June 26, 2019

Making Compliance Work in India: The Keys to Managing Risks and Disputes

India has emerged as a leading business destination for many U.S.-based and multinational companies. While India’s recent economic growth has created considerable opportunities, companies conducting business in India face many challenges, including, most notably, addressing compliance concerns relating to bribery and corruption, and managing legal disputes in a complex, bureaucratic legal system.

Foley invites you to a breakfast discussion with attorney Sherbir Panag of India-based MZM Legal. Mr. Panag, together with Senior Counsel Lauren Valiente, will provide their perspectives on how companies can effectively navigate the legal and compliance challenges of conducting business in India. The discussion will focus on practical strategies for implementing compliance programs, and approaching and resolving disputes within the Indian legal framework, including:

  • Developing effective compliance procedures and protocols that incorporate the cultural and legal sensitivities of the India market

  • Conducting effective internal investigations in India

  • Providing insight into how companies can better prepare themselves to resolve disputes arising in India

  • Outlining India-specific best practices, from dispute prevention to documentation to alternative means of dispute resolution

Sherbir Panag is a partner with MZM, where he chairs the firm’s Compliance and Investigation Practice. Sherbir is a Chambers- and Legal 500-ranked Mumbai attorney who has handled financial fraud, corruption, asset recovery, breach of trust, cross-border disputes, and debarment matters, along with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.K. Bribery Act, India’s Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), and many other countries’ anti-corruption laws. Sherbir was formally enrolled with the Bar Council of India in June 2014. He has been assisting licensed attorneys in these practice areas since 2010.

Lauren Valiente is a senior counsel in Foley’s Tampa office. Lauren focuses her practice on government compliance and enforcements matters, including the FCPA, where she has experience in conducting risk assessments, developing compliance programs, and defending companies in enforcement actions. She was admitted to The Florida Bar in 2007, and has been licensed to practice law for nine years.

There is no cost to participate in this program, but pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact John Vicars at jvicars@foley.com.

Foley & Lardner LLP will apply for CLE credit after the program in Wisconsin and wherever else applicable. Foley & Lardner LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for California MCLE credits by the State Bar of California in the amount of two General credits. Foley & Lardner LLP is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider. Please note that participants must be in attendance on the date of the event; credit may not be obtained by viewing and/or listening to a program recording after the event. Certificates of attendance will be distributed to eligible participants approximately eight weeks after the program via email.

Special Instructions for Kansas/New York/New Jersey CLE Credit

Those seeking Kansas, New York, and/or New Jersey CLE Credit are required to complete theAttorney Affirmation Form. Be sure to enter the five-digit code that will be provided during the presentation. Please email the form to John Vicars at jvicars@foley.com immediately following the program.

Important Information for New York Attorneys

This program is appropriate for experienced attorneys only. Attorneys admitted two years or less are not eligible to earn CLE credit through the completion of courses in nontraditional formats.

Event Location: 
Foley & Lardner LLP , 100 North Tampa Street Suite 2700, Tampa, FL 33602-5810