Legal, Regulatory + Compliance

Anti-Bribery and Corruption

Addressing Global Compliance Challenges

July 24, 2019 12:00 pm - July 24, 2019 1:00 pm



An allegation of bribery or corruption is one of the fastest ways a company can tarnish its reputation and cause untold stakeholder damage. Despite attempts to foster a culture of ethics and compliance, business leaders find themselves up against constant risks and hazards: bribes, kickbacks and various third party corruption. Around the world, regulators and enforcement agencies are attempting to tackle corruption with expanded rules and regulations. And while regulators’ expectations of proactive and robust AB+C programs are increasing, so are the penalties for non-compliance. This session will cover best practices for assessing the maturity of your AB+C compliance program and positioning it to address today’s global challenges.


Leslie Benton

Vice President, Ethisphere

Leslie Benton is a Vice President at Ethisphere, where she engages with global companies on assessing and benchmarking anti-corruption programs and building capabilities across organizations and with third parties. Additionally, she leads the anti-corruption initiatives at the Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (; and is one of the ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems Standard drafters as a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the ISO committee developing ISO 37001.

She is a former Senior Vice President of Levick Strategic Communications, where she led the anti-corruption and compliance communications practice. Previously, she was the Senior Policy Director for the U.S. chapter of Transparency International, where she spearheaded the chapter’s outreach to the U.S. Government, international institutions, and the private sector. A lawyer by training, Ms. Benton is widely recognized for her experience in navigating the complex legal and regulatory landscape for Fortune 500 companies, and her expertise in corporate compliance and governance, anti-corruption reform, and trade policy. She has also practiced law with Hogan & Hartson, LLP and is a Vice Chair, Anti-Corruption Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. She received her LL.M from Harvard Law School and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

Chinwe Esimai

Managing Director - Chief Anti-Bribery & Corruption Officer, Citi

Chinwe oversees Citi’s Global Anti-Bribery & Corruption (AB&C) Program, and is responsible for global AB&C governance, policy maintenance and communication, risk assessment, advisory-related activities, training, and due diligence on third parties.

She was previously VP & Anti-Bribery Compliance Officer at Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GSCO), and also VP in the Reg Audits & Inquiries Group at GSCO. Prior to her return to GSCO, Chinwe served as Assistant Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN, where she taught Law & Finance in Emerging Markets, Securities Regulation, and Business Associations.

Joel Cohen

Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

Joel M. Cohen, a trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Group, and a member of its Securities Litigation, Class Actions and Antitrust Practice Groups. Mr. Cohen has been lead or co-lead counsel in 24 civil and criminal trials in federal and state courts. Mr. Cohen is equally comfortable leading confidential investigations, managing crises or advocating in court. Mr. Cohen’s experience includes all aspects of FCPA/anticorruption issues, insider trading, cross-border tax issues, securities and financial institution litigation, class actions, sanctions, money laundering and asset recovery, with a particular focus on international disputes and discovery.

David Lawrence

Founder & Chief Collaborative Officer, RANE

David Lawrence is the Founder and Chief Collaborative Officer of RANE. He previously served for approximately 20 years as Associate General Counsel and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs. During his tenure, David formed and was the global head of the Business Intelligence Group. His role covered a wide range of legal, regulatory, diligence and transactional responsibilities for the firm, as well as advising Goldman’s clients directly. David served on a number of the firm’s global risk-management and investment committees, including its Commitments and Capital Committees. During his tenure, David worked with his industry counterparts to lead in the development of Wall Street’s first design and implementation of controls and technology to safeguard against money-laundering, illicit finance, terrorism financing, foreign corrupt practices and violations of economic sanctions. In 2013, David received the FBI Director’s Award for his efforts in combating international terrorism.

Over the years, David and Goldman Sachs were jointly awarded over 20 risk management patents. While at Goldman Sachs, he helped create and lead the firm’s formation of Regulatory Data Corp (RDC), in which 20 of the leading global banks invested. RDC ( provides data, technology and risk management solutions to the private sector in wide ranging areas including: anti-money laundering, fraud, corruption and illicit finance, as well as other enterprise risk-relevant fields. Until 2014, David served as a member of the company’s board. RDC was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2016. Prior to working at Goldman Sachs, David served for 10 years as an Assistant US Attorney, in the Southern District of New York. During this tenure, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of the Public Corruption and General Crimes Units, and as the office’s first Chief Ethics Officer. David serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Foundation (City University of New York) and as a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Cyber Institute. David received a B.A. from Brandeis University in Urban Studies, Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors. He attended the University of Texas School of Law and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law.