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How to Stay Out of Federal Prison, and Other Helpful Tips Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing

Hosted By: The National Association of Corporate Directors – Northern California Chapter and Vinson & Elkins LLP

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | San Francisco, CA

Registration 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.; Program 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Wine Tasting & Networking 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Directors, C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and corporations are increasingly facing more frequent litigation and government investigations, including bet-the-company lawsuits and criminal actions. The opposition ranges from government agencies to shareholders, customers, and other businesses. 

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) policies on this matter, detailed in the so-called “Yates Memo,” are clear about intensifying individual accountability for corporate wrongdoing. Two mandates in the Yates Memo are particularly noteworthy:

In order to qualify for any cooperation credit, corporations must provide to the DOJ all relevant facts relating to the individuals involved in the corporation’s alleged misconduct.

Absent extraordinary circumstance or approved departmental policy, the DOJ will not release culpable individuals from civil or criminal liability even after resolving a matter with a corporation.

Michael Ward, VP & Chief Compliance Officer at Juniper Networks, and V&E partners Matt Jacobs and Jessica Mussallem will share insights about the Yates Memo, in addition to how corporate leaders can minimize liability risks for themselves and their companies in light of the expanding attention on corporate and individual misconduct.

This program will be followed by a special networking hour and wine tasting featuring local wineries.

For more information on this event, follow this link.

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