Benjamin Haley

Benjamin Haley

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Ben Haley is an experienced white collar defense practitioner who assists corporations and individuals in complex government enforcement matters and internal investigations.

Mr. Haley has particular expertise with anti-corruption and FCPA matters, where he has guided a number of clients to successful resolutions of SEC and DOJ investigations.

Complementing his investigations practice, Mr. Haley regularly advises clients on a range of anti-corruption compliance issues, including by conducting risk and program assessments, providing advice in connection with proposed transactions, and assisting companies in building and strengthening their anti-corruption compliance programs and controls.

Mr. Haley has extensive experience in FCPA investigations across a range of industries, including automotive and agricultural equipment manufacturing, customs and logistics, consumer products, financial services, information technology, media, gaming, and oil and gas. In these investigations, he has developed deep expertise with complex forensic accounting, internal controls, and transactional issues.

Mr. Haley has deep experience on the ground in Africa conducting investigations and risk assessments, including in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa.

He also routinely manages complex E-discovery projects, including large-scale cross-border data collection and review, and he has expertise in leveraging technology-assisted review/predictive coding in internal and government investigations.

Mr. Haley also has expertise representing special litigation committees and demand evaluation committees in connection with shareholder derivative litigation, including negotiating and crafting settlements and corporate governance enhancements.

In addition to his investigations practice, Mr. Haley represents policyholders on D&O and professional liability matters. He has assisted policyholders across a range of industries in obtaining coverage in connection with securities, derivative, insolvency, trade secret, and franchise litigation.

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Top Ten Issues to Watch in Africa in 2019

Africa’s Growth Prospects. Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow at 3.8 percent in 2019, which is a significant improvement over last year’s regional growth rate of 2.6 percent. Excluding the continent’s largest economies (Angola, Nigeria and South Africa), which are growing collectively at an average of 2.5 percent, the aggregate growth rate … Continue Reading

What Companies Need to Know About World Bank and African Development Bank Debarment (and How to Avoid It)

In March 2017, World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim announced that the World Bank would provide a record $57 billion in financing for projects in sub-Saharan Africa in the 2018–2020 fiscal year period. Consistent with that commitment, the World Bank’s most recent annual report indicates that $19.8 billion was issued to partner countries and … Continue Reading

Compliance Risks from Local Content Requirements – Considerations for Doing Business in Africa

Over the last several decades, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by multinational companies has become a critical engine of economic growth in Africa, with FDI in the extractive industries particularly significant. A common response by local governments in Africa to increased FDI is “local content” requirements, which are designed to ensure the participation of the local … Continue Reading

What Companies Need to Know About France’s Loi Sapin II Anti-Corruption Law

On June 3, 2018, French tycoon Vincent Bolloré warned investors that Groupe Bolloré—a logistics provider with extensive operations in former French colonies in Africa—may suffer negative commercial and financial consequences as a result of a corruption investigation initiated by French authorities. Mr. Bolloré was questioned for two days by French police in April 2018 over … Continue Reading

Ten Key Issues to Watch in Africa in 2018

In this blog, Covington’s Africa practice  highlights ten key issues to watch in Africa in 2018. U.S. Policy: The derogatory remarks that President Trump made about Africans and Haitians, which he denies having said, create a negative image for the U.S. across the region as the year begins. Nevertheless, the administration will push forward on … Continue Reading
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