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Vera Powell is an associate in the Special Matters and Investigations practice in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office. Her practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, corporate compliance reviews and compliance counseling. 

Prior to joining the firm, Vera served as a Compliance Officer at a Fortune 100 company, where she helped devise and implement a world class compliance program to prevent, detect, and respond to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and other relevant anti-corruption and anti-bribery legislation. At the conclusion of the company’s initial compliance remediation and implementation efforts, she received the 2009 “Employee of the Year” award for her work in the implementation of an expansive anti-corruption toolkit at several corporate entities.

As the Compliance Officer responsible for several U.S.-based divisions operating internationally, Vera worked closely with executive management and all relevant functions to foster a values-based compliance culture by continuously enhancing, monitoring, and enforcing the compliance program components.  She conducted regular anti-corruption risk assessments, drafted and implemented compliance policies covering a broad array of anti-corruption topics, conducted ongoing training on those policies for all relevant staff, provided day-to-day advice to management and employees, and monitored the effectiveness of the compliance program by performing compliance reviews. 

In addition to her compliance expertise, Vera brings to the firm extensive business experience gained from managing OEM Relationship Management (“ORM”) projects for one of the world’s ten largest automotive suppliers and analyzing order-to-cash processes for the sixth largest U.S. poultry producer.

Vera joined King & Spalding after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Orinda D. Evans of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. She also completed an internship for the Honorable Frank M. Hull of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Vera earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from Georgia State University College of Law, where she graduated first in her class. While in law school, she was associate articles editor of the Georgia State Law Review, a member of the Georgia State Moot Court, and a finalist of the Georgia Intrastate Moot Court Competition. She was honored with numerous awards for her outstanding academic accomplishments, including excellence awards for Research, Writing and Advocacy and Torts, and was the recipient of the 2012 American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence. 

Vera has lived and worked in five countries. She possesses substantial intercultural skills and experience, and is fluent in several languages.

Prior Relevant Experience

  • Responsible for several U.S.-based divisions operating internationally, including in Mexico, Russia, India, and China.
  • Worked closely with executive management and all relevant functions to foster a values-based compliance culture by continuously enhancing, monitoring, and enforcing the compliance program components.  
  • Conducted regular anti-corruption risk assessments, drafted and implemented compliance policies covering a broad array of anti-corruption topics, conducted ongoing training on those policies for all relevant staff, provided day-to-day advice to management and employees, and monitored the effectiveness of the compliance program by performing compliance reviews. 
Full Bio

Credentials

B.A., Aalen University of Applied Sciences

J.D., Georgia State University, summa cum laude

Georgia

Law Clerk, Hon. Orinda D. Evans, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Intern, Hon. Frank M. Hull, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

German (fluent)

Macedonian (fluent)

Bulgarian (native)

Credentials

B.A., Aalen University of Applied Sciences

J.D., Georgia State University, summa cum laude

Georgia

Law Clerk, Hon. Orinda D. Evans, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Intern, Hon. Frank M. Hull, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

German (fluent)

Macedonian (fluent)

Bulgarian (native)