Hacks, Leaks and Blogs: Challenges in International Investigations

Jim Mintz, Founder and CEO, Mintz Group

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : March 21, 2017

Time : 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Price : $15.00

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What are the policy and legal issues presented by the fact that much material in the public domain is illegally obtained? How does increased hacking and media coverage impact internal investigations, the voluntary disclosure calculus, and the requirements and burdens of cooperation? Are there circumstances where lawyers should engage with journalists on ongoing cases?

White-collar defense today increasingly demands sophisticated media management skills and analysis. Whistleblowing, state-sponsored and activist hacking, corporate espionage, WikiLeaks, and subsequent investigative reporting have greatly complicated the legal and reputational landscape for companies. The North Koreans are believed to have hacked Sony Pictures, with email correspondence from their outside lawyers discussing an internal FCPA investigation popping up on WikiLeaks. From a dining room in London 2015, an article published by Sarawak Report purported to expose Malaysian PM Najib’s personal bank accounts to contain more than $700 million siphoned from 1MDB funds, resulting in still-ongoing worldwide investigations on 1MDB. The prevalence and speed of information via hacks, leaks and online personal blogs poses huge challenges and complexity for international investigations. Our expert speaker, Jim Mintz, founder and CEO of Mintz Group, will discuss strategies for conducting corporate investigations in today’s asymmetrical environment.

About the Speaker:

Jim Mintz
Founder and CEO
Mintz Group

Jim Mintz, Founder and CEO of the Mintz Group, has spent more than thirty years conducting investigations all over the world, primarily for law firms and general counsel. Jim helped pioneer the use of sophisticated resources by law firms in the 1970s as an in-house investigator at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wald, Harkrader & Ross. In 1980, Newsweek said about their unique in-house group: “What sets [them] apart—and a few others around the nation—is their ability to take comprehensive looks at complicated situations and make sense out of them.”

Jim co-founded The Investigative Group, Inc. (IGI) in 1984, serving as its president and co-owner for a decade. During that period, IGI became one of the leading investigative firms in the country and was cited by the New York Times as being “the gold standard for financial private detection.” Jim founded the James Mintz Group in 1994.

Jim is a founding member and director of the International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspectors General. Jim served as one of the first IPSIGs when the New York State Organized Crime Task Force selected his firm to monitor a financial-services company.

Event is supported by ICT Committee and Legal & IPR Committee

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