Rodney Slater, Colin Jennings and Ayako Hobbs

Rodney Slater is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP and the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation during the Clinton Administration. Secretary Slater is one of the leaders of the firm’s best-in-class practice in Corporate Compliance Advice, ensuring best-business practices for various companies. Secretary Slater led Toyota’s Safety Advisory Panel, serves an Independent Monitor for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and was selected by NHTSA to serve as the Independent Monitor of FCA.

Secretary Slater’s practice focuses on many of the policy and transportation objectives that were set under his leadership, including automobile use and development, aviation competition and congestion mitigation, maritime initiatives, high-speed rail corridor development and overall transportation safety and funding. He continues to embrace the framework he established as Secretary for making transportation decisions that called for more open, collaborative and flexible decision-making across the transportation enterprise here and abroad.

Colin Jennings is a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs. Colin has been selected as primary outside counsel for global compliance work by more than 35 public and privately held global companies and regularly provides guidance and counseling in connection with these companies’ ongoing compliance efforts for both their domestic and international operations, including, when necessary, investigation and defense of compliance-related concerns.

Colin’s experience includes conducting independent reviews of the structure, operation and performance of established compliance programs. He regularly conducts compliance reviews and internal investigations throughout the U.S. and globally. His advice on the design, implementation and assessment of compliance programs is informed by extensive internal investigations he has conducted and his experience in litigating claims arising from compliance-related matters. Colin regularly presents on global compliance programs and is the author of numerous articles and chapters on the topic.

Ayako Hobbs is a Senior Attorney at Squire Patton Boggs. She provides litigation counsel to clients across a number of industries, where her practice focuses on assisting clients with contractual matters and litigating complex commercial disputes. Ayako has experience in supply chain management, regulatory compliance, attorney ethics and government investigations. Her government investigations practice involves conducting internal investigations abroad and defending clients in enforcement matters related to international economic sanctions.

Ayako’s criminal defense and investigations practice involves representing public and private corporations and business professionals in response to criminal or regulatory investigations. She has experience defending foreign individuals in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and money-laundering matters, as well as representing government contractors and individual employees during criminal investigations of public corruption, including grand jury testimony. Ayako has assisted with anti-corruption due diligence for multiple Fortune 500 companies in global mergers and acquisitions and conducted numerous internal investigations into allegations of employee misconduct, fraud or other business crimes, including potential violations of U.S. trade sanctions and FCPA.