“Meet the Enforcers” - Latin America Anti-Corruption Conference, Brazil

About the Conference

“Meet the Enforcers”: A conversation organized by CKR with US and Brazilian authorities on Anti-Corruption Compliance and International Cooperation on Corruption Investigations.

Monday, February 5, 2018 (Invitation Only*) &
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 (Open to the Public**)
International Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil

This First time ever exclusive event in Latin America is being hosted and presented by CKR Law and co-hosted by the Brazilian Chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce featuring top leaders in the FBI’s Global Anti Corruption Effort.

Robert Appleton of CKR Law, one of the world's leading international anti-corruption and anti-fraud compliance and investigations experts will moderate the event. Three former colleagues and senior leaders of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will also be featured.

Feature Presentation: Critical Compliance Tools for Global Companies by CKR’s Robert Appleton


Special Guest Speakers:

  • Senior Member of the Brazilian Government speaking on intergovernmental cooperation on cross-border international corruption investigations 
  • Leader of the International Chamber of Commerce Committee
  • George “Ren” McEachern, former Supervisory Special Agent, in charge of the FBI’s International Corruption Squad in the FBI Washington DC Office, now with Exiger
  • Supervisory Special Agent Leslie Backchies, Head of the FBI’s International Corruption Squad Covering Latin America
  • Supervisory Special Agent Dolzotto, Head of the FBI’s Money Laundering Unit at FBI Headquarters, Washington D.C.


*The event on Monday, February 5th is by invitation only to Corporate Officers. If you are a Corporate Officer and would like to attend please contact us.

**To register for the event on Tuesday, February 6th, please contact Gabriella de Figueiredo Dorlhiac at gabriella.dorlhiac@iccbrasil.org.

View and download the conference brochure here.

About CKR’s Global Government Enforcement & White Collar Practice Group
Chair: Robert Appleton

CKR’s Government Enforcement and White-Collar Group’s Global Practice provides innovative, practical advice for clients based on the breadth of experience of its team.  The Group’s partners have worked at some of the top law firms in the US and number former US Attorneys and in-house counsel for leading IGOs and fortune 100 companies.  CKR’s attorneys assist clients in responding to government inquiries and investigations, conducting internal investigations, and designing and implementing global compliance programs, specializing in areas common to global entities, such as anti-corruption, export compliance, sanctions, anti-money laundering, counter-human trafficking and data privacy.

CKR’s GEWCPG helps companies in all aspects of their compliance regime and anti-corruption and anti-fraud strategy, from conducting assessments of current internal controls; to making recommendations on improvements; to advising on risk strategy; conducting internal investigations when allegations of impropriety are raised; engaging with enforcement and investigation authorities to mitigate and minimize penalties and sanctions; and representing and defending companies in local, state, federal and foreign criminal, civil and administrative cases. CKR’s team members have conducted hundreds of assessments, thousands of internal investigations; and helped countless corporations avoid debarment, severe penalties and criminal sanctions. CKR’s Robert Appleton has also served as a Compliance Monitor for companies sanctioned by international organizations, such as the United Nations, and the World Bank; and succeeded in helping clients avoid sanctions in countless cases.

CKR Law and Brazil

Brazil is a key focal point in CKR Law´s global strategy.  By maintaining a presence in Brazil, CKR Law can provide personalized and knowledgeable service to its clients. CKR Law’s Brazil Practice Group will also provide important support for the work of our Government Enforcement and White Collar Group in Brazil.  The Brazil Practice Group is headed by Allen Moreland. 

Allen Moreland 

Allen Moreland is a corporate and finance lawyer based in Brazil.  Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, he has spent almost all his career working with clients in Brazil, the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean.  He has substantial experience with corporate due diligence, cross-border financing and corporate transactions, including high-yield, Euro and sovereign bond issuances, structured finance transactions (including future-flow receivables and pre-export transactions) and all types of lending transactions. Allen also has substantial experience in advising on M&A (especially distressed M&A) and private equity transactions.

Allen was previously a partner in a Brazilian investment advisory firm and before that spent many years as Counsel and Partner in a number of major international law firms.  He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Columbia University School of Law.

About Brasil International Chamber of Commerce

ICC Brazil brings together Brazilian members of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the world's largest business organization, whose network encompasses more than 6 million companies and business associations in 130 countries.

Since its inception in 1919, the ICC, also known as the International Chamber of Commerce, has made great contributions to the growth of international trade and the development of the global economy:

  • Acting as the voice of business at the United Nations, WTO and G20, and influencing the development of national policies on issues of vital importance to international business;
  • Creating global rules and standards universally used in international trade transactions, such as Incoterms® and Contract Models;
  • Establishing the International Court of Arbitration, the world's leading provider of business dispute resolution.

The ICC is based in Paris and has National Committees in more than 80 countries.


The Details

Monday, February 5 & Tuesday, February 6

Time TBA


International Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil
R. Surubim, 504 - Brooklyn
São Paulo - SP, 04571-050

A conversation with US and Brazilian authorities on Anti-Corruption Compliance and International Cooperation on Corruption Investigations.

Robert Appleton - Moderator & Panelist

Robert Appleton is a United States lawyer and well known global Anti-Corruption investigations expert.  Robert currently serves as the Government Enforcement and White-Collar Group’s Global Practice Leader at CKR Law, a global law firm, based in New York. 

Robert is a former United States Department of Justice and United Nations prosecutor and is one of the most experienced investigation and compliance lawyers in the world.  Robert has been involved in numerous high profile corruption and compliance cases and has conducted over 1000 investigations in more than 100 countries in his more than 25 year career, where he has served in leading enforcement, investigations, chief compliance officer, and legal roles in a number of international organizations, including the United Nations, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the International Rescue Committee.  Robert is regularly featured in the news media, international publications and high profile speaking engagements on global corruption matters; Robert has been featured in several books on the United Nations; he was recently featured by BBC’s Panorama in 2016 on the FIFA global soccer scandal, and featured in the global publication “How to Pay A Bribe.” Read More


Supervisory Special Agent George “Ren” McEachern

FBI Supervisory Special Agent McEachern currently heads and supervises the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) International Corruption Squad at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. In this role, Agent McEachern supervises all of the FBI’s major Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), International Money Laundering and Kleptocracy and Antitrust investigations that are run out of Washington, including numerous high profile cases that have been conducted in Latin America.  SSA McEachern supervises more than 50 agents, has responsibility for the FBI’s global outreach effort with the international community.   Agent McEachern has a special focus on Latin America, and has supervised, and currently supervises, a number of the high profile cases that have been conducted here in Brazil.

Agent McEachern entered the FBI in 2005, and has been involved in law enforcement since 1995.  Agent McEachern is an FBI certified subject matter expert in international corruption, and has served in the FBI’s Tampa, Florida, Boston Massachusetts, and Washington DC Field Offices.  He has more than 20 years’ experience in law enforcement and is considered one of the FBI’s foremost public corruption authorities.


Supervisory Special Agent Leslie Backchies

Supervisory Special Agent Backchies supervises the Los Angeles International Corruption Squad for the FBI, which includes satellite offices in Houston Texas, Miami Florida, San Francisco California, and New Orleans Lousiana.  In 2012, SSA Backchies was selected for the FBI’s International Operations Division (IOD) Americas Unit, where she was stationed in South America.  In this capacity, Supervisory Special Agent Backchies was the Program Manager over the FBI’s offices in Brasilia, Mexico City, Bogota, Caracas, Santiago and San Salvador.  In that role, Agent Backchies supervised many of the high profile investigations that have been conducted by the FBI, in collaboration with partners in law enforcement in Latin America.

SSA Backchies joined the FBI in 1998 where she served in the FBI’s National Security Division.  She has 20 years of experience with the FBI.


Supervisory Special Agent Christopher Delzotto

Supervisory Special Agent Chris Delzotto supervises the FBI’s Money Laundering section in the Washington DC Field Office.  SSA Delzotto has led many high profile international investigations in the White Collar/Anti Corruption space, including the Martin Shkreli, Christopher Finazo and Robert Rawlins cases, to name a few.  All led to successful prosecutions for violations of the securities, public corruption and/or fraud laws.  Agent Delzotto is one of the FBI’s foremost authorities on Money Laundering, and currently leads the FBI’s global initiatives in this area.