POSTPONED: The Fight Against Corruption to Level the Playing Field for U.S. Exporters

  • November 13, 2018
    8:30 am - 10:00 am

This Event has been POSTPONED.


The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a trade talk discussion on leveraging international fora and public-private partnership to harmonize and implement high-standard code of ethics in sectors of export value to U.S. companies. Our distinguished panelists will discuss the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance from a public and private sector perspective.



Kathryn Cameron Atkinson, Member Chair, International Department, Miller & Chevalier

Kathryn Cameron Atkinson is the Chair of the International Department and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Her practice focuses on international corporate compliance, including, in particular, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as export controls and economic sanctions, and anti-money laundering laws. She advises clients on corruption issues around the world. This advice has included compliance with the FCPA and related laws and international treaties in a wide variety of contexts, including transactional counseling, formal opinions, internal investigations, enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and resulting monitorships, as well as commercial litigation raising improper payment issues. Ms. Atkinson served as the government-appointed Independent Compliance Monitor for KBR, Inc. in an FCPA matter settled with the DOJ and SEC. She was a member of the original Transparency International task force that developed a compliance toolkit for small and medium-sized entities. She co-produced, with Homer E. Moyer, Jr., “Comply But Compete,” a versatile, video-based FCPA training program.

On the compliance side of the practice, Ms. Atkinson focuses in particular on the design and implementation of custom-tailored international regulatory compliance programs for large and small companies in a wide range of industries.  Her compliance practice includes performing compliance due diligence in mergers and acquisitions, designing and performing compliance audits and assessments, training company personnel and third parties, and working with companies to design tailored safeguards in complex business transactions and relationships with third parties.


Kathleen M. Hamann, Partner, Pierce Atwood

Kathleen Hamann is an internationally recognized authority in the field of white collar enforcement and compliance matters. Drawing on her nearly 20 years of service to the federal government, in roles at the US Department of Justice and Department of State, Kathleen helps clients navigate the complexities of U.S. and transnational criminal liability and multijurisdictional government investigations.

Since returning to private practice, Kathleen has represented clients in a number of transnational matters, conducting global risk assessments, designing compliance programs, and addressing multijurisdictional investigations that required navigation of conflicting national laws. She also represents a number of clients in enforcement actions by the multilateral development banks, proceedings conducted under principles of international law. She also serves as an international compliance consultant for the African Development Bank.


Gregory W. Bates, Counsel, Miller & Chevalier

Gregory W. Bates focuses his practice on corporate compliance program issues with a particular expertise in anti-corruption compliance programming. He is experienced in white collar matters, internal investigations, and risk mitigation, particularly those related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Mr. Bates played a leadership role in a Fortune 500 company’s compliance program globally, having spent more than five years in-house in progressively more senior roles, culminating as the Compliance Director for the Latin American region and as counsel to global enterprise risk management and internal audit team. His role included overseeing compliance with the company’s deferred prosecution agreement, consent agreement, and independent monitor. Mr. Bates is uniquely positioned to counsel clients on the risks and best practices associated with doing business internationally.

Prior to his in-house role, he was an associate at a law firm in Washington, DC, and Miami, where his practice focused on corporate compliance, anti-corruption, sanctions, and internal investigations.


Patricia Wu, Managing Director, C&M International

Patricia Wu is the managing director at C&M International, an international policy and regulatory affairs consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. C&M International is an affiliate of Crowell & Moring, a law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, Brussels, and London. Patricia advises multinationals and their trade associations in using international policy tools to support their corporate strategic priorities. She works with clients in consumer goods and food, retail, publishing, life sciences, and medical technology sectors.

Prior to joining C&M International, Patricia held a number of positions in the private sector. At The Estée Lauder Companies, the world’s premier prestige beauty company, Patricia launched award-winning products in over 140 markets around the world under the Clinique and Estée Lauder brands. She also launched several global digital and social media marketing programs, many of which were the first of their kind in the industry. Patricia was also with the investment bank of J.P. Morgan in their Global Financial Institutions and Governments group.

Patricia holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she co-authored several published case studies focused on business strategy as it relates to government. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University, with a bachelor of arts in international relations and Asian studies. She also holds a degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and studied at Peking University. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and French.

Patricia is a Term Member of the Council of Foreign Relations, serves on the board of The Washington Ballet, is an officer (and former board member) of Women in International Trade and was recognized by Washington Life Magazine as a “Mover and Shaker 40 and Under”.


Lynn A. Costa, Senior Policy Advisor, Western Hemisphere, U.S. Department of Commerce

Lynn Costa is the Senior Trade Policy Advisor for the Western Hemisphere. Prior to joining the Western Hemisphere team, she served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia. While in the Office of Asia, Lynn served as the Advisor to the APEC SME Working Group Chair. Ms. Costa is the architect of the APEC SME Business Ethics Initiative, which is now the largest public-private partnership in the world to establish codes of ethics and ethics compliance in APEC economies. Lynn is currently focusing her efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean to align codes of ethics with the codes established in Asia.

Ms. Costa served as a lead negotiator in the Doha Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) sector negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland from 2002-2008. Lynn has represented Commerce in high level forums and negotiations in the WTO Committee on Trade and Development, the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the OECD Development Coordinating Committee (DAC).

Ms. Costa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from George Mason University and a Master’s Degree in International Commerce and Policy, with a focus on China trade, from George Mason’s School of Public Policy in Fairfax, Virginia.


Moderated by

Katie Nunner, Consultant, C&M International

Katherine Nunner advises international public-private partnerships and business strategy for entering new markets.

Prior to joining C&M International, Katherine supported areas in the World Bank’s private sector investments including partnerships in accessing financing for early stage entrepreneurs and the design of social impact bonds. She has also advised multinational companies such as SABMiller and implemented an investment fund in the Caribbean. Katherine has published case studies for the LSE in foreign direct investment in emerging markets.

Katherine is the co-chair for Anti-Corruption & Corporate Social Responsibility for The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) and holds a certification in health care compliance from Seton Hall School of Law. Katherine is an active volunteer with The Junior League of Washington. She holds a Bachelor of Science in economics management from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MSc in development management from The London School of Economics & Political Science.


Preregistration recommended due to limited space
Breakfast will be provided.



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