On June 14, 2019, Barack Ferrazzano Financial Institutions Group Regulatory Section Leader John M. Geiringer hosted delegates representing various government entities from the Philippines for a U.S. Department of State open discussion exchange entitled, “Sustaining Cybersecurity: A Project for the Philippines.” This session addressed international challenges and best practices in cybersecurity and anti-money laundering, with a focus on the banking sector. John was joined by Bruce de'Medici, principal at Grey Oar, a firm that facilitates growth in biotechnology, cybersecurity, environmental, and healthcare spaces.

Coordinated by WorldChicago – a nonprofit organization that facilitates citizen diplomacy – the delegation was invited through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a professional exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which offers participants concrete opportunities to actively engage in international diplomacy and impact the global dialogue on a variety of pressing issues. John was contacted by the Department of State for his significant experience in cybersecurity and anti-money laundering.

Topics discussed in this session included strengthening cyber policies and legislation, improving institutional coordination on cybersecurity issues, and encouraging adoption of a multi-stakeholder approach to cyber regulation. The participants also discussed best practices in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing.

John regularly hosts IVLP delegations here at Barack Ferrazzano, in partnership with WorldChicago. Open exchange sessions with delegations comprised of leading government officials and representatives have centered on exploring numerous key global issues and best practices. To learn more about previous sessions, click the links below:

John Geiringer is a nationally recognized banking attorney who advises financial institutions on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters. John regularly provides focused training sessions to boards and management on a wide range of legal and risk management topics.

About WorldChicago

Founded in 1952, WorldChicago is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting opportunities for citizen diplomacy. WorldChicago offers professional and educational international exchange programs that connect the Chicago community with the world.

About International Visitor Leadership Program

Launched in 1940 by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) connects current and emerging foreign leaders with U.S. professional counterparts. With more than 200,000 visitors to-date, IVLP helps strengthen U.S. engagement and international diplomacy.

To learn more about the International Visitor Leadership Program, visit: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp/about-ivlp

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