Recommind are presenting a webinar in conjunction with Inside Counsel on Thursday 21 April (that’s this week). The title is The UK Bribery Act: Much Ado About Nothing, Or Game-Changer? and registration is here.
The speakers are Mark Mendelsohn, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Howard Sklar, Senior Counsel at Recommind. Readers with long memories (see Twitter, bribery and 37 corporate counsel in a big virtual bar) may recall that I came across Howard Sklar when one of his articles was retweeted, and had started following him on Twitter (he is @HowardMSklar) before realising that he is at Recommind. Many good articles on the Bribery Act have appeared on his Open Air blog since then, including a series of critiques of the Guidance Notes. Tom Fox said this on his FCPA Compliance and Ethics blog:
How can one best describe Howard Sklar’s blogging; withering, skewering, contrarian; he describes himself as “a crusty, irascible curmudgeon.” Here’s how I would describe Howard – one of the best compliance practitioners and commentators around. His insights are great and he uses the right touch of humor and real-world examples to get his point across. His blog is great and a ton of fun to read so saddle up and enjoy the (compliance) ride.
A community of bloggers and tweeters has quickly grown up around the the Bribery Act – you will find your way in by using Tom Fox’s list linked to above. The participants do not always agree with other and don’t hesitate to say so, which is what gives the articles, and the accompanying Twitter banter, their edge.
I confess to doubts that Howard is quite the “crusty, irascible curmudgeon” he claims to be – I have only met him once and then only briefly, and found him no more curmudgeonly than I am (oh, all right – perhaps it is an occupational hazard). If his webinar is as thought-provoking as his writing, then it will be well worth listening to.