TRACE Launches World's First Anti-Bribery Compliance Specialist Accreditation

By Trace, PRNE
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

TASA Provides a Rigorous, Tailored Training for Professionals Around the Globe

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, February 3, 2011 - TRACE, the internationally recognized anti-bribery organization today
announced the launch of the TRACE Anti-bribery Specialist Accreditation
(TASA). TASA provides a comprehensive framework for anti-bribery compliance
training and certification and establishes the standards for professionals to
demonstrate their expertise and credibility in this growing industry.

As leading experts in anti-bribery compliance, TRACE has seen explosive
growth in the anti-bribery compliance field. Ten years ago, anti-bribery
conferences attracted just two-dozen people. Now, leading conference
organizers cap attendance at 500. The field of anti-bribery compliance has
been flooded with new lawyers, accountants and other compliance

The combination of a demand for greater corporate transparency, rigorous
international and local laws, and stepped up enforcement activity by
regulatory bodies worldwide, requires global businesses, governments and
other entities to have qualified employees or consultants to ensure their
compliance with anti-bribery laws and policies. "Until now, there has been no
standard for verifying the training or qualifications of anti-bribery
compliance specialists," said Alexandra Wrage, president of TRACE. "TASA will
set such a standard by delivering a rigorous training program that culminates
in participants' accreditation as anti-bribery compliance specialists."

According to Wrage, this accreditation is the first-ever available to
anti-bribery compliance professionals worldwide and will be a key and
meaningful differentiator for them. TASA establishes the standards and
discipline for professionals to gain mastery of anti-bribery compliance
principles and practices and validate their domain expertise.

"Businesses operating in today's fast-moving and interconnected global
markets need compliance professionals with top-notch skills," said Kelly S.
, a Hong Kong based partner with the international law firm Gibson,
Dunn & Crutcher. "TASA will bring TRACE's stellar anti-bribery expertise
together with an experienced international faculty to deliver a program that
is essential for the compliance community."

The TASA curriculum includes both introductory anti-bribery courses and a
broad range of specialized courses that participants can select to tailor the
training to their specific interests and professional goals. The course
topics span: corporate compliance, law enforcement, global issues,
international organizations and industry-specific topics.

"With the ever increasing international and national focus on adherence
to anti-corruption laws, the TASA program offers a comprehensive and cost
effective accreditation for lawyers and other professionals interested in
developing more substantive expertise in the issues and challenges for
effective anti-bribery compliance," said Susan Ringler, Senior Counsel for
International Compliance at ITT Corporation.

TASA's comprehensive accreditation program makes available over 100 hours
of specialized online and in person training annually, all delivered by a
world-renowned faculty from more than a dozen countries. TASA's training
faculty includes industry experts; Dr. Mark Pieth, Professor of Criminal Law
and Criminology, University of Basel, Switzerland and Chairman, OECD Working
Group on International Bribery will be Senior Faculty Advisor. Other faculty
members include Kelly Austin, partner, Gibson Dunn, Hong Kong; Matt Birk, CPA
and partner, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, St Louis; Pascale Dubois,
The World Bank Office of Evaluation and Suspension, Washington, DC; Jason
, General Counsel, International Relief Fund, Washington, DC; Mark
, partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Washington,
DC; and Professor Chris Yukins, George Washington University, Washington, DC
to name just a few. A complete list of confirmed faculty can be found at

TASA's extensive training program and examination fee is priced at $2,200
for individuals in the private sector and $1,800 for Government, NGOs and
full time students at accredited institutions of higher education.

For more information on the TASA accreditation program, visit or contact TRACE at +1-410-990-0076.


TRACE is an international anti-bribery organization that provides
practical and cost-effective compliance solutions for multinational companies
and their commercial intermediaries. The organization provides several core
services and products, including due diligence reports on commercial
intermediaries; an on-line tool for tracking gifts and hospitality; in-person
and online anti-bribery training; and research on corporate best practices.
TRACE provides a practical and cost-effective alternative to increasingly
expensive and time-consuming corporate compliance. For more information,

Jamie Moss, newsPRos, +1-201-493-1027, jamie at

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