Our annual gathering of Chief Compliance Officers and other senior executives to discuss European anti-corruption and ethics compliance matters.

Once a year senior compliance executives meet in Munich to discuss best practice in Anti-Corruption and ethics efforts. Not a simple conference, this is a meeting of peers, designed to allow open debate under Chatham House rules. Always stimulating, the Speakers present for over one hour, sharing knowledge and experience through candid presentations designed to bring the Speaker and delegates together in discussion. Case studies and anonymised audience polling are designed to give the attendees ‘real life’ information to take back to the office to share.

Speaker Panel includes:

Dr. Stephan Mechnig-Giordano, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller S.e.c.s

Dr. Thomas Meiers, Senior Vice-President, Chief Coordinator Volkswagen Group U.S. Monitorship, Volkswagen AG

Mr. Vincent Denonville, Head of Compliance Operations & Strategy, FIFA

Mr. Giovanni Cerutti, Senior Vice-President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, NTT Data EMEA

Mr. Tobias Ruppert, Head of Compliance Trucks MPC Europe, Daimler AG

Mr. Håkon Lindteigen, Vice President, Corporate Compliance, Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Mr. André Körtgen, General Counsel, Vice-President Legal & Contracts, Chief Compliance Officer, Thales Germany

Dr. Kai Schumacher, Chief Compliance Officer, Adidas AG

Mr. Marcus Gebert, General Counsel, Kuka Aktiengesellschaft

Mr. Kevin Abikoff, Partner, Chairman, Anti-Corruption and Internal Investigations Practice Group, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

And other specialists in the area of Anti-Corruption, Ethics and Compliance

Mr. Rolf Percy Herberg, Business Assurance Manager Germany, RINA Germany GmbH

After completing his studies in industrial engineering at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg and the associated officer career, Mr. Herberg was responsible for consulting and safety-related support of industrial construction sites. Since 2001 Mr. Herberg is working for global certification bodies. Currently Mr. Herberg is board member of the German daughter company of RINA Services SpA. Since the beginning his key focus was the support of multi-national companies for all organizational topics and certification of management systems. Mr. Herberg is one of the experts in Questions about quality management or, more recently, anti-corruption management systems.

Mr. Tobias J Ruppert, Head of Compliance Trucks MPC Europe, Daimler AG

Tobias Ruppert has gained seven years of experience at Daimler as Compliance Manager with the focus on anti-bribery compliance, serving as Local Compliance Manager for Mercedes-Benz Vans and currently as Head of Compliance Management Truck MPCs Europe, coordinating Compliance Officers in 16 European Markets. As Compliance Professional, Tobias has steered Business Partner Due Diligences, conducted trainings for internal staff and external partners and gained an in-depth understanding of the Compliance Risks associated with various sales channels.

Prior joining Daimler, he has worked as Senior Accountant in a multinational semiconductor company, focusing on Group Financial Statements, and as Financial Auditor and Audit Team Leader.

Dr. Thomas MeiersChief Coordinator Volkswagen Group U.S. Monitorship, SVP, Volkswagen AG

1999 Fromm Maurer, Associate • 2001 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Senior Associate • 2005 General Electric, Healthcare EMEA, Associate General Counsel • 2010 MAN Truck & Bus AG, Vice President; Head of Governance, Risk and Compliance • 2016 Italdesign Giugiaro S.P.A., Chief Strategy Officer • since 02/2017 Volkswagen AG, Chief Coordinator Volkswagen Group Monitorship.

Leading Volkswagen Group‘s global activities (Central Coordination Monitorship / Zentralkoordination Monitorship / K-IZ) with regard to the Independent Compliance Monitor and Independent Compliance Auditor Larry D. Thompson according to the January 2017 settlement agreements (Plea Agreement and Third Partial Consent Decree) with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ / US-Justizministerium). Reporting line to Volkswagen AG Group Board Member for Integrity and Legal, Konzern-Vorstand Integrität und Recht, K-I.

Mr. Peter Wilson, Managing Partner, Herminius

Peter Wilson is Managing Partner of Herminius, where in addition to managing the firm’s growth and operations, he specialises in corporate advisory work, geopolitical risk and impact investing, particularly in emerging markets and developing and post-conflict countries. 

Peter co-founded and built Libra Advisory Group, which worked on economic development, national security and post-conflict governance and reform in a wide variety of countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. Libra grew rapidly, and was successfully sold to Coffey International in 2010. Peter went on to direct all of Coffey’s economic development and government reform programmes on behalf of European development donors, with full financial and managerial responsibility for the company’s operations and growth. He continues to act as a Senior Advisor and Deployable Civilian Expert at the UK Government’s joint FCO-MOD-DFID Stabilisation Unit.

Peter’s early career was spent in HM Diplomatic Service and McKinsey. He holds an MPhil in Economics, specialising in the economics of emerging markets, from the University of Oxford, and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD in France. He is the co-author of ‘Make Poverty Business’, which makes a profit-maximising case for greater private sector engagement in developing countries.

Mr. Vincent Denonville, Head of Compliance Operations & Strategy, FIFA

More than 20 years experience in Compliance roles in the financial industry and recently in the sports industry. Law graduate from background, Vincent obtained an additional Master in Business Law and an Executive MBA. Vincent has been Compliance Officer accredited by the relevant prudential regulators in Financial institutions such as KBC, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and SMBC. Vincent joined FIFA’s Compliance team in 2017 and is based in Zürich as their Head of Compliance Operations & Strategy, basically with responsibility to develop and maintain FIFA’s Compliance program.

Mr. Peter Carling, Managing Director, CAWECO GmbH Business Consulting

Peter Carling is Managing Partner at CAWECO Business Consulting. He has been consulting in the area of Regulatory Change and supporting clients to implement legal and regulatory topics for more than 15 years at multinational organizations. Having held various leadership roles as line manager, he also understands very well the needs of an organization when undergoing a transformation process. Peter combines a strong business acumen with Lean Management experience giving him the necessary experience to accept and solve complex cross functional business challenges. He has a proven track record in setting up and driving compliance implementation programs that focus on further developing the compliance organizations and redesigning and improving compliance processes through digitalization, automation and robotics.

Mr. Kevin Abikoff, Partner, Chairman, Anti-Corruption and Internal Investigations Practice Group, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Areas of Concentration

  • Deputy Chair of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • Co-chairman, Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations practice group
  • Co-chairman, Securities Litigation practice group
  • Executive Committee member
  • Securities and white-collar criminal litigation, enforcement, regulation and counseling with an emphasis on the representation of corporations, individuals and other entities in anti-corruption (including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [FCPA]) matters (investigations, due diligence and counseling), securities and insurance litigation, regulatory, enforcement and arbitration proceedings, particularly class-action litigation, securities disclosure counseling, and designing and implementing insurance and securities compliance policies, procedures and programs
  • World Bank Group and other international financial institutions sanctions matters, including compliance, inspections, investigations, settlements, cooperation, coordination with monitors, and litigating contested sanctions proceedings
  • Corporate governance with an emphasis on shareholder derivative proceedings, conducting internal investigations, counseling board committees, and designing and implementing corporate compliance program

Previous Experience

  • Law clerk, the Honorable Collins J. Seitz, United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, 1988 – 1989
  • Senior vice president and general counsel, corporate and compliance, American General Corp., 1998 – 2001
    • Senior officer with staff of over 40, directly responsible for all corporate legal functions and select shared services functions, including securities matters (filings and compliance), mergers and acquisitions, broker-dealer compliance, corporate ethics and responsibility, field audit, insurance holding company matters, privacy compliance, shareholder services, intellectual property and corporate contracting
    • Matrix responsibility for entire compliance environment (over 100 people) enterprise-wide (across all four of the company’s operational divisions: life insurance, retirement services, investment management and consumer finance) with responsibility for oversight of compliance policies and procedures, analysis of leading and lagging compliance indicators, and coordination of compliance initiatives and responses to significant regulatory matters. Routinely reported to the Audit Committee of the board of directors of American General Corp. related to securities disclosure issues, corporate governance, compliance and other matters

Mr. Stephan Mechnig-Giordano, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller S.e.c.s.

Mr. Giovanni Cerutti, SVP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, NTT Data EMEA

Mr. Håkon Lindteigen, Vice President, Corporate Compliance, Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

Mr. André Körtgen, General Counsel – VP Legal & Contracts, Chief Compliance Officer, Thales Germany

Dr. Kai Schumacher, Chief Compliance Officer, Adidas AG

Mr. Marcus Gebert, General Counsel, Kuka Aktiengesellschaft

The agenda is prepared by and for industry professionals, and will include the most interesting topics, currently pertinent to anti-corruption and ethics field.

♦ Tone from the top – a CEO led presentation defining leadership & commitment.

Compliance & risk management – converging tasks or separate worlds?

♦ Trends and best practices in anti-bribery compliance programs: an interactive benchmarking discussion.

♦ The ever evolving CCO role, it’s now getting personal.

♦ How management systems can help to fight corruption.

♦ Handling civil litigation arising in connection with compliance matters: pitfalls and opportunities.

What constitutes proportionate due diligence?

♦ The emerging role of technology in compliance and compliance in the light of digitalisation.

♦ The policies and procedures have been implemented. Are they being followed down the line?

♦ How to identify compliance risk.

Compliance requirements vs GDPR.

To disclose or not to disclose, that is the question.

Compliance & risk management – converging tasks or separate worlds?

♦ Tackling compliance risks by actively reaching the employees.

♦ Business partner integrity management in practice.

♦ Round table topics to be chosen by the Speakers & Delegates from questions and answers during the presentations. An opportunity to talk informally peer to peer.

Please contact your NielsonSmith representative to discuss the programme in more depth.

RINA provides a wide range of services across the Energy, Marine, Certification, Transport & Infrastructure and Industry sectors through a global network of 170 offices in 65 countries. RINA is a member of key international organizations and an important contributor to the development of new legislative standards.

RINA was the first certification body to be accredited for ISO 37001 anti-bribery system certification. Our third-party certification services give stakeholders an independent guarantee of compliance with applicable regulatory standards. They are designed to protect companies across all aspects of projects, operations, logistics and legislation.

Herminius has an extensive and proprietary network of international experts covering many different fields allowing it to source in-depth information across a whole range of sectors and geographies.

The calm commercial judgement of its in-house team of experts provides sound judgement on gathered intelligence, allowing Herminius to offer its clients advice of the highest calibre.

Herminius understands the changing components of power, which helps its clients to identify opportunity where others might perceive threat, to protect reputation, to grow profit, to bring success.

Since 2011, cawecois the partner of choice for effective business consulting and tailor-made solutions, focusing on compliance, business intelligence, and process and organizational optimization. In all our activities we bring the experience of countless successful projects gained at many international organizations in the financial industry as well as in pharmaceutical, biotech and manufacturing corporations.

We help to find the best fit solution to any challenge. What challenge do you want us to tackle?


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85356 Munich – Germany

Phone: +49 89 97 007 415

Email: contact@caweco.com


Managing directors: Peter Charles Carling, Matthias Wenzl

Hughes Hubbard’s Anti-Corruption & Internal Investigations practice group is one of the anti-corruption bar’s most international and dynamic groups. Our team of highly qualified, international, and multilingual attorneys has represented clients and conducted investigations in more than 90 countries in matters involving the FCPA and other anti-corruption laws, resolved investigations, and won landmark decisions for clients before U.S. and international authorities.

The breadth of our skill set matches the geographic expanse of our practice.  Our team includes certified public accountants and foreign-trained attorneys, as well as attorneys with decades of experience as outside counsel, corporate compliance counsel, and senior government enforcement officials in anti-corruption compliance and investigations and related matters.

We provides advice on issues spanning the full anti-corruption and compliance spectrum, including:

  • Conducting internal investigations
  • Designing and implementing compliance programs
  • Representing companies before domestic and international regulators
  • Advising companies in preparation for and response to AFA controls
  • Serving as designated compliance monitors
  • Counseling companies subject to post-resolution obligations

Our attorneys have served as compliance monitors approved by the L’Agence française anticorruption (AFA), the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the U.K. Serious Fraud Office, the World Bank Group, and the United Nations.

We recognize the sensitivity and urgency of our clients’ matters as well as the discretion they require. Our team works in small, highly experienced and mobile groups that can be deployed rapidly to meet our clients’ needs. We serve our global clients through our offices in the U.S. and Paris, home to the oldest and most experienced team of attorneys working on anti-corruption issues in France, as well as through our cooperation agreement with Saud Advogados in Brazil and our longstanding relationships with leading local firms in countries across the world.


Hughes Hubbard & Reed is an international law firm that offers clients results-focused legal services and a collaborative approach across a broad range of practices. For more information, visit www.hugheshubbard.com

Full 2-Day Conference Ticket Price for 1 person

including the Company-wide Post-Event Microsite license for 1 year – 1199 Euro

Please note, we will not charge VAT on this price. The price includes all sessions, lunch, refreshments and available documentation. Please contact us for Group Booking Discounts. Please note: “Vendor” companies may attend as sponsors only.

Conference Venue:


 Bayerstrasse 12 

80335 München 


Conference Accommodation:


Bayerstrasse 12

80335 München


Standard room:

€ 250.00 – single occupant,

€ 290.00 – double occupancy

The prices for the rooms are per room and night. They include the currently legally valid value-added tax. In the event that the value-added tax rate changes, the Hotel reserves the right to correspondingly change the prices. The breakfast buffet is included in the room rate. 

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The rooms are available under specification of the booking code “Nielsonsmith” and will be paid by the guests individually. All rooms have to be confirmed with a credit card or deposit payment from the guest.  The hotel will keep the contingent reserved until 6 weeks before arrival (8th October 2019). 

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