Training Accreditation

TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation®

TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® is a comprehensive and rigorous training and accreditation program that offers a professional credential for anti-bribery compliance specialists. The accreditation enables professionals working in this growing field to distinguish themselves with demonstrated anti-bribery compliance expertise. TASA is the only accreditation program available that is dedicated to anti-bribery compliance and features more than 100 courses taught by world-renowned faculty. This program offers companies the highest level of training for their employees and provides individuals with a way to advance their career. The accreditation is awarded by TRACE, the internationally respected anti-bribery standard setting organization.

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Upcoming Courses

Operation Car Wash and Anti-Corruption Enforcement Trends in Brazil

Date: 26 April 2017
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm EST; 3:00pm - 4:00pm GMT
Faculty: Carlos Ayres, Partner, Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi Advogados (São Paulo); and
Martha Mallory, Business Development Manager-Latin America, TRACE International
Register: Click here 

 

Course Description

The ongoing investigation into Lavo Jato or “Operation Car Wash” has revealed a scandal of unprecedented scope, as the list of countries, officials, and industries implicated continues to grow.  In December 2016, Odebrecht S.A. and Braskem S.A., both headquartered in Brazil, agreed to pay a record-breaking $3.6 billion global settlement to Brazilian, Swiss, and U.S. authorities to resolve allegations of bribery. Other companies have also settled with Brazilian and foreign authorities. The scandal, however, is not limited to Brazil and more parties throughout Latin America, such as Peru’s ex-President Alejandro Toledo, are being drawn into the net as the investigation proceeds.  This webinar will provide an overview of “Operation Car Wash” and the latest anti-corruption developments in Brazil, including an update on the continued fallout from “Operation Car Wash” in Latin America.   

Carlos Ayres
Partner
Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi Advogados (São Paulo)

 

Carlos Ayres is a founding partner of the law firm Maeda, Ayres & Sarubbi in São Paulo, Brazil. He focuses on anti-corruption, government enforcement and compliance issues, with a particular emphasis on Brazil and other regions of Latin America. Mr. Ayres co-chairs the Anti-Corruption and Compliance Committee of IBRADEMP (The Brazilian Institute of Business Law) and teaches FCPA and Compliance at the Post-Graduate Program of GVLaw, School of Law, in São Paulo. He is also a visiting professor at the Post-Graduate Program in Risk Management and Fraud Prevention of FIA (Fundação Instituto de Administração) Business School in São Paulo. Mr. Ayres has worked at the enforcement division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC and has worked at the Chicago office of an international law firm. He received his law degree from PUC – São Paulo and his masters in Comparative Law from University of Florida. 

Martha Mallory
Business Development Manager-Latin America
TRACE International

 

Martha Mallory is a Mexican trained attorney specialized in white collar crime, internal investigations and anti-corruption and with a special focus on Latin America. She has over seven years of experience working for the Mexican government in the areas of law enforcement, international criminal law, financial assistance, project coordination and tax litigation. As Latin America Regional Manager, Martha provides regional compliance teams of TRACE member companies with additional support and in-depth local knowledge. With a strong focus on expanding TRACE’s reach in Latin America, Martha works with both multinational and national companies to deliver tailored solutions that fit the needs of the market.

Prior to joining TRACE, Martha worked at the Legal Attaché Office of the General Attorney’s Office at the Mexican Embassy in Washington D.C. specializing in mutual legal assistance, anti-corruption, white collar crime, U.S. congressional investigations, sting operations and anti-money laundering practices.

Martha studied law at Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, and holds an LL.M. in General Studies from Georgetown University Law Center with a focus on white collar, anti-corruption and internal investigations.

Martha is a member of the American Bar Association; Hispanic National Bar Association; Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia and The Washington Foreign Law Society. She is a native Spanish speaker and speaks fluent English. She is based in Annapolis and is originally from Mexico.

 

Are Facilitating Payments Dead? A look at the FCPA's facilitating payments exception through the Wal-Mart case

Date: 17 May 2017
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST; 6:00pm - 7:00pm GMT
Faculty: Gaye Montgomery, Founder, Montgomery Compliance Law
Register: Click here

 

Course Description

When the New York Times broke a story alleging widespread bribery in Wal-Mart’s Mexico operations, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s facilitating payments exception was once again thrust into the limelight.  Facilitating payments, also known as “expediting” or “grease” payments to speed up routine government actions, have been subject to increasing criticism as the rest of the international community has moved to ban them. In response to international pressure, U.S. authorities have taken a disapproving view of such payments and have narrowly interpreted the exception in recent enforcement actions.  This webinar will explore what can companies learn about the facilitating payments exception through the lens of the long-running Wal-Mart investigation.  The speaker will discuss how companies can structure their compliance programs to best address the added risk and complexity of these types of payments.

Gaye Montgomery 
Founder Montgomery
Compliance Law



Gaye Montgomery is an experienced attorney and corporate compliance advisor and recently founded the boutique corporate compliance firm Gaye Montgomery Law. Previously, Montgomery was vice president at Altria Client Services. During her 20-year career at Altria, she spent more than ten years on the law department’s leadership team and led a number of law department practice groups. 

Prior to joining Altria, Montgomery was an associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, which she joined after a judicial clerkship with a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of California.

Montgomery received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and her J.D. degree from Yale Law School.  She is a member of several non-profit boards and an adjunct law professor at University of Richmond Law School.

 

For registration information write to tasa@traceinternational.org.

Accreditation Program Requirements

The accreditation process requires that candidates complete a minimum of 30 hours of coursework and pass the accreditation examination with a score of 85 or higher. The requirements must be fulfilled within 12 months of entering the program.

The TASA program provides a core set of fundamental anti-bribery compliance courses along with a broad range of regional and industry specific topics.

  • Substantive Expertise: Courses focused on corporate compliance programs, third party due diligence, books and records provisions, law enforcement and international organizations.
  • Regional Expertise: Courses focused on anti-bribery challenges in specific countries including, but not limited to, China, Russia, India, Nigeria, Brazil and Myanmar.
  • Industry Expertise: Courses tailored for oil and gas, aerospace and defense, technology, retail, healthcare, financial services industries and the international development community.

Candidates are encouraged to design their own path of study of follow the standard two-phase structure detailed below.

Program Phase 1: Fundamentals

This phase consists of 7 one-hour fundamental courses, which candidates are encouraged to complete before moving on to intermediate and advanced courses. The fundamental courses include:

  1. Introduction to the FCPA: the History, the Law and the Lore 
  2. Key Considerations in Anti-Corruption Investigations 
  3. FCPA Compliance in Action 
  4. Gifts and Hospitality in the Anti-Bribery Context 
  5. Anti-Bribery Books & Records – Background, Best Practices and Red Flags
  6. Due Diligence on Third Parties: Rationale, Requirements and Red Flags
  7. The Role of the Private Sector in Combating Institutionalized Corruption in Emerging Markets

Program Phase 2: Focus Areas

This phase consists of at least 23 hours of live and recorded courses from the 5 focus areas. Candidates are advised to dedicate 3-4 hours to each of the focus areas and obtain any remaining credit hours from a TASA accredited conference.

  • Compliance Programs and Risk Management
  • Country/Region Specific
  • Industry-Specific
  • International Organizations & Civil Society
  • Investigations and Enforcement
Employees of TRACE Member companies benefit from complimentary access to  all live and recorded TASA: TRACE Anti-Bribery Specialist Accreditation® webinars and discounted tuition. 


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