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Sara Koski

Counsel
About

Sara assists clients in a broad range of compliance matters including design and implementation of compliance programs, carrying out risk mappings, anti-corruption due diligence and internal investigations regarding both general anti-corruption regulations and in the life sciences sector.

Sara began her career with compliance & risk management and life sciences teams in the Paris office of a leading American law firm. She has developed an in-depth experience in relation to the investigation and prevention of corruption and related issues in France (in particular, "Sapin II" Law anti-corruption measures, French "Duty of Vigilance" Law, Registers of lobbyists and beneficial owners, etc.).

Her experience also covers compliance aspects in the life sciences sector (French "Anti-Gift Law" and "Sunshine Act", sector specific ethical guidance and rules adopted by SNITEM, LEEM MedTech Europe, EFPIA, etc.).

Professional QualificationsAvocat admitted to the Paris Bar

EXPERIENCE

  • Assistance of a French based global group in the context of development of compliance processes to meet requirements under Sapin II law relating to anti-bribery and anti-corruption aspects and under a so-called Duty of vigilance law relating to corporate social responsibility, including development of risk assessment materials, design and roll-out of various compliance procedures for the group worldwide (including: code of conduct, whistleblowing hotline, etc.)
  • Assistance of an international group with the design and implementation of a global compliance program for all entities of the group present on 5 continents: global risk assessment, subsequent design and roll-out of compliance procedures (including an anti-corruption policy, third party screening mechanisms, conflict of interest policy)
  • Assistance of the French subsidiary of a global group with the design of its governance and compliance functions (compliance officer's role, duties, reporting lines, hierarchical position, and resources)
  • Assistance of a French based global company in the context of a multi-jurisdictional survey relating to EU beneficial owner rules and their transposition in the national laws
Languages
  • French
  • English
  • Finnish
  • Italian
Education
  • University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Master's degree in international business law and anglo-american business law, 2009

Publications

  • France - Whistleblowing Laws in Europe: An international guide, DLA Piper Insights, June 2021
  • Publication des nouvelles recommandations de l’Agence française anticorruption, DLA Piper Insights, January 2021
  • COVID-19 Litigation and Regulatory Q&A: France, DLA Piper Insights, May 2020
  • Contribution to DLA Piper Coronavirus Resource Center regarding life science regulations, 2020
  • France - Global bribery offenses guide, DLA Piper Insights, December 2019

Seminars

  • Co-speaker at HEC in International Contracts class regarding compliance risk in third party relations on 7 February, 2020

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