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Business Ethics and Sustainability: The FCPA and the Bribery Act and Extraterritoriality

16 April 2013, 18:00 - 19:30

Robert Amsterdam, Amsterdam & Partners LLP; Chair: Ruby Sandhu, SIHRG Business Ethics and Sustainability Working Group. 
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Charles Clore House
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ROBERT AMSTERDAM will speak about the importance of the FCPA and the Bribery Act and Extraterritoriality highlighting the importance of the incorporation and implementation of anti-corruption procedures in the operations of Corporations to ensure compliance with both these Acts.

Robert Amsterdam is an international lawyer with 32 years experience working on high-profile cases in emerging markets.  His law firm Amsterdam & Partners LLP, with offices in London and Washington DC, is frequently sought after for its unique practice areas which explore synergies between public international law, international criminal law, and political advocacy.   Amsterdam has been retained by major international mining and energy corporations on issues pertaining to resource nationalism and state intervention, while also representing sovereigns in disputes with foreign investors.  His unique blend of political advocacy and international law has led to his retention by several world leaders, such as the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, among other high profile figures.  With significant experience on the ground in emerging economies across Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America, Amsterdam has successively settled disputes for major corporations such as PWC and the Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts Group, while also advising companies on opening new markets and managing political risk.  The law firm is well known for its pro bono practice in human rights, including the defense of the award-winning democracy activist Dr. Chee Soon Juan of Singapore, and Georges Tadonki, a United Nations employee who survived a campaign of intimidation by officials in Zimbabwe.  As a prolific columnist and blogger, Amsterdam’s writings have been published in the International Herald Tribune, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Fordham International Law Journal, among other publications.  Amsterdam has made several television appearances on networks such as CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, and Fox News.  A profile feature of Amsterdam was published in the magazine American Lawyer in February 2012.

Amsterdam is a member of the Canadian and International Bar Associations, and is licensed as a solicitor in the United Kingdom. He earned his BA from Carleton University in Ottawa, and studied law at Queen’s University in Ontario (LLB).

For further information about the SIHRG Business Ethics and Sustainability Worksing Group, contact ruby@sihrg.org  or bes@sihrg.org.

This event is FREE but those wishing to attend should register in advance.  To register, please use the automatic form below. 


Arranged with the Solicitors International Human Rights Group (SIHRG) and the Society for Advanced Legal Studies (SALS). 

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