Is there a place for Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the judicial fight against corruption?

Panel debate, 23 March 2015 - 18:00 - 21:00 hrs

Agreements reached under judicial supervision between prosecutors and organisations or individuals, commonly known as Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA) in the UK and US, are becoming increasingly widespread in the fight against financial crime.

Whether or not those prosecuted for bribery should be sent to jail is a topic of debate. The fact remains that the extent of prosecutions for bribery is increasing significantly. DPAs can render the outcome of prosecutions surer and swifter. This debate will consider the risks for companies from bribery, the potentially devastating costs and whether DPAs might be an acceptable tool in achieving settlements in which the guilty are sufficiently punished and society is recompensed for the damage done.

This event will be of particular interest to all concerned with business risk management, ethics and compliance and the enforcement of legislation against bribery. After the panel debate, refreshments will be served.

This panel debate is organised by Transparency International Belgium in kind collaboration with The British Chamber of Commerce. An introduction will be given by François Vincke, Vice Chairman of the Anti-corruption Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. The panel will comprise speakers covering the Belgian, UK and international  angles (and exposure) and Transparency International’s views.

TI Belgium belongs to a global movement that shares one vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.

On the panel:

Eric de Formanoir, Avocat Général

Koen Geens, Minister of Justice Belgian federal cabinet

Philippe Lambrecht, Secretary General - VBO-FEB

Are you a Transparency International member and want to register for this event? Send an email to info@transparencybelgium.be with "Registration" in the subject field and your name, function title and company (if applicable). 

Location: British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, Boulevard Bischoffsheim 11, 1000 Brussels.

Date: Monday, 23 March, from 18:00 to 21:00 hours. 

Event fees: registration is free of charge

Conference language: participants are invited to speak ENG/NL/FR. 

This event is held under the Chatham House Rule.
It aims to provide anonymity to speakers and to encourage openness and the sharing of information. It is now used throughout the world as an aid to free discussion. When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

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