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Ms. Harris to co-lead expanding global Anti-Corruption & FCPA practice

Mayer Brown announced today that Audrey Harrishas rejoined the firm in Washington DC as a partner and co-leader of its globalAnti-Corruption & FCPA practice. Ms. Harris rejoins Mayer Brown afterserving as the chief compliance officer for global resources company BHP.Based in Melbourne, Australia, she led a global Ethics & Compliancefunction providing expertise in anti-corruption, trade sanctions, exportcontrols, competition, ethics & investigations, state & commercialsecrets, and market conduct compliance, with a team of professionals andattorneys across four continents.

“Audrey’s sophisticatedunderstanding of corporate compliance and global regulatory enforcement issues,which she has developed through her senior in-house role at a majormultinational and extensive private practice experience, will be invaluableto clients,” said Larry Urgenson, a co-leader ofthe firm’s global Anti-Corruption & FCPA practice. “In this increasinglyaggressive enforcement environment, the need for companies to operateglobally in proactively assessing corruption risks has never beengreater. Audrey augments our risk mitigation capabilities and continuesthe expansion of our global anti-corruption capabilities across the US, UK,Brazil, France and China.”

A veteran ForeignCorruption Practices Act (FCPA) and white collar practitioner, Ms.Harris has over a decade of experience handling multi-year, multinationalinvestigations, with a comprehensive investigations, counseling and defensecapability.

In 2015, Ms.Harris joined BHP toserve as the company’s first chief compliance officer. Her team was accountable for safeguarding integrity bypreventing, mitigating, and investigating compliance risks and settingethical standards. Her role also involved work with NGOs, internationalgoverning bodies and enforcement agencies as part of thepromotion of global anti-corruption, transparency and integrity.

Previously, Ms.Harris was a partner at Mayer Brown, where she conductedinvestigations, counseled corporations and individuals in avariety of enforcement matters, and regularly appeared before enforcementauthorities. Her areas of experience include US Securities and ExchangeCommission enforcement actions, false claim/statements, FCPA and other fraudinvestigations, as well as anti-terrorism and money laundering defense. Before joining Mayer Brown, Ms.Harris was a partner at another leading global law firm.

“Mayer Brown’s global platform andability to provide clients practical approaches and holistic advice, drovemy decision to rejoin the firm.” said Ms. Harris. “Countriesacross the globe are enhancing legislative regimes and building enforcementcapabilities. Increasingly, successful defense depends on effectivecompliance programs, credible internal investigations andcoordination across jurisdictions. Leveraging a company’s existingsystems and experience to target the next emerging risk can be a marketdifferentiator. Mayer Brown is uniquely positioned to partner withclients in this space — providing risk-based approachestailored to clients’ business models, along with global investigations andenforcement experience.”

Daniel Masur,partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office, added, “Audrey is animportant addition to our growing DC office and overall firm, which includeshigh-ranking former government prosecutors and compliance officials, as wecontinue to expand our international footprint while helping clientsprioritize and manage complex and interconnected risks.”

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