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Greenberg Traurig and Chambers and Partners Host Corporate Compliance & Cybersecurity Seminar – Mexico Event

MEXICO CITY May 19, 2016 – Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP is pleased to announce that Shareholder Rudolph W. Giuliani delivered the keynote address during the Chambers and Partners General Counsel seminar on Corporate Compliance & Cybersecurity that took place recently in Mexico City.

The seminar gathered leading general counsel from Mexican and international companies to share recent trends and developments regarding Mexico’s new National Anti-Corruption System and the global compliance framework.  

Greenberg Traurig Vice President Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, who is known for her leadership and strategic skills in Latin America, introduced Giuliani who serves as senior advisor to the firm’s Executive Chairman and as chair of the Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management Practice.

“Fighting corruption is not something world leaders can afford to ignore,” said Rudolph W. Giuliani. “It must not be overlooked that our increasing connectivity to internet-based platforms and services has significantly raised the risk of cyberattacks on everyone, including citizens, businesses and local governments. Our best response to such threats involves the adoption of strong cybersecurity measures, as well as cooperation and information sharing.”

General Counsel event participants included Alejandra Castillo, legal & compliance coordinator for Alcon (a Novartis company); Wendy Alcala, vice president of legal & compliance for Nestlé Mexico; and Ana Maria Morales de Velasco, head of legal & compliance for Rabobank Mexico.

“We understand the challenge clients face in having to adopt corporate compliance and cybersecurity policies across multiple jurisdictions and technology platforms,” said Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, who also serves as chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Practice and the Global Corporate & Securities Practice. “Our approach is to seamlessly integrate attorneys with the right experience in handling white collar criminal and regulatory enforcement investigations with corporate lawyers who have advised and structured business practices for corporate clients.”

Several members of the firm’s Global Anti-Corruption Group and the White Collar Criminal Defense Practice, which includes Boston Shareholder John A. Pappalardo, Miami Shareholders Jacqueline Becerra and Jared E. Dwyer, and Mexico City Shareholder Hugo López Coll, participated in the event as panelists. 

“The only way we can change the market dynamic is through collective action. This summit served as an opportunity for us to discuss how general counsels perpetuate anti-corruption and cybersecurity measures across their organizations in Mexico,” added John A. Pappalardo, shareholder and co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global White Collar Criminal Defense Practice. “Mexico’s new National Anti-Corruption System shows the market is changing faster than ever, and we must stay ahead of the curve. The past several years have witnessed an explosion in white collar criminal prosecutions. The breadth of recent enforcement cases is also remarkable. And investigations that were once limited to the United States now frequently involve regulators and prosecutors across the globe.”

“The event highlighted how much we have to learn from each other in the region. Across industries and countries, the pressure to meet the highest compliance standards is real and growing,” said Jacqueline Becerra, shareholder of Greenberg Traurig.  

“We hope this summit will help bring about real change and renewed ambition for anti-corruption and cybersecurity efforts in Mexico, the region and beyond,” commented Jared Dwyer, shareholder of Greenberg Traurig.

“The launch of Mexico’s new National Anti-Corruption System is an important step for companies to adopt strong, clear policies and management systems in order to curb bribery and corruption,” said Hugo López Coll, shareholder of Greenberg Traurig. “I was also delighted to hear general counsels from Mexican companies share their insights and experiences regarding the best international practices available for the implementation of successful anti-corruption and cybersecurity campaigns in Mexico.”

Giuliani became the U.S. Associate Attorney General, the third highest position in the U.S. Department of Justice, in 1981. He served two consecutive terms as the 107th Mayor of the City of New York from 1994-2001, and then returned to the private sector as Chairman and CEO of Giuliani Partners. At Greenberg Traurig, Giuliani is an integral part of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management, White Collar, Litigation, Appellate, Corporate, and Real Estate practices.

Menéndez-Cambó focuses on advising companies on their expansion and corporate governance in addition to working on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, as well as capital markets and general corporate and securities law matters.

Pappalardo focuses his international practice on federal white collar criminal defense, representing corporations and individuals in federal and international investigations.

Becerra’s practice includes commercial, securities, employment, patent and trademark litigation, as well as criminal matters, including internal corporate investigations and advising clients on the FCPA.

López Coll advises Mexican entities and their holding companies on regulatory and compliance matters with several Mexican laws. López Coll assists clients with issues arising under the FCPA, the OECD Convention, and the U.N. Convention Against Corruption.