Partner Rebecca Moll Freed, Esq. will present a Government Banking Seminar for members of the New Jersey Bankers Association on March 10th.
As we enter a new decade, all companies need 2020 vision when it comes to corporate governance and ethics. Does a bank’s Code of Conduct contain provisions relating to political activity, gifts and entertainment and ethical interactions with government officials and employees? Now is the time for banks to review their Code of Conduct and make sure that they are protected.
Not only is New Jersey home to a regulated-industry ban that prohibits banks from engaging in political activity, but New Jersey is also home to overlapping and varying pay-to-play restrictions and rules on interactions with government officials and employees. Although banks are prohibited from making political contributions that does not mean that officers, directors and employees are not politically active. In addition, if banks provide (or are looking to provide) banking services to government entities, they need to understand the potential pitfalls that individual political contributions may have on their eligibility and the “Dos and Don’ts” of interacting with elected officials and government employees.
Attendees will learn best practices for developing, revising and implementing their bank’s Code of Conduct.
About the Attorney
Ms. Freed is a Partner in the firm's Newark, NJ office and Chair of the Corporate Political Activity Practice Group and the Nonprofits, Trade Associations & Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice Groups. She also specializes in Procurement Law, Government Contracts & Bid Protest Litigation. Through the firm's customized Vendor Political Activity & Ethics Compliance Training & Audit Programs, Ms. Freed provides training and counseling to companies, in-house counsel and corporate ethics and compliance officers seeking to maximize government contracting opportunities while assuring their compliance with the law. Ms. Freed also has experience with diversity in government contracting, set-asides for women and minority-owned businesses and public-private partnerships (P3s). Ms. Freed is the go-to Partner at the firm when it comes to handling campaign finance, pay-to-play compliance, lobbying and government contracting compliance matters for firm clients.
Ms. Freed advises corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, trade associations, charitable organizations, social welfare organizations and political action committees on the legal aspects of their political activities. She counsels companies on government contracting and legal aspects of their participation in the procurement process. Ms. Freed offers substantive counsel on New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws and has extensive experience in procurement law as well as assisting clients in successfully preparing and completing RFPs and RFQs for local and state entities.
She also provides training and counseling to companies, in-house counsel and corporate ethics and compliance officers seeking to maximize government contracting opportunities while assuring their compliance with the law.