Recovery of Proceeds of Grand Political Corruption in Ukraine: Seizure, Confiscation, Management is annual international experts Conference, which is held the third time by anti-corruption NGOs, the Anti-corruption Action Centre and Transparency International Ukraine. The Conference is aimed at law enforcement agencies, anti-corruption institutions and governmental officials, who are responsible for the investigation of corruption offences and recovery of stolen assets in favour of the state or victims of corruption.
The first annual Conference back in 2014 answered the question “How not to lose a chance for asset recovery?” and presented to participants the best international experience, strategies and approaches in tracing, confiscation and management of proceeds of corruption.
The second annual Conference was dedicated to improving legal and institutional mechanisms of asset recovery and asset management in Ukraine.
The topic of this year event is the search for the best practices of asset recovery, establishment of the beneficial owners of ill-gotten funds and their seizure, investigation of illicit enrichment, international cooperation in disclosure of complex transborder money laundering schemes, recovery of assets syphoned from insolvent banks as well as embedding civil society into the process of asset repatriation.
In 2014, at the Ukraine Forum on Asset Recovery in London, the Ukrainian government declared its firm intention to make an investigation of corruption offences of Yanukovych regime its priority. Since then, Ukraine has adopted a number of laws to ensure the asset recovery, established new preventive and investigative anti-corruption bodies, including the National Agency for the Detection, Tracing and Management of Assets Derived from Corruption and Other Crimes.
Despite these actions, there is a lack of success stories in the recovery of proceeds of crime, both domestically and from abroad.
Today Ukraine has quite comprehensive legal framework to prosecute those officials who are abusing their office. Assets that are illegally appropriated by the officials or the owners of insolvent banks should be used for the benefit of the Ukrainian people, e.g., for economic development and welfare of ordinary families. The recovery of proceeds of corruption, in cooperation with the international community, is essential to restore social justice and public confidence in financial institutions, the President, the Government, law enforcement officers and judges.
The overall purpose of the Conference is to break the investigative deadlock in the cases of Yanukovych & Co and cases of bank fraud by the facilitation of knowledge and tactics exchange among domestic and foreign experts, among others with Moldavian experts who currently investigate the case of the $1billion bank fraud.
Recovery of Proceeds of Grand Political Corruption in Ukraine: Seizure, Confiscation, Management Conference aims to outline the key obstacles for investigation of corruption and asset recovery strategy, to strengthen the efforts in coordination of international assistance in financial investigations, tracing, freezing, and confiscation of assets as well as management of repatriated assets in a profitable way for the state.
The Conference is a preparatory platform for the Ukrainian authorities to participate in the Global Forum on Asset Recovery, announced by former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, during a landmark International Anti-corruption Summit in London in 2016. The Global Forum on Asset Recovery will be held with the support of United Nations Organisation and the World Bank in the USA next year and will focus on assistance to Ukraine, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Tunisia.
A special focus during the event will be made in the discussions on the involvement of civil society and victims of corruption into the process of asset recovery. This issue is constantly raised by the Implementation Review Group of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, and the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Asset Recovery. Ukrainian involvement in the international discussion on this matter is very important at the moment.
The important part of the Conference are practical workshops held by international experts for Ukrainian law enforcers; that will enhance mutual legal assistance and identify specific actions necessary for intensification of asset recovery efforts aimed at investigation of corruption, asset tracing and asset recovery.
- What has been done to recover assets stolen by Yanukovych&Co?
- New legislation on seizure and confiscation: opportunities vs. real results.
- Development of Ukrainian ARO-AMO – “plan for tomorrow.”
- How to recover assets from beneficiaries of insolvent banks – non-criminal asset recovery instruments used by State Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine.
- Asset recovery and victims of corruption – the role of civil society in improvement of international cooperation for establishing justice.
Workshops for detectives and prosecutors: mutual legal assistance and international cooperation; tracing assets and financial information abroad; forensic audit and civil claims in foreign tribunals; investigation of illicit enrichmentWorkshops for detectives and prosecutors: mutual legal assistance and international cooperation; tracing assets and financial information abroad; forensic audit and civil claims in foreign tribunals; investigation of illicit enrichment
Recovery of Proceeds of Grand Political Corruption in Ukraine: Seizure, Confiscation, Management Conference is organised by Antic-corruption Action Centre and Transparency International Ukraine with the financial assistance of international donors.
The participation in the Conference is done by personal invitation after the registration of participants on the web-site of the Conference. Applications for the Workshops are considered separately. You may apply for the Conference at the Registration Section. First and foremost the event may be interesting for investigators, detectives, prosecutors, judges, anti-corruption experts, representatives of deceived bank investors, financial analytics, bank oversight specialists and anti-corruption activists.
Working languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English (simultaneous translation).
Official web-site of the Conference: http://assetconf.antac.org.ua/
Contact person: Tetiana Shevchuk, firstname.lastname@example.org.