DOJ officials to discuss white ­ collar crime trends at ABA meeting

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, and Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division will be among the keynote speakers during the 30th Annual National Institute on White Collar Crime, hosted by the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section on March 2-4 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego.

Yates will provide keynote remarks during the luncheon session on March 3 starting at noon. Caldwell will deliver special remarks on the DOJ's white collar crime enforcement priorities on March 4 at 9:15 a.m.

Top members of the DOJ, Securities Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Treasury Department, white collar bar, and corporate sector will discuss recent developments in white collar crime investigations and enforcement, and the evolution of this field over the last three decades. The experts will weigh in on topics such as sentencing in white collar crime cases; national security and economic espionage; health care fraud trends; and enforcement of securities and tax fraud, cybercrime, money laundering and asset forfeiture.

Program highlights include:

"Asset Forfeiture and Freeze Orders: Everything You and John Oliver Need to Know" Panelists will discuss recent DOJ, SEC, and FTC freeze and asset forfeitures enforcement in cases involving investment, insider trading and health care fraud; as well as intellectual property cases on domain names and the trademarked patch of a California motorcycle gang. Speakers include: Arlo Devlin-Brown, chief of the public corruption unit in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven R. Welk, chief of the asset forfeiture unit in the Central District of California.

"Recent Developments in Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement" M. Kendall Day, chief of the DOJ Asset Forfeiture & Money Laundering Section, and a panel of compliance experts will examine recent enforcement actions and regulatory developments in anti-money laundering surveillance and suspicious activity identification, as well as potential defense strategies in money laundering investigations and prosecutions.

"Liability for Cross-Border Activity: Increasing Enforcement of Economic Sanctions and Export Control Laws" Trade experts will discuss the extraterritorial reach of economic sanctions and export control laws, the evolving levels of liability risk related to Iran, China, Cuba and Russia, and strategies for handling multi-country investigations. Speakers include: David H. Laufman, chief of the DOJ National Security Division's Counterintelligence and Export Control Section.

"Comprehensive Tax Enforcement: How The Government Is Using All Its Tools" Kathryn Keneally, former assistant attorney general for the DOJ's tax division, and a panel of tax experts will discuss the prosecution and defense of criminal tax cases, as well as the government's increasingly use of injunctions, financial penalties, and forfeiture.

"The Past as Prologue: The Future of White Collar Criminal Law" A panel of white collar experts including Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, of the DOJ's Criminal Division; and Washington, D.C., District Judge Paul L. Friedman will discuss the past thirty years white collar litigation -from the increased criminalization of behavior to the emergence of mega case investigations.

"The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Recent Developments and New Trends" Patrick F. Stokes, chief of the DOJ's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act unit, will be among the speakers at a panel discussion examining bribery enforcement actions in 2015 in the U.S. and abroad; DOJ and SEC priorities; and whistleblower rewards, best practices, and "state of the art" corporate compliance programs.

"National Security: Cybercrime & Economic Espionage" John P. Carlin, assistant attorney general for National Security, and a panel of cyber experts will discuss government enforcement priorities in the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime, theft of trade secrets and economic espionage cases.

"Sentencing in White Collar Cases" A panel of federal trial and appellate judges will discuss the recent amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for economic crimes and provide an update on the alternative sentencing framework. Speakers include: U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer for the Northern District of California and vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission; Judge Bernice B. Donald of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals; Amy J. St. Eve, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; and Jonathan J. Wroblewski, Sentencing Commission's ex-officio member.

"Defending High Risk Cases: The Cases Get Bigger And The Risks Get Worse" Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General James M. Cole and a panel of experienced white collar lawyers will discuss high risk white collar investigations and prosecutions. The experts will evaluate complex multinational cases involving criminal and civil issues, the proliferation of sports-related criminal cases, and the inevitable tension regarding whether to settle or fight.

"Securities Enforcement: 2016 and Beyond" Panelists will discuss the latest developments in insider trading, enforcement of non-prosecution and deferred prosecution agreements, the use of monitors, regulation of bond trading through criminal enforcement, and the declining use of administrative proceedings by the SEC.

"Emerging Enforcement Trends in Health Care" Panelists including Laura M. Kidd Cordova, assistant chief of the DOJ Criminal Division's Fraud Section will analyze recent health care fraud investigations and prosecutions, and discuss DOJ's data driven focus on corporate investigations, the prosecution of medical professionals, and extrapolation from statistical samples in False Claims Act litigation.

"Ethical Pitfalls in Conducting Internal Investigations and Prosecuting and Defending White Collar Cases" Sung-Hee Suh, deputy assistant attorney general of DOJ's Criminal Division, will be among panelists discussing ethical concerns in conducting and defending investigations and prosecutions of white collar cases, including ethical quandaries in international investigations.

A complete agenda can be found online.

Published: Fri, Feb 26, 2016