Third in the series - Out of Shadows: A focus on Southeast Asian Emerging Markets
Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 2:30-3:30 pm ET
Location: Webcast
Overview: As the world economy limped out of the recession, Southeast Asia has emerged as the rising star of the global market. After decades in the making, economic, political and market factors -- combined with a landscape more focused now than ever on attracting capital and development -- have converged to create a matured environment ripe with opportunity though still fraught with complexity and challenges.

The New World of Cybercrime and Cyber Risk
Date: February 21, 2012 - 1:00 PM EST
Location: Webcast
Overview: The second in the series, "The New World of Cybercrime and Cyber Risk" will review the recent SEC Cyber Risk Disclosure Guidance, discuss evaluating cyber risk and responding to cyber incidents, and highlight information available to better understand company specific cyber threats.

PwC's 2011 Global Economic Crime Survey Webcast - Fraud is on the rise
Date: February 14, 2012 - 1:00 PM EST
Location: Webcast
Overview: The first in the series, "PwC's 2011 Global Economic Crime Survey Webcast - Fraud is on the rise" will highlight the findings from PwC's 2011 Global Economic Crime survey, assessing the Global and U.S. fraud picture with a focus on cybercrime.

Alumni webcast series: The New Era of Reform: SEC Update & Overview
Date: January 26, 2012 - 1:00 PM EST
Location: Webcast
Overview: The Securities and Exchange Commission's reforms brought about by fallout from recent financial scandals and the market crisis are now being reflected in the agency’s enforcement activities. How will the reforms, ranging from proposed auditor re-regulation to compliance program modifications, impact your business and change the way you view compliance?

This webcast will cover: how well the SEC’s reforms are working and how they are affecting businesses; the new Whistleblower program and its pitfalls; the benefits and risks of the new Cooperation Initiative; FCPA developments and trends; and new year-end reporting issues.

Additional topics covered include:
  • The SEC’s Reforms: What Management Should Know
  • Whistleblowers: New Rules, Big Problems?
  • Cyber Security Disclosures: Recommendations by the SEC
  • Auditor Re-regulation Proposals: Which have Traction?
  • SEC and Loss Contingencies: Expectations from FAS 5
  • Self-Reporting and Cooperation: Is it Empowering or Self-Destructive?
  • SEC Wants Authority For Bigger Fines: How much is enough?
  • FCPA News: Most Significant Enforcement Cases from 2011
  • Lessons From the Financial Crisis: Have New Regulations Fixed Enough?
Join PwC speakers and attorneys from K&L Gates, with SEC enforcement experience, as they discuss changes at the SEC and their relevance to you.

Second in the series - Intermediary Due Diligence Drivers and Mitigating Intermediary Risk Through Compliance
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT
Overview: The performance of due diligence to manage and mitigate third party risk is a compliance trend that is becoming more prevalent on a global scale. In the past, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was a main driver for performing due diligence on intermediaries and, therefore, was primarily applicable to United States organizations and persons. This, however, has changed as international organizations and countries have focused on designing compliance programs, which include the performance of due diligence on intermediaries, to prevent and detect corrupt behaviors. While there is guidance available for an organization to follow when designing its compliance program for intermediaries, there is no one prescribed list of compliance procedures to perform, but an amalgamation of considerations to incorporate into compliance programs. The risks of having no intermediary compliance program, or an ineffective one, are too great. Hefty fines and penalties along with the cost of unquantifiable reputational damage, far outweigh the cost of implementing an effective risk-based compliance program.

This webcast will share insights on 3rd party due diligence drivers, including:
  • An overview of the current global regulatory requirements with respect to third party due diligence;
  • The business case for implementing a robust intermediary due diligence program; and
  • Lessons learned/best practices for implementing or enhancing your intermediary compliance program.

Investment Opportunities in Russia: Overcoming Challenges and Mitigating Risks
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm ET/9:00 am PT
Overview: Russia is open for investment. Russia has had one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and despite difficult times, it continues to offer significant business opportunities. For companies considering expanding or relocating operations or starting a new business in an emerging market such as Russia, the core challenge is to weigh the risks and the work entailed to build and maintain the integrity of its compliance regime. At issue is falling into line with regulations such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act (Bribery Act) along with a wide range of Russian laws relating to myriad critical areas such as taxes, labor practices, exports, trade, and the environment.

Opportunity for growth in Russia is real. However, one must enter an emerging market with their eyes wide open. In today's times, a review of economic opportunities must be combined with a thorough analysis of risk.