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2021 Kroll Global Fraud and Risk Report – Bribery and Corruption: The Winds of Change

22 September 2021, 4.00pm BST

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2021 Kroll Global Fraud and Risk Report – Bribery and Corruption: The Winds of Change


Join Kroll and The Legal 500 for a webinar to discuss the key findings from volume 1 of the soon-to-be released 2021 Kroll Global Fraud and Risk Report. The report is based on a survey of 1,336 senior decision-makers for risk strategy, including general counsel, chief compliance officers, chief finance officers and CEOs at corporates.

Using recent examples, Kroll experts and leading in-house speakers will discuss the impact bribery and corruption is having on organizations around the world, highlighting complex internal and external challenges, issues around corporate culture and how smart companies are using technology and data insights to effectively mitigate bribery and corruption risk.


Zoë Newman

Managing director and global co-head of the financial investigations practice, Kroll
Zoë Newman is a managing director in the forensic investigations and intelligence practice and co-heads the global financial investigations practice, based in the London office. Zoë leverages over 20 years of experience working across Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Middle East and has led numerous international cross-border investigations. These investigations required the tracing of complex fund flows, dissection of corporate structures and assessment of the integrity of transactions to support both civil and criminal asset recovery proceedings and disclosures to regulators.

In more recent years, Zoë has advised emerging and frontier market banking regulators on systemic issues relating to distressed banks, the integrity of their capital and the identification of abuse of the financial system by the banks’ shareholders and senior management. She has significant expertise in advising both government and corporate clients and their counsel in critical matters concerning the prevention, detection and investigation of fraud and corruption and associated money-laundering mechanisms and related asset recovery strategies.

Howard Cooper

Managing director and global co-head of the financial investigations practice, Kroll
Howard Cooper is a managing director in the forensic investigations and intelligence practice and co-head of the global financial investigations practice, based in the London office. Howard leverages extensive experience investigating, detecting, preventing and recovering the proceeds of fraud, money laundering and corruption.

Howard is a forensic accountant and has led complex cross-border fraud investigations for corporates, financial institutions and government bodies across the EMEA region. He specialises in working with large complex data sets and using data analytics to identify wrongdoing, trace funds, identify assets and support recovery actions.  He designs ABC and AML/CFT and fraud risk assessments and compliance reviews for multinational corporations and financial institutions.

He also has broad experience working with regulators, financial intelligence units (FIUs), prosecuting bodies and financial institutions to conduct financial investigations and provide anti-money laundering (AML)/countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) advisory services. In recent years, Howard has provided technical support, risk assessments and controls and process reviews relating to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards and the mutual evaluation process.

Richard M. Plansky

Regional managing director, North America, forensic investigations and intelligence, Kroll ​(moderator)
Rich Plansky is North America regional managing director for the forensic investigations and intelligence practice of Kroll, based in New York. Rich has over 25 years of experience planning, executing and leading complex investigations for law firms, Fortune 500 corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and high-net-worth individuals. He specialises in investigations involving fraud, corruption, sanctions and anti-money laundering violations, theft of intellectual property (IP) and employee misconduct, and has extensive experience providing customised fact-finding in support of litigation.

His personal casework has included multi-jurisdictional investigations into alleged FCPA violations; numerous investigations into allegations of employee misconduct, including sexual misconduct and harassment; a series of complex undercover investigations on behalf of Everytown for Gun Safety into the illegal sale of guns at gun shows across the country and on the internet; a groundbreaking investigation into media transparency in the US advertising industry for the Association of National Advertisers (the investigation resulted in findings of widespread kickbacks to media-buying companies and led to industry-wide calls for systemic change); and large-scale investigations into the theft of IP, including software, medical devices, consumer goods and patented chemical processes, for a wide array of corporate clients.

Rasoul Golparvar

Senior director, data insights and forensics, Kroll
Rasoul Golparvar is a senior director in the data insights and forensics practice, based in the London office. Rasoul leverages more than 20 years of compliance and investigations experience specialising in the application of relevant data, analytics and software, focused on compliance, investigations and litigation support matters. He has extensive experience applying data analytic techniques on structured and unstructured datasets to detect, investigate and prevent instances of fraud, bribery and corruption, misconduct and other non-compliance issues.

Prior to joining Kroll, Rasoul led the European data analytics practice at Forensic Risk Alliance, leading significant regulatory matters while rapidly growing the business. Before that, he had key roles in both EY’s and Deloitte’s respective forensic data analytics teams working on a range of compliance and investigative matters.

Rasoul’s client work has mostly involved leading technology and investigation teams to support organisations developing/enhancing compliance monitoring capabilities and organisations responding to global regulators across a range of sectors and financial crime issues, including breaches of economic sanctions, money laundering, conduct risk, misselling and trader surveillance. Through his work, Rasoul has created innovative and cost-effective financial crime solutions, equipping clients, counsel and regulators with key insights gained at speed.

Narguiz Birk-Petersen

Vice president, regional general counsel, growth and emerging markets, Takeda
Narguiz Birk-Petersen is a multilingual US-qualified international corporate law attorney with in-house and law-firm experience in the United States, Europe, CIS and the Middle East. Narguiz specialises in general corporate law, pharma law, international mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution, legal structuring, corporate governance and compliance. Narguiz is presently vice president, regional general counsel, growth and emerging markets for Takeda and is based in the United Arab Emirates.

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