DOJ’s Rosenstein, SEC’s Clayton Take the Stage at 4th Leadership Forum

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Today’s multinationals face a volatile regulatory environment and host of challenges navigating investigations and enforcement. Global political uncertainty is high, and regulators and investors are scrutinizing corporations to an unprecedented degree. Rapid changes in policy from Washington mean outcomes are more difficult than ever to forecast.

At the 2018 Bloomberg Law Leadership Forum on May 23, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, Justice Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and other compliance and legal experts discussed current regulatory priorities, where corporate risk is rising, and the technology and management tools legal counsel need to respond effectively.

Keynote Interview

Jay Clayton, Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Jay Clayton, Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, interviewed by David Westin of Bloomberg TV

Full video of SEC Chair Clayton’s interview: 

SEC Chair Jay Clayton’s Leadership Forum Interview

Investigations in the Global Enforcement Environment

Martin Weinstein, Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Joanna Ludlam, Baker & McKenzie

An increasingly global economy is affecting business priorities, as enforcement produces substantial settlements from financial institutions and corporations. Panelists explore how investigations have evolved, keys to handling them effectively, and how to control global regulatory costs.

Panelists included Deborah Bello, Vice President and Chief Regulatory Officer, Prudential Financial; Chris Georgiou, Partner, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory; David Johnson, Assistant Chief, FCPA Unit, U.S. Department of Justice; Joanna Ludlam, Partner and Co-chair of Global Compliance & Investigations, Baker & McKenzie; Martin Weinstein, Partner and Chair of the Compliance & Enforcement Practice, Willkie Farr & Gallagher; Moderator: Lev Dassin, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

 Anti-Corruption Compliance

Vincent Cohen, Jr., Dechert and Katherine Choo, GE

FCPA enforcement is going strong and anti-corruption measures are slated for inclusion in the newest NAFTA. Panelists highlighted the latest anti-corruption strategies that keep global businesses ahead of fraud and how technology, including the latest AI and machine learning, can be used to address multi-jurisdictional actions and investigations.

Panelists included Katherine Choo, Chief Investigative & Anti-Corruption Counsel, GE; Vincent Cohen, Jr., Partner, Dechert; Chad Jerdee, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Accenture; Jonathan Rusch, SVP, Head of Anti-Bribery & Corruption Governance, Wells Fargo; Jim Vint, Managing Director, Navigant; Moderator: Matthew Herrington, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

Keynote Address

Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein introduced by Josh Eastright, CEO, Bloomberg BNA

Full video of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s address: 

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s Leadership Forum Address

The full text of Rosenstein’s address is available here. Media that reported on Rosenstein’s address included Bloomberg NewsNBC News, Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, Quartz, and Above the Law.

June Grasso

Bloomberg Radio’s June Grasso interviewed Bloomberg Law Leadership Forum speakers including Brett Bruen, Global Situation Room; Katherine Choo, chief investigative and anti-corruption counsel at GE; Chad Jerdee, general counsel and chief compliance officer at Accenture; Julia Jordan, partner and co-head of the whistleblower and workplace investigations group, Sullivan & Cromwell; and Martin Weinstein, partner and chair of the compliance, investigations, and enforcement practice group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Putting the ‘A’ Team on Global Investigations

Noah Perlman, Morgan Stanley; Julie Jordan, Sullivan & Cromwell; and Nola Heller, Cahill Gordon Reindel

Having the right team and tools in place when facing an investigation can calm anxious board members, address investor questions, and promote a successful outcome. Panelists shared their approach to managing the response team and technology tools that make a difference in time-critical situations.

Panelists included Nola Heller, Partner, Cahill Gordon Reindel; Julie Jordan, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell; Noah Perlman, Global Head of Financial Crimes, Morgan Stanley; Joseph Polizzotto, SVP, Strategy & Client Services, Quislex; Karen Yen, Global Head of Litigation, UBS Group AG; Moderator: Charles Whitehead, Professor of Business Law and Director, Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship Program, Cornell Law School

Executive Perspective: Strategies from Global Business Leaders

Nancy Cremins, Globalization Partners; Marcy Cohen, ING Americas; and Lanny Breuer, Covington & Burling

Representing today’s global business requires navigating a complex maze of cross-jurisdictional laws and regulations. Top legal counsel offered their insights on strategies and skills needed to stay ahead of the coming challenges.

Panelists included Lanny Breuer, Partner and Vice Chair, Covington & Burling; Marcy Cohen, Managing Director and Chief Legal Officer, ING Americas; Nancy Cremins, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Globalization Partners; Lucinda Low, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Frank Weigand, General Counsel, HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.; Moderator: Sharon Nelles, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

Spotlight: Legal Counsel’s Role in Crisis Preparedness

Brett Bruen, President, Global Situation Room

Ready or Not, GDPR is Here

Panelists forecast what to watch as the GDPR goes into effect on May 25.

Panelists included Vishal Anand, SVP Contracts Management Practice, Mindcrest; Krysten Jenci, Director, Office of Digital Services Industries, International Trade Administration; Kirk Nahra, Partner, Wiley Rein; Zoe Strickland, Managing Director, Global Chief Privacy Officer, JPMorgan Chase; Liisa Thomas, Partner, Sheppard Mullin; Moderator: Audrey Jean, Corporate Counsel and Director, Bloomberg BNA

Emerging Legal Issues

Cassandra Porter, Cognizant; Boris Segalis, Cooley; and Pedro Pavón, Oracle

The rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning across industries as diverse as financial services, health care and technology have raised questions of legality and transparency in algorithmic decision-making. Panelists explore emerging legal and regulatory questions for businesses using AI.

Panelists included Behn Dayanim, Partner, Paul Hastings; Cliff Dutton, Chief Innovation Officer, Epiq; Bert Kaminski, Chief Commercial Counsel, GE Digital; Pedro Pavón, Managing Counsel, Oracle; Boris Segalis, Partner, Cooley; Moderator: Cassandra Porter, Sr. Privacy Counsel, Americas, Cognizant

Oracle’s Pavon had an extended discussion, after the forum, about using AI.

For a deeper dive into the insights surrounding the global regulatory environment and compliance issues and to  hear more from GE’s Katherine Choo and Steptoe & Johnson’s Matthew Herrington, register for our May 31 webinar, Global Investigations in Today’s Evolving Regulatory Environment.


For the 4th year, the Bloomberg Law Leadership Forum was the premier event for legal industry leaders to gain insights and discuss how global economic and regulatory changes impact their business.

The 2018 Forum explored current regulatory priorities, where corporate risk is rising, and the technology and management tools legal counsel need to respond effectively.

Click here to learn more about the Bloomberg Law Leadership Forum.