2008 Press Releases

Media Advisory

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Attention: Business and law reporters and editors

Workshop on anti-corruption regulations

Media contact: Susan Gluss, UC Berkeley School of Law, 510.642.6936, sgluss@law.berkeley.edu

What: "FCPA Workshop: Enforcement and Outcomes," a program on the enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and its impact on business and the global economy.

The FCPA forbids bribes or gifts to foreign officials to obtain business, and it’s being enforced more aggressively. But U.S. companies find that conflicts between local customary practices and international anti-corruption regulations hamper their ability to do business overseas. As a result, concerns have surfaced about the unintended consequences of anti-corruption laws that impede economic growth and business development.

Participants include general counsel from global companies, government officials, and policy makers.

When: Thursday, March 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: The Bancroft Hotel, 2680 Bancroft Way, between College Ave. and Bowditch St. See campus map at: http://www.berkeley.edu/map/.

Who: Conference panelists include:

Bruce Karpati, assistant regional director, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission;

Charles A. James, vice president & general counsel, Chevron Corporation;

Judith Miller, senior vice president & general counsel, Bechtel Group, Inc.;

Joyce Smith, partner, Baker and McKenzie LLP;

Rick Messick, senior public sector specialist, World Bank;

Jeffrey Cottle, associate general counsel, BAE Systems.

Details: The program is open to the media. Free registration required by the general public. For more info, contact Emily Arntz, 510-642-7830, e-mail: earntz@law.berkeley.edu

The event is co-sponsored by the law school’s Institute for Global Challenges and the Law and the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy.