Register: International Corporate Counsel Forum: Corruption, Bribery, And Undue Influence In Transnational Business | The Ved Nanda Center for International Law

The Nanda Center and Nanda Center Board announce the launch of our International Corporate Counsel Forum program. The kick-off will be a 3-part, CLE-accredited, online program on
CORRUPTION, BRIBERY, AND UNDUE INFLUENCE IN TRANSNATIONAL BUSINESS moderated and presented by distinguished practitioners (several Law alums) and experts on Wednesday mornings, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Mountain, via Zoom on May 20, 27, and June 3 .


This three-part virtual program is the first of an on-going series on transnational issues to be presented by practitioners and experts in the field hosted by the Ved Nanda Center and the Colorado
Bar Association’s International Section.
Wednesdays, May 20, 27, and June 3, 2020 | 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

  • Part I: Introduction to the issues and their effect;
  • Part II: What legal regimes are in place and available to practitioners; and
  • Part III: How to create a robust, enforceable compliance program.
    Zoom link will be sent upon registration.
    STUDENTS ATTEND FREE (But are required to register as well)
    CLE: pending, $75 per registrant for the three sessions


Corruption, Undue Influence, and Transnational Business: An overview of transnational corruption problems.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 7:30 a.m. \u2013 9:00 a.m.

  • James E. Nelson, PE, JD, FCIArb, ret., past counsel Lindquist & Vennum, LLP, Sturm College of Law JD ‘68
  • Ian B. Bird, Esq., Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Norican Global A/S, Sturm College of Law JD ‘77
  • Howard Schirmer, MSC, P.E., President and Owner, Transnational Associates, Inc., Past President and Managing Director, CH2M Hill International
    Analysis of issues and detection of problems: outright bribery; operational issues; and corruption of dispute resolution


    Corruption and Enforcement in Transnational Business: The legal framework.
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

  • Lucinda Low, Esq., Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington DC
  • Ved Nanda, Distinguished University Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    Current state of the law and enforcement actions (US, UK, OECD and others).


    Global Trade, Anti-Corruption, and Compliance: How to create and observe robust, enforceable compliance programs.
    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

  • Stephen Gottesfeld, Esq., Executive Vice President, Chief Sustainability & External Affairs Officer, Newmont Goldcorp, Sturm College of Law JD ‘93
  • Douglas G. Scrivner, former General Counsel Accenture, member and former Chair, University of Denver Board of Trustees, Sturm College of Law JD ’77
  • Scott Sullivan, Chief Compliance Officer, Newmont Goldcorp
    The dynamics of sanctions, export, anti-boycott, and anti-bribery regulations in multinational compliance programs. What makes a good compliance program?

Speaker Bios

  • IAN B. BIRD is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Norican Global A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark. He based in Golden, Colorado and is responsible for managing the legal affairs of this global equipment supplier. In February 2015, he was appointed to the Management Board of Norican Global.
  • STEPHEN P. GOTTESFELD is Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability and External Affairs Officer, Newmont Corporation. He joined Newmont in 1997 and assumed the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability & External Affairs Officer in June 2019. Prior to this role, Steve served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, leading Newmont’s Legal, Land and Ethics and Compliance functions for over ten years.
  • LUCINDA A. LOW is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where she heads the firm’s Chambers-ranked FCPA and anti-corruption practice, co-chairs its Compliance, Investigations, Trade and Enforcement Department, and serves on the Executive Committee and as the partner in charge of the firm’s non-US offices. Her practice focuses on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption laws, as well as other laws and regulations that have an extraterritorial impact on multinational businesses.
  • VED P. NANDA is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Denver, where he founded the International Legal Studies Program in 1972 and now directs the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Delhi, India, Faculty of Law, and has received Honorary Doctorates of Law from Soka University, Tokyo, Japan, and Bundelkhand University, Jhansi, India. He has taught and lectured at numerous universities in the U.S. and abroad.
  • JAMES E. NELSON is a retired attorney and engineer. His law practice focused on corporate counseling; international business development and transactions; and international intellectual property protection. He is also a registered patent attorney. James is presently active as a neutral in resolving disputes acting as an arbitrator, mediator, or evaluator.
  • HOWARD SCHIRMER, JR. is an international consulting civil and environmental engineer. After a long career, Mr. Schirmer established his own international consulting firm, Transnational Associates, Inc. (TAI), in 1997, which has assisted civil/environmental engineering companies develop global business plans, helped clients identify merger and acquisition partners on a global scale and located capital sources for overseas infrastructure projects. As President of CH2MHILL International, Ltd., part of the CH2M group of companies, he developed international funding relationships with major entities such as the World Bank, USAID, ADB, the former Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund, and other international financing institutions.
  • DOUGLAS G. SCRIVNER, former General Counsel of Accenture, retired in 2011 after 31 years with the company and 14 years as General Counsel. During his tenure, he built a legal group of over 400 lawyers in 35 countries and also oversaw the company’s government relations function and served as Corporate Secretary, Compliance Officer and as a member of Accenture’s Executive Leadership Team.
  • SCOTT E. SULLIVAN is the Chief Compliance Officer of Newmont Goldcorp. Mr. Sullivan oversees, develops, implements, and manages Newmont Goldcorp’s ethics and compliance program including anti-bribery, antitrust, corporate investigation, and global trade compliance. Mr. Sullivan has written and contributed numerous articles on compliance programs, anti-bribery/FCPA, export controls, economic sanctions and other ethics and compliance topics to a variety of publications.
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