Insights from David Jaffe

Expanding Your Business Internationally – Join Us


Expanding a business across borders presents unique challenges, even for experienced and sophisticated businesspeople.

I’ve put together a terrific (if I do say so myself) panel of seasoned experts for The Private Directors Association, Expanding Your Business Internationally: What Management Should Know and How a Board Can Help. This valuable event is taking place Wednesday, March 27 at The Build Institute in Detroit.

Our panel brings years of experience in executive, board, and advisor roles to help you execute your expansion successfully.  Maximiliane (Max) Straub is Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Vice President at Robert Bosch LLC, and has served on boards of businesses expanding around the world. Joseph A. Amine is the Director in Charge of International Services at Moore Stephen Doeren Mayhew where his work focuses on strategic issues for private businesses and the families who own them. Ian Bund, Plymouth Growth Partners Founding Partner, has served as a board member and investor in many international businesses.  I bring experience from Guardian Industries Corp’s expansion from five countries to 27 during my tenure, and from advising large and small businesses on their expansions.

The event will be held at The Build Institute in Detroit. The Build Institute helps individuals turn business ideas into reality with resources and support. The institute has graduated over 1,700 aspiring entrepreneurs, including multiple Hatch Detroit finalists each year. This program will begin with April Jones Boyle from The Build Institute speaking on their commitment to growing businesses.

The program will run as follows:
5:30 PM – Registration and Networking
6:00 PM – Program
7:15 PM – Conclusion and Networking

Have your questions answered and receive counsel to begin selling internationally, getting actions accomplished across culture and language, building business operations overseas, and the role of the board.

See further details and register here.


David Jaffe to Present at Anticorruption Seminar in Paris


On November 3, 2016, David Jaffe of Jaffe Counsel will be a panelist, along with senior French lawyers and an anticorruption official at the OECD, at a seminar on compliance sponsored by the Paris law firm CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre.  The details are below. To see the original invitation, click here.

Anti-corruption et loi Sapin II : la nouvelle donne internationale de la compliance Anticorruption and the Sapin II Law: The New International Situation in Compliance
Pour répondre aux critiques internationales, la France a décidé de se doter d’une nouvelle loi anti-corruption, la loi Sapin II. Quel est l’apport réel de cette loi ? Quels seront le rôle et les moyens de l’Agence française anticorruption ?
La France, à l’image des Etats-Unis, va-t-elle modifier  sa politique de répression et mettre en œuvre des sanctions plus dissuasives ? Les nouvelles politiques de compliance sont-elles un simple outil à mettre en place ou doivent-elles faire partie de l’ADN de l’entreprise du 21e siècle ?
Nos différents intervenants, experts des relations commerciales internationales, tenteront de répondre à ces questions cruciales pour les dirigeants d’entreprise, directeurs juridiques, compliance officers et gestionnaires des risques.Dans un contexte où la France fait régulièrement l’objet de vives critiques de la part de l’OCDE, le législateur français affiche son ambition de se rapprocher des modèles anglo-saxons de lutte contre la corruption. Il s’agit notamment d’adopter une réglementation instaurant une cartographie des risques et une évaluation des intermédiaires de commerce.
En pratique, il existe des « best practices » efficaces, élaborées notamment par l’OCDE ou le Department of Justice américain, pour limiter les sanctions.
Plus de 1600 entreprises et groupes français vont devoir intégrer rapidement ces bonnes pratiques dans un cadre législatif français et international en évolution. Seront ainsi concernées : les groupes ou les entreprises françaises de 500 salariés ou  plus qui réalisent un chiffre d’affaires consolidé d’au moins 100 millions d’euros. Il nous a donc paru opportun de s’interroger sur cette évolution marquée des politiques anti-corruption et de compliance.Picture1Merci de bien vouloir confirmer votre présence avant le jeudi 27 octobre 2016.
To respond to its international critics, France has decided to develop its own new anti-corruption law, called Sapin II. What is the real significance of this law? What will be the role and methods of operation of the French anticorruption agency? Will France imitate the United States by changing its enforcement policy and putting in place stronger penalties? Are the new compliance systems a simple tool to put in place, or must they become a part of the DNA of the 21st century company?

Our speakers, each of whom has expertise in international business, will attempt to answer these questions, which are crucial for executives, legal directors, compliance officers and risk managers.

In a context in which France is regularly the object of sharp criticism from the OECD, the French legislature has attempted to reconcile itself with Anglo-Saxon models of the fight against corruption. Most notably, it has adopted a system of regulation that requires a risk assessment and evaluation of business intermediaries. In practice, there exist “best practices,” developed notably by the OECD or the American Department of Justice, as a method of reducing sanctions. More than 1,600 French companies and groups will have to integrate these best practices in a framework that is both French and international, and that is still evolving. Those who will be affected are: Groups or French companies with 500 employees or more, realizing consolidated revenues of at least €100 million. It has therefore seemed to us opportune to inquire into these significant developments in anti-corruption and compliance policy.


Please register by Thursday, October 27, 2016


 Le rôle croissant de la compliance dans les process de fusion-acquisition : Alexandra Rohmert, CMS BFL

La mission de l’OCDE en matière d’anti-corruption et l’évolution récente de la lutte contre la corruption  : France Chain, OECD

Les mesures anti-corruption de la loi Sapin II, perspectives françaises et internationales : Stéphanie de Giovanni, CMS BFL

– élargissement du champ d’application de la loi ;

– de nouvelles entreprises concernées ;

– instauration d’un devoir de mise en conformité ;

– les sanctions et la répression.

La place du lanceur d’alerte et l’impact social de la loi Sapin II : Alain Herrmann, CMS BFL

– lanceur d’alerte salarié et procédure à suivre ;

– distinction alerte valable et délation punissable ;

– intégration du code de bonne conduite dans le règlement

intérieur de l’entreprise et formation des salariés à ces risques.

Les programmes de compliance : ce que les sociétés françaises peuvent apprendre de l’expérience américaine : David Jaffe, Jaffe Counsel

similarité de la loi Sapin II avec les mesures américaines ;

– les programmes de compliance des multinationales ;

– focus sur les « best practices » ;

– comment limiter les sanctions ?

Questions / réponses 
Avec l’aimable participation de France Chain, Senior Legal Analyst Anticorruption Department à l’OCDE, de David Jaffe du cabinet américain Jaffe Counsel PLC ainsi que les avocats de CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre


–  Introduction: The expanding role of compliance in due diligence : Alexandra Rohmert, CMS BFL

–  The mission of the OECD in the realm of anti-corruption. Recent developments in the fight against corruption : France Chain, OECD

–  The anti-corruption measures of the Sapin II Law, French and international perspectives : Stéphanie de Giovanni, CMS BFL

Explanation of the scope of the law / New companies affected / Establishing a project of coming into compliance / Penalties and suppression

–  Whistleblowers and the social impact of the Sapin II Law : Alain Herrmann, CMS BFL

Employee whistleblowers and the procedure to follow / Distinguishing between a legitimate warning and a punishable denunciation / Integrating a code of conduct in the internal rules of a company and training employees on these risks

–  Compliance Programs:  What French companies can learn from the American experience : David Jaffe, Jaffe Counsel

Similarities between the Sapin II law and American laws / compliance programs of multinationals / Focus on best practices / How to avoid penalties.

– Questions and AnswersThe panelists are France Chain, Senior Legal Analyst, OECD Anticorruption Department, David Jaffe, of the American law firm Jaffe Counsel plc, as well as lawyers from CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre




David Jaffe is the principal of Jaffe Counsel plc, which he opened in September 2014. He provides strategic counsel to businesses around the globe facing significant opportunities, challenges and transformations.

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