A one-day conference

Live Virtual Event 

Date: 22nd September 2021

Reported corporate crime and fraud in Ireland has increased significantly. This rise can be explained not only because more crimes are being detected, but also because more fraud and corporate crime is happening. This conference will look at the issues surrounding investigating white collar crimes, the new Directive on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law, the latest trends and threats, asset recovery and much more.

This Conference is a unique live virtual event from our own custom-built CMG Studios. Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with attendees praising the additional interactive elements, as well as increased Q&A opportunities throughout the day, giving you more opportunity to gain real practical insights on the key issues that are important to you.

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This event will be of real interest to, prosecutors, lawyers in private practice, government officials, insurance industry, finance professionals, CEO’s to name a few.

Full Day Programme 

Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Bébhinn Bollard, Senior Associate, Commercial Litigation at McCann Fitzgerald

Issues and challenges for organisations managing corporate investigations and crises

Speaker: Clara Gleeson, Solicitor, A&L Goodbody

  • Managing whistle-blowers
  • Engaging with individual employees and officers
  • Communications strategy: tips and pitfalls  
  • Managing documents and document requests
Issues and challenges in relation to defence

Speaker: Conor O Leary, Senior Associate, Mason Hayes & Curran

  • Legal privilege: When does it apply?
  • Privilege and (internal) investigations: is there a conflict of interest?
  • Disclosure of documents to regulators
  • Reporting obligations under s.19, Criminal Justice Act, 2011
Risk of Managers and Senior Management Being Prosecuted for Offences

Speaker: Joanelle O’Cleirigh, Partner, Arthur Cox

  • Criminal liability for company managers/directors
  • Supreme Court decision– DPP v TN
  • Who can advise?
  • Compliance programmes
New Directive for reporting breaches of Union law: Do’s and Don’ts

Brian Storan, BL, The Law Library

  • Protected profiles and scope of application
  • Reporting channels and support, protection measures for whistle-blowers
  • Feedback obligations for authorities and companies
The latest trends and threats and how to manage the risk to your organisation

Speaker: Eoin Mac Aodha, Partner, Dispute Resolution & Litigation, Eversheds Sutherland 

  • The Irish Corruption Act
  • Internal Policies and Procedures
  • Risk Assessment
  • Tips on Protecting your organisation
  • The effect of COVID-19- emerging threats
A Changing Landscape: Enhancing Ireland’s Response to Economic Crime and Corruption

Speaker: Mairead O’Brien, Associate, A&L Goodbody

  • Historical context of economic crime and corruption legislation, investigation and prosecutions in Ireland.
  • Recommendations for reform in the wake of the prosecutions which flowed from the 2008 financial crisis [- e.g., the Government’s policy document, ‘Measures to Enhance Ireland’s Corporate, Economic and Regulatory Framework’ (2017) and the Law Reform Commission’s ‘Report: Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offence’s’ (2018).]
  • Where are we today?
    • 25 recommendations made in the ‘Structures and Strategies to Prevent, Investigate and Penalise Economic Crime and Corruption’ published in December 2020 (the Hamilton Report).
    • Implementation Plan for the Hamilton Report published by the Department of Justice in April 2021.  
    • Establishment of the Corporate Enforcement Authority (to replace the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement).
  • What does the future hold…a look at the reforms which have, and are likely to be, implemented.  
Recent developments in the recovery of criminal assets/ Latest insights into cross-border cooperation on asset recovery and confiscation for public and private organisations

Speaker: Barry Robinson, Head of Forensic Services at BDO Ireland

  • Identification and tracking, freezing and seizure
  • Management of frozen and seized assets
  • National and cross-border cooperation
  • Implications of Regulation (EU) 2018/1805 on mutual recognition of freezing and
  • confiscation orders since entering into force
  • The impact of Brexit and the EU-UK Cooperation Agreement
Reporting of White-Collar Crime

Speaker: Deirdre O’Mahony, Partner, Arthur Cox 

The Fraud Triangle – opportunity, pressure and rationalization

Speaker: Mel Smyth, Detective Inspector, Garda National Economic Crime Bureau

Clara GleesonClara Gleeson

Solicitor, A&L Goodbody

Clara is a solicitor in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at A&L Goodbody.

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She is also a Member of the White CollarCrime Group at A&L Goodbody.

Barry Robinson Barry Robinson

Head of Forensic Services at BDO Ireland

Barry leads BDO’s Forensic Services team in Ireland and has specialised in the area of forensic accounting and investigations.
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He joined BDO in 2019 and is one of Ireland’s most experienced forensic accountants. He has worked on some of the most complex and high-profile forensic cases in Ireland. He has given evidence in Court and provided his expert opinions at mediations.

Conor O LearyConor O Leary

Senior Associate, Mason Hayes & Curran

Conor is a Senior Associate and member of Mayson Hayes and Curran’s commercial litigation team.

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His main area of practice is commercial disputes involving private clients, corporates and large multinationals. He has extensive experience in ADR processes such as mediation and arbitration, as well as litigating a number of large-scale disputes before the Commercial Court.
Conor has recently advised on a number of regulatory investigations brought by the enforcement division of the Central Bank of Ireland and has experience in advising witnesses appearing before statutory commissions and inquiries.
Conor also has experience in insolvency-related litigation and regularly advises on high-value recoveries through the receivership process.

Brian StoranBrian Storan

BL, The Law Library

Brian is a Barrister whose areas of practice are in Administrative Law, General Practice, Criminal, Judicial Review, and Tort & Personal Injury Law.

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Eoin Mac AodhaEoin Mac Aodha

Partner, Dispute Resolution & Litigation, Eversheds Sutherland

Eoin is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland Ireland’s Dispute Resolution & Litigation Department having trained with the firm.

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He leads our White Collar Crime offering and has carried out a number of investigations while also prosecuting and defending criminal matters.
Eoin sits on the litigation department’s digital IT strategy group and has pioneered a number of IT innovations aimed at delivering value for clients (including the use of AI).

He is a member of the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee and pro-bono practice lead.
He was a part of the team awarded Excellence in Marketplace at the 2017 Chambers Ireland CSR awards for pro bono work in Sinnott v Minister for Environment & Ors. In this case, the High Court found in favour of a severly visually impaired man seeking to vindicate his right to a secret ballot.
He is also a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Steering Committee and a board member of SERVE in Solidarity Ireland.

Joanelle O'CleirighJoanelle O’Cleirigh

Partner, Arthur Cox

Joanelle works for a broad range of clients, particularly those in the healthcare, life sciences and regulated sectors. Joanelle also advises clients in relation to inquiries and investigations.

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Joanelle’s Corporate Crime experience includes advising in relation to: the conduct of investigations and inquiries; some of Ireland’s most significant Tribunals of Inquiry, Commissions of Investigation; and on some of the most complex and sensitive statutory and corporate investigations.

Deirdre O'MahonyDeirdre O’Mahony

Partner, Arthur Cox

Deirdre is a partner in the Litigation, Dispute Resolution and Investigations Group. She specialises in investigations, commercial and regulatory disputes and corporate / white collar crime.

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Deirdre advises a range of domestic and international clients on significant commercial and regulatory disputes, investigations (internal, regulatory, cross-border and criminal) and criminal prosecutions. Deirdre is a founding member of the Ireland Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defence Association (WWCDA), the Irish representative member of the European Criminal Bar Association Anti-Corruption Europe (ACE) Working Group and Committee member of the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association of Ireland.

Deirdre co-authored the Ireland chapter of the White-Collar Crime Guide 2019 for Chambers and Partners and the ACE Country Report for Ireland on anti-bribery / corruption. Deirdre is also an accredited CEDR mediator.
Deirdre is named as an expert in the Euromoney Expert Guide (White Collar Crime) for 2020 and was awarded “Rising Star in Litigation” at the Women in Business Law Awards Europe 2020 which celebrate women lawyers across Europe who are leaders in their field.

Bébhinn BollardBébhinn Bollard

Senior Associate,McCann FitzGerald

Bébhinn is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation department at McCann FitzGerald

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There will be CPD certificates awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award



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