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Joan is the Chair of Thompson s Government Enforcement, Internal Investigations & White Collar Defense Group and co-chair of its Compliance & Internal Investigations practice. She has more than 30 years’ experience handling complex criminal and
civil cases involving anti-corruption, financial frauds, False Claims Act, AML, and other subject matter areas. In her compliance advisory practice, Joan develops compliance programs, performs risk assessments, assesses internal controls, and creates compliance remediation plans for companies under regulatory scrutiny. She also routinely advises boards and senior management on best practices for compliance with U.S. and international laws and regulations.

Trade secrets are often a company’s most valuable asset, whether those secrets involve cutting-edge medical research or the formula for Coca-Cola. Businesses must take significant steps to protect these valuable “crown jewels” at all costs, whether by securing them on a network or a locked room, encrypting them, or restricting employee access on a need-to-know

The Department of Justice (DOJ) just released an updated version of its Resource Guide to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. While the new version does not announce any groundbreaking changes, it now includes updates and references to recently issued policies, such as the DOJ’s Corporate Enforcement Policy, Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, and the Corporate