The 4th annual edition of the Romanian White Collar Crime & Corporate Fraud Conference features presentations on how to identify, detect and manage risks related to fraudulent activities in companies.
This traditional event will address anti-bribery and anti-money laundering systems and controls and will provide a regulatory and enforcement update on legislation in Romania. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from anti-bribery and anti-money laundering experts, the Ministry of Justice and the Romanian National Office for Prevention and Control of Money Laundering.
Implementing procedures to help companies comply with bribery and tax evasion legislation is a necessary task in 2022, that can ensure efficient control for monitoring and mitigating the risk of fraud.
Our conference will address the latest challenges, threats and developments in fraud prevention and white collar crime to help companies minimize exposure to risk and build effective processes and controls to identify and manage new type of risks in an advanced technological environment.
This event is addressed to the executive management with a focus on corporate governance and compliance areas.
Access to the event will be allowed to the following categories of people:
• Vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and for which 10 days have passed since the completion of the complete vaccination schedule.
• Persons between the 15th and 180th day after confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Registration conditions: The program and the speakers are subject to change. Should the conference be cancelled due to force majeure, unavailability of the conference venue, speakers being prevented or for other good cause, the organizer reserves the right to cancel the conference.
Participation fee return policy:
- if the request for cancellation is made up to 45 calendar days before the event, the amount paid will be returned in full;
- if the request for cancellation is made up to 30 calendar days before the event, 70% of the amount paid is returned;
- if the request for cancellation is made up to 15 calendar days before the event, 50% of the amount paid is returned;
- if the request for cancellation is made less than 7 days before the event, the amount paid will not be returned.
Data protection and sharing of contact details
|08:30 - 09:00||
|09:00 - 10:00||
KEY PRIORITIES FOR ANTI-CORRUPTION AND AML IN ROMANIA
Topic: The most recent anti-crime policies enacted in Romania and the business environment
Topic: Updates on Preventing and Combating Money Laundering
Topic: The European Union’s Sixth Anti-Money Laundering Directive - implementation in Romania
|10:00 - 11:30||
EMERGING TRENDS AND ISSUES - FRAUD PREVENTION AND DETECTION
Topic: The impact of the Whistleblowing Law on Corporate Fraud - updates and challenges
Topic: The effect of the Whistleblowing Law on the phenomenon of corporate fraud
Topic: Whistleblowing at the European level
Topic: The benefits of organizations to implement a whistleblowing channel
Topic: Walking on thin ice - Tax Evasion. Tax Abuse. Tax Optimisation. Differences and similarities
Topic: Piracy in the Digital Age: Evolving Cyber Threats
|11:30 - 12:00||
|12:00 - 13:30||
PRACTICAL INSIGHTS FROM THE FRONTLINES
Topic: Money Laundering: - National Risk Assesment
Topic: Behind the Scenes: Practice Tips for Investigating and Defending WCC Cases
Topic: Specific aspects regarding the criminal prosecution of the natural person for economic and financial crimes
Topic: Fraud Investigation. Practical Examples
Topic: Measures to know the clientele - from theory to banking practice
Topic: Are you measuring the right things? Choosing and using KPIs that matter in a CMS (Compliance Management System) Program
|13:30 - 14:30||
Mr. Constantin Ilie Aprodu leads the Romanian Financial Intelligence Unit, the authority that coordinates the assessment of money laundering risks and combating terrorist financing at the national level. With over 10 years of experience in the field of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism, being in a management position at O.N.P.C.S.B., he has an extensive professional experience gained as Member of the Interministerial Committee on Finance, Guarantees and Insurance (CIFGA) at EximBank and as Secretary General in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Mr. Constantin Ilie Aprodu is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Faculty of Law and teaches Business Criminal Law.
Marius Voineag id the Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Criminal investigation and forensic section within the Prosecutor's Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice.
Nathan Brooks, DOJ’s International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (ICHIP) Attorney in Bucharest, is on detail from his permanent position as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) for the District of the Virgin Islands. He served as that District’s Senior Litigation Counsel, focusing on white—collar crimes, corruption, and computer crimes. Prior to becoming an AUSA, Mr. Brooks was a Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice in the Tax Division where he was twice named a DOJ “Outstanding Attorney” and was selected to instruct other federal prosecutors at DOJ’s National Advocacy Center. Mr. Brooks was formerly an editorial board member of The Federal Lawyer magazine, and he has previously taught criminal justice courses at a number of domestic and international institutions.
Oana Piticaş has extensive experience in criminal law, business crimes, criminal liability and criminal defence strategy, especially with foreign and local companies, but also in real estate and contract law. She specializes in legal assistance and representation of local or foreign companies in all stages of a criminal investigation, internal and fraud investigations, compliance and dawn raid.
Gabriel Zgunea has a vast experience in the field of private intelligence, having successfully coordinated numerous investigations and due diligences in Romania and CEE, for multinational companies in all industries.
Gabriel Albu has a solid and diverse experience related to the corporate field, assisting and representing a large number of companies - multinational and local - and also individuals within them, in complex criminal proceedings, under national jurisdiction and also with international elements.
Since 2005 Gabriel has begun the practice of criminal business law / white collar crime. Starting with 2008, in an independent environment, Gabriel has dedicated himself to this field of activity, being one of the pioneers of this field of professional practice in Romania - white collar crime, practiced at the professional level of sophistication to which it is understood today.
Over the years, Gabriel Albu has been involved in a large number of high-level criminal cases in Romania. He managed complex cases, at the highest level of representation, involving mainly accusations of tax evasion and fraud against the financial interests of the European Union, accusations of corruption, financial fraud, work related crimes, capital market and public procurement fraud.
The most recent success achieved by Gabriel Albu was the case publicly known as "Rompetrol II", where his team managed to obtain the dismissal of the criminal charges and release of significant assets from under freezing orders.
Highly regarded by clients and peers as one of the brightest white collar crime attorneys in Romania, Mihai Mareș specializes exclusively on criminal defence for senior executives, entrepreneurs, major industrial groups, financial institutions and large international and domestic companies. His expertise covers a broad range of matters involving money laundering, fraud, bribery and other forms of corporate misconduct.
With a Ph.D. in criminal procedure from the Romanian Academy’s Legal Institute, Mihai regularly publishes articles and studies on criminal law and criminal procedure and participates in international and national conferences related to these fields. His practice, experience and exposure to sophisticated cases make him an invaluable asset when collaborating with prominent international law firms and global alliances specialized in white collar crime.
Octavian is an experienced associate lawyer and is part of the dispute resolution team at bpv Grigorescu Stefanica. Octavian’s expertise includes assisting and representing international and domestic clients in complex litigation and pre-litigation proceedings arising out of tax and administrative matters, the performance or termination of various types of commercial agreements, challenges against the decisions of public authorities and complex claims or debt recovery and insolvency procedures.
His expertise also covers assisting and representing major international and domestic companies in complex commercial and white-collar criminal litigation.
The mission of Geert Vermeulen is to help organizations conduct business in an ethical and compliant way. Geert is specialized in establishing and improving ethics and compliance programs in general and anti-corruption and whistleblowing programs in specific. In 2016 he founded ECMC. ECMC provides compliance training, consulting services and interim ethics & compliance management. Previously Geert has been the Chief Compliance Officer of two multinational companies.
Geert regularly speaks and writes on ethics and compliance, see www.ethicscompliancemc.com. He has been the President of the Dutch Compliance Officers Association, where he founded the expert group on Financial Economic Crime. He is a member of the expert group on Culture and Behavior of the association and a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Law Compliance Minor at The Hague University. When he was granted the National Compliance Award in 2020, he was labelled ‘the compliance guru’; the jury called him a figurehead and role model for the compliance community.
In 2020 Geert launched his new company called ‘The Integrity Coordinator’ (www.theintegritycoordinator.com). This company is an independent, external coordinator of whistleblowing or speak up procedures.
Mihaela Racles is the Legal Compliance Director in Romania for Profi Rom Food. Mihaela started her career at BCR in 2005, where she stayed until she moved to Raiffeisen Leasing Romania in 2008. She returned to BCR in 2009 and stayed with the company for another two years. Later on, Racles spent two and a half years at Alpha Leasing Romania and five years at Lidl. She moved to Nobel in 2019, where she served as the Head of Legal. Racles obtained her first and second master’s degrees at the Nicolae Titulescu University of Bucharest in 2008 and 2009, respectively, and her third master’s degree at the University of Bucharest in 2009.
Mr. Furdui heads the Crime Prevention Department of the Romanian Ministry of Justice, capacity in which he also manages the Technical Secretariat of the National Anticorruption Strategy and chairs the cooperation platforms organized in the framework of the Strategy, including the platform for cooperation with the business environment.
Maria has been based in Spain for over a decade and represents Whistlelink in Iberia, Romania and Bulgaria, developing strategic partnerships with law firms and helping companies implement a compliant, safe and user-friendly whistleblowing solution. She has over 15 years’ experience in developing partnerships across borders and supporting clients and businesses in several industries. Whistlelink is an ISO 27001 certified Swedish tech company, offering organisations a safe technology in compliance with the Whistleblowing Directive to help them improve social responsibility and remove hurdles from reporting of wrongdoing.
Mr. Tanase is acting as the deputy head of the Department of Crime Prevention, Ministry of Justice, working in the department for 16 years. In this capacity, he is representing the Ministry in several committees of the Council of Europe dedicated to the prevention of money laundering, financing of terrorism and anticorruption.
In the last couple of years, he was involved in the discussion of several EU instruments, such as:
- Directive (EU) 2019/713 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2019 on combating fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/413/JHA,
- Directive (EU) 2018/1673 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on combating money laundering by criminal law, the so called the 6th EU AML Directive.
Monica Berindean is the Head of Compliance at Banca Transilvania, the largest bank and financial group in Romania. Before joining Compliance Department four years ago, she worked for more than thirteen years for the Legal Department of the bank, where she gained experience as an expert in the application of legislation specific to consumer protection, acquisitions & mergers and legal advice for granting high value loans.
Prior Banca Transilvania she worked as legal advisor at an important insurance company. She has a legal background. She also has several certification obtained from the Romania Banking Institute and from Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments(CISI).
Mihai is a Deputy Director within the Financial Advisory practice of Deloitte Romania experienced in fraud investigation, eDiscovery, digital forensics and anti-bribery and anti-corruption. He also leads the Forensic Technology practice in Romania and Central Europe. His extensive experience covers various industries such as power and utilities, financial and non-financial institutions, insurance and manufacturing, addressing both criminal and civil crime. He was part of multiple investigations, including as a leader of the project, both in Romania and abroad and also multiple e-Discovery and computer forensics investigations fighting against regulatory and anti-trust breaches, internal fraud, intellectual property theft and financial fraud. Mihai is also a Certified Fraud Examiner with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Dorin Rânceanu is the Head of the cybercrime service within the National Cyberint Center of the Romanian Intelligence Service SRI. The service acts to identify, prevent and counter vulnerabilities, risks and threats to cyber security in Romania generated by cybercrime groups.
Albu Legal is the new boutique law office, specialized in white collar crime, criminal and administrative prevention, internal and anti-fraud investigations, human rights protection procedures, defense of the crime victims’ rights, as well as in any related litigation and non-contentious issues.
Albu Legal’s competencies focus in particular on the assistance provided to clients such as international investment funds, industrial equipment suppliers, oil companies, national, regional and global, international infrastructure and construction companies, global pharmaceutical companies, public service companies, international consulting companies, multinational and local companies from food industry, regional communications companies, regional real estate investment companies, European and international financial and banking groups, local and regional IT companies, but also to individuals in business executive positions. Our team is comprised of attorneys cumulating over 40 years of professional experience, assisted over 1,000 satisfied clients and accounts for more than 1 billion euros saved.
Due to our exposure to high-level clientele and sophisticated and many times cross-border matters, we gained significant experience in various types of international cooperation and litigation procedures.
bpv Grigorescu Ștefănică is a business law firm with a full-service offering for complex projects and litigation and a unique combination of legal and tax advisory capabilities. Founded in 2006 the firm is known internationally for its focus on the technology sector and its practice in areas such as Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Taxation, Employment & Benefits, Procurement, Concessions & PPPs, Medical services, Energy and Infrastructure.
Our firm’s partner, Daniel Stefanica, is a member of ICC Fraudnet and the first-ever Romanian member of the network. Founded in 2004 by the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), FraudNet operates under the auspices of the ICC’s London-based Commercial Crime Services unit and is an international network of independent lawyers who are the leading civil asset recovery specialists in each country.
bpv Grigorescu Ștefănică team is mentioned continuously among the recommended law firms by the most prominent international legal publications such as Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, IFLR1000, ITR World Tax. Also Chambers Global recognizes ICC FraudNet as the world’s leading asset recovery legal network.
bpv Grigorescu Ștefănică is a founding member of bpv Legal, an alliance of independent business law firms with offices in Bratislava, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Prague and Vienna, offering cross-border legal advisory services.”
Deloitte is the world’s oldest and largest professional services firm and provides audit, consulting, legal, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. Deloitte serves four out of five Fortune Global 500 companies through a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories, bringing world-class capabilities, insights, and high-quality service to address clients' most complex business challenges. Deloitte's goal is to make an impact that matters through its more than 345,000 professionals.
In Romania, Deloitte provides, in cooperation with Reff & Associates | Deloitte Legal, services in audit, tax, legal, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, business processes as well as technology services and other related services, through over 2,600 professionals.
Mareș & Mareș is a leading Romanian law firm specialized in white-collar crime, with a secondary focus on civil litigation. The firm provides cutting edge services to a diverse client portfolio, including multinational and local companies, senior management, high-profile politicians, entrepreneurs, both in Romania and abroad.
The firm covers all areas of criminal law connected with anti-bribery and corruption, money laundering, bankruptcy, embezzlement, tax fraud, organized crime groups and investigations, as well as the subsequent related areas of civil litigation and asset recovery. Established in 2006, Mareș & Mareș has evolved constantly, becoming a market leader in the field of white collar crime and having formed a new generation of talented lawyers in this area.
Mareș & Mareș is also an active member of several leading associations: The ROXIN Alliance (member of the World Bank’s Global Forum for Law, Justice and Development), The American Bar Association, The European Criminal Bar Association, The International Bar Association, Global Criminal Law Counsel (GCLC).
Noerr stands for excellence and an entrepreneurial approach. With highly experienced teams of strong characters, Noerr devises and implements solutions for the most complex and sophisticated legal challenges. United by a set of shared values, the firm’s 500+ professionals are driven by one goal: our client’s success. As one of the leading European law firms, Noerr is also internationally renowned with offices in eleven countries and a global network of top-ranked “best friends” law firms.
Corporate Intelligence Agency is one of the top leading business and competitive intelligence company in Romania, providing its partners with integrated services dedicated to securing the business, reducing risks or eliminating vulnerabilities that may occur. Whether it's valuable information, different types of fraud, managing risks and current or occasional threats, regardless of our partner's profile, the company will try to offer integrated Business and Corporate Intelligence solutions, actively contributing to the successful achievement of the client's goals.
Whistlelink is a Swedish tech company offering a web-based whistleblowing solution to companies and organizations. Our ambition is to provide the most user-friendly whistleblowing system in the world, as we understand the significant impact a simple and safe whistleblowing channel has on individuals, organizations and the society at large. Whistlelink aspires to be viewed as the local option in all countries and we make our system available in 35+ languages and host it in Europe. The company is ISO 27001 certified for Information security management.
The Risk & Compliance Platform Europe website is a cross-border interactive platform that publishes in nine languages, Romanian being one of them. Our aim is increase the impact of the risk& compliance community in Romania by encouraging cooperation between specialists with different professional and cultural backgrounds and by promoting the importance of related fields. The platform is addressed to all professionals working in the field of risk and compliance, both in the financial world, at large and medium-sized companies, and also in the public sector. The platform is on interest not only for compliance managers and officers, but also to business and general managers who are confronted in their daily work with the increased risks and regulatory pressure from national and international government bodies and supervisors.
The fee includes the participation in the conference sessions, coffee breaks and lunch, as well as the conference proceedings documents.
All registration fees mentioned above exclude 19% Romanian VAT.