Tara K. Giunta is a partner in the Litigation Department of Paul Hastings and is a Vice Chair of the Investigations and White Collar Defense practice, which was awarded Global Investigations Review's (GIR) "Most Impressive Investigations Practice" in 2017 and included in GIR's top 10 investigations practices in 2020. Ms. Giunta was recognized by GIR in its inaugural Women in Investigations list, which recognized 100 women across the globe who are "achieving great things in a competitive and notoriously tough area of law."
Ms. Giunta also serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Global Diversity Council and Chair of the firm's Women's Initiative. Ms. Giunta is the Founder and Editor of the firm's publication, Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom. Ms. Giunta was the Recipient of Corporate Counsel's 2019 Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards under the Thought Leadership category.
Ms. Giunta has extensive experience in advising companies in sensitive industries, including life sciences/healthcare, technology, telecommunications, defense, manufacturing, and more, in identifying and mitigating risks, specifically by:
Conducting risk assessments for global enterprises and, based on the results, developing comprehensive compliance programs, including tailoring compliance functions in highly regulated and politically exposed sectors and in widely dispersed enterprises;
Conducting due diligence on potential targets for acquisition, merger, partnering, or other strategic alliance to identify and quantify risks;
Structuring commercial arrangements and international projects in order to protect against compliance risks and to accommodate local legal, regulatory, and licensing requirements;
Conducting internal investigations and assisting clients before U.S. enforcement authorities;
Testing, monitoring, and auditing implementation of and adherence to corporate compliance policies and procedures;
Advising clients and developing and providing training programs on compliance, particularly with regard to regulatory, anti-corruption, and national security; and
Advising clients and their officers and directors on compliance in a broad range of areas, including regulatory and licensing, foreign corrupt practices act, technology transfer, data protection, and national security; and
Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1986
Tufts University, B.A., 1980 (cum laude)
Ms. Giunta is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia
Ms. Giunta lectures and publishes regularly and is often quoted in articles on anti-bribery/anti-corruption issues published by the FCPA Report, Inside Compliance, and Compliance Week, among other leading publications. Following is a sample of Ms. Giunta's more recent speaking engagements and publications:
Co-Authored with J. Drimmer, N. Bonucci, and R. Parras, "Integrating Human Rights and ESG into International Regulatory Compliance: Policies and Procedures," Stay Current, March 2021.
Co-Authored with J. Drimmer and N. Bonucci, "EU Mandatory Corporate Due Diligence and Corporate Accountability Directive: Is Expanding EU Courts in the Cards?" Stay Current, February 2021.
Co-Authored with J. Drimmer and N. Bonucci, "Update to the EU Corporate Due Diligence and Corporate Accountability Initiative: The Provisional Draft and the 10 Questions Businesses Still Need to Know," Stay Current, February 2021.
Panelist, "Rock Center Morning Series - Evaluating ESG Risks, Opportunities, and Challenges in the M&A Context," Stanford Rock Center, February 2021.
Speaker, "What to Expect: New Enforcement and Regulatory Priorities Under the Biden Administration - SEC Enforcement," PH webinar, January 2021.
Co-Authored with J. Drimmer and Q. Dang, "ESG Priorities Under the Biden Administration," prepared for the ABA Futures and Derivatives Conference January 2021.
Co-Authored with J. Drimmer, N. Bonucci, and R. Parras, "Integrating Human Rights and ESG into International Regulatory Compliance: Governance Considerations," PH Blog, January 2021.
Moderator, "ESG as a Business Imperative in Our New Reality," Pacific Telecommunications Council 2021 Annual Conference, January 2021.
Moderator, "Human Rights and ESG Priorities, Challenges and Compliance Considerations," Co-hosted with Integrity Risk International, December 2020.
Co-Authored with N. Morgan, T. Zaccaro, K. Jones, and Q. Dang "The SEC's Successful Enforcement Year," TheDaily Journal, December 2020.
Co-Authored with N. Bonucci, J. Drimmer, and Q. Dang, "French and Dutch Financial Market Authorities Call for Europe-wide Regulation of ESG Data." PH Blog, December 2020.
Co-Authored with R. Desai, "Beam Suntory FCPA Settlement Highlights Corruption Risks in India," Bloomberg Law, December 2020.
Co-Authored with T. Best, J. Drimmer, S. Flicker, Q. Dang, and T. Hutchison, "The Trump Administration Adds 77 Companies to the Entity List," PH Blog, December 2020.
Co-Authored with N. Bonucci and J. Drimmer, "EU Announces New Rules on Trade of Dual-Use Items," PH Blog, December 2020.
Co-Authored with J. Drimmer and N. Bonucci, "Top 10 Predicted Business and Human Rights Issues for 2021," PH Blog, December 2020.
Co-Authored with J. Drimmer, N. Bonucci, and Q. Dang, "European Council Takes Significant Actions on Global Human Rights," Lexology, December 2020.
Co-Authored with J. Drimmer and R. Parras, "The Integration of Business and Human Rights into International Regulatory Compliance," Lexology, December 2020.
Co-Authored with J. Drimmer and R. Parras, "Recent FinCEN Advisory Targets Recognition of Human Trafficking," November 2020.
Co-Authored with J. Drimmer and N. Bonucci, "Pre-Draft of the EU Mandatory Corporate Due Diligence and Corporate Accountability Initiative: 10 Questions Businesses Need to Know," Stay Current, October 2020.
Speaker, "Data Analytics in Anti-Corruption Compliance," ABA Webinar, August 2020.
Co-Authored with N. Bonucci, C. Lammers, and J. Christensen, "COVID-19 and Corruption-Related Risks: High on the International Agenda," Stay Current, May 2020.
Extensively quoted by The Anti-Corruption Report on the enforcement actions behind Eni's $24.5 million FCPA settlement, April 2020.
Co-Authored with J. Drimmer, V. Avdeychik, and A. Karman, "SEC Seeks Input on ESG Funds," Stay Current, March 2020.
Extensively quoted by The Anti-Corruption Report on the SEC's allegations that indicate anti-corruption risks were not a consideration to acquire World Color Press, October 2019.
Co-Authored with R. Engelstaedter, S. Ens, and D. Metz, "New German Act to Combat Corporate Crime," Stay Current, September 2019.
Extensively quoted by The Anti-Corruption Report on Microsoft's $25 million settlement with the SEC and DOJ for misconduct in four countries, August 2019.
Co-Authored with N. Edmonds, M. Spafford, and D. Stanaway, "A New Enforcement Agency Joins the World of International Corruption Enforcement: CFTC Announces New Initiative Covering Companies Involved in Foreign Corrupt Practices," Stay Current, March 2019.
Speaker, U.S. Law and George Washington University Law School conference on International Compliance and Anti-Corruption, March 2019.
Quoted in a Global Investigation Review article, "'Business friendly' monitorship memo gives leverage to companies," that listed attorneys' views on the recently issued guidance by the Department of Justice, which outlines the criminal division's policies on appointing monitors, October 2018.
Co-authored with Morgan Heavener, "Privilege in Internal Investigations: A Look at Common Law and Civil Law Approaches," The Anti-Corruption Report, October 2018.
Moderator, "The GC and CEO Panel: Reshaping Corporate Law Departments to Focus on Business Goals," Women, Influence & Power in Law, October 2018.
Panelist, "Working with Multi-Jurisdictional Governmental Authorities: Effective Strategies for Risk Mitigation," Women, Influence & Power in Law, October 2018.
Speaker, "Year in Review: 2017-2018 Legal Updates by Practice Area," ACI's 5th Annual Conference on Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law, July 2018.
Co-authored with Bryan Parr, "Adapting Company Compliance Policies to Account for Recent Political Changes in Argentina and Chile," The Anti-Corruption Report, April 2018.
Speaker, "The Future of Enforcement - A Look at the Road Ahead and Emerging Risks," CLE Seminar Co-sponsored with PwC, April 2018.
Speaker, "FCPA, ABA Programs and ISO 37001 Guidance," CBI's PCC 2018 - 15th Annual Pharmaceutical Compliance Congress, April 2018.
Quoted by The Wall Street Journal's Risk and Compliance Journal on Canada's recent move to ban facilitation payments-bribes to officials of foreign governments, November 2017.
Speaker, "Legal & Compliance as Gatekeepers: How Regulatory Agencies are Changing the Game," Women, Influence & Power in Law, October 2017.
Interviewed by Forbes in their Q&A article, "Global Risk, Wrapped in Complexity for Many Companies," June 2017.
Substantially quoted in article that discussed why top FCPA officials are encouraging stronger compliance programs and remediation in anti-corruption resolutions, The FCPA Report, December 2016.
Co-authored with Brian Wilmot and Casey Miller, "HR as Gatekeeper Protecting Against FCPA Risk in Hiring Decisions," Stay Current, November 2016.
Substantially quoted in article, "Serious Consequences for Former Louis Berger Executives Highlight Increasing Individual FCPA Risk," The FCPA Report, July 2016.
Substantially quoted in article, "Travel and Entertainment Corruption Risks: Internal Controls to Ensure the Program is Working (Part Three of Three)," The FCPA Report, April 2016.
Substantially quoted in article, "Travel and Entertainment Corruption Risks: Three Musts for a Strong T&E Policy and Five Ways a Company Can Customize Its Program (Part Two of Three)," The FCPA Report, March 2016.
Substantially quoted in article, "Travel and Entertainment Corruption Risks: Five Hallmarks of an Acceptable Hospitality Expenditure (Part One of Three)," The FCPA Report, March 2016.
Quoted in Compliance Week article, "Court Ruling Upholds Broad FCPA Definition of 'Foreign Official,'" May 2014.
Substantially quoted in FCPA Report three-part series: "A Guide to Detecting and Preventing Expense-Reimbursement Fraud," April 2014 and May 2014.
Diversity & Inclusion
Co-Authored with Q. Dang, "Board Diversity Taking Center Stage with New Nasdaq Listing Rules," Ethical Boardroom Magazine, February/March 2021 Issue.
Speaker, "Women and Diversity: Trends, Issues and Challenges in the Legal Profession," D.C. Bar, February 2021.
Speaker, "Global Mosaic: Raising the Bar in Financial Services & Women's Leadership with Najwa Attiga," Quorum Initiative, January 2021.
Moderator, "Diversity and Inclusion as a Business Imperative in Our New Reality," Pacific Telecommunications Council 2021 Annual Conference, January 2021.
Host, Virtual Networking Breakout, ACI's Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law Conference, November 2020.
Moderator, "Bringing the Power & Strength of Women to the Workplace," Women in the House Network (WIN), ACC Annual Meeting, October 2020.
Speaker, "Women in the Boardroom: Where We are Today, and How to Get There Tomorrow," WIN Pop-up Panel, October 2020.
Participated at Him For Her event with CEOs, executives, and board-ready women on "Building the Modern Boardroom," Washington, DC, February 2020.
Speaker, 2020 Colloquium on Global Diversity: Creating a Level Playing Field for Women, of the GlobeWomen Research and Education Institute, Washington, DC, February 2020.
Moderator, "Power Women Breakfast Series: Business Roundtable's Purpose Statement and the ESG Risk, Compliance, and Creating Long-Term Value," Pacific Telecommunications Council 2020 Annual Conference, Hawaii, January 2020.
Moderator, "Power Women Breakfast Series: The Changing Digital Landscape - Challenges and Opportunities," Pacific Telecommunications Council 2020 Annual Conference, Hawaii, January 2020.
Speaker, "Diversity and Inclusion as a Business Imperative and Strategic Asset," Pacific Telecommunications Council 2020 Annual Conference, Hawaii, January 2020.
Panelist, "Empowering Your Diversity and Inclusion Professionals to Effectuate Change," First Chair Equal Pay Summit, October 2019.
Moderator, "GC's Role in Creating an Ethical and Diverse Business Culture," Women, Influence & Power in Law, October 2019.
Moderator, "Boosting Your Reach: Devising a Strategy to Get a Seat at the Boardroom Table," ACI's Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law & Compliance Conference, July 2019.
Moderator, "The Global Rise of Women in Leadership," The ACC Foundation's Global Women in Law & Leadership Symposium at the United Nations, New York, June 2019.
Speaker, "Global Perspectives: IP Litigation and Women at the Forefront," Co-Sponsored by Women in Intellectual Property (WIN) and The Coalition for Women's Initiatives in Law, New York, April 2019.
Speaker, Thirty Percent Coalition 2019 Spring Meeting, New York, April 2019.
Host and Speaker, 2019 Colloquium on Global Diversity: Creating a Level Playing Field for Women, of the GlobeWomen Research and Education Institute, New York, February 2019.
Founder and Editor, Paul Hastings' global study, "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom," Fall 2018 (Fifth Edition).
Speaker, 2020 Women on Boards, National Conversation on Board Diversity, New York, November 2018.
Moderator, "Ensuring Women Make it to the Top: How do we achieve change now and tomorrow?" The Quorum Initiative's HOW Women Lead Change Forum, New York, November 2018.
Moderator and Panelist, "Bringing the Strength & Power of Women to the Workplace," 2018 ACC Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, October 2018.
Speaker, "Benefits of Board Diversity and Advancing the Pipeline," ACC and GE 6th Biennial Women's CLE and Networking Event, Cincinnati, OH, October 2018.
Speaker, "Women Leading Change - Creating Pathways to Equality in Business," Paul Hastings, The Quorum Initiative and Wilson Center and Hosted by The Financial Times, London, September 2018.
Participate on panel at The ACC Foundation's Global Women in Law & Leadership Reception at the United Nations, New York, June 2018.
Participate on panel at The Quorum Initiative's Women Leading Change in Government - The 50X50 Challenge Forum, April 2018.
Moderator of two panels: "Board Diversity: Why is it Important and Where Does it Stand Today?" and "What are Boards Looking for in Board Candidates and How Do I Position Myself," Commercial Finance Association's Women in Commercial Finance Conference, September 2017.
Participate on panel at The ACC Foundation's Global Women in Law and Leadership Reception at the United Nations, New York, June 2017.
Speaker, Thirty Percent Coalition Mid-Year Summit, New York, April 2017.
Moderator, panel discussion with several influential women honoring Women's History Month, Paul Hastings, March 2017.
Speaker, Thirty Percent Coalition Roundtable Discussion on Influencing and Strengthening Board Diversity, New York, January 2017.
Organizer and Moderator at a panel discussion at Quorum Initiative Event addressing the issue of women on corporate boards, New York, November 2016.
Organizer and Moderator at a panel discussion at Quorum Initiative Event addressing the issue of women on corporate boards, Washington, DC, November 2016.
Moderator and Speaker at the Chief Legal Executive, Second Annual Women in Corporate Governance Symposium, on the topic "Shake Up in the C-Suite," November 2016.
Organizer, Host and Moderator on a panel at the Thirty Percent Coalition 5th Annual Summit regarding the status of women on boards, New York, October 2016.
Interviewer and Moderator on the panel, "Global Competition - Lessons from Successful Campaigns Abroad," SAIS Global Conference on Women on Boards, September 2016.
Organized Women Corporate Directors Event on "Dealing with Crises and Cocktails: Proxy Access, Shareholder Activism and Panama Papers - with a Twist!" Washington, DC, June 2016.
Participated in SAIS Public Forum on Transatlantic Digital Issues, Washington, DC, February 2016.
Speaker, Women Corporate Directors, Women on Boards Bootcamp addressing "Corporate Board Membership: Responsibilities and Risks," January 2016.
Extensively quoted by The Glass Hammer relating to the Breaking the Glass Ceiling report: "Can Stock Exchanges lead the charge on board diversity?" January 2016.
Moderator, "Pale, Male and Stale: Women in the Boardroom and the Case for Good Governance," ABA International Committee, October 2015.
Speaker, Chief Legal Executive, Women in Corporate Governance Symposium, October 2015.
Quoted in Corporate Counsel article entitled, "Some Countries Adding Women in the Boardroom May Surprise You," October 2015.
Quoted in The National Law Journal article entitled, "Achieving Gender Parity in the Boardroom," October 2015.
Speaker, Women Corporate Directors, Women on Boards Bootcamp, June 2015.
Moderator, "Women in the Boardroom, A Public Forum for Thought Leadership," Forum for Corporate Directors, February 2015.
Co-authored with Michelle Cline an article for Ethical Boardroom Magazine, "Breaking the Mould: Stock Exchanges Address Boardroom Diversity," January 2015.
Quoted in Inside Compliance article, "Australia leads the way for diversity measures in the boardroom: New study reveals that major exchanges in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong have made the most tangible progress," October 2014.
Member, Advisory Council, Women Business Collaborative
Member, Strategic Advisory Council, Catalyst
Board Member, Integrity Initiatives International
International Boards Committee Member, DirectWomen
Co-Chair of Thirty Percent Coalition's Public Policy and Outreach Committee
Delegate, Drexel University's Vision 2020, National Women's Equality Initiative
Member, The Quorum Initiative
Board of Visitors, Catholic University Columbus School of Law, August 2017-2020
Visiting Professor, Catholic University Columbus School of Law, Conducting Internal Investigations and Developing Compliance Programs
Member, Advisory Council, Communities Thrive, a joint venture of IREX and READ Global
Honorary Director of Kidsave International
Member, Women's White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA) and Member of Development Committee, WWCDA DC Chapter
Member of the American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association of DC, and the International Bar Association
Represented a global pharmaceutical company in DOJ and SEC investigations. We were also the head of the legal team that advised and coordinated the due diligence work on anti-corruption issues, both before and after the conclusion of the company's purchase of certain vaccine business units and the formation of a joint venture regarding health services, with a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company. As part of this due diligence program, we lead a multi-jurisdictional risk review with a focus on Latin America.
Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a Fortune 500 company in the defense sector involving a longstanding foreign subsidiary of the company. The investigation included working extensively with a major forensic accounting firm, reviewing hundreds of thousands of documents, and conducting numerous interviews of management, employees, and third parties both in the U.S., and the foreign jurisdiction. We worked closely with the company's Legal Department and provided periodic reports to the General Counsel and the Board of Directors.
On behalf of a multinational food and beverage company, we conducted a multijurisdictional risk assessment to identify bribery and corruption related risks confronting the company and to assure the effectiveness of the company's global, regional, and local compliance policies, procedures, and practices. As part of that effort, we reviewed the company's global operations, including, but not limited to, sales and marketing, manufacturing, entering new markets, supply chain, and logistics, interacting with government officials and regulatory agencies, and working with third parties.
Represented a Fortune 50 healthcare company, with pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer healthcare product lines, as compliance counsel in conjunction with its global anti-corruption compliance program, which included a comprehensive and detailed risk assessment of the company's global operations, development of detailed enhancements to its compliance program tailored to its unique risks, interviewing the executive and management personnel responsible for oversight of global operations and compliance functions, and identifying areas of improvement.