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Tara K. Giunta

Partner, Litigation Department

Overview

Tara K. Giunta, a partner in the Litigation Department of Paul Hastings, is Co-Lead of its ESG Risk, Strategy and Compliance Group and Vice Chair of the firm’s Investigations and White Collar Defense practice, which is routinely recognized by the Global Investigations Review (GIR) as a leading investigations practice and one of a handful of global "elite" FCPA practice groups. Ms. Giunta advises clients on fraud, waste and abuse, as well as on environmental, social and governance (ESG) and human rights issues.  She advises C-suites and boards in identifying and mitigating risks, developing and enhancing compliance programs, investigating and remediating wrongdoing and/or internal control weaknesses, and conducting compliance-related due diligence in M&A and other commercial transactions. Her work has spanned the globe, performing risk assessments, conducting investigations and rolling out comprehensive compliance programs in Africa, the Middle East, South America, and Asia.

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." She is also Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Diversity Council and Chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. Ms. Giunta is Founder and Editor of the firm’s publication, Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom, now in its Fifth Edition, and speaks often on corporate governance, compliance and internal investigations, as well as on board diversity. Ms. Giunta was a recipient of Corporate Counsel’s 2019 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards under the Thought Leadership category

Education

  • Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • Tufts University, B.A. (cum laude), 1980 
  • Giunta is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia

Representations

  • 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, 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, as well as its government customers 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, conducted multijurisdictional risk assessment of the company’s operations in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, 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.

Engagement & Publications

  • "The Race for a Universal Sustainability Disclosure Standard," T. Giunta, N. Bonucci, J. Drimmer and C. Roberts, Stay Current, May 2022.
  • Moderator, "Business and Human Rights Initiatives – A Multi-Stakeholder Approach," The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, April 2022.
  • "A New Era: Mandatory Climate Disclosures," T. Giunta, N. Bonucci, J. Drimmer, A. Herman, C. Roberts and D. Cho, Stay Current and republished by Lexology, March 2022.
  • Moderator, "The Influential Lawyer: How Legal Leaders Are Driving ESG Change," LegalWeek New York, March 2022.
  • "The Long Awaited Draft Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer, N. Bonucci and H. Denlegh-Maxwell, Stay Current, February 2022.
  • Speaker, "ESG and Board Oversight and Governance for C-Sweet," Webinar, February 2022.
  • Moderator, "EU Draft Proposal on Sustainability and Human Rights Due Diligence," Paul Hastings Webinar, February 2022.
  • Panelist, "The Truth About ESG," 2022 ABA Corporate Counsel Conference, Orlando, FL, February 2022.
  • Moderator, "ESG and Human Rights Topping Corporate Risk Agenda," Pacific Telecommunications Council 2022 Annual Conference, January 2022.
  • Participated in Reuters Webinar on "10+1 Business Human Rights Issues for 2022," with J. Drimmer and N. Bonucci, January 2022.
  • "PL 117-78 (December 23, 2021): The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act," T. Giunta, T. Best, J. Drimmer and N. Bonucci, Stay Current and republished by Lexology, December 2021.
  • Moderator, "ESG and Corporate Risk: The Unstoppable Tide – A Look at the Financial Sector," Paul Hastings webinar, December 2021.
  • "The Integration of Business and Human Rights Into International Regulatory Compliance: Transparency & External Reporting," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer, N. Bonucci and R. Parras, Stay Current, December 2021.
  • "A Look at the Top 10 (Plus 1) Business and Human Rights Issues Expected for 2022," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer and N. Bonucci, Corporate Counsel, December 2021.
  • "Global ESG Disclosure Standardization Efforts Show Promise," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer and N. Bonucci, Law360, November 2021.
  • Moderator, "Mandatory ESG and Human Rights Due Diligence," Impact Investing Lawyers Working Group (IILWG) and DC Bar webinar series, November 2021.
  • Panelist, "Leveraging Hybrid Roles in Legal ESG," Legal ESG Summit, Inside Practice, October 2021.
  • Panelist, "Mandatory Environmental and Human Rights Due Diligence," Thomsen Reuters Foundation TrustLaw Social Enterprise, ESG, and Impact Investing training, October 2021.
  • "How To Mitigate Antitrust Risk In ESG Efforts," T. Giunta, M. Murray, Law360, October 2021.
  • Co-Moderator, "ESG and Corporate Risk: The Unstoppable Tide," Paul Hastings webinar, October 2021.
  • Moderator, "Leading with Vision and Purpose with Dr. Anne Beal," Quorum Initiative, September 2021.
  • "The Integration of Business and Human Rights into International Regulatory Compliance: Reporting and Remediation," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer, N. Bonucci and R. Parris, Stay Current, August 2021.
  • "SEC Approves Nasdaq’s New Board Diversity Disclosure Listing Rule," T. Giunta and P. Rinderer, Stay Current, August 2021.
  • Panelist, "Tackling the Legal Challenges Being Faced by Life Sciences Companies in the COVID-19 Fight," ACI’s 8th Annual Conference on Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law, July 2021.
  • Panelist, "Building Back Better – A Focus on ESG and Diversity in the Funds Sector," Pantheon/Paul Hastings, July 2021.
  • Moderator, ESG Panel, Mid-Year Program of the ABA Business Law Section’s Derivatives and Futures Law Committee, July 2021.
  • "ESG Disclosure Gaining Momentum as Bill Passes the House of Representatives," T. Giunta, D. Ellis Rochkind, J. Gordon, Q. Dang, and M. Shields, Stay Current, June 2021.
  • "Climate Change Activists Gaining in Boardrooms and Courtrooms," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer, N. Bonucci, and C. Wilson Roberts, Stay Current, June 2021.
  • "The ESG Corporate Governance Imperative," T. Giunta, M. Miller and C. Roberts, Stay Current, May 2021.
  • "The Integration of Business and Human Rights Into International Regulatory Compliance: Due Diligence," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer, N. Bonucci, and R. Parras, Stay Current, May 2021.
  • "EU Ratcheting Up The Heat on Sustainability Reporting," T. Giunta, N. Bonucci and J. Drimmer, Stay Current, May 2021.
  • Co-Moderator, "The First 100 Days as CLO – Diverse Voices in Life Sciences," Paul Hastings, May 2021.
  • Moderator, "Dismantling Barriers and Accelerating Equity and Opportunity," Pacific Telecommunications Council, May 2021.
  • "Integrating Human Rights and ESG into International Regulatory Compliance: Training and Education," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer, N. Bonucci and R. Parras, Stay Current, April 2021.
  • "Prioritising Globalisation, Innovation, and Purpose for Future Growth," T. Giunta, M. Flynn, S. Horne, R. Kitchen, S. Pearce, M. Poxon and D. Wang, Stay Current, April 2021.
  • "CFTC Announces Interdivisional Climate-Related Risk Task Force," T. Giunta, M. Spafford, P. Rinderer, and K. Berris, Stay Current, April 2021.
  • Panelist, Business Accountability for Human Rights: What Companies Are Doing To Address Human Rights Violation, CUA Law Program, March 2021.
  • "Immediate Steps to Consider as SEC Task Force Targets ESG Reporting," T. Giunta, M. Miller and C. Roberts, Stay Current, March 2021.
  • "Integrating Human Rights and ESG into International Regulatory Compliance: Policies and Procedures," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer, N. Bonucci, and R. Parras, Stay Current, March 2021.
  • Moderator, Women’s History Month Choosing to Challenge Series: Making an Impact, Paul Hastings, March 2021.
  • Panelist, Women’s History Month Choosing to Challenge Series: Defining Your Impact as a Leader, Paul Hastings, March 2021.
  • Moderator, "Culture, Race and Gender: Dismantling Barriers and Accelerating Equity," Paul Hastings, SMBC and Japan Society Women’s Event, March 2021.
  • "Board Diversity Taking Center Stage with New Nasdaq Listing Rules," T. Giunta and Q. Dang, Ethical Boardroom Magazine, February/March 2021 Issue.
  • Speaker, "Women and Diversity: Trends, Issues and Challenges in the Legal Profession," D.C. Bar, February 2021.
  • "EU Mandatory Corporate Due Diligence and Corporate Accountability Directive: Is Expanding EU Courts in the Cards?" T. Giunta, J. Drimmer and N. Bonucci, Stay Current, February 2021.
  • "Update to the EU Corporate Due Diligence and Corporate Accountability Initiative: The Provisional Draft and the 10 Questions Businesses Still Need to Know," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer and N. Bonucci, 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.
  • "ESG Priorities Under the Biden Administration," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer and Q. Dang, prepared for the ABA Futures and Derivatives Conference January 2021.
  • "Integrating Human Rights and ESG into International Regulatory Compliance: Governance Considerations," T. Giunta, J. Drimmer, N. Bonucci and R. Parras, PH Blog, January 2021.
  • Speaker, "Global Mosaic: Raising the Bar in Financial Services & Women’s Leadership with Najwa Attiga," Quorum Initiative, January 2021.
  • Moderator, "ESG as a Business Imperative in Our New Reality," Pacific Telecommunications Council 2021 Annual Conference, January 2021.
  • Moderator, "Diversity and Inclusion as a Business Imperative in Our New Reality," Pacific Telecommunications Council 2021 Annual Conference, January 2021.
  • Founder and Editor, Paul Hastings’ global study, "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom," Fall 2018 (Fifth Edition).

Involvement

  • A member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals
  • Board of Directors, The Thirty Percent Coalition
  • 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, 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

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