Sandra D. Gonzalez

Sandra D. Gonzalez

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Sandra D. Gonzalez focuses her practice on international corporate compliance matters and more specifically, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act. Sandra assists clients around the world to design, build, and implement anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures consistent with the elements of an “effective compliance program” under U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) guidelines. Sandra has advised clients on corruption issues in an array of scenarios including, assisting with internal investigations, designing and performing compliance assessments and risk assessments, performing compliance due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, training company personnel, and advising on relationships with third parties. Sandra has advised clients in a variety of industries including: telecommunications, real estate, retail, oilfield equipment, financial banking, aerospace, and hospitality. To be sustainable, an anti-corruption compliance program must be practical, flexible and adaptable, so that compliance resources are targeted to high risk areas. Sandra assists clients to tailor a compliance program to meet these goals.

Expertise

Erfahrung

 

  • Designed and helped implement global anti-corruption compliance program, including drafting policies, procedures and guidance documents and conducting training for a company with operations in over 35 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
  • Reviewed and enhanced anticorruption compliance program for multinational telecom equipment and services company.
  • Reviewed and enhanced anticorruption compliance program for an insurance brokerage and consulting company.
  • Reviewed and enhanced anticorruption compliance program for a medical technology company.
  • Advised international finance department regarding revisions to anti-corruption related financial controls.
  • Assisted video, broadband internet, fixed-line telephony and mobile services client in an international investigation involving potential violations of the FCPA.
  • Assisted embedded computing business client in an internal investigation involving potential violations of the FCPA.
  • Advised internal audit on the design, execution and reporting of anti-corruption program audits in multiple countries.
  • Conducted risk assessment and program assessment of a newly acquired entity with operations in over twenty countries in the Caribbean and Central America.
  • Advised anti-corruption compliance team on the design and execution of global risk assessment, participated in risk assessment interviews and assisted with internal reporting of results.
  • Conducted in-country compliance program assessment and related enhancements for U.S. companies’ subsidiaries in Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Central America, China, Japan, Mexico, and India.
  • Advised client on appropriate scope of due diligence on an acquisition target and timing to incorporate target into existing anti-corruption compliance program.
  • Advised client on how to apply existing anti-corruption compliance program in a variety of business combinations, including minority- and majority-owned entities.
  • Advised client on appropriate anti-corruption controls in a joint venture.
  • Trained anti-corruption compliance and finance employees on corruption risks and the client’s anti-corruption compliance program in a number of countries, including South Africa, Japan, and Brazil.
  • Provided FCPA training for key company employees in the Caribbean for a video, broadband internet, fixed-line telephony and mobile services client.
  • Provided advice to a global money transfer services company on FCPA due diligence of an intermediary and related anti-corruption controls.
  • Provided advice to a retailer client on scope of FCPA due diligence and related anti-corruption controls.
  • Counseled aerospace client on FCPA due diligence of intermediaries.
  • Represented a leading online retailer of health and wellness products and its current and former officers and directors in a federal class action alleging misleading public disclosures about manufacturing problems following the company’s 2009 IPO.
  • Represented former officers in SEC administrative enforcement action involving alleged violations of the Securities and Exchange Act.
  • Represented the former CEO and CFO of an offshore oil and gas construction and repair company in a securities class action and other related matters arising out of its 2007 initial public offering and subsequent bankruptcy in the Southern District of Texas.

Anerkennung durch den Markt

  • Recipient, Travis County Women Lawyers' Association, "President's Award," 2015
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, "Rising Stars," 2018-2019
  • Associate, Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court
  • Former Board Member, Travis County Women Lawyers' Association
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas

Ausbildung

Akademische Ausbildung
  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2009
    • Staff Editor, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, 2007-2009
    • Actual Innocence Clinic and Domestic Violence Clinic
    • Member, Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association
    • Social Chair, Women's Law Caucus, 2007-2008
    • Recipient, Diversity Scholarship, Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLP, 2006-2007
  • B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
    • Minor, Political Science
    • Recipient, General Electric Scholarship, 2001-2005
    • Thesis, Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogel Microspheres as a Controlled Release Device
    • Published academic paper in Biomaterials Journal
    • Vice President, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, 2004-2005
Zulassung
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
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