Supply Chain Risks & Rewards in Emerging Markets

Focus on Regulatory and Best Practices Issues

October 13, 2016 – Washington, DC


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Why You Should Attend:


Managing supply chain risks while obtaining the rewards of outsourcing from emerging markets is the challenging subject to be addressed at EFMA’s upcoming conference in Washington, DC on October 13th. To stay competitive in fast changing world markets requires companies in many industries to seek out low cost quality suppliers and products either on a finished basis or as parts to be assembled back home or elsewhere. 

Many of the topics are very unique such as the possible obligations of executives within your company or client to certify or be responsible for human rights, labor or environmental regulation issues. Examples are certification requirements within the EU, the California Supply Chain Transparency Act, or US SEC disclosure obligations concerning conflict minerals. Are your executives up to date on such mandatory or volunteer compliance issues?


Other issues covered include:


  • Choosing the right third-party supplier/partner which can mean the difference between having a significant asset or a major liability.


  • Working with third parties and suppliers in particular emerging markets and industries such as in Africa, China, India, Asia and East Europe.


  • Cyber-security. By some estimates, up to 80% of cyber breaches may originate in the supply chain. We will look at best practices to protect your organization from cyber risks introduced by your vendors and suppliers.


Practical guidance on best practices and regulatory issues will be discussed by leading practitioners. Look at the next page for our blue chip panelists.

Who Should Attend:


This conference is designed for and should attract:

  • Supply chain business executives

  • In-house and outside legal counsel

  • Financial consultants in world trade

  • Risk and compliance managers and consultants

  • Logistical professionals

  • International transportation experts

  • Tax and accounting professionals

  • Supply chain risk insurance companies and brokers

  • Supply chain systems and digital information specialists


A certificate of attendance for continuing professional education will be provided.



8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 AM

Intro remarks

Gary Brown/Reagan Demas

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Key Areas of Risk and Concerns and Ways To Mitigate these Issues

  • Legal Obligations and Voluntary Reporting

  • Reputational and PR Risks

  • Anti-Corruption FCPA, UK anti-bribery law, OECD directives

  • Human Trafficking and Human Rights

  • Conflict Minerals

  • Business Ethics Issues

  • US State and European Certification Requirements

  • Trends in Voluntary Compliance

  • Dealing with Watchdog Groups

Robert Tashima,
Oxford Business Group

Philip Langford,
International Justice Mission

Thomas Firestone,
Baker & McKenzie

Reagan Demas,
Baker & McKenzie


10:00 - 10:15 AM

Break for Refreshments


10:15 - 11:00 AM

Best Practices and Pitfalls in Vetting and Selecting Suppliers, Vendors and Agents


  • The latest on conducting due diligence on vendors and agents

  • Assessing reputation and financial health of suppliers

  • Identifying legal risk areas

  • Using the procurement team to mitigate legal risk

  • Creating a matrix to grade suppliers and assess risk

  • Vetting third parties using Best Practice Procedures

  • Utilizing a due diligence checklist

Reagan Demas,
Baker & McKenzie

Alexandra Wrage,


11:00 - 11:30 AM

Cyber Security Issues in Emerging Market Supply Chains

  • Data protection

  • Privacy Concerns

  • Cyber-security & IP

  • Legal Liability

  • Handling Data Breaches

  • Protecting IP

Jonathan Wilan,
Baker & McKenzie


11:30 - 12:00 PM

How to Avoid & Defend Supply Chain Disputes

  • Negotiating, structuring, and documenting key legal agreements

  • Compliance covenants

  • Keeping tabs on subcontractors

  • Dispute resolution strategies

  • Evaluation and diagnostics of the issue

  • Corporate role in finding solutions including interaction with the government

  • Consideration of reshoring

Sarah Rathke,
Squire Patton Boggs

Rosemary Coates,
Blue Silk Consulting and Reshoring Institute

12:00 - 12:40 PM

US International & Foreign Tax Issues, Avoiding Tax Risks

  • Permanent Establishment Tax Risks

  • Transfer Pricing tax issues

  • Key Foreign Tax Issues

  • Dealing with Tax Disputes

John Forry,
Seltzer, Kaplan,
McMahon & Vitek

12:40 - 1:40 PM

Lunch & luncheon speaker

Gang Xu
The Hershey Company "What keeps in-house counsels up at night?"

Gang Xu will focus on his experience with regulatory issues when working with suppliers and third parties in China, India, and Malaysia


1: 40 - 2:20 PM

Role of Insurance in Mitigating Supply Chain Risk

  • Political risks

  • Terrorism

  • Environmental issues

  • Supplier or subcontractor insolvency

  • Property damage,

  • Business interruption and

  • Other insurable risks

Kieran Stack,
Aon Global Risk Consulting

Nick Wildgoose,

Eric Jowett,

Mike Stankard,
Aon Risk Solutions


2:20 - 3:00 PM

Assessing, Training, Educating, Monitoring & Evaluating Vendor Principals and Employees

  • How much is enough? Conducting effective, efficient risk assessments in the supply chain

  • Training of third-party suppliers/partners and their employees

  • Training expectations and best practices

  • Monitoring and evaluating suppliers

  • Reacting to and remedying supplier issues

  • Developing information systems

  • Use of agents to assist in supplier/vendor management

Alexandra Wrage,

Kari Crowley,
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services

3:00 - 3:15 PM

Break for Refreshment


3:15 - 3:55 PM

Working with Supplier and Third Party Risks in Key Emerging Markets and Industry Segments (EMEA)

  • Africa

  • Selected European Markets

  • Middle East

  • CIS

Paul DeLaney,
Kyle House Group

Larry Kivett,

Thomas Firestone,
Baker & McKenzie


3:55 - 4:40 PM

Working with Supplier and Third Party Risks in Key Emerging Markets and Industry Segments (Asia)

  • China, Hong Kong & Taiwan

  • Indian Subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka)

Industry Segments for the 2 panels above

  • Mining and minerals

  • Agri and food business

  • Textiles

  • High tech & industrial products

  • Consumer products

Paul DeLaney,
Kyle House Group

Susan Lau,
Wells Fargo

Yohan John Balan,
Baker & McKenzie

Christopher Burkett,
Baker & McKenzie


4:40 - 5:20 PM

US Import Regulations and Controls

  • Customs forced labor regulations

  • Trade Sanctions

  • Product category controls

  • Tariffs and most favored nations

  • State of International Trade Agreements

John Foote,
Baker & McKenzie

Alex Lamy,
Baker & McKenzie


5:20 - 5:30 PM

Closing and Q&A

Reagan Demas/Gary Brown


5:30 PM

Conference Ends

Cocktail Reception sponsored by
Baker & McKenzie

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