October 27, 2010

Jenner & Block Partner Andrew Weissmann will be a panelist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform’s 11th Annual Legal Reform Summit, being held on October 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. Mr. Weissmann will speak in a session entitled “Navigating a Global Marketplace — Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Potential Reforms.”  

During the session, Mr. Weissmann will discuss the findings in an article titled, “Restoring Balance: Proposed Amendments to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,” which he and Associate Alixandra E. Smith wrote. The article identifies specific modifications to the statute to ameliorate a variety of unwarranted applications of the statute by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Weissmann will also discuss the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act's impact on U.S. global competitiveness and recent enforcement activities by the Department and the SEC.  Former U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey will moderate the panel discussion. Mr. Weissmann will be joined by Cheryl J. Scarboro, Chief of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit, Division of Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission; George J. Terwilliger III, Partner, White & Case; and John S. Darden, Partner, Patton Boggs LLP.
Mr. Weissmann is a co-chair of the Firm's White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice. He is a former Director of the Enron Task Force, Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and Special Counsel to the Director of the FBI. An internationally-recognized white collar litigator, Mr. Weissmann’s practice concentrates on internal corporate compliance and investigations, including representation before the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and state and local authorities. He has tried numerous criminal and civil cases, including winning, in an auction rate securities case, the largest FINRA arbitration award ever.

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