CHARLOTTE, NC – On September 14, 2021, Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Claire Rauscher and Patrick Strubbe participated in the Lex Mundi panel presentation on Best Practices for Managing Anti-Bribery and Corruption Considerations in M&A. The presentation was put on by Lex Mundi’s Cross-Border Investigations: Business Crimes and Compliance Practice Group. The program drew over 140 attendees across 51 different counties.
The panel discussion centered around best practices around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and anti-corruption issues that arise in complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions. The panel discussed a hypothetical case study and how to advise in-house counsel on the wide range of issues they may encounter. Particular focus was spent on the due diligence process, investigations, regulatory issues, the transaction documents and post-closing integration matters.
Strubbe moderated the panel, which included Claire Rauscher, Partner Womble Bond Dickinson (Charlotte, NC), Richard Willis, Partner, Arthur Cox (Dublin), Iris Fischer, Partner Blakes, Cassels & Graydon (Toronto, Canada), and Brigida Benitez, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson (Washington, D.C.).
Claire Rauscher has more than 25 years of white collar criminal defense experience, having tried numerous cases, negotiated favorable resolutions and obtained dismissals. She represents companies in grand jury investigations and related enforcement proceedings as well as witnesses and individual targets. In addition, Claire leads corporate internal investigations and provides compliance guidance in such areas as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, anti-trust, government contracts, qui tam and false claims matters. Claire is also the Chair of Lex Mundi’s Cross-Border Investigations: Business Crimes and Compliance Practice Group.
Patrick Strubbe is a partner in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Corporate & Securities Group. Patrick has a broad transactional practice, including cross-border mergers & acquisitions and strategic transactions, corporate and finance experience. In his practice, Patrick serves as a strategic advisor to both international and domestic companies, including private equity funds and their portfolio companies. He frequently leads executives and deal teams on major transactions and advises businesses as general outside counsel.