Managing the Fallout: How To Mitigate the Negative Impact of a Scandal?

  • Thursday, 04 October, 2018

FBI Agent Tim Thibault and Angela J. Crawford deliver keynote speeches followed by a panel discussion with topic experts on How To Mitigate the Harm from Integrity and Compliance Scandals Externally and Internally?

About the event:

In a globalized economy, many organizations encounter challenges and risks of the extraterritorial reach of US statutes. This is why we intend to help you explore means to mitigate potential harms that your organization may face due to external ( e.g. economic, administrative, criminal) and internal (HR-related) impacts. Following a keynote address by Angela J. Crawford, Partner, DLA Piper Miami and Tim Thibault, Supervisory Special Agent, Washington Field Office, FBI, U.S. Department of Justice, a panel of legal experts and corporate compliance officers will continue to discuss the international dimensions of scandals and the means of mitigating their potential or actual harms.

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Event details:

Date: Thursday, October 4
Venue: Hilton Budapest, 1014 Budapest, Hess András tér 1-3.
Time: 09:00-14:00 (Registration opens at 08:30)

Participation fee: AmCham members in good standing: 20,000 HUF + VAT/person; Non-members: 25,000 HUF + VAT/person.

The event will be held in English without translation. The event is closed for press.


08:30-09:00: Registration and Networking

09:00-09:05: Opening Remarks by Dr. Farkas Bársony, President, AmCham Hungary

09:05-09:15: Opening Speech by David Cornstein, US Ambassador to Hungary (confirmed)

09:15-09:45: Scandals and the FCPA by Angela J. Crawford, Partner, DLA Piper Miami (confirmed)

Angela Crawford represents a variety of national and international clients in matters involving commercial litigation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), compliance and internal investigations.

She regularly conducts cross-border and domestic internal investigations for corporate clients based on allegations of compliance and regulatory violations and employee misconduct and advises clients on the implementation and enhancement of anti-corruption and compliance programs, policies and training. Her litigation experience includes handling all aspects of pre-trial and trial matters, up to and including trial.

Angela serves in a number of leadership roles at the firm, including Chair of Litigation for the Miami office, a member of the Global Compliance Steering Committee, a member of the Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW) Steering Committee, and Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Women of Color Resource Group.

09:45-10:45: The Case on William Jefferson by Tim Thibault, Supervisory Special Agent, Washington Field Office, FBI, U.S. Department of Justice (confirmed); Q&A
Tim’s discussion will focus on the hidden impact of corruption in the context of Operation Vision Quest, the investigation of Congressman Jefferson, 2nd Congressional District of Louisiana and Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Tim Thibault is currently the supervisor of with the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the Washington Field Office. Tim spent 15 of his 22 years in the Bureau as a case agent assigned to a public corruption squad investigating high-level executive and legislative corruption, to include case against U.S. Members of Congress William J. Jefferson and Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.

In addition to his investigative assignments, he was a member of Washington Field Office’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team for 12 years, to include 7 years spent as an Assistant Team Leader. In this capacity, Special Agent Thibault conducted, plan and lead hundreds of high-risk operations both domestically and internationally.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Auburn University, a Master’s of Arts in Legislative Affairs and Political Management from The George Washington University, and a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership from Georgetown University.

10:45-11:15: Coffee and Networking

11:15-12:45: Roundtable discussion on How To Mitigate the Harm from Integrity and Compliance Scandals Externally and Internally? Moderated by Judit Budai, Partner, Szecskay Attorneys at Law


  • Cyber attack/cyber crime/hacking/online fraud; balancing employee surveillance
  • Impact of state subsidies on transparency
  • Issues of power abuse
  • Controversies of forced diversity
  • Impact on HR


  • Angela J. Crawford, Partner, DLA Piper Miami 
  • Mihály Hardy, Communication Director, Budapest Airport 
    Mihály Hardy is the Communication Director of Budapest Airport since February 2008 and covers areas of media and external communication, crisis and emergency communication of the airport. In his early career he used to work in broadcast media for 26 years as anchor, reporter, news editor of public service MTV station in Hungary. He has covered the fall of the Soviet Union as Moscow Bureau Chief of MTV from 1985 to 1991.After returning to Hungary he worked as news director of two commercial TV stations (TV3 and ATV), and spent one year as Public Information Officer of UNHCR in Budapest during the Yugoslav civil war and refugee crisis.Later he moved to corporate communication and joined Tesco Hungary as Communication Director. His special field of interest is crisis communication and he has gathered ample first-hand experience while working both in retail and aviation. Mr. Hardy speaks English, Russian and Spanish.
  • Tim Thibault, Supervisory Special Agent, Washington Field Office, FBI, U.S. Department of Justice 
  • Dávid Kőhegyi, Head of Compliance and Investigations, DLA Piper, Hungary 
  • Nicholas Sarvari, Managing Partner, CNS Risk Ltd. 
    With experience in more than 40 countries around the world, Nicholas provides the expertise to corporates on how to best obtain and exploit information. From dispute resolution and providing support to litigation and arbitration teams, Nick has lead investigations and global asset search and recovery operations for more than twenty years. Among his clients are global companies and institutions that have sought guidance to addressing and resolving extremely sensitive issues involving corruption risk and internal fraud. He is Managing Partner of London based CNS Risk, a concentrated boutique of intelligence and forensic analysts highly skilled on issues that stem from or lead into the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. 

    12:45-12:50: Closing Remarks by David Young, Co-Chair of AmCham’s Governance and Transparency Committee

    12:50-14:00: Luncheon

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Event information

Thursday, 04 October, 2018
Registration: 08:30 - 09:00
Time: 09:00 - 14:00

Hilton Budapest (1014 Budapest, Hess András tér 1-3.)

AmCham members in good standing: HUF 25400 /person; Non-members: HUF 31750 /person

Participation fee includes VAT.
To guarantee your seat, please register on-line (please log-in first) or by e-mail to by Tuesday, October 2. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Cancellations can be made by Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Late cancellations or “no-shows” will be charged.

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