Paige Berges

Counsel

Paige Berges

Counsel

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Paige Berges is counsel in Ropes and Gray’s Anti-Corruption and International Risk group. She is a U.S. and UK qualified lawyer with broad cross-border experience conducting internal investigations, enforcement and defence. She focuses on advising clients with pre-investment due diligence and post-investment monitoring to ensure compliance with Economic Sanctions, Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-terrorist financing, and Anti-Corruption regulations. In addition to U.S., UK and pan-European practice, Paige brings significant experience helping clients build compliance programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and the MENA region.

Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, she worked at CDC Group Plc, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, and Barclays Investment Bank, where she was responsible for financial crime compliance and sanctions across business lines. From 2007-2015, she practiced litigation and white collar in New York.

Experience

  • Advised South Sudan-based client operating in the charity sector regarding compliance with OFAC regulations in Sudan, South Sudan, and Somalia*
  • Represented client at meetings with the Department of Justice on bribery and wire fraud allegations in media sector*
  • Worked on internal investigations related to fraud and bribery allegations for infrastructure, healthcare, and media companies and financial institutions*
  • Successfully represented client before the Securities and Exchange Commission related to banking fraud allegations*
  • Advised global and regional financial institutions based in Kenya, India, Morocco, Egypt, Nepal and Pakistan on best practices in financial crime risk management*
  • Managed internal investigations in Nigeria, Ukraine, Gabon and the DRC, and drafted final report of factual findings and drafted compliance recommendations based on the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act*
  • Designed and conducted trainings for internal stakeholders, and senior management and boards of financial institution and NGO/charity clients*
  • Volunteered at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania*
  • Partnered with Lawyers Without Borders to conduct trainings on advocacy, negotiation, and communication skills. Participated in training programs at the United Nations DPI/NGO Conference*
  • Observed trial at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on behalf of the UN Committee, New York City Bar Association*
*Experience prior to joining Ropes & Gray

Disclaimer

Ropes & Gray International LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in Delaware, United States of America and is a recognised body regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (with registered number 521000).

Publications

  • New York Super Lawyers - Rising Star, International Law (2014)

Presentations

Publications

  • Editor, “Chapter 1, Alternative Dispute Resolution Law,” Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2014 Edition (Volume 1), ABA Business and Corporate Litigation Committee 
  • Co-author, “Doing business in Africa – new regional institutions bring international arbitration to Sub-Saharan Africa,” New York State Bar Association International Chapter News (August 1, 2013)
  • Co-author, “Don’t ‘Put the Cart Before the Horse’: Supreme Court Rejects Amgen’s Argument that Securities Fraud Plaintiffs Must Prove Materiality of Alleged Misrepresentations at the Class Certification Stage,” AIG – Legal Insights (April 15, 2013)
  • Co-author, “Landmark Class Action Case to Be Heard in Supreme Court,” Law360 (December 13, 2012)
  • Contributor, “Dispute Resolution,” Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Doing Business in China, THOMSON WEST.  3rd Ed. (2012-2013)
  • Co-author, “Another Pro-Arbitration Decision of the Supreme Court,” Law360 (December 7, 2012)
 

Presentations

  • Panelist, “Risk-Based Approach to Sanctions Compliance” and “Compliance Culture/Financial Inclusion,” The Ninth Annual Forum for “Heads of AML/CFT Compliance Units in Arab Banks and Financial Institutions, Beirut, Lebanon (October 3-4, 2019) 
  • Panelist, “Fraud Prevention, AML Compliance and Due Diligence challenges for FinTechs,” Cross-Border FinTech: Regulation and the Law, Global Legal Group (June 6, 2019)
  • Panelist, “Roundtable on Economic Crime,” Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (May 22, 2019) 
  • Panelist, “Managing Business Disputes in Africa II: Anti-Corruption,” African Law & Business Summit 2018, London, UK (November 8, 2018)
  • Panelist, “Financial Crime and Money Laundering seminar series,” Hansuke (September 12, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Training Techniques for Anti-Bribery and Corruption,” ABC Minds Financial Services, Informa (March 15, 2018)
  • Panelist, “Sanctions and Money Laundering Training for NGOs,” Advocates for International Development (June 6, 2016)
 
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