Law,  in Minneapolis,  on “From Behind the Bribe: Steps to Protect Your Organization.”
  • On  April 28th, 2016 at the invitation of Maurice Crescenzi, Jr. Adjunct Professor, Montclair State University (MSU), MA. Law and Governance Program, I participated in a panel discussion at MSU , 2016 called “Ethics and Compliance on the Front Lines of International Business.”
  • On April 14th, 2016, I participated in a panel on the Yates Memo  at the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Annual Conference in Chicago.
  • On April 13th, 2016 I  presented  at the Chicago Regional Business Ethics Network, “A Journey to the Dark Side of International Business and Steps to Protect Your Organization.”
  • On April 8th, 2016, I  engaged in a Q and A with Patrick Rappo, Partner, Steptoe and Johnson, LLP at the Global Anti-Corruption and Compliance Summit in Amsterdam.
  • On January 12th, 2016, at the invitation of Laura Pincus Hartman, Director, Susilo Institute for Ethics in the Global Economy, Boston University, Questrom School of Business, I addressed her “Ethical Leadership in the Global Economy Class,”
  • On December 11th, 2015  I addressed the Legal Committee of Transparency International Canada.
  • On December 10th 2015, I engaged in  a discussion with Geert Vermeulen, Director, The Netherlands Compliance Institute, at the 2015 National Compliance Conference in Holland.
  • On November 20th, 2015,  I  addressed the 6th Annual Conference of the International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct for the Aerospace and Defense Industry (IFBEC) in Boston, MA.
  • On November 19th, 2015 I addressed the Fletcher School of Diplomacy, Political Risk Group, on a  panel titled “From Behind the Bribe: The Dark Side of International Business.” The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University is the oldest exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the United States. It offers a broad program of professional education in international relations to a select group of graduate students committed to maintaining the stability and prosperity of a complex, challenging and increasingly global society.
  • On November 17th  2015, I presented on “front-line” issues of international bribery at the Compliance & Ethics Conference in London, UK.
  • On October 27th, 2015, I gave the Keynote address at the Global Outsourcing Association of Lawyers (GOAL)  in New York City.
  • On October 10th, 2015 I addressed The 10/10 Compliance Awards  in Mumbai India. The 10/10 awards celebrate compliance stories across the business world and recognizes contributions and achievements of Compliance and Ethics professionals.
  • On October 7, 2015, I addressed a World Bank event. From the World Bank: “Why are people tempted to corrupt decisions – and how do they do it? Are there red flags to help identify things before they happen? The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency hosted a discussion on how projects start legitimate then turn corrupt, featuring Richard Bistrong, CEO of Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC.”
  • On October 5th, 2015 I addressed the Boston Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
  • On  September 30th, 2015 I presented at the Momentum the 3rd Oil and Gas Anti-Corruption Compliance Exchange.  My presentation was with James M. Koukios, Partner, Morrison Foerster. During his time as Senior Deputy Chief of the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division of the U.S. DoJ, Mr. James Koukios tried over 20 federal jury cases, including serving as the lead prosecutor in two landmark FCPA-related trials, United States v. Esquenazi and United States v. Duperval.
  • On September 17th, 2015, at an event in Boston hosted by The Network Inc, in a “Catch Me If You Can” like panel, former US and UN prosecutor Robert Appleton and I discussed the realities of corporate anti-bribery compliance. This is was unique opportunity to share our candid thoughts and perspectives on why anti-bribery programs fail and how compliance must evolve to successfully combat and address the real pressures faced by front-line employees working in what I call “high-risk, low-integrity environments.”
  • On September 15th, 2015, in my first event organized and sponsored by ethiXbase, I was part of  an engaging forum with two other compliance professionals on Crime, Cooperation and Compliance. During this interactive session, I shared my own journey and what lessons and challenges that might present to today’s compliance professionals.
  • On July 23rd, 2015, at an event in NYC hosted by The Network Inc, in a “Catch Me If You Can” like panel, former US and UN prosecutor Robert Appleton and I discussed the realities of corporate anti-bribery compliance.  This was a  unique opportunity to hear our candid thoughts and perspectives on why anti-bribery programs fail and how compliance must evolve to successfully combat and address the real pressures faced by front-line employees working in what I call “high-risk, low-integrity environments.”
  • On Thursday, June 11th, 2015  I  presented at the 2015 Oslo Anti-Corruption Conference (link here). This year’s most important event in Norway in the fight against corruption, the Oslo Anti-Corruption Conference 2015, was a unique conference cooperation between The Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (ØKOKRIM), Transparency International Norway, PwC and Law Firm Selmer. This conference concept was organized for the first time last year with the Oslo Anti-Corruption Conference 2014.The main objective of the conference was to bring the fight against corruption into focus and discuss both national and international developments and the most important new initiatives in the global actions towards corruption. Additionally, the initiative was meant to strengthen the cooperation between the government, private entities, the public sector, development aid organizations, NGOs and other relevant actors when it comes to this extremely important risk area.My session was titled “Bribery from the Sharp End” as a “real live” case study on the root causes of corruption and bribery in international sales – how pressure to perform and deliver on a quarterly basis on the front line of international business leads to distortion of the Anti-Bribery Compliance Message.
  • On May 11th, 2015, during a presentation and panel discussion at the MetricStream GRC Summit in Arlington Virginia, I  described my “Journey to the Dark Side of Business Ethics and Steps to Protect Your Organization.”
  • On April 23rd, 2014, along with Shipman & Goodwin LLP Partner, Ross Garber, I participated in a United States Department of Commerce Webinar on the “Practical Guide to the FCPA.” As the Department of Commerce program stated, “All US companies doing business abroad need to understand the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other foreign bribery laws. This unique training session features a lawyer who represents both companies and individuals in FCPA investigations and a former executive who became an FBI undercover operative, who served prison time for his own FCPA violation. They provide a legal and practical guide to navigating the FCPA in a fast-moving, interactive program.”
  • On April 22, 2015 I  presented with Orrick Partner William “Billy” Jacobson at the Momentum A.C.E. Compliance Summit in Washington DC.  Billy was the Fraud Prosecutor at the Department of Justice who initially targeted me in 2007 as the subject of a criminal investigation, where we reflected on my conduct on the front-lines of international sales, the decision to cooperate (to be “flipped”), incarceration and my current work in anti-bribery compliance.
  • On April 20th 2015, at the invitation of Peter Viksnins, Forensic, Investigations and Dispute Services, Grant Thorton LLP and Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University, I presented “Third Party Real-World Red-Flags,” to his Fraud Examination & Forensic Accounting Class at George Washington University.
  • On April 17, 2015 and April 3rd 2016, I joined a panel at Professor Allison Caffarone’s “Combatting Corruption” class at Hofstra Law School. The class, as described by Professor Caffarone, focuses on providing students with a deep understanding of the FCPA and other commonly enforced anti-bribery laws in the United States and the UK, the primary anti-money laundering laws, and the interplay between those laws. The course also focuses on DOJ and SEC enforcement policies and resolution vehicles, as well as FCPA and AML risk assessment and compliance.My presentation  focused upon how those laws cross-cut behaviors on the front-lines of international business, and elevated issues which impact thinking at the field level when it comes to confronting corruption. I also shared with the students my own experience as to how international law enforcement cooperation “has real teeth,” as someone who was nearly carbon copy prosecuted in the UK, and who cooperated with international anti-corruption investigatory and prosecutorial entities.
  • On April 1st, 2015 at the invitation of Professor Deirdre Breakenridge, I addressed  her NYU Graduate Class, “Social Media Objectives, Strategies and Tactics,” where I shared my experience with “Reputation and Transparency: The Good, Bad and Ugly.”
  • On March 26th, 2015, I participated in the OECD Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Integrity and Corruption as part of the OECD Integrity week.
  • On March 24th, 2015, I  addressed the Houston Compliance Counsel Exchange (CCE) in a closed event to CCE members. The Houston Compliance Counsel Exchange (CCE) was formed several years ago by local compliance professionals that share a common goal. I addressed the personal consequences of violating the FCPA, how I rationalized bribery at the front lines of international business, third party circumvention of vetting processes and the realities of international law enforcement cooperation. Given the extensive experience among members, which draw upon Chief Compliance Officers, Corporate Counsel, as well as Internal Audit, the evening was a challenging and insightful forum, where members experienced, without reservation, the realities of corruption and compliance from the field perspective.
  • On March 23 and 24, 2015, I presented  at  the Inside Intelligence  2nd Annual Anti-Corruption in Oil and Gas for the Americas  in a panel discussion with Steven Gyeszly (Senior Attorney, Marathon Oil) and Marco Padilla Merigo (Senior Regional Compliance Counsel, Weatherford International). I also participated in a Q & A “From Behind The Bribe: A Reflection From The Front Lines of International Sales.” with Mike Volkov where I  will reflected on my own experiences and journey from a Sales VP to a federal Inmate, to a voice in anti-bribery compliance.
  • On February 12, 2015 I presented at an FBI Seminar on “FCPA and International Corruption: Outreach to Industry” Education Session at Raytheon HQ, in Waltham, MA. As stated in the program (link here)  “the FBI will present a guest speaker who violated the FCPA, cooperated with the FBI and eventually was incarcerated for his crimes. This segment will provide a unique and impactful insight into the rationalization of an employee who paid bribes, despite knowledge and training on FCPA. The FBI is looking forward to the opportunity to discuss best practices and enhance FCPA compliance with industry partners.”
  • On February 19th 2015, I participated in a panel at the Fordham Gabelli School of Business, “Ethics: The Individual and the Corporation. In the fall of 2014, Fordham’s Beta Alpha Psi entered an ethics competition, sponsored by Grant Thornton. Their task was to create an idea for an ethics event. The organization created a committee to brainstorm an idea, and decided to host an ethics panel on campus, to educate both the members and the broader University community, on ethical issues beyond the classroom.  The Ethics Panel was part of that competition and included leaders from business, academia, theology and my own “front line” view of ethics, and international business.
  • On December 2, 2014, I facilitated and participated  in a Q and A at the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership, which is part of the Rutgers Business School (Newark, NJ), as part of their Executive Business Cabinet.
  • On November 13, 2014 I presented to a closed group of Financial Services Executives in Boston on FCPA ‘front-line’ issues including my own storm of rationalizing bribery, how third parties circumvent well intentioned due-dilligence, and finally my own reflections on why I broke the law.
  • On November 4, 2014, I  guest lectured at Fordham University (Bronx, New York), in a business class titled “Contemporary Issues in Forensic Accounting.” I appeared at the invitation of Dr. Tim Hedley, who stated  “No matter what I may do to teach students about FCPA the Act remains an abstraction. You make the Act something much more tangible” adding, “from my experience I can talk about the Act itself and how corrupt payments take place. But the real “why” corruption happens is best told from your perspective.”
  • On October 23rd, 2014, at the invitation of Barry Vitou, Partner, Pinsent Mason, I presented  at the Pinsent Masons Annual Regulatory Conference (via live video feed).  This is an Annual Regulatory Conference in association with Legal Week which addresses international risk and compliance issues.  The conference was attended by those representing international businesses, general counsel, in house legal teams, compliance officers, CFO’s and senior management teams. Other panelists included David Green, Director, Serious Fraud Office  (SFO, UK).  During my Q and A with Barry, I shared  (to use his words) “my experiences and insights ‘at the sharp end.” After the Conference, Barry added “Richard’s insights as the guy that ate the apple while Eve looked on are invaluable. Too often people in ivory towers pontificate and come up with unrealistic fixes. Richard tells is like it is. We can all learn from that.”
  •  On October 27th, 2014, I presented  at The 5th Singapore Corporate Governance Week. The Governance Week program was  carefully crafted by an advisory panel not only to discuss topical issues affecting all stakeholders but also aimed to provide useful feedback and practical solutions through the exchanging of views. My participation included a roundtable discussion on “Bribery & Corruption in Foreign Jurisdictions,” where I was joined by  Chris Bennett and Professor  Yuen Teen Mak among other leaders from the legal, governance, regulatory and business sectors.
  • On on October 14, 2014, at the invitation of Law Professor Mike Koehler, I guest lectured at his FCPA Law Class at Southern Illinois University School of Law. Professor Koehler remarked “My students are engaged in a semester long study of the FCPA. Having the ability to hear from an individual who violated the law they are studying, and being able to hear first-hand of real-world business conditions, was of tremendous value to the students and added an important dimension to the class.”
  • On September 23, 2014 I participated in a panel “Complying with Export Licensing, International Laws, and Contracts,” at the Aerospace and Defense International Trade Summit, Groton, Connecticut. The Summit was sponsored in part by the US Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce.  During the presentation I shared my views on anti-bribery and compliance issues with professionals from the Defense and Aerospace Industry.
  • On June 23- 25, 2014 I participated, via live video feed, at the C5 8th Annual Anti-Corruption Conference in London. I served as a  Panel Participant with other compliance professionals on the following issues: Taking Compliance Training to the Next Level: Making Sure the Message Sticks, Ethical Challenges in Your Third Parties.