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Michelle Blaine, Esq.
Michelle Blaine, Esq.

Ms. Blaine advises boards and senior management of multinational enterprises on corporate corruption risk and compliance with anti-corruption laws including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.K. Bribery Act and comparative anti-bribery regimes worldwide. An expert on global corporate corruption, she conducts risk assessments and develops anti-corruption programs and internal processes to detect and prevent bribery. Ms. Blaine also conducts internal investigations and develops remediation strategies. She has conducted training in over 25 countries. Her legal practice includes:

  • Corruption risk assessments and development of mitigation measures
  • Anti-Corruption program review and enhancement
  • Internal investigations, remediation and crisis management
  • Development of policies, programs and risk strategies in diverse economies
  • Development of internal compliance processes and procedural manuals
  • Due diligence on acquisition targets and third-party intermediaries
  • Training on law and policy for varied audiences and cultures ranging from board rooms to construction sites

Ms. Blaine has practiced anti-corruption law since 1998 and has over 25 years of legal experience. She was formerly a litigator with Houston firm, Bracewell & Patterson (now Bracewell LLP) and Assistant General Counsel with Enron International Inc. and Prisma Energy International Inc. where she headed the company’s international litigation and arbitration section and its FCPA compliance program. Her in-house experience enables her to view problems from her client’s viewpoint, anticipate worst-case scenarios from a corporate perspective and develop clear legal solutions that are both practical and achievable.

Ms. Blaine’s clients include both foreign and domestic companies, including U.S. Fortune 100 companies, a large Swiss international commodities trading firm, small to mid-sized public and private energy companies conducting business globally, as well as multiple U.S. and non-U.S. freight-forwarding and logistics companies with international operations. She currently conducts due diligence and addresses related compliance matters for all high-risk, third party agents for a major international drilling company.

Ms. Blaine recently completed an investigation into alleged bribery involving discreet payments to a political party to win a concession in Nicaragua. She successfully represented the CFO of a publicly traded company before the Justice Department, SEC and FBI in an FCPA investigation. She also investigated the improper conduct of a business development consultant to win contracts with state-owned companies in South America for an oil and gas engineering firm. Some of her other investigations include a bid-rigging scheme in South Korea; alleged conspiracy to commit bribery of government officials in Bolivia; bribery of government officials in Guinea for an oil and gas concession involving the local military; and bribery of government officials by an agent in Mexico involving engineering equipment, sham companies, fraud and employee theft.

Ms. Blaine earned her J.D. at Southern Methodist University School of Law with a specialty in international law and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. from Texas Tech University.  She is a frequent public speaker on global corporate corruption, global anti-bribery laws and international anti-corruption treaties, international dispute resolution, foreign investment disputes, arbitrating with sovereigns, corporate team building and communication.