Gary has been appointed by TRACE International Inc as its New Zealand local expert partner lawyer.
Pro Bono Appointment
Trace International is a US-based, globally renowned, standard setting and training organisation in the field of anti-bribery and corruption. It works with pro bono experts in 150 countries, aiming to help multinational firms avoid corruption issues.
Here is the NZ Law Society’s LawTalk journal report of the news: http://www.lawsociety.org.nz/news-and-communications/people-in-the-law/recent-movements/gary-hughes-appointed-trace-nz-partner
Gary says: “I first met Alexandra Wrage, the bundle of energy and expertise behind TRACE, in 2012 at a conference in Dublin. She had just finished investigating Sepp Blatter of FIFA and had extraordinary tales of the darkest corners of sports-rights corruption. It was immediately clear that TRACE was developing practical, implementable, solutions for firms struggling to avoid corrupt practices in far-flung countries they operate it. So when the opportunity came up to work with TRACE, I was very happy to get on board.”
Podcast spotlighting NZ financial crime issues
TRACE International have a great little Podcast series called Bribe, Swindle or Steal – and Gary was invited to discuss corruption and other financial crimes in New Zealand, including whether the country deserves its rankings on the various bribery indices.
The series has grown to over 100 episodes now, with nearly 230,000 downloads and Gary says “in my opinion it is a great forum, and near-best named Pod in the iTunes store! So it was a real pleasure to be invited to chat with Alex about what NZ is doing well, or doing poorly.”
You can listen to Gary’s podcast here: https://www.traceinternational.org/bribe_swindle_or_steal
Gary’s regulatory practice has included specialist AML, ABC, fraud and financial crime work for well over a decade. At the independent bar (based at Akarana Chambers) he is uniquely placed to give clients objective and unbiased advice, drawn from experience working both for and against NZ regulators as the case may require.