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Biography Tomislav Šunjka

Experience as an attorney at law

I have been a founder and head of ŠunjkaLaw since 2000.

In my 18-years long legal experience, the anti-corruption practice in the widest sense possible is an upgrade of my previous legal knowledge, bearing in mind that the corruption is present in every legal sphere of business, and for that matter, life.  Classical definitions hold corruption to be the abuse of public office for private gain. During this time I have acquired many skills in dealing with corrupt, fraudulent, coercive, collusive and obstructive practices, and ways of resolving the problems that all institutions in general have in the time of transition economy and emerging markets.  It also provided me with an experience in working with private clients, as well as with public government and international institutions and organizations.

Being a lawyer with a long practice, I have excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and spoken, fluency in English with the ability to draft analytical reports to high standard, ability to resolve disputes objectively and fairly, high degree of professionalism, integrity and independence, ability to meet tight and frequent deadlines, ability to handle a large volume of data and to pay meticulous attention to details and ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive information, since all of the stated and requested qualifications are an integral part of being an successful attorney at law. Drafting legislative opinions is a part of my work as an attorney at law daily, as well as risk assessments, needs and gap analysis, institutional reviews etc.

Experience with international organizations, international, transnational and national regulations

I am a regional representative member of the International Bar Association (IBA) Anti – corruption Committee for Europe ( https://www.int-bar.org/Officers/Index.cfm?unit=119_0_0_1_0 ). Before being named as a representative, I took an active role in projects of the Anti – corruption Committee as a member.

The Anti-Corruption Committee provides an international forum for private and public-sector practitioners to meet and discuss anti-corruption laws, compliance practices, enforcement trends and asset recovery issues. It facilitates the sharing of best practice and the regular communication of legal and other developments, including new legislation, case-law, prosecution guidance and government policy, as well as developments in civil society, the private sector and international organizations. The committee in particular acts to assist practitioners in areas where anti-corruption laws and procedures are relatively under-developed or under-enforced. Committee members have the opportunity to assist one another in understanding transnational corruption, share domestic legal expertise and extend their professional experience internationally.

Furthermore, being a regional representative member of IBA Anti – corruption Committee gives me a valuable know-how, the best know-how in the world, on various actions that can be undertaken against corruption, in the sense of legislation as well as practice.

Since the platform of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee is fully available to me and experiences of all other members of the Committee are also, I can use it to find the best possible and applicable solutions for each and every possible problem in relation to good governance and combating corruption.

I am also an active member of several important international professional and business associations, especially one, namely ICC FRAUDNET (http://www.icc-ccs.org/home/fraudnet ).

I am the representative member of FraudNet for Serbia and Balkans. Being a member gives me access to the entire network of lawyers and other law professionals, their experience and “in situ” access to organizations and authorities, which proved as a valuable asset in asset tracing and asset recovery in particular cases. More on my membership and actions taken within FraudNet, you can find bellow in the section “Asset tracing and Recovery”.

In conclusion, I am fully equipped to perform expert anti - corruption and anti - money laundering due diligence as a process of thorough and objective examination of desk integrity and compliance, integrity and compliance including assessment as well as in-depth, and, as the case may be, ‘in situ’ investigations relating to entities and/or individuals, due diligence and assessment of tax matters, research, monitoring, analysis and advice, including assessment and development of policies, in the area of compliance-related anti - corruption issues and perform Anti - Corruption Monitoring. In addition, using the knowledge and experience, I can develop procedures and tools to fight existing corruption and prevent it in future.

In my regular day-to-day work, I create, implement and maintain compliance programs, developed individually, customized to meet the needs of each client, in order to prevent, identify and correct violations of policies.

Certified auditor for ISO 19600 and ISO 37001 by Ethic Intelligence

ISO Standard 19600 – Compliance management systems provides guidance for establishing, developing, implementing, evaluating, maintaining and improving an effective and responsive compliance management system within an organization. It is the one and only independent, international standard for compliance officers, businesses, regulators and judges.

The guidance is adaptable to any organization and can be of use with regard to any compliance risk. Furthermore, it is adjustable to the level of maturity of an organization’s compliance management system and to the nature and complexity of the organization’s activities.

The ISO 37001 Standard on Anti-Bribery Management Systems specifies measures designed to help organizations prevent, detect and address bribery by building strong, risk-based anti-bribery management systems. It addresses active bribery by the organizations or their business associates and passive bribery of the organizations or their business associates.

The ISO 37001 standard reflects international good practices on anti-corruption compliance and allows organizations to demonstrate to their employees, stakeholders, business associates and third parties their commitment to do business with integrity. An ISO 37001 certification offers assurance that the organization has implemented an anti-corruption compliance program properly.

After completing the training organized by the Ethic Intelligence (https://www.ethic-intelligence.com/en/ ), I have become a certified auditor for said two standards. Said certification enables me with valued knowledge in compliance matters and tools, dealing with bribery and corruption.

Said standards act in two scopes – firstly, they enable its users to detect corruption within their own companies, within organizations and public authorities, providing them with mechanisms to fight it. Secondly, they provide their users with a useful tool in prevention of corruption, with proper training and procedures that would disable the axis, and thus disable the corrupters themselves.

Furthermore, and having in mind the importance of these standards, I was an active member of the Commission for standards and relevant documents KS A268, which was engaged in translation ( to Serbian language) of the standard ISO 37001, Systems of management against bribe, and thus preparing the usage manual for the standard. The standard is translated and in usage.

Also, I was a member of the Serbian delegation on the Regional Workshop on ISO 37001:2016 – Anti-bribery management systems, organized in Belgrade from 23rd to 25th of October 2017., by ISO - International Organization for Standardization, along with Mr. Miroslav Miletic , Mr.Dusan Stokic , Mr.Milos Jelic , Mr.Jovan Božović, Ms.Biljana Stepanović, where I presented the pannel named “The fight against corruption: Strengthening capacity at operational and technical level, ISO 37001 in the context of Serbia“.

Asset tracing and asset recovery

In addition to being an active member of IBA Anti-Corruption Committee, I am an active member of the Asset tracing subcommittee. As a subcommittee of the Anti-Corruption committee, it deals with the aspects of corruption in a more specific area of corruption, and that is asset tracing and recovery.

I am also an active member of several important international professional and business associations, especially one, namely ICC FRAUDNET.

FraudNet is an international network of independent lawyers who are the leading civil asset recovery specialists in each country. FraudNet’s membership extends to every continent and the world’s major economies, as well as leading offshore wealth havens that have complex bank secrecy laws and institutions where the proceeds of fraud often are hidden. Using sophisticated investigation and forensic tools and cutting-edge civil procedures, FraudNet members have recovered billions of dollars for victims of some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated global frauds involving insurance, commodities, banking, grand corruption and bankruptcy/insolvency.

I am the representative member of FraudNet for Serbia and Balkans. Being a member gives me access to the entire network of lawyers and other law professionals, their experience and “in situ” access to organizations and authorities, which proved as a valuable asset in asset tracing and asset recovery in particular cases.

In fraud and asset tracing matters it is very important, after studying the evidence and careful consideration of all the facts, to decide on proper and adequate legal strategy and procedure. Secondly, fast and effective implementation of the chosen legal strategy is of vital importance, since the assets can move quickly and change the jurisdiction, when money funds or similar movable properties are in question. Legal knowledge that is necessary for the effective conduct of a case is much more complex. It is necessary to be a good business lawyer, first of all, with vast knowledge on financial and banking law, in order to understand the transactions, transfers of money funds, to know the manner of functioning of various assets registers, such as cadastral, yacht, company registers, as well as offshore accounts and business structures and systems. As an upgrade after that come investigation and litigation / prosecution skills, where the prior knowledge is used as tools.

The government, courts, prosecutors and different security structures have a range of mechanisms and instruments in their respective jurisdictions to temporarily freeze and/or permanently take away property or funds acquired through criminal activity. However, the speed and efficiency of these mechanisms and means is territorially limited. Sure, they are usually effective in their jurisdictions, but even national jurisdictions lack competence and expertise, when dealing with complex transactions, accounts, company structures and the persons whose assets are tracked. This is where legal professionals with experience and knowledge in national and international legal matters are most needed.

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WWL acknowledged my work and in the online edition of the WWL Experts said "Tomislav Šunjka is “a dynamic and responsive practitioner” who always demonstrates “a strong commitment to find the right and pragmatic solutions for the client” when it comes to major international cross-border litigation.".

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has issued a certificate to me on behalf of successfully completed program for lawyers from transition economies for the financial law and finance issues, for 2009 and 2010.

In cooperation with Legal500 ( http://www.legal500.com ), on 20th of November 2018., ŠunjkaLaw is organizing an event named Global Investigations Forum 2018 in Serbia, with subtopic of corporate investigations.

IFLR1000, ( http://www.iflr1000.com )the Guide for the World’s Leading financial Law firms, lists ŠunjkaLaw as Recommended Firm for Financial and corporate issues, and me as Highly regarded in the same area.

All of the previously stated experience enabled me with much needed skills to provide the deliverables needed, including but not limited to drafting analytical reports (risk assessments, needs and gap analysis, institutional reviews), drafting legislative opinions, preparing training modules and training materials/manuals/guidebooks, conducting training, participating and contributing to events (conferences, high level meetings, workshops), mentoring beneficiaries on specific working processes and cases etc.

Kind regards,

Tomislav Šunjka, attorney at law

General data:

Full Name: Tomislav Šunjka

Company: ŠunjkaLaw

Engagement: Attorney at Law

Experience in the practice field: 19 years (1998. – 2018.)

Date of birth: 12.11.1973.

Nationality: Serbian

Education:

 

-Law Faculty, University of Novi Sad, M.A. (1997.)

 

-Law Faculty, University of Novi Sad, Bachelor’s degree (1997.), Jurist

 

-Training and certification 2009. and 2010. by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and London School of Economics (LSE) as a lawyer for financial law issues in transition economies (Contacts: Chief of legal affairs of EBRD Mr. Emmanuel Morris and professor Roger McCormic)

 

-Certified auditor for ISO 19600 and ISO 37001 by Ethic Intelligence

 

Memberships in professional organizations:

 

-Member of International Bar Association –http://www.ibanet.org

-Member of ICC FRAUDNET http://www.icc-ccs.org/home/fraudnet

-Member of Lawyers Bar of Vojvodina,

-Member of The association of Lawyers of Serbia, Novi Sad;

-Member of non-government organization Forum Iuris;

 

Languages: English – Excellent, Russian – Good

 

Publications:

  1. Getting the deal through - Asset recovery Review in cooperation with Peters and Peters Solicitors LLP London, UK,2018;
  2. The Asset Tracing and Recovery Review with editor Robert Hunter, Asset Recovery 2018, The Asset tracing and Recovery Review;
  3. Getting the Deal through - Market Intelligence, Latest global trends within anticorruption legislation and investigations, 2018;
  4. Fraud and asset Tracing in Serbia, Lawyer Monthly, 2017
  5. IBA Anti-Corruption Committee Newsletter, March 2017, report on the joint session of the Securities Law Committee and the Anti-Corruption Committee held on the 2016 Annual Conference in Washington D.C;
  6.  UK Bribery Act, Diplomacy and Commerce Magazine, July 2016;
  7. Anti-corruption, business frauds and asset tracing and recovery, Diplomacy and Commerce Magazine, Focus on Germany, March 1st 2016;
  8. TalkFraud of ICC FraudNet – Global Collaboration failing short, May 2016;
  9. Lawyer Monthly – Fraud Litigation, September 2016;

Participation in relevant projects with brief description and role:

  1. 1.       IBA’s Judicial Integrity Initiative (JII) – 2015 - Pending

The JII commenced work in early 2015. During late 2015, after various consultation meetings by an Expert Group, an extensive survey was undertaken by the IBA and the Basel Institute of Governance in Switzerland to identify the types of conduct observed by survey recipients concerning corruption in the judicial system. The survey work took place over the last quarter of 2015 into early 2016.In May 2016, the IBA published its Report, entitled Judicial Systems and Corruption. A copy of the Report can be found on the IBA website.

As a follow up to the Report, one project the JII is undertaking is to identity where national laws in a range of counties respond to the conduct identified in the Report by imposing criminal, civil or other administrative sanctions on those who engage in the conduct.

Mr.Tomislav Šunjka has been part of the initiative from the very beginning, as a representative in charge for Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro, Romania and Bulgaria.

Later of, as the report is getting its final form, Mr.Šunjka is in charge of interpretation of the data acquired through various methods (questionnaires directed to other Committee members, summary of the relevant legislation in the world wide countries covered), analyzing that data, detecting relevant language of legislation draft proposed language that can fill in the gaps in the specific areas that are identified – using as models the best language that has already been identified, and finally making recommendations to particular countries to amend legislation in question.

  1. 2.       IBA Anti-Corruption Committee – Library of local Anti-Corruption Legislation – January 2017

In late 2016., IBA initiated a library update of local Anti-Corruption legislation, which could be found on the IBA website and thus available to public. In this sense, all relevant legislation, in a country, and concerning the matter, could be found in one place.

The library is publically accessible through this link :

https://www.ibanet.org/LPD/Criminal_Law_Section/AntiCorruption_Committee/Resources.aspx

Mr.Tomislav Šunjka was engaged for providing a brief description of country’s domestic and foreign anti-corruption legal framework, link (or links) to the applicable local legislation, and the relevant provisions of the law in the links (e.g., article numbers). Mr.Šunjka was engaged for providing legislation for Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia. Since its public accessibility, the library plays an important role in education on anti-corruption legal basis, principles, right and obligations.

  1. 3.       IBA Anti-corruption Committee's project on negotiated settlements, March 2017 - Pending

The project is called ‘Towards Global Standards in Structured Criminal Settlements for Corruption Offences’ and the aim of this initiative is to provide IBA members and the general public with up-to-date, usable information about the state of play and processes regarding structured settlements for corruption offences across the globe, provide a basis for argumentation about possible uniform deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) standards, and flag key challenges.

Mr.Šunjka was engaged for providing legislation data for Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia.

  1. 4.       IBA Global Survey on the Role and standing of corruption victims in criminal proceedings, April 2017 – Pending

The goal of the Project is to promote the awareness, use and development of civil asset recovery techniques in bribery cases, in principle in coordination and as a supplement to criminal proceedings and government-to-government mutual assistance. This survey on the Role and standing of corruption victims in criminal proceedings, notably in structured criminal settlements is meant to be a practical guide to the existence of legal remedies for corruption victims through criminal proceedings.

Mr.Šunjka was engaged for providing legislation data for Serbia.

  1. 5.       Republic of Serbia, Commission for standards and relevant documents KS A268, Draft of the translation, standard prSRPS ISO 37001, Systems of management against bribe-Requests for usage manual, December 2016 – 2018.

ISO 37001:2016 specifies requirements and provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, reviewing and improving an anti-bribery management system. The system can be stand-alone or can be integrated into an overall management system. 

ISO 37001:2016 addresses bribery in relation to the organization's activities, bribery in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, bribery by the organization, bribery by the organization's personnel acting on the organization's behalf or for its benefit, bribery by the organization's business associates acting on the organization's behalf or for its benefit, bribery of the organization, bribery of the organization's personnel in relation to the organization's activities, bribery of the organization's business associates in relation to the organization's activities, direct and indirect bribery (e.g. a bribe offered or accepted through or by a third party).

Mr.Tomislav Šunjka was an active member of the Commission.

Also, I was a member of the Serbian delegation on the Regional Workshop on ISO 37001:2016 – Anti-bribery management systems, organized in Belgrade from 23rd to 25th of October 2017., by ISO - International Organization for Standardization, along with Mr. Miroslav Miletic , Mr.Dusan Stokic , Mr.Milos Jelic , Mr.Jovan Božović, Ms.Biljana Stepanović, where I presented the pannel named “The fight against corruption: Strengthening capacity at operational and technical level, ISO 37001 in the context of Serbia“.

  1. 6.       IBA Submission to Australian Attorney General’s Department on Considerations of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement Scheme in Australia, May 2016

 The scope of this submission considers the issues surrounding whether the Commonwealth Government should introduce a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (or DPA) scheme in Australia to cover Commonwealth laws.The submission focused on how and in what manner individuals and companies should be treated under the criminal law in Australia where they might be encouraged to voluntarily report potentially criminal conduct and the consequences of reporting that conduct on both a company and an individual.

Mr.Šunjka was engaged on the basis of his extensive experience in anti-corruption work, asset tracing, corporate crime and victim restitution cases.

  1. 7.       8th Summer School for Junior Magistrates from South Eastern Europe – June 03-07, 2013 – Novi Sad, Serbia – Lecturer

The Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) Secretariat, in cooperation with the Judicial Academy of Republic of Serbia, co-organized the annual Summer School for Junior Magistrates from South Eastern Europe on June 03-07, 2013, in Novi Sad, Serbia. Launched in 2006 as a forum for exchange of ideas and practices among young judges, prosecutors and investigators, the event was organized for 8th consecutive year and was dedicated to the “Anti-corruption Standards in Practical Means“.

The framework of the Summer School included presentations by experts from UNODC, Vienna University of Economics and Business, the Prosecutor’s Office in Torino – Italy, EUROPOL, the Serbian State Attorney Office, London Metropolitan Police, etc. During the special outdoor session, the junior magistrates visited the District Court in Novi Sad.

Mr.Tomislav Šunjka lectured on Training Module III: Asset Recovery. - Carrying out financial investigations Civil and Criminal Legal instruments and remedies of Asset Recovery - Case study 1

Relevant Conferences:

  1. 16th Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference in Paris - attended the 16th Annual IBA Anti Corruption Conference in Paris on 12th and 13th of June of 2018., in the capacity of Regional representative of the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee for Europe.
  2. BEKOP – presented a panel named "To be a lawyer in times of extraterritorial validity and application of law" on the Belgrade Iurist Conference (BEKOP), on May 5th 2018.
  3. Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery Convention on 15th and 16th of March 2018. in Geneva;
  4. Arbitration and Crime - Dealing with Allegations of Economic Crime in Arbitration Conference in Basel, Switzerland, from 11th to 12th of January 2018;
  5. Regional Workshop on ISO 37001:2016 – Anti-bribery management systems, Belgrade, 23rd to 25th of October 2017., by ISO - International Organization for Standardization, presentation of the pannel named “The fight against corruption: Strengthening capacity at operational and technical level, ISO 37001 in the context of Serbia“;
  6. The IBA's Annual Conference 2017, the legal profession's largest international event, takes place from 8-13 October 2017 in Sydney, featuring a wide variety of working sessions and social functions. As the central event of the international legal community’s calendar, the IBA’s Annual Conference presents an unparalleled opportunity to exchange knowledge and to create and renew a global network of colleagues and business contacts;
  7. Commercial Crime Services ICC FraudNet conference and meeting October 6th to 8th 2017. in Sydney, Australia, brainstorming sessions with industry figures on fraud and asset recovery are set to take center stage at Commercial Crime Services ICC FraudNet conference and meeting. FraudNet is an international network of independent lawyers who are the leading civil asset recovery specialists in each country;
  8. 15th Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference, Paris on 13th and 14th of June 2017 - Topics included recent trends and updates on enforcement and prosecution from the OECD Working Group on Bribery, asset recovery: Role and standing of victims of corruption in criminal proceedings, notably in the context of structured criminal settlement, Double jeopardy and managing risks in cross-border investigations and prosecutions, Uniform deferred prosecution agreement standards? Setting the stage, Corruption at a human level: Sextortion, trafficking, bribery and the business supply chain, Bribery dynamics in the boardroom: How a company responds to bribery and corruption, The collateral consequences of corruption: The world of civil sanctions and debarments, The state of the corruption union: Where are we and where are we going? and many more; 
  9. IBA Annual Litigation Forum Conference in Zurich, Switzerland, May 3rd to May 5th, 2017.Topics included New technologies in court – Bold about change: how technology is being embraced by shrewd litigators and courts, Cutting edge ways of introducing and taking evidence, Innovation in litigation – roundtable discussions/workshops, How to adjust to Brexit, Artificial Intelligence – how much of you will it replace? How much will it enhance? and many more;
  10. ICC FraudNet Spring Meeting, 28th to 30th April 2017. in Miami USA. The topics included Protecting Lawyers, Panama Papers: The Evolution of Public Registries as a Result of the Leak, Litigation Funding Opportunities, Trends in Offshore and Asset Recovery from a Lawyers’ Perspective vs. Journalists’ Perspective and many more;
  11.  The 15th Annual North American OffshoreAlert Conference, 30th April until May 2nd 2017., Miami, USA OffshoreAlert Conference is a Financial Intelligence & Investigations Event that brings together more than 250 clients, providers and investigators of high-end financial products and services from the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and key offshore jurisdictions to network and discuss wealth creation, preservation and recovery;
  12. 20th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day, 30th and 31st of March, 2017. Mr.Šunjka attended the conference as a delegate before the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee and especially Asset recovery subcommittee, with the emphasis on cooperation between the two committees, considering the common grounds (techniques for corporate victims to recover losses, how to catch your corrupt assets and asset tracing and asset recovery in general, beneficial ownership issues etc.). Bearing in mind the topic, asset recovery lawyers can efficiently and adequately find and secure assets, before, during and after the arbitration proceeding, in order to achieve the purpose of arbitration procedure, and that is the final enforcement of particular arbitration decision;
  13. C5 Conference on Fraud, Asset tracing and Recovery, Geneva, 16th and 17th March, 2017. The conference presented interesting experiences of Switzerland as a specific jurisdiction for asset tracing and recovery, bearing in mind policies of Swiss banks and the fact of international money flow in Switzerland, how insolvency procedure can be used as a tool in asset recovery, cyber fraud development and many more;
  14. 5th European Corporate and Private M&A Conference, Paris, on 2nd and 3rd of February 2017. Topics will include current legal developments in European private M&A, European share for share deals, foreign investment control in Europe with a focus on Chinese inbound investments, M&A in the banking sector, ‘universal’ legal concepts in cross-border transactions, Competition Law and M&A, loss of profits, direct, indirect and consequential damages in European M&A deal; 
  15. ICC FraudNet Meeting, London UK, 11th to 13th November 2016.FraudNet is an international network of independent lawyers who are the leading civil asset recovery specialists in each country. FraudNet’s membership extends to every continent and the world’s major economies, as well as leading offshore wealth havens that have complex bank secrecy laws and institutions where the proceeds of fraud often are hidden.
  16. IBA Annual Conference 2016, Washington DC, September 2016. Mr.Šunjka was a co-chair on the panel “Public disclosure of payments to governments, including indigenous governments and peoples”, with Mr. Alfred Page. Other participants in the panel were Mr. Mark Pearson, Ms. Lara Covington, Mr. David Rockwell and Mr. Jeremy Sandbrook
  17. 14th Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference OECD Conference Centre, Paris, June 15-16th, 2016 – presenter on the panel “Civil asset recovery – Techniques for corporate victims to recover losses, with Mr. Stephane Bonifassi, Ms.Sevi Firat and Edward H.Davis, Jr.;
  18. Balkan Legal Forum 2016, 27th and 28th of June 2016, Vienna, Austria. Balkan Legal Forum 2016 is a conference organized by IBA European Regional Forum and the Legal Development Foundation, with the kind support of the IBA Law Firm Management Committee.
  19. C5 Conference on Fraud, Asset tracing and Recovery, in Geneva, on 17th and 18th March 2016 - C5 is Europe’s leading legal conference on Civil Fraud Investigations, Litigation and Asset Recovery;
  20. GENEXT 2016 counsel congress and awards, Mumbai, India from 3rd to 5th March 2016. – Mr.Šunjka was listed as speaker in the session Tackling the Menace of Corruption: Look at the Worldwide Anti-Corruption Legislation & Beyond. The struggle to combat corruption is proving to be one of the most important global challenges. Within an organization, there is also scope for malpractices, hence a General Counsel must be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure that corrupt practices are kept at bay. Being a named regional representative member for the Anti – corruption Committee of the International Bar Association for Serbia and Balkan, Mr.Šunjka contributed to the session with specific views and means in the matter. In addition, speakers in this session were Mr.Grady Loy, General Counsel in Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company (Japan) and Mr.Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President, Legal of the Hinduja Group (United Kingdom).Also, Tomislav was a speaker in the panel Case Study – What Does it Take to Catch them? Get my Money Back! - Fraud Investigations & Asset Recovery, which involved an interactive discussion surrounding the key issues that General Counsel need to consider when faced with the serious issue of corporate fraud, the process of the internal and external investigation and the possibilities of the recovery of assets fraudulently taken by the bad guys. Being a member of the London-based ICC FraudNet - Commercial Crimes Services, a specialized network of legal professionals for asset tracking and asset recovery, Mr.Šunjka contributed to the session with specific views and means of the matter. In addition, other speakers were Mr. Michael O’Kane, Partner at Peters & Peters (United Kingdom), Mr.Robert Cockerell, Partner at KordaMentha Forensic, (Australia), Mr.Ian Casewell, from The Mintz Group, (United Kingdom), Mr.Yves Klein, Partner at Monfrini Crettol & Associés (Switzerland), Mr.Andrew Bodnar, Counsel at Matrix Chambers (United Kingdom), Mr.Shreyas Jayasimha from Aarna Law (India), Mr.Shanjeev Ghurburrun from Geroudis (Mauritius), and Mr.Nick McTaggart, Australian Federal Police Asset Confiscation Taskforce (Australia).
  21. Western Balkans Investment Summit at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) headquarters London, 22 February 2016.
  22. 4th IBA European Corporate and Private M&A Conference 11th and 12th February 2016 in Paris, France;
  23. ICC FraudNet Conference on Fraud, Corruption and Asset Recovery, Vienna, October 2015 – Mr.Šunjka participated as a panel member in the panel "Asset tracing in the Balkans - What's new?";
  24. 13th Annual International Bar Association/OECD Anti - Corruption Conference, June 2015 in Paris – Mr.Šunjka was named as regional representative member (Serbia and Balkans) of the International Bar Association Anti – corruption Committee.

Contact information:

Mr.Tomislav Šunjka,

ŠunjkaLaw

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Republic of Serbia

E-mail: tomislav.sunjka@sunjkalawoffice.com

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