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Global Expert Group Meeting on Corruption involving Vast Quantities of Assets
Lima, Peru, 3-5 December 2018
From 3 to 5 December 2018, around 80 experts specialized in investigating and prosecuting corruption involving vast quantities of assets coming from nearly 40 countries from all over the world met in Lima for a Global Expert Group Meeting on Corruption involving Vast Quantities of Assets. The Expert Group Meeting took place in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Peru and ended with a ceremony celebrating the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption ("the Convention"), in the presence of H.E. Mr. Néstor Popolizio Bardales, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, and under the auspices of H.E. Mr. Martín Vizcarra Cornejo, President of the Republic of Peru, as part of the Anti-Corruption Day celebrations.
The Expert Group Meeting sought to further the implementation of resolution 7/2 of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention, adopted in November 2017. The Expert Group Meeting aimed specifically to:
(1) share lessons learned from the investigation of corruption cases involving vast quantities of assets, notably in terms of challenges and best practices;
(2) consider the impact of corruption involving vast quantities of assets on security, the environment and the enjoyment of human rights; and
(3) start identifying good practices to tackle corruption involving vast quantities of assets effectively, notably through criminal and civil measures and remedies to enhance international cooperation and asset recovery and the identification of beneficial owners of corporate vehicles abused in such corruption cases.
Event details and presentations
Monday, 3 December 2018
• Mr. Kristian Hoelge, Representative, UNODC Peru
• H.E.Ms. Marianne Hagen, State Secretary, Norway
Tour de table - Facilitator: Mr. Samuel De Jaegere, Anti-Corruption Advisor, UNODC
In this session, the topic of corruption involving vast quantities of assets was introduced. The session looked back at resolution 7/2 adopted at the UNCAC Conference of States Parties in November 2017. The session also provided an oversight of corruption cases involving vast quantities of assets compiled by UNODC with support from the StAR initiative. Finally, UNODC’s shared a tentative analysis of best practices as a follow-up to resolution 7/2.
Moderator: Ms. Susana Silva Hasembank, Secretary of Public Integrity and General Coordinator of High-Level Commission on Anti-Corruption, Peru
Panellists: H.E.Ambasador Eric Anderson Machado (Peru); Mr. Mats Benestad (Norway); Ms. Solvej Krause (StAR); Ms. Stefanie Holling (UNODC)
Ms. Solvej Krause, Analysis of international Corruption cases, common elements and initial findings
Risks, challenges and opportunities in handling corruption cases involving vast quantities of assets – Case studies
In this session, speakers discussed corruption cases involving vast quantities of assets and the risks, challenges and opportunities involved in their investigation, prosecution and asset recovery. Each of the speakers presented a brief overview of a case and the lessons learned in terms of prevention and law enforcement. After the presentations, the session was opened for discussion.
Moderator: Mr. Jose M. Balmeo Jr., Assistant Ombudsman, Philippines
Panellists: Mr. Mohamed Abdelaziz (Egypt); Mr. Ariawan Agustiartono (Indonesia); Mr. Denis Kunev (Russian Federation); Ms. Bukola Banjoko (Nigeria); Ms. Molly Silver (StAR)
Mr. Jose M. Balmeo, Cases from the Philippines
Tuesday, 4 December 2018
Successful enforcement against corruption involving vast quantities of assets – international cooperation
In this session, experts discussed successful enforcement measures, i.e. investigations, prosecutions and/or convictions, of those involved in corruption involving vast quantities of assets. Examples were provided from various countries focusing on the best practices in terms of international cooperation leading to successful enforcement action. The session discussed successful actions undertaken to trace assets and recover them in cases involving vast quantities of assets. After the presentations, the session was opened for discussion.
Moderator: Ms. Lillian Ekeanyanwu, Head, Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms, Nigeria
Panellists: Mr. Daniel Claman (USA); Mr. Fabio De Pasquale (Italy); Mr. Yitzchak Blum (Israel); Ms. Ana Cristina Bandeira Lins (Brazil); Mr. Oscar Solorzano (ICAR)
Mr. Daniel Claman, Recovering proceeds of kleptocracy
Ms. Ana Cristina Bandeira Lins, Car Wash (Lava Jato)
Mr. Oscar Solorzano, Asset recovery
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Successful prevention of corruption involving vast quantities of assets
In this session, experts discussed successful prevention measures undertaken to prevent corruption involving vast quantities of assets, based on practical experience with cases of corruption, as well as an analysis of good practices. After the presentations, the session was opened for discussion.
Moderator: Ms. Gladwell Otieno, Executive Director, Africa Center for Open Governance
Panellists: Mr. Allan Wagner Tizón (Peru); Ms. Linn Anker Søreson (Norway); Mr. Fabiano Angelico (Transparency International Brazil); Mr. Clark Gascoigne (FACT Coalition); Mr. Bruno Galizzi (FIBGAR); Mr. Denis Shulgin (Russian Federation)
Mr. Allan Wagner Tizón, Peru - Judicial Reforms
Ms. Linn Anker Søreson, Transparent beneficial owners-remaining challenges and potential solutions
Mr. Fabiano Angelico, Does Corruption Live Next Door?
Mr. Clark Gascoigne, Beneficial Ownership Transparency Efforts in the US. Disclosure is Curbing Dirty Money in Real Estate and Full Transparency Legislation is Progressing.
Mr. Bruno Galizzi , Whistleblowing as a tool to fight and prevent corruption - European experience
Presentation of main outcomes and next steps
Moderators: Ms. Brigitte Strobel Shaw, Chief, Conference Support Section, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, UNODC
Rapporteurs: Mr. Samuel De Jaegere, Anti-Corruption Advisor, CEB, UNODC
• Ms. Brigitte Strobel Shaw, Chief, Conference Support Section, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch, UNODC
• Ms. Betzy Marie Ellingsen Tunold, Policy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
• Ambassador Marco Balarezo Lizarzaburu, General Director for Multilateral and Political Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru