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Whistleblower Law and Practice in the U.S. and Beyond – Gonzalez Speaks at Euro Latam Lex Conference

Posted  February 7, 2020

On February 6, 2020, Carolina Gonzalez of our London Office spoke at the VI International Congress of Euro Latam Lex in Washington, D.C.  This year’s edition focused on “Challenges in Compliance as we Enter the New ‘Roaring Twenties.’”  Carolina’s panel discussed key whistleblower reward programs in the US:  CFTC, SEC, IRS, and the False Claims Act, the expansion of similar programs in other jurisdictions like Canada and South Korea, and the potential for more whistleblower programs as implementation of the EU Directive on Whistleblowing takes off in 27 European Union Member States. Carolina was joined by CFTC Associate Director in the Division of Enforcement Christina McGlosson, and attorneys David Kovel and James Black II.

Carolina stressed that whistleblowers – international whistleblowers, in particular – can report wrongdoing by multinational companies under both U.S. whistleblower reward programs and foreign whistleblower reward programs if certain conditions apply. When explaining why whistleblowing is good for companies, Carolina pointed out to recent research finding that companies promoting a culture of speaking up coupled with actual follow up receive fewer and lower amounts of government fines and lawsuits. In Carolina’s words, whistleblowers should be seen by companies as “assets and not liabilities.”

The event was followed by a gala dinner hosted by the World Law Foundation where Hon. Justice Ruth B. Ginsburg was recognized for her pioneering efforts in the fight against gender discrimination.

Left to Right: Christina McGlosson, David Kovel, Carolina Gonzalez and James Black II

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