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A Better Partnership


Sep 2012
September 26, 2012
Supply Management Legal Seminar

Automotive Action Industry Group

8 am - Noon


  • Supply Chain Contracting and Negotiations
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Antitrust: Compliance and Procedures

Cost:   $49.00 for ISM-SEM Members; $69.00 for non-members


8:00 – 8:30          Registration, light refreshments
8:30 - 9:20           Supply Chain Contracting and Negotiations
9:30 - 10:20         The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
10:30 - 11:20       Antitrust: Compliance and Procedures
11:30-Noon          Networking

This seminar qualified for 3 CEU’s (continuing education units).

Topic Descriptions:

Supply Chain Contracting and Negotiations: Risk Management, Strategy and Tactics (Fred Smith)
What's the best way to contract with a customer or a supplier? This session will discuss best practices and strategy, including contract formation and type, drafting effective buyer and seller terms, managing risk and other issues that may come into play for manufacturers and suppliers.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Department of Justice Enforcement (Bill Jansen)
The Department of Justice has stepped up enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. We'll discuss recent cases, when the Act applies and how to remain in compliance as you conduct business internationally.

Antitrust: Compliance and Procedures (Brian Masternak)
What should you do if the government knocks on your door? When and how should you communicate policies to your employees? How do you go about preserving data if a litigation hold is issued? This session will address ways to ensure compliance and suggest procedures to implement to make sure you stay that way.

About Warner:
Warner is one the largest and most effective law firms in Michigan, with 6 Michigan offices, more than 200 attorneys, and over 40 practice specialties that provide our clients with direct access to highly specialized attorneys who know just how to handle your case. When Warner was founded in 1931, it was done so with the understanding that client service would be it's No. 1 priority, and that original focus on client service for our clients remains strong today. We will prove it you, and together, we can build a better partnership.


Fred Smith specializes his practice in the area of supply chain contracting, handling all legal issues faced by suppliers of goods and non-automotive manufacturers, including drafting purchase, sale and distribution agreements, negotiation, litigation and dispute resolution. Fred not only effectively handles clients' current supply chain issues, but Fred effectively advises clients from a proactive risk-management approach in order to avoid future supply chain disputes.

Bill Jansen, Warner's Partner In Charge of the Southfield Office, has years of experience practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, business law, commercial law and corporate law. He counsels multiple national and international automotive suppliers concerning commercial, contractual and compliance issues on a daily basis.

Brian Masternak has devoted his professional career to helping businesses and individuals faced with civil litigation. Although Brian handles civil matters of all types, he has particular expertise in the areas of securities and antitrust. He has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving all aspects of the antitrust laws, including the Sherman, Clayton and Robinson-Patman Acts.

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