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1stWEST Financial Corporation provides background investigations, asset searches and fraud investigations for the corporate finance industry and other professionals in need of satisfying their background due-diligence requirements on prospect companies, principals, senior managers, partners and overviewkey management personnel. Founded in 1991, 1stWEST provides information to assist our clients in investment due-diligence and underwriting, contract negotiations, litigation resolution and pre-employment requirements by providing information to determine the financial character and capacity of the business or person with which they are dealing or employing. In the financial services sector, our extensive experience in background investigations, banking, corporate and real estate finance enables us to provide superior products and service in this area of specialization. 



Accenture Trading, Investments & Optimization Strategy (ATIOS) is the premiere global strategy consulting arm of Accenture Strategy, offering specialist industry knowledge and global breadth to help organisations craft powerful and agile strategies, designed to make the most of today’s challenging and dynamic commodity markets. ATIOS covers three critical capability areas: Portfolio Strategy and Transactions, Commodity Trading Strategy and Risk Analytics, and Value Chain Optimisation. ATIOS focus on sustainable risk and earnings management, built with execution in mind, and are accelerated using a proprietary suite of assets and tools. ATIOS is a global group that work across multiple industries and geographies to provide an integrated service to help clients address their most challenging issues.



ADDACTIS Worldwide is a consultancy firm delivering actuarial and strategic services along with software to the (re)insurance sector. More than 200 companies and 1500 software users in over 45 countries have already chosen our consulting services and software solutions. We combine more than 130 experts with new generation software to provide reserving, pricing and modeling services for the international (re)insurance market. Actuarial/IT teams and tools are user-oriented to ensure ease-of-use, transparency, speed and clear reporting as well as providing wide-ranging technical functionalities, enhancing actuarial expertise and financial control. ADDACTIS Worldwide is the solution that meets actuarial (re)insurance needs with focus on productivity and full traceability.



American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading international insurance organisation serving customers in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional, and individual customers through one of the most extensive worldwide property-casualty networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of life insurance and retirement services in the United States. AIG companies offer solutions that respond to the management exposures of public, private and non-profit companies including directors & officers’ liability, employment practices liability, crime and fiduciary liability.

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AlixPartners is a leading global business advisory firm of results-oriented professionals who specialise in creating value and restoring performance. We thrive on our ability to make a difference in high-impact situations and to deliver sustainable, bottom-line results. The firm’s expertise covers a wide range of businesses and industries whether they are healthy, challenged or distressed. Since 1981, we have taken a unique, small-team, action-oriented approach to helping corporate boards and management, law firms, investment banks and investors to respond to crucial business issues. For more information, visit www.alixpartners.com. 



Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) when conventional approaches are not enough to activate change. Privately-held since 1983, A&M is a leading global professional services firm that delivers performance improvement, turnaround management and business advisory services to organisations seeking to transform operations, catapult growth and accelerate results through decisive action. Our senior professionals are experienced operators, world-class consultants and industry veterans who draw upon the firm’s restructuring heritage to help leaders turn change into a strategic business asset, manage risk and unlock value at every stage.



Ambridge Partners LLC and its UK based subsidiary, Ambridge Europe Limited, is a specialised managing general underwriter of transactional, contingency and specialty management liability insurance products. Founded in 2000, the firm’s mission is to provide its clients with customised solutions that facilitate the accomplishment of strategic objectives in connection with a wide variety of circumstances or situations such as financings & investments; licensing agreements; liquidations; mergers & acquisitions; and restructurings. Through working closely with its clients, Ambridge provides insurance solutions that are flexibly designed to meet individual requirements and delivered in an unobtrusive, timely and cost effective manner. 



In today’s global market, a multijurisdictional approach to compliance is essential.  With offices in key financial centres and emerging markets, Baker & McKenzie lawyers are already on the ground, ready to tackle investigations. Our approach ensures that your compliance program satisfies the expectations of enforcement authorities around the globe, providing protection where you need it most.

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Bass Berry & Sims Compliance and Government Investigations team assists clients throughout the US on securities, healthcare and public corruption-related investigations, and globally, with FCPA and other anti-corruption laws. We understand the governmental priorities that bear on these issues and guide clients through their dealings with government agencies and regulators. While the stakes are undoubtedly high, we also understand the importance of minimising the disruption these issues can cause to our clients’ business. Simply stated, we stand with our clients before, during and after their dealings with the government to ensure the best possible outcomes.

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Berkeley Research Group, LLC is a leading global expert services and consulting firm that provides independent expert testimony, litigation and regulatory support, authoritative studies, strategic advice, and document and data analytics to major law firms, Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, and regulatory bodies around the world. From testifying in high-stakes litigation to consulting on large-scale projects, BRG experts and consultants combine intellectual rigor with practical, real-world experience and an in-depth understanding of industries and markets.

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BiZZdesign enables business transformation and improvement by providing integrated EA and BPM solutions comprising design tools, training, business consultancy and best practices. The BiZZdesign Tool Suite helps to identify, plan and execute transformations and improvements, is based on open standards (TOGAF, ArchiMate, BPMN), is easy to use, flexible and scalable. BiZZdesign helps midsized and large organisations who need to deal with complex business and IT changes. They have to drive these high-impact and time-pressured changes based on clear decision-making aligned on a strategy, design and implementation level, bounded by significant cost constraints and business continuity risks.



Board Advisory, LLC provides full support for executive management, compensation committees and boards of directors in their management of executive compensation, performance and succession planning processes for senior executives. The company was formed through the combination of separate, distinct executive compensation consulting practices addressing different aspects of the emerging board responsibility for ensuring appropriate talent is available to the organisation, that the talent is motivated to achieve superior results in an ethical manner, and that the risks relating to leadership succession, retention and talent availability are appropriately managed.



Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, founded in 1997, has close to 300 lawyers practicing in the US and the UK. We regularly serve as lead counsel in the most significant and highest profile disputes in the world. In less than a decade, we have won and saved our clients billions of dollars in trials, arbitrations and settlements. Our Crisis Management and Government Response practice focuses on enterprise-threatening events involving overlapping civil or criminal litigation, intense media scrutiny and inquiries by legislative and regulatory authorities. Our partners have served in senior positions in Congress, the White House, the DOJ, FTC, SEC and both federal and state prosecutors’ offices.



Bovill is a financial services regulatory consultancy. Since we first rolled up our sleeves in 1999 we’ve been helping business in financial services to thrive and comply. We’ve built a global team of subject matter specialists spanning the regulatory agenda. They have broad sector knowledge and are able to bring practical experience to the mix. We have clients across the world and offices in London, Manchester and Singapore and are proud to stay independently owned.



Bretton Woods Law is a set of barristers Chambers whose members focus solely on International Organisations Law. Our members specialise in representing companies facing possible sanctions, including debarment or more serious repercussions by Multilateral Development Banks, as a result of an investigation into or an allegation of engaging in, sanctionable practices. Bretton Woods Law has world-class credentials in this field and can provide a wide range of appropriate solutions to best defend companies’ interests. Our members have particular expertise in negotiating resolution or settlement agreements and are adept at assisting companies to fulfill their obligations thereafter.



Caldwell Partners is one of the world’s premier providers of executive search and has been for more than 40 years. As one of the most trusted advisers in executive search, we have a sterling reputation built on successful searches for board directors, chief and senior executives, and selected functional experts. We have assembled an elite team of partners with hands-on experience and extensive industry knowledge across all major industries at the very highest levels of management and operations. Our search teams are successful in working across a broad range of sectors, from early stage privately funded firms and foundations, to global organisations, institutions and all levels of government.



CTPartners is a leading global executive search firm that is designed to deliver in-depth expertise, creative strategies and outstanding results to clients worldwide. Committed to a philosophy of partnering with its clients, CTPartners offers a proven track record in C-suite, top executive and board searches, as well as extensive experience in serving private equity and venture capital firms. From its 30 offices in 18 countries, CTPartners serves clients with a global organisation of more than 500 professionals and employees, offering expertise in board advisory services, key leadership functions and executive recruiting services.



With 650 lawyers in 11 offices nationwide, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP strives to provide clients with unparalleled service in matters ranging from billion-dollar deals to complex class actions, across a broad spectrum of industries. With a cross-practice area team dedicated to Data Security and Privacy, Drinker Biddle is prepared to help clients leverage the vast amounts of data they collect and process through advancements in technology, while also helping them understand how they can use and secure that data in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations both in the United States and throughout the world.



Dealing with complex issues of fraud, regulatory compliance and business disputes can detract from efforts to succeed. Better management of fraud risk and compliance exposure is a critical business priority – no matter what the industry sector is. With more than 2600 fraud investigation and dispute professionals around the world, EY assembles the right multidisciplinary and culturally aligned team to work with you and your legal advisers. We work to give you the benefit of our broad sector experience, our deep subject matter knowledge and the latest insights from our work worldwide. 

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At Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L., we have a passion for excellence. Excellence in work product, excellence in representation, excellence in results. FI&C provides clients with innovative thinking, good judgment and hard work, to assist in resolving disputes large and small, near and far. Our firm profile continues to evolve so that we can best serve our expanding client base and the changing set of legal issues confronting those clients.

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FisherBroyles, LLP is a full-service law firm for the 21st century. Our Law Firm 2.0 business model prioritises the highest quality of legal services by partners who have the most relevant expertise, while our structure maximises efficiency, responsiveness and value. Our law firm model simply aligns the interests of clients and attorneys by identifying and eliminating the inefficiencies of the traditional law firm model.



FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organisations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. FTI Consulting professionals, who are located in all major business centres throughout the world, work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management and restructuring. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com.



FWU Group is an international financial services group. Its core activities include life insurance, asset management and pension plans. The group is also recognised for its international leadership and expertise in Shariah-compliant investments and life insurance (Family Takaful solutions). FWU group specialises in white label Family Takaful Investment Linked Plans and partners with the relevant local Takaful operator in the selected market to offer a customised innovative product family, which includes savings, education, marriage and pension plans.

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G3 is a business intelligence and cyber security firm with offices in London, New York and Berlin. We provide advice to clients investing prudently and successfully in difficult to navigate markets and disruptive technologies. We protect them and their families from the growing threat of cyber crime and reputational damage. Over the last decade, we have established ourselves as a trusted adviser to some of the world’s most successful corporations, financial institutions, law firms, family offices and private clients.



Goodwin Procter’s Privacy & Data Security Practice offers a cross-disciplinary approach that draws on our corporate, technology and litigation experience to help clients navigate the legal landscape, manage information technology efficiently and respond to threats. We provide a wide range of services in the area of privacy and data security law, advising on the complex patchwork of federal, state and global regulations. We counsel clients on avoiding and mitigating litigation risk, and engage in active litigation and dispute resolution, including class action litigation. We represent clients before government and regulatory agencies in investigations and enforcement proceedings, and in connection with breaches of data security.



GÖRG is one of Germany’s leading business law firms. As an independent law firm with more than 250 lawyers at six offices in Berlin, Cologne, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg and Munich, we advise on the core areas of business law. GÖRG’s size and structure enable us to provide a highly efficient service for large and small matters alike – and not only in Germany. IT matters represent one of the core competencies of GÖRG, its IT practice being comprised of several experts in different areas of that field who work in several offices and get together regularly to maintain cutting-edge expertise.



With cybercrime and data breaches on the rise, legal guidance on compliance, risk management and incident response is imperative. Governo Law Firm’s Data Privacy and Cyber Liability Practice Group is well versed in state, US and international data privacy and security laws. Our attorneys stand ready to provide their expertise to: conduct risk assessments, develop data protection policies, advise on compliance and represent businesses in enforcement and litigation matters. Our approach includes advice on how to control data privacy and cyber risks with external service providers.

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Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. These firms help dynamic organisations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, forward looking advice. Proactive teams, led by approachable partners in these firms, use insights, experience and instinct to understand complex issues for privately owned, publicly listed and public sector clients and help them to find solutions. In the UK, we employ over 4400 of the profession’s brightest minds, operating from 25 offices.



Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1750 attorneys serving clients from 36 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Our Export Controls team advises and represents clients on the full range of international goods, software and technology transfer issues. We have broad experience providing export controls, economic sanctions and related regulatory counsel to both US and foreign businesses. We assist companies various industries including aerospace, defence, firearms and ammunition, electronics, software and information technology, financial services, food, consumer products, biotechnology, medical device, and engineering services.



HighQ is a leading provider of secure data room, enterprise collaboration and file sharing software. The company provides innovative solutions to some of the world’s leading law firms, banks and corporations. HighQ uniquely combines enterprise-grade technology with the best ideas and user experience from consumer tools to enable organisations to securely exchange business-critical information.



Hitec develop, implement and support software solutions that help organisations reduce cost, improve efficiency, lower risk and ensure regulatory compliance. Our innovations have assisted customers to address business and operational challenges for over 20 years. In Enterprise Content Management, we help clients to capture and index scanned documents, email messages, spreadsheets and computer generated output, into a single digital repository for secure retention and re-use. In Governance Risk & Compliance, we enable customers to identify, assess and prioritise risks, apply and manage controls. We manage the lifecycle of Corporate Policies & Procedures, ensuring that stakeholders receive, read, understand and agree to them.



Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1000 lawyers and other professionals in 17 US offices, as well as Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Bogotá and Mexico City. Our lawyers provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location. The Business Section has more than 300 lawyers in three major areas – Corporate Transactional matters, Financial Services and Private Wealth Services.

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Holman Fenwick Willan is an international law firm advising businesses on the legal issues relating to international commerce. Regarding sanctions, we advise on the regimes introduced internationally against countries such as Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Iraq and Ivory Coast, in particular, sanctions adopted at UN, EU, UK, UAE, French and Australian levels. We coordinate advice from other jurisdictions, including the United States, South Korea, Bermuda, Singapore and Switzerland. We advise on payment issues and appropriate contractual protection, prepare bespoke clauses, advise on the effect of clauses prepared by others, and advise on disputes involving sanctions.



IBM is a global technology and innovation company and the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 375,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. Headquartered in Armonk, NY, IBM offers a wide range of technology and consulting services; a broad portfolio of middleware for collaboration, predictive analytics, software development and systems management; and the world’s most advanced servers and supercomputers. By utilising its business consulting and technology expertise, as well as the $6bn a year it invests in R&D, IBM helps its clients become ‘smarter as the planet becomes more ever more digitally interconnected.



Working with a broad spectrum of companies around the world, IdentityMind’s mission is concise: construct electronic identities and infuse integrity back into the global market of digital commerce. We continue to enhance our core technology Electronic DNA (eDNA), capturing good and bad actors within the ecosystem in order to provide cost-effective risk management solutions while keeping the privacy of the actors. Together we are impacting and neutralising some of the most pressing issues facing our society and the financial ecosystem including money laundering, transactional fraud and boarding risk/Know Your Customer (KYC). Everyone at IdentityMind is deeply devoted to this mission.



Innisfree M&A Incorporated (New York) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Lake Isle M&A Incorporated (London) provide clients with sound tactical and strategic advice and results-oriented implementation in proxy solicitations, tender and exchange offers, mergers, rights offerings, restructurings and other corporate actions – friendly or contested, domestic or cross-border. In addition, we provide consulting services on strategic management issues, such as corporate governance, executive compensation and investor relations. With an experienced professional staff in New York, London, and Pittsburgh, we have represented hundreds of companies in over 20 countries.



Innovation Insurance Group (www.innovationinsurancegroup.com) is a premier consulting company to the insurance industry formed by 30 year insurance veteran Ty R. Sagalow, specialising in the development of new products and the providing of expert witness services in management and professional liability insurance. Mr Sagalow spent 25 years at AIG’s subsidiaries in various senior roles including Chief Underwriting Officer, General Counsel of National Union, Chief Operating Officer and President of AIG Product Development. The products largely created to our Principal include Entity Coverage D&O, Y2k Insurance, Cyber liability insurance and corporate reputation insurance. 



JamesDruryPartners is one of America’s leading board advisory services firms. The firm’s clients include many of America’s most prominent companies. Its extensive governance practice includes board director recruitment; board and director evaluation; boardroom best practices; and board succession planning. It is also well known for its innovative BoardSelect® process that empowers boards to proactively select an optimal outside board for their CEOs. Its annual report, The Corporate Governance Capacity of America’s Boards, is widely embraced by American business and published annually.



Jeantet is an independent French business law firm with offices in Morocco, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Hungary and Ukraine that delivers customised services with added value. Committed to ethics and human values, the firm is fully aware of the range of economic, technological, sectoral and legal changes its clients face and are able to anticipate, take action and propose solutions that are reliable and pragmatic. Well-established in its market thanks to solid foundations, Jeantet combines its excellence in legal expertise, in both advice and litigation, along with its entrepreneurial culture, to contribute to the success of its clients’ projects.



Kelley Drye was founded in 1836. Today the firm has more than 300 lawyers and other professionals throughout offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Stamford and Parsippany. The firm also has an office in Brussels, Belgium, and an affiliate relationship with an independent law firm in Mumbai, India. In more than 30 practice areas, we provide exceptional, cost-effective legal counsel that helps our clients achieve their business goals. The firm has received accolades from many sources, including Chambers USA recognition of 23 Kelley Drye lawyers as “Leaders in Their Field” and nine Kelley Drye Practice Areas, 2014.



KPMG LLP is the US member firm of KPMG International. With more than 24,000 people, including more than 1700 partners, we are a leader among professional services firms. Our high performing people mobilise around our clients, using our expertise and insight to cut through complexity and deliver informed perspectives and clear solutions that our clients and stakeholders value. KPMG Forensic is a global network comprised of multidisciplinary professionals from member firms of KPMG International who assist clients in achieving the highest levels of business integrity through the prevention, detection and investigation of fraud and misconduct, and by avoiding and resolving disputes.

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Kurt Salmon is a global management consulting firm dedicated to building the market leaders of tomorrow. More than just partnering with our clients, we ally with them, integrating ourselves seamlessly into their organisations in order to develop innovative, customised solutions for their 21st-century business issues. Our global CIO Advisory Practice assists CIOs in formulating, planning and executing programs that improve the responsiveness, adaptability and cost-effectiveness of their IT organisations and that drive overall business performance.



Linklaters LLP’s global Information Governance Practice team are experts in the plethora of laws that influence an organisation’s information governance strategy. We bring together expertise in privacy, litigation, corporate affairs and sectoral regulation to provide holistic advisory services to our information governance clients. We have a proven track record of advising on complex, multi-jurisdictional information management projects, often in coordination with technology consultants, and the team have developed strong links with regulators across the world, which means that we are aware of likely future regulatory developments and can prepare clients accordingly.



Mason & Mason Technology Insurance Services, Inc. serves as insurance broker to many of world’s most innovative companies, helping them efficiently manage complicated and often high stakes risks, complete strategic transactions, and address crucial regulatory matters. Our technology and life science industry practices have been long regarded as among the best in the insurance industry, with a record of supporting clients from start-up to billion-dollar multinationals. Our venture capital practice serves many of the nation’s leading VC firms and offers a suite of exclusive insurance products and services recognised by industry associations as being among the finest available.



McGladrey is a leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. We guide our clients through complex business challenges by understanding their needs and bringing together the right team to address them. With nearly 8000 professionals and associates in 80 cities nationwide and access to more than 32,000 people in 100 countries through our membership in RSM International, we can meet your needs wherever in the world you do business. For more information join our Facebook fan page at McGladrey News, follow us on Twitter @McGladrey, and connect with us on LinkedIn, and/or on YouTube.



MetaGovernance was formed for one purpose: To create and offer the world’s premiere technology-empowered framework enabling clients to manage, harness, optimise and leverage their information to realise objectives in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. MetaGovernance has assembled a team with unparalleled expertise in information strategy and governance solutions, coupled with broad business and technical experience. We offer an innovative solution that combines state of the art information governance methodology with software that automates our holistic approach to information governance and applies controls at the true sources of information. Our committed and experienced team accelerates effective implementation of our innovative strategy.



Miles Software is a trusted partner delivering excellence in technology and business solutions to over 300 leading private banking and financial institutions across 16 countries. The company’s flagship brand MoneyWare specialises in providing wealth, portfolio and asset management solutions.  The company has more than 300 financial services clients from single manager hedge funds to largest custodian banks across India, Middle East, APAC and Europe. MoneyWare Fundware solution is a comprehensive front, middle and back-office fund administration platform. The European and US focus is on investment compliance, risk and regulatory reporting. Fundware provides a ready-made solution to support firms to comply with regulations.



NAVEX Global helps more than 12,500 organisations worldwide contain compliance risks amid a never-ending stream of rapidly evolving internal and external threats. Our full suite of proven software, services and expertise helps ensure our clients’ Ethics & Compliance programmes are proactive, thorough and effective. Our mission is to help organisations protect and defend their people, reputation and bottom line – and maintain a resilient, ethical organisational culture.



Navigant (NYSE: NCI) is a specialised, global expert services firm dedicated to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities. Our Insurance Claims Accounting and Consulting professionals bring hundreds of years of combined experience representing insurers and policyholders experiencing significant claims and losses. We deliver proven expertise, quality and results helping clients expedite the loss determination, claim adjustment and settlement process. We have extensive experience assisting policyholders with the preparation of all types of claims domestically and abroad from multinational Fortune 100 to privately held companies in a variety of industries.



Norrbom Vinding is a boutique labour and employment law firm advising on all aspects of labour and employment law and acting exclusively for the management/employer side. The core group of Norrbom Vinding’s lawyers are among those who pioneered and developed labour and employment law as a separate discipline for private practice lawyers in Denmark in the 1980s, and the firm’s unique expertise thus builds on more than 30 years’ experience within the area. Today, Norrbom Vinding is the largest labour and employment practice in Denmark and Scandinavia. Norrbom Vinding is the Danish member of Ius Laboris, Global HR Lawyers. 



Okapi Partners is a strategic proxy solicitation and investor response firm providing a full range of solicitation and information agent services, as well as related consultation and advice to clients. The firm represents corporations, mutual funds, private equity firms, hedge funds and institutional investors and provides them with superior intellectual capital, industry relationships and execution capabilities. Okapi Partners combines expertise with a fresh, energetic approach. Clients can expect to work with the firm in developing and guiding their solicitation and response campaign from beginning to end. Okapi Partners provides our clients the ability to respond thoughtfully and effectively.



Paragon International Insurance Brokers Ltd is a leading financial and speciality lines broker, 100 percent owned by the management, operating in the Lloyd’s of London and International Specialty markets. Our focus is on areas that present complex risk management and risk transfer challenges, because this is where we add the most value for our clients. The Mergers & Acquisitions/Transaction Liability team consists of lawyers and insurance professionals with over 25 years of experience in the M&A insurance market. We have successfully arranged over 650 policies for transactions in most industry sectors and geographies.



Parker Fitzgerald brings together a global community of industry practitioners who specialise in the delivery of Risk & Regulatory Transformation within the financial services sector. Clients engage us at times of immense change within their organisation, where an experienced partner is required to help navigate the many challenges faced as a result of new regulation or self-imposed reform. This focus, as a practitioner-led consultancy, continues to differentiate Parker Fitzgerald, meaning we provide real domain expertise and technical skills with delivery know-how and an appreciation of how our clients’ organisations actually work.

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Pay Governance LLC is an independent firm that serves as a trusted adviser on executive compensation matters. Our work helps to ensure that our clients’ executive rewards programs are strongly aligned with performance and supportive of appropriate corporate governance practices.



Plesner is recognised as a leading Danish full-service law firm. Having about 380 employees, Plesner is able to carry out the largest and most complex legal projects. Plesner aims to create the greatest possible value for our clients’ businesses through focused and proactive advice, constant development of our competencies and a high level of service. Plesner covers all important areas of commercial law and is continuously rated among the best law firms in Denmark. Our specialists are among the absolute best in their fields and handle the interests of Danish and international clients in Denmark and abroad.

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Poyner Spruill’s Privacy and Information Security team knows that information is a vital asset of any business. Our practice focuses exclusively on privacy, information security, and records management law, and matters such as breach response, online and mobile privacy, marketing, vendor management and other areas of compliance and risk. We provide comprehensive, practical services to clients from a variety of industries including health care, clinical research, financial services, insurance, retail, utility, technology, consumer goods and client services. As a mid-size firm, we support clients of various size and scope, ranging from Fortune 100 companies with international reach to local charities.



Prager Dreifuss is an independent medium-size full service law firm with offices in Berne and Zurich and a foreign representation in Brussels. With more than 30 lawyers, many of them qualified in foreign jurisdictions, Prager Dreifuss acts for both local and international clients ranging from small and medium-sized businesses to multinationals from all business sectors, as well as private individuals. With profound knowledge of Swiss and EU competition law, the team regularly advises clients before the Swiss competition authorities and frequently collaborates with foreign law firms in multi-jurisdictional cartel and merger proceedings.



PwC in Italy provides professional audit, advisory, tax and legal advice to businesses with the aim of creating value.  PwC is a network across 157 countries with over 208,000 professionals, including 4000 in PwC Italy. The PwC network supports Italian companies in their process of internationalisation, whether it is developing new business, looking for competitive suppliers, seeking investors interested in their assets or identifying favourable opportunities for relocation. PwC has a proactive and multi-disciplinary team focused on markets that are priorities for Italian businesses.

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Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP is a dynamic and entrepreneurial law firm with deep experience and relationships in the financial markets and business community. With approximately 65 lawyers in New York, Washington, DC and London, the firm provides innovative legal solutions to a sophisticated range of clients across the investment and business spectrum, from hedge funds and investment banks to corporate boards and businesses enterprises. Founded in 1990, the hallmark of RK&O’s lawyers is exceptional judgment, the ability to provide clients with creative solutions to the most difficult problems and a commitment to the highest calibre service in a cost-effective manner.



RLM Finsbury is a global leader in strategic communications and a trusted adviser to boards of directors, senior executives and legal counsel of many of the world’s most successful companies, institutions and organisations. The firm has managed some of the most complex communications challenges, financial issues, reputational matters and other corporate crises of the last three decades. These include high-profile litigation, mergers and acquisitions, executive changes, restructurings and proxy fights, as well as brand positioning campaigns, product launches, advocacy campaigns, congressional investigations, legislative initiatives, labour matters, regulatory reviews and long-term reputation and employee engagement efforts.



For more than 20 years, RSR Partners has been at the cutting edge of director recruiting, executive search, and strategic talent advisory. Founded by our chairman, Russell S. Reynolds, Jr., we offer a rigorous search methodology, the agility of a boutique firm, and robust access to candidates globally. Our firm works with a select group of clients to build leadership competitive advantages. And our success working with a wide variety of clients reflects the strength of our intellectual capital, creativity, and assessment abilities. In all of our work, we find leaders who make the difference between good and great.



As the leader in business analytics software and services, SAS transforms your data into insights that give you a fresh perspective on your business. You can identify what’s working. Fix what isn’t. And discover new opportunities. We help organisations turn large amounts of data into knowledge they can use, and we do it better than anyone. It’s no wonder an overwhelming majority of customers continue to use SAS year after year. We believe it’s because we hire great people to create great software and services.



Schillings is the definitive expert in reputation defence. At a time when a cyber-breach or data loss can knock business confidence, Schillings is the only business in the world able to offer an award winning defamation and privacy legal offering with Risk Consulting and Cyber Security. Whether it’s identifying potential reputational risks before they happen, implementing procedures and investigations to counter the reputational threat posed by cyber-crime and data losses or protecting reputations with the same legal robustness shown over the last three decades, Schillings safeguard client reputations – whatever the threat.



Shearman & Sterling has been advising many of the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions, governments and governmental organizations for 140 years. We are committed to providing legal advice that is insightful and valuable to our clients. Together, our lawyers work across practices and jurisdictions to provide the highest quality legal services, bringing their collective experience to bear on the issues that clients face. For example, underpinning the quality of our work firmwide are our shared values. We take pride in the successes of our clients and in our contributions to them.



Through Simmons & Simmons LLP’s network of international offices, our EU, Competition and Regulatory International Practice Group is able to provide clients with a comprehensive and integrated service. As leading advisers in this complex field, our expertise spans the whole spectrum of EU and competition issues, notably: investigations and complaints, including complex multi-jurisdictional cartel work; compliance, including advice on compliance programmes; merger control; advising on commercial agreements; public procurement; and state aid. We also have broad regulatory experience, advising government and regulatory bodies, private sector investors and operators across a range of regulated sectors.



SPITZWEG – the legal architects – is your partner for all national and international commercial and tax law issues. As business demands are complex, they frequently involve a multiple interface between legal, taxation and business management aspects. Therefore, a holistic consultancy approach is the core of our work. Specialised in corporate & IT, tax law and labour & employment, we combine professional competence and creativity to aid the client’s success. Based in Munich and cross-linked within the EU and abroad, we accompany you with our ambition and our long lasting expertise for the achievement of your goals.

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Squire Patton Boggs combines sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. We care about the quality of our services, the success of our clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes. Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies and from individuals to local and national governments. Whatever is needed, we are able to deliver the seamless cross-practice, cross-border and industry-specific support that clients require for success in today’s competitive markets.



The Claro Group is a financial advisory and management consulting firm. We deliver analytics and solutions in high-stakes litigation matters, insurance claims and government contracts and we improve profitability for hospitals and health systems through strategic cost reductions and enhanced revenue realisation. As one of the few privately-owned consultancies, we remain uniquely focused on our clients and our people, while providing creative solutions with innovative pricing models where appropriate. We serve many of the world’s largest commercial and governmental organisations, delivering value with clarity and integrity.



At Tokio Marine HCC, we focus on financial lines, including M&A insurance, operating out of offices in Barcelona, London and Munich; together forming the groups’ centre of excellence for this line of business and jointly holding an extensive international client network. Tokio Marine HCC Group’s major domestic and international insurance companies have a financial strength rating of AA- by S&P and Fitch Ratings, A1 by Moody’s and A+ by A.M. Best. As such, we are considered to be a leading local provider with global reach and one of the most reliable and stable insurers in the market.



Walkers is a leading International Financial Centre law firm and a member of the International Financial Centres Forum (IFC Forum). From our offices in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Singapore, we provide legal services to FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations and financial institutions, capital markets participants, investment fund managers and middle market companies. Our global presence means we are always accessible to our clients in all time zones.



Whiteford, Taylor & Preston’s lawyers have developed a comprehensive, cross disciplinary practice in the areas of cyber security, data privacy, e-commerce and information security. We have combined our attorneys’ experience and skill as litigators and technology lawyers with their substantive knowledge of data security, privacy and information security laws that govern the collection, use and protection of personal information, such as HIPAA, COPPA, GLBA, and the European Privacy Directive. We can help data security vendors leverage their technologies, and help other organisations manage risks and reduce exposure to investigations and litigation arising from how they handle data.



Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker. With roots dating to 1828, Willis operates today on every continent with more than 17,000 employees in over 400 offices. Willis offers its clients superior expertise, teamwork, innovation and market-leading products and professional services in risk management and transfer. Our experts rank among the world’s leading authorities on analytics, modelling and mitigation strategies at the intersection of global commerce and extreme events. Across geographies, industries and specialisms, Willis provides its local and multinational clients with resilience for a risky world.

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For over a century, we have built Venable based on a simple and enduring premise: We see the world through the eyes of our clients. We immerse ourselves in our clients’ businesses to fully understand the context of their legal issues. Our clients know that our every decision – from hiring, to shaping our service areas, to expanding our global reach –  is informed by our desire to better serve their needs. Our attorneys have an excellent understanding of their practice areas and bring a wealth of firsthand experience to the challenges and opportunities our clients face.



Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With more than 55,000 employees, it provides a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses and mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in more than 170 countries. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872. The holding company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd (ZURN), is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and has a level I American Depositary Receipt (ZURVY) programme, which is traded over-the-counter on OTCQX. Further information about Zurich is available at www.zurich.com.



The 4Civility Institute is a pending tax exempt institution created by three urban universities in Louisville, Kentucky to better understand conflict and negative behaviours that threaten the health and well being of students, employees and others. The number 4 in the name of the Institute refers to the Four Pillars of the Institute: Knowledge; Reporting; Correcting; and Advocating.

 

Airmic, the association for UK-based risk and insurance managers, is a members’ association supporting those responsible for risk management and insurance within their own companies. We have just over 1100 individual members who represent over 450 companies. Airmic provides research, training, networking, lobbying and market information for the benefit of members. We hold over 50 events per year for our members, including our annual conference for over six hundred delegates.

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The purpose of the Association for Federal Enterprise Risk Management (AFERM) is to be a professional organisation dedicated to the advancement of federal Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). The Association serves its members by providing a forum for discussion of issues relevant to participants in the federal risk management profession, sponsoring appropriate educational programs, encouraging professional development, influencing governmental risk management policies and practices and serving as an advocate for the profession. The Association serves government officials and the public by sponsoring efforts to ensure full and fair accountability for management of risk in achieving organisational objectives.

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The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) is the world’s largest anti-fraud organisation and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 75,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. Founded in 1988 and based in Austin, Texas, the mission of the ACFE is to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime and to assist its membership with fraud detection and deterrence. The organisation also serves as the international representative for Certified Fraud Examiners to business, government and academic institutions.



APQC (American Productivity & Quality Center) is a member-based nonprofit and one of the world’s leading proponents of business benchmarking, best practices, and knowledge management research. We follow our mission to help organisations around the world improve productivity and quality by discovering effective methods of improvement, broadly disseminating findings, and connecting individuals with one another and with the knowledge they need to improve.



Australian Institute of Company Directors is Australia’s pre-eminent organisation for directors, dedicated to making a difference in the quality of governance and directorship. Our role is to provide leadership on director issues and promote excellence in governance to achieve a positive impact for the economy and society. Since our early beginnings, we have developed as an organisation recognised for quality and professionalism.

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The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) was established in 1994 to enable individual members to obtain guidance and support from fellow business continuity practitioners. The BCI currently has over 7000 members in 100+ countries active in an estimated 2750 organisations in private, public and third sectors. The BCI is the world’s most eminent BCM institute and our name is instantly recognised as standing for good practice and professionalism.

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C2ES – the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organisation working to advance strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, long recognized in the United States and abroad as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate issues. At C2ES, we believe that ensuring safe, reliable, affordable energy for all – while protecting the global climate – is a paramount challenge of the 21st century.



The Cambio Consulting Group was founded by Dr Douglas Webster to help organisations improve competitiveness and maximise stakeholder value by understanding and proactively leading change. Services include strategic planning, cost management, performance management, enterprise risk management, organisational change management and the integration of those through a proprietary framework designed to improve overall organisational value.

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The Center for Audit Quality is an autonomous, nonpartisan, nonprofit group based in Washington, DC. It is governed by a board that comprises leaders from the public company auditing firms, the American Institute of CPAs, and three members from outside the public company auditing profession. The organisation is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs. The Center for Audit Quality is dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets.



The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) exists to promote and develop high standards of professional skill, ability and integrity among all those engaged in purchasing and supply chain management. CIPS assists individuals, organisations and the profession as a whole. As an influential professional body, CIPS helps all kinds of organisations achieve all-round excellence in procurement and supply management. We do this by offering a range of products and services to equip you with the knowledge, training, and practical skills you need to derive maximum benefit from your procurement practices.



Curtin University is Western Australia’s largest university. Around 40,000 students attend a total of 16 Curtin locations, including campuses in Sydney, Singapore and East Malaysia. Curtin will be a beacon for positive change, embracing the challenges and opportunities of our times to advance understanding and change lives for the better. We will provide richly interactive and personalised learning experiences for our students, equipping them with leadership skills for the future and valuing them as partners in education and research – and as long-term influencers of change within society.



The Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) is a member-driven association exclusively for individuals responsible for their organisation’s ethics, compliance, and business conduct programs. The only organisation of its kind, its members represent the largest group of ethics and compliance practitioners in the world. The ECOA is credited with formally ‘founding’ the ethics and compliance field in 1991. The ECOA assembles people who are new to the field, as well as those with years of experience to share. Through the ECOA, practicing ethics and compliance officers collectively address the tough issues they face every day.

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The European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa) is a not-for-profit association founded in December 2004 under the laws of Belgium. Through its national institutes of directors (the main national institutes existing in Europe), ecoDa represents around 55,000 board directors from across the EU. ecoDa’s member organisations represent board directors from the largest public companies to the smallest private firms, both listed and unlisted.



The Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) exists to lead and enhance the effective practice of risk management, risk financing and insurance. In many countries across Europe and beyond, National Risk Management Associations are well established. Their members are risk and insurance professionals responsible for risk management in their organisation, whether in the public or private sector. FERMA provides the means of co-ordinating risk management and optimising the impact of these Associations outside of their national boundaries on a European level.

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Giving Voice to Values (GVV) is an innovative approach to promoting a higher level of integrity through business education and in the workplace, pioneered by Dr Mary C. Gentile. Launched by The Aspen Institute and the Yale School of Management, GVV is now based at Babson College. Drawing on experience as well as scholarship, GVV is not about persuading people to be more ethical. Rather GVV starts from the premise that most of us already want to act on our values, but that we also want to feel that we have a reasonable chance of doing so effectively and successfully. 



The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is the largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community and resource, helping practitioners develop and advance their careers and organisations manage and protect their data. Founded in 2000, the IAPP is a not-for-profit association that helps define, support and improve the privacy profession globally.

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Although the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) is structured as a multi-sector trade association, it is actually a unique organisation that combines the thought leadership that might be found in a ‘think tank’, with advocacy one would expect from a trade association, and operational security programs that might be found in a professional association. ISA was founded in 2000 in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. ISA membership is open to public and privately held entities.



Internet Security Alliance for Europe (ISAFE) is a non-profit association, bringing together leading European companies from multiple industry sectors and different EU member states. Our sponsor companies make up our board. They must be based in the EU. Non-EU companies which do business in Europe may join ISAFE, but they may not serve on the Board. ISAFE is affiliated to the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) in Washington and shares its mission and broad goals. However, the ISAFE Board designs its own programmes and our staff are all EU citizens, accessing ISA resources as needed.



ICSA is the chartered membership and qualifying body for people working in governance, risk and compliance, including company secretaries. With over 120 years’ experience, we develop the skills, knowledge and experience of governance professionals through our qualifications, training, high-quality guidance and technical know-how. We are the only qualifying body for chartered secretaries, whose broad skillset includes law, governance and compliance, and who are fundamental to the smooth running of organisations. In UK-listed companies, the role is recognised by the Companies Act 2006 and the UK Corporate Governance Code.



As an independent, nonprofit, global association, ISACA engages in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems. Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA now goes by its acronym only, to reflect the broad range of IT governance professionals it serves. ISACA provides practical guidance, benchmarks and other effective tools for all enterprises that use information systems. Through its comprehensive guidance and services, ISACA defines the roles of information systems governance, security, audit and assurance professionals worldwide.



The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organisation focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership. Based on more than 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets and provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business challenges and enhance shareowner value. Fostering collaboration among directors and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org.

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Reputation Institute is the world’s leading reputation management consultancy, enabling leaders to make more confident business decisions that build and protect reputation capital and drive competitive advantage. Our most prominent management tool analyses the reputations of companies and institutions. Businesses and executives regularly discover best practices in reputation management by affiliating with our Knowledge Center and participating in its learning programs and networking events. Reputation Institute has offices and associates in 30 countries around the world.



As the preeminent organisation dedicated to advancing the practice of risk management, RIMS, The Risk & Insurance Management Society, is a global not-for-profit organisation representing more than 3500 industrial, service, nonprofit, charitable and government entities throughout the world. Founded in 1950, RIMS brings networking, professional development and education opportunities to its membership of more than 11,000 risk management professionals who operate in more than 120 countries. For more information on RIMS, visit www.RIMS.org.

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The Risk Management Association (RMA) is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association serving the financial services industry. Its sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk, operational risk, securities lending, and regulatory issues. Founded in 1914, today, RMA has approximately 2,500 institutional members. These include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. RMA is proud of the leadership role its member institutions take in the financial services industry.

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Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all US master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.

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The Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) at Old Dominion University is a multi-disciplinary research centre dedicated to solving real world problems through the application of modelling and simulation techniques and to developing new approaches to representing physical, social and human systems in simulation. Established in 1997 and originally focused on military modelling and simulation, VMASC has leveraged that experience into addressing complex problems in multiple domain areas such as medical, transportation, education, business process engineering, human behaviour representation and many others. VMSAC is now one of the world’s leading research centres for computer modelling, simulation and visualisation.



WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) is the only global membership organisation and community of women corporate directors. In this new era of responsibility, WCD is committed not just to good governance, but to governance with global vision. Our members share information and insights in order to ensure best practices in corporate governance around the world. With over 2000 members in 54 global chapters who serve on over 3500 boards, WCD serves as a terrific catalyst for new thinking and networking. WCD has become a true champion for women directors and a vital source of expertise.

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