TRACE INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR OF ADVISORY SERVICES
As Director of Advisory Services, Severin specializes in tailored anti-bribery compliance solutions for multinational, corporate clients. Among the engagements he has worked on are: an international clothing retailer’s compliance program policies and procedures; an enterprise-wide, anti-bribery risk assessment for a Fortune 100 financial services company; in-person, employee training for a U.S.-based multinational’s European subsidiaries; on-the-ground due diligence and training of numerous potential joint venture partners, including ones located in Latin America and Africa; and merger and acquisition FCPA due diligence of an Israeli company for a U.S.-based Fortune 500 multinational.
Severin is also a frequent speaker on anti-bribery compliance for live events around the world.
Before joining TRACE, he practiced in the litigation department of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a New York City-based law firm. There, he specialized in international commercial disputes, corporate bankruptcy as well as government investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, including the negotiation of a favorable $54.6 million FCPA settlement with the Department of Justice.
Severin is the co-editor of the book, How to Pay a Bribe: Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes (2014), and is a contributing author for the treatise Practicing Under the U.S. Anti-Corruption Laws (2014) (Aspen). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a juris doctorate from Cornell Law School. Mr. Wirz speaks proficient French and is a member of the New York and New Jersey bar associations.