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Quarterly Energy Forum: From Climate Change to Anti-Corruption: The Energy Sector in the Crosshairs of Government Enforcement

7:30 am - 9:30 am CT
The Houstonian Hotel | 111 North Post Oak Lane | Houston, Texas 77024
Breakfast will be served beginning at 7:30 am.
Presentations begin promptly at 8:00 am.

8:00 am - 9:30 am CT
Dial-in information will be distributed prior to the program.

Recent news of investigations into ExxonMobil’s climate change disclosures highlights the challenges energy companies face in the realm of government investigations and enforcement actions. Given its prominent role in the global economy, the energy industry is at the forefront of many government enforcement trends and must navigate an ever-changing and increasingly complicated legal and regulatory landscape.

Our panel has extensive government and private sector experience in the energy industry, handling government investigations, securities and regulatory enforcement, and related corporate governance and disclosure issues and will provide insights in the following areas:

  • Recent Climate Change Investigations and Disclosure Requirements
    • Update on investigation trends by the New York Attorney General and other State Attorneys’ general affecting energy companies.
    • Disclosure rules and industry practices concerning social and political issues.
  • Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance
    • Trends in federal anti-corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement, including the potential impact of the DOJ’s new focus on individual accountability and corporate compliance programs.
  • Securities and Related Regulatory Enforcement
    • Developments in federal securities and related regulatory enforcement issues most critical to the energy industry, including disclosure practices, securities and derivative trading, and other SEC, CFTC, and FERC matters.
  • Other Relevant Trends and Developments
  • Christopher A. Wray chairs King & Spalding’s Special Matters and Government Investigations practice. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Wray served as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.
  • Dixie L. Johnson is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading SEC enforcement lawyers. A partner in King & Spalding’s Special Matters and Government Investigations practice, she has over 25 years of experience representing public companies, financial institutions, public accounting firms, boards of directors and boards of trustees, corporate officers and other individuals in securities enforcement investigations. Ms. Johnson also has served the legal profession including as Chair of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee and Chair of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
  • The Honorable J.B. Van Hollen provides legal and related consultancy services in the areas of state government relations, investigation and litigation as part of a strategic alliance with the law firm of King & Spalding. He served as Wisconsin’s 43rd Attorney General from 2007 to 2015. In 2013, Attorney General Van Hollen was elected President of the bipartisan National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Prior to his service as Attorney General, Mr. Van Hollen served as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin from 2002 to 2005.
  • Keith M. Townsend has significant experience advising public company clients on SEC reporting and disclosure requirements, corporate governance issues and other corporate/securities matters, including energy-related matters such as climate change and conflicts minerals. He is a senior partner in King & Spalding’s Corporate practice.
  • Brandt Leibe (panel moderator) has extensive experience representing and advising energy sector companies in connection with the FCPA. He is a partner in King & Spalding’s Special Matters and Government Investigations practice. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Leibe served as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court.


The King & Spalding Energy Forum is an informative quarterly series that addresses issues facing the energy industry.

Continuing Education Credit:
1.5 hours of CLE credit will be applied for in CA, GA, NY, TX and, if needed, NC and VA. Attendees will receive a Uniform Certificate of Attendance via email within 30 days after the program to seek CLE credit in other jurisdictions. New York lawyers: This program is considered both Transitional in content and Traditional in format and approved for all lawyers. King & Spalding LLP | 1180 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309 | CA Provider # 10947

Event Details

Date: December 17, 2015

Time: 8:00 pm