Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Larry D. Thompson and Team Complete Monitorship in Volkswagen AG Emissions Proceedings
A Team of Leading Corporate Fraud, Environmental, and Compliance Experts, many based in Atlanta,
ATLANTA (September 14) – The Independent Corporate Compliance Monitor and Auditor for Volkswagen AG, Atlanta’s Larry D. Thompson, announced today that Volkswagen AG and its subsidiaries and affiliates met the commitments established under the terms of its 2017 plea agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). (Note that Porsche AG and Porsche Cars NA were excluded entirely from the monitorship.) Since his appointment in 2017, Thompson and his team have worked to assess whether Volkswagen’s compliance and ethics programs were reasonably designed and implemented to prevent and detect violations of anti-fraud and environmental law.
To assist him in monitoring Volkswagen’s corporate compliance, Thompson assembled a team of leading corporate fraud, environmental, and compliance experts. Leaders of the team included:
“In three years, Volkswagen AG has become a different and better company,” said Thompson. “Volkswagen can be proud of the progress it has made. It will require continued vigilance, but the structures and processes in place and the commitments at all levels of the company, along with the oversight of the Supervisory Board, can make Volkswagen a long-term and sustainable ethics, integrity and compliance success.”
Thompson was assisted by an accomplished group of subject matter experts from pertinent areas including emissions, compliance, ethics and integrity, fraud, risk management, legal and audit. From Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, in addition to Marrah, partners Adria Perez (Atlanta), Hillary Rightler (Atlanta), Clay Wheeler (Raleigh), and Doug Gilfillan (Atlanta) played significant roles and led teams of lawyers, auditors, and subject matter experts concerning the antifraud, ethics, and compliance work. Kilpatrick Townsend associates Jessica Nwokocha (Atlanta), Aaron Gallardo (Atlanta), Reuben Goetzl (Raleigh), Ava Conger (Atlanta), and Mauricio Escobar (Houston) were key members of the team. From Finch McCranie, LLP, in addition to Thompson and Sullivan, Renée Brooker (Washington, D.C.), Eva Gunasekera (Washington, D.C.), Gary Thompson (Atlanta), Emma Cecil (Atlanta), and Nicole Archambault (Atlanta) made major contributions.
Scott L. Marrah
Adria L. Perez
Hillary D. Rightler
Clay C. Wheeler
Douglas W. Gilfillan
Jessica F. Nwokocha
Aaron Miguel Gallardo
Senior E-Discovery Attorney