6th Annual Fall Forum

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Fall Forum 2022 – October 6 & 7

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Bret Afdahl
Bret Afdahl was appointed Director of the South Dakota Division of Banking in May of 2011 after serving as Counsel to the Division since October of 2006. Bret is a Past Chair of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), the nation’s leading advocate for the state banking system, and currently serves on the FDIC Advisory Committee of State Regulators as one of its inaugural members. Bret is a graduate of Northern State University with a degree in political science and business and a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law.
Jennifer Bunkers

Ms. Bunkers is a partner with the Boyce Law Firm, LLP, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She received her J.D. degree in Law from the University of South Dakota and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Sioux Falls. A significant portion of Jennifer’s practice is devoted to representing individuals to craft their estate plans. Clients appreciate Jennifer’s extensive knowledge and her personal approach to tailoring clients’ estate plans to fit their wishes in a practical and tax-efficient manner.

Jennifer is also well-respected for her expertise in the area of dynasty trusts, representing both fiduciaries and beneficiaries on all aspects of trust administration. Since her appointment by Governor Dennis Daugaard in 2011, Jennifer has served the Governor’s Task Force on Trust Administration Review and Reform. Clients find that her extensive experience with trust administration, reformation, decanting and modification is a tremendous benefit to those who have availed themselves of the flexible and progressive trust laws of South Dakota.

In an effort to actively incorporate her passion for philanthropy into her law practice, Jennifer became a Charted Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP). Employing this additional area of expertise allows Jennifer to bring meaningful, tangible value to her clients and community,

Jennifer is married to her husband Jon, a fourth-generation farmer, and together they are raising two incredible teenagers. In her spare time Jen volunteers for numerous church and community activities, serves as the Chair of Volunteers of America – Dakotas Foundation, Inc. and Chair of the Avera McKennan Foundation.

Erik Casalinuovo

Erik is a member of Sageworth’s asset management team and supports the chief investment officer in formulating investment strategy consistent with the firm’s investment philosophy. This includes collaboration on investment research, strategic and tactical asset allocation recommendations, portfolio construction, investment manager due diligence and identifying new investment opportunities. In addition, Erik works closely with Sageworth’s wealth advisors and participates in client meetings when additional technical expertise is required.

Prior to joining Sageworth, Erik worked within PNC Bank’s Asset Management Group (AMG). Most recently serving as Director of Investment Strategy for Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth. In this role Erik was responsible for the writing of Hawthorn’s investment publications and performing research and analysis that supported the firm’s overall investment recommendations, asset allocation, and portfolio construction process. Erik also served as a Co-Portfolio Manager of Hawthorn’s proprietary Thematic Investing Strategy and as a voting member of the Hawthorn Investment Policy Committee.

Before joining PNC, Erik was a member of the Investment Strategy Group at Hirtle, Callaghan & Co. responsible for the research and identification of new investment opportunities for the firms’ proprietary hedge fund and special opportunity investment programs.

Erik began his career with BlackRock, Inc. in New York City within the BlackRock analyst program.

Erik is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Philadelphia.

Austen Erickson

Austen Erickson is VP of Trust Governance at IQ EQ Trust Company, U.S. where he oversees trust tax reporting and compliance activities. Austen serves on the South Dakota Trust Association’s Education Committee and is a member of the West River Estate & Financial Planning Council. Mr. Erickson holds BSBA from Black Hills State University where he specialized in accounting. Austen is active in the greater Black Hills outdoor community and can be found fishing, mountain biking or rock climbing in his spare time.

Patrick Goetzinger

Pat is a partner with Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP, where he leads the firm’s Business and Estate Planning Group and serves on the Executive Committee. He practices in the areas of Business and Estate Planning with a focus on family-run businesses, affluent individuals, business transactions, and real property law.

Pat serves on the South Dakota Trust Association Board of Directors; American Bar Association Board of Governors; is past President of the South Dakota State Bar Association, and the South Dakota Bar Foundation; a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (past South Dakota State Chair); and a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is listed among the Best Lawyers in America, Great Plains Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA’s High Net Worth, and America’s leading Lawyers for Business in the categories of Corporate/Commercial Law and Real Estate Law, and Private Wealth Law.

Through his service to the State Bar Association, and from his appointment to the Governor’s Task Force on Trust Reform and Administration upon its inception in 1997, Pat has been actively involved in drafting and supporting the enactment of trust and business legislation in the South Dakota Legislature.

Pat’s desire to give back to his profession and the state is demonstrated by being the founder of Project Rural Practice, an initiative to restock rural main streets with attorneys and improve access to justice in rural areas. Pat especially enjoys the connection to the Black Hills and the Mount Rushmore National Memorial provided by his lifetime membership in the Mount Rushmore Society.

George Hani

George A. Hani is Vice Chair of the Tax Department at Miller & Chevalier Chartered in Washington, D.C.

George Hani concentrates his practice on the resolution of tax controversies at the administrative level, with a particular focus on tax accounting issues. He has represented clients in traditional Internal Revenue Service (IRS) examinations and administrative appeals, as well as in connection with a number of IRS dispute resolution programs, such as the Advanced Pricing Agreement (APA) program, the Pre-Filing Agreement (PFA) program, the Compliance Assurance Process (CAP), Fast Track Appeals and Accelerated Issue Resolution (AIR). Mr. Hani has assisted taxpayers to secure consents for changes in methods of accounting, private letter rulings and favorable technical advice memos from the IRS National Office. When necessary, he has represented taxpayers in United States Tax Court and in federal district courts. He has also represented individuals in collection matters, criminal investigations and the off-shore voluntary disclosure programs.

Mr. Hani has broad substantive experience driven in large part in response to the spectrum of issues that the IRS decides to audit and challenge. Recently, Mr. Hani has been involved in several large matters involving the application of the clear reflection of income standard as well as the interaction between the financial products rules and the tax accounting rules. Other recent cases involved the application of either the economic performance rules for deductions the IRS sought to defer or the all-events test for income the IRS sought to accelerate. In addition, Mr. Hani has extensive experience in audit issues regarding employee fringe benefits, use of mark-to-market under Section 475, and U.S. withholding taxes on cross-border payments. He also has experience in IRS challenges to the use of various tax incentives, such as the credits for blended fuels, the allowance of accelerated depreciation for particular types of property, and the use of tax-exempt financing to construct recycling facilities.

Mr. Hani is active with the ABA Taxation Section, in particular the Section’s Administrative Practice Committee. He is a frequent panelist, contributes to comment projects, and represents the Section in meetings with IRS and Treasury officials. He is also a former member of the

Steering Committee for (and is a past Chair of) the Taxation Section of the District of Columbia Bar. He speaks frequently at events organized by the Tax Executives Institute (TEI), the Practising Law Institute (PLI), the Texas Federal Tax Institute (TexFed), and the Southern Federal Tax Institute (SFTI). Mr. Hani also writes a semi-annual column on Examination Issues for the Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure. While attending the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Mr. Hani was a member of the Catholic University Law Review.

Peter Hatinen

With a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, where he served as the staff editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics, a B.A. summa cum laude in philosophy and English literature from Concordia College, as well as years of working with wealthy families, Peter is especially qualified for his role as wealth strategist for Ascent’s Minneapolis office. Peter is energized by long-term relationships with clients and is driven by Ascent’s business model. “Families of significant wealth require thorough, multi-disciplinary services. Ascent enables teams to develop deep relationships with clients as we collaborate to deliver holistic strategies that reflect their needs,” he explains.

Peter enjoys getting to know families and establishing a professional relationship that can span both years and generations, observing, “Only after listening attentively as family members discuss their goals and concerns can I help them understand complex tax and regulatory issues and lead them toward elegant and enduring plans that reflect their lasting values.”

His experience in establishing complex estate plans, family and charitable gifting programs, and family business entities has provided him with in-depth knowledge about working with individuals, family businesses, and family offices. Peter joined Ascent with twenty years of sophisticated estate planning experience, most recently as a partner in Faegre Baker Daniel’s trusts and estates group. Peter is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars, is a past editor of Minnesota Continuing Legal Education’s Drafting Wills and Trusts forms book, and is the past chair of the probate and trust law section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Peter also serves on the board of TPT (Twin Cities Public Television). His estate planning expertise was rewarded when he was elected as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) in 2013. 

Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert with Miller & Chevalier Chartered in Washington, D.C., represents global companies, executives, and trustees through government investigations and related litigation. Mr. Herbert has handled all aspects of multi-jurisdictional investigations, including complex legal analysis, global litigation strategy, and factual development. A member of the firm’s Trust and Family Office and Anti- Money Laundering practice groups, Mr. Herbert has experience advising both individuals and entities, including multinational corporations, offshore trustees and financial services companies on a range of issues, including foreign bribery, tax fraud, and other financial crimes.

Mr. Herbert has deep experience engaging with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other federal and state regulators. Additionally, because his matters often involve a coordinated response to both U.S. and foreign regulators, Mr. Herbert is familiar with the relevant enforcement authorities outside the United States and is experienced in navigating the complex issues that occur in multi-jurisdictional investigations. Mr. Herbert has also represented individuals in federal district court on federal charges for racketeering, mail fraud, health care fraud, and obstruction of justice.Mr. Herbert maintains a robust pro bono practice focused primarily on representing individuals in criminal prosecutions and post-conviction proceedings. In 2017, he briefed, argued, and obtained a reversal of a criminal conviction in the D.C. Court of Appeals. In 2020, he secured the early release of another client under the First Step Act.Mr. Herbert writes regularly on issues related to white-collar criminal enforcement and money-laundering. He is an editor of both the Executives at Risk newsletter, which reports on noteworthy cases and investigations impacting corporate executives, and the Money Laundering Enforcement Trends newsletter, which focuses on developments in money laundering regulation and enforcement.

Christopher Holtby

A disruptor of the status quo for the betterment of employees, and clients. For more information, double tap here to read his LinkedIn profile.

Andy Howlett

Andy Howlett with Miller & Chevalier Chartered in Washington, D.C., employs a results-oriented approach to help businesses and individuals meet their federal income and excise tax challenges. He delivers value by helping taxpayers anticipate, plan for, and navigate the vagaries of the Internal Revenue Code.

With respect to federal income taxes, Mr. Howlett has experience on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions. He has advised clients on asset and stock purchases, joint ventures, mergers, recapitalizations, and spin-offs. He has helped clients understand and plan for the tax consequences of these transactions through drafting operative documents as well as through providing informal and formal advice (including written tax opinions). Mr. Howlett has worked with taxpayers to navigate key changes brought about by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (2017), including with respect to the 20 percent passthrough deduction under section 199A and the interest deduction limitation under section 163(j). He has also represented taxpayers in federal income tax proceedings in front of IRS appeals and has negotiated favorable resolutions of disputed complex federal tax issues with the IRS.

A significant part of Mr. Howlett’s practice involves federal tax planning and administrative controversy issues that arise with trusts. In recent years, Mr. Howlett has helped a domestic non-grantor trust navigate the transfer and sale of closely held stock in a tax efficient way; ensured that foreign trusts with U.S. investments and beneficiaries complied with their reporting requirements (including Foreign Bank Account Reporting (FBAR), the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and Form 3520); and assisted trusts, their grantors, and their beneficiaries in planning for potential federal tax changes proposed by the Biden administration. On the controversy side, Mr. Howlett has represented trusts in voluntary disclosures as well as in administrative controversies before IRS’s Independent Office of Appeals on a variety of issues, including the imposition of reporting penalties and the applicability of the Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC) rules.

In addition, Mr. Howlett has represented individual taxpayers on federal income tax matters and has substantial experience helping taxpayers “come into compliance” through the IRS’s voluntary disclosure programs.

Mr. Howlett also has substantial experience with a broad spectrum of federal excise taxes. He has assisted taxpayers in understanding their excise tax obligations, structuring their affairs to minimize their excise tax liability, and taking advantage of various excise tax credits. Mr. Howlett has represented taxpayers in controversy matters with respect to excise tax disputes with the IRS.

Alexander King

Alex is the Vice President for Trust and Wealth Management at Dacotah Bank. Alex received a BA from Augustana University and JD and MBA from the University of South Dakota. Alex has worked in various roles within the financial planning, tax, and risk management worlds prior to joining Dacotah Bank in September 2020. Alex works with professional advisors and frequently meets with individuals to discuss estate planning and investment strategies.

James Linnett

Being part of a multi-disciplinary team that serves families of significant wealth holistically is what attracted Jim to Ascent. “While it’s essential to have strong technical expertise, I most enjoy meeting families, getting to know them and helping them to solve meaningful issues. There’s value in forging lasting client relationships and becoming more of a trusted advisor to families rather than merely a technical expert.”

Jim has nearly 25 years of professional experience in the financial and legal arena. He joined Ascent after ten years at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney, where he was a partner in the trust and estates group. He began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen LLP in Minneapolis and has also worked as director of accounting for a private college.

One of Jim’s strengths is his ability to clearly communicate with clients about extremely complex and technical issues so that they can make informed decisions. “I try to serve each client as I would want to be served myself. This requires doing what’s in the client’s best interest every time, with honesty, objectivity and transparency.”

Jim earned his law degree summa cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul and holds a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in accounting from Minnesota State University – Mankato. In addition to being a frequent presenter at continuing-education conferences, he has served as adjunct faculty at Concordia University in St. Paul.

Jody Mettler

Jody Mettler is the President of BitGo Trust and is responsible for managing BitGo Trust companies  to meet high standards of customer care and to ensure the safe and secure custody of their assets. Jody joined BitGo as Chief Operating Officer of BitGo Trust. Prior to joining BitGo Trust, Jody was the Director of Global Transformation at Citicorp. She spent over 20 years with Citicorp in various capacities ranging from corporate accounting to operations management primarily within the Institutional Client Group servicing large corporations to develop payment facilitation methods. Jody also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Citicorp South Dakota Trust Company.

Jody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of South Dakota.

Elizabeth McMorrow

Elizabeth has more than 25 years’ experience representing companies in diverse industries including financial, life-sciences, beverages, steel, and imaging technology as both in-house and outside counsel.

Elizabeth has a unique combination of experience in international trade, international tax, and international business law.

She advises fintech, crypto, investment management, and private equity firms and trust companies on their FATCA / CRS obligations and develops compliance programs to mitigate the risk of noncompliance.

With the same focus on risk mitigation, Elizabeth also advises companies, executives and boards across industries on developing policies and procedures, compliance programs and compliance training in international related areas such as beneficial owner registry, anticorruption, and international sanctions.

Another significant aspect of Elizabeth’s practice involves advising small to medium-sized companies across industry sectors on a wide range of day to day international business law issues.

Prior to starting her law firm, Elizabeth served as in-house counsel at The Coca-Cola Company and Genzyme Corporation, a member of the Markit|CTI legal advisory team, a Senior Associate with Dewey Ballantine, and a clerk at the U.S. Court of International Trade.

David Peterson

Mr. Peterson is the founder and president of American Fiduciary Solutions LLC. Mr. Peterson has over ten years of experience in the areas of trust company oversight, management, administration, and operations. Previously a financial institution examiner with the South Dakota Division of Banking for five years, Mr. Peterson examined both private and public trust companies while with the South Dakota Division of Banking. Mr. Peterson has consulted with trust companies on a variety of compliance, regulatory, and industry best practice matters. A trusted advisor, Mr. Peterson has assisted many groups through the South Dakota Division of Banking application process and serves as a board member for South Dakota chartered trust companies.

Kyle Pickner

Recognized nationally for his leadership, Kyle was named as a 2022 40 under 40 Emerging Leader by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA).

Kyle joined Plains Commerce Bank as Chief Trust Officer in early 2021. Kyle began working in the trust industry in 2013 and gained a wealth of experience working with various organizations in roles such as Trust Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and Director of Trust Operations. In 2018, Kyle began consulting and advising trust companies on compliance, operations, and administrative matters. 

Kyle most recently led the financial operations for one of the world’s largest digital asset custodians, taking them from a start-up to a multi-billion-dollar institution. Thriving on a challenge, Kyle was tasked with the idea of combining Silicon Valley tech and Wall Street finance. He was instrumental in their success, helping build their financial operations and compliance program from the ground up. Kyle’s role touched nearly every aspect of business from security to product management engineering to legal and compliance.

Kyle’s goal at Plains Commerce Bank is to bridge the gap between traditional finance and cryptocurrency. He understands that conventional banking is changing right before our eyes. Consumers, along with businesses, are looking to the established banking system for assurance that their hard-earned assets are protected from the full range of risks.

With his extensive expertise in blockchain technology and digital assets, Kyle will lead the Plains Commerce team in bringing to market industry-first digital asset solutions to be offered for the first time through the traditional banking environment. Kyle aims to instill a mainstream public confidence in cryptocurrency and to ultimately help usher in a new era of innovation and efficiency for the bank. Kyle’s clear vision will take Plains Commerce into the future as they pave their way into the age of digitization.

Terry Prendergast

Terry Prendergast is a South Dakota trusts and estates and trust company attorney at Davenport Evans. Terry joined the firm in 2017 with a prestigious career of nearly 40 years practicing law in Sioux Falls. Interacting with counsel and clients across the country and the world, Terry extols the virtues of South Dakota’s top-in-the-nation trust laws, flexible procedures and low tax environment, stating, “To open up people’s eyes to one of the best kept secrets in business—that South Dakota has a flexible, advantageous and responsive environment for business, estate and wealth planning, gives me great satisfaction.”

Terry’s professional background:

  • Provided legal counsel to hundreds of trust clients with trusts containing assets ranging from a few thousand dollars to over $5 billion.
  • Worked with trust company clients with over $180 billion of assets under management in South Dakota.
  • Worked on transactions ranging from $5,000 to $300 million dollars.
  • Served as special counsel for multiple institutes of higher education in South Dakota, and as hearing examiner for the South Dakota Board of Regents.
  • Served as special counsel for the formation of three public captive insurance companies for the State of South Dakota, its agencies, and various authorities for the State of South Dakota.
  • Served on Governor’s Task Force on Trust Administration Review and Reform, 2010-2018.
  • Past Bar Commissioner, Past Chair, Law School Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee, State Bar of South Dakota.
  • Past Member, USD Law School Foundation.

Terry has received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, for the highest level of professional excellence for his legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards. He has been selected to Best Lawyers® in the area of Trusts and Estates, the Best Lawyers® 2022 Real Estate and Infrastructure Edition in the area of Real Estate Law, and has also been ranked in the top 5% of practicing attorneys in South Dakota by Great Plains Super Lawyers in the areas of Estate Planning & Probate. Terry has a Band 1 individual ranking in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide in the area of Private Wealth law, and was ranked by Chambers and Partners in the area of Corporate/Commercial law. One Chambers commentator noted, he is “very good at creating trust companies and advising trust companies – he probably does more of that than any other lawyer in the state.”

Terry worked his way through college as a sports reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader during the school year and sold books door to door for the Southwestern Company during 6 summers. As a die-hard sports fan, Terry helped in the start of the Northern League (the first independent professional baseball league) in 1992. He was a co-owner of the Sioux Falls Canaries independent minor league baseball team with Mike Veeck from 1998-2009, and can tell you about some crazy Mike Veeck promotions.

Terry is also active in the community. He is Past President and Board Member of both the Lutheran Social Services and Lutheran Social Services Foundation, Past President of the Siouxland Heritage Museums, Past President of the Sioux Falls Downtown Kiwanis Club, Past President and Board Member of Feeding South Dakota—Food Service Center, Inc., Past President and Board Member of the Howard Wood Dakota Relays, Past Chair of the Elks Youth Services Committee, and current Vice President and Board Member of the South Dakota School for the Deaf Foundation. He serves his church as Chancellor and is also on the Investigations Committee of the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

While not at the office, you will find Terry spending time with his wife, Susan, two sons and a daughter-in-law. Terry enjoys all types of spectator sports, travel, and reading. You can always find Terry under the basket in the front row at Augustana basketball games helping the referees, or in the front row at Sioux Falls Canaries games assisting the umpire.

Barry Sackett

Barry Shaw Sackett, Partner at Goosman Law Firm, is your company’s trusted advisor. He helps business leaders find solutions and engage in business opportunities by fostering trust and promoting action. Barry’s business and legal experience stems from years as a business owner, chief financial officer, in-house counsel, assistant county attorney, and legal consultant. His current business involvement and past experience gives him perspective into the clients and leaders he interacts with in his work. Barry’s formal and informal education gives him the language and structured thinking to handle pressure and complexity. His practice areas include blockchain, development, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, tax, estate planning, probate, and mediations and is licensed to practice in Iowa, Minnesota, California and South Dakota.

Barry’s clients include owners, investors, business leaders, executives, developers, and entrepreneurs among the construction, manufacturing, banking, agriculture, commercial & residential real estate development, commodity sales, technology, and government relations industries. He helps these clients reduce risk and compliance expenses, manage opportunities, and set their businesses up for success to grow and find top talent.

Barry is curious and fluid in everything he does. He loves seeing visions become a reality, and this is the reason he became an attorney.

Barry is a founding member of the South Dakota Blockchain Institute and a member of the States Blockchain Association and the Crypto Valley Association.  Barry is active locally, nationally and globally in policy and regulatory issues in the blockchain industry.

Tom Simmons

Tom is a lifelong South Dakotan and a professor at the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law. In that capacity, he serves as the faculty advisory to the Thomas More Society and teaches Trusts & WillsEstate PlanningRemedies, and Professional Responsibility, along with two Tribal Wills practicum courses. He is an Associate Justice of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Supreme Court, an academic fellow and current state chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a gubernatorial appointee to the South Dakota Governor’s Task Force on Trust Administration and Reform. and a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Prior to joining the academy in 2013, he practiced for thirteen years with the Rapid City law firm of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, LLP, and clerked for the late Andrew Bogue, senior district court judge. Today, he serves as a member of the board of directors of Bridges Trust Company of South Dakota, a public trust company in Dakota Dunes, and in an of counsel capacity for select clients with Thompson Law, PLLC in Sioux Falls.

Heidi Uthke

Heidi Uthke is an Assistant Trust Officer at Sawmill Trust Company. She received her Accounting and Business Administration degrees from Augustana University. In addition, she has also completed her first year of the Personal Trust Program at Cannon Financial Institute where she is working to obtain her CTFA. She first became involved in the trust industry three years ago when attending the Fall Forum as a college sophomore. It was important to her to have a career path with opportunities and an ever changing task list, leaving no two workdays the same. In her free time, Heidi likes to spend time with her fiancé and their puppy Flynn, as well as visiting her family’s farm in Minnesota. In addition, she also volunteers with the South Dakota Trust Association as a member of the Sponsorship Committee.

Jon Waldman

Jon Waldman, CISA, CRISC,  is a co-founder and Execute Vice President of Information Security Consulting for SBS CyberSecurity, as well as the President of the SBS Institute and SBS’ Chief People Officer. Over the past 15 years, Jon has helped hundreds of organizations identify and understand cybersecurity risks to allow them to make better and more informed business decisions. Jon is incredibly passionate about cybersecurity training and education, which lead him to be a driving force in the development of the SBS Institute. The Institute is uniquely designed to serve the banking industry by providing industry-specific cyber education. It has grown to include ten certification courses and holds State Association partnerships in over 30 states.

Bruce Zagaris

Bruce Zagaris is a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe LLP. Mr. Zagaris’ practice includes tax controversy work, including representing individuals and entities in offshore voluntary disclosure applications, audits, and criminal tax investigations, such as exchange of information and evidence gathering. He has also represented many governments and international organizations. The work has included negotiating tax treaties, advice on FATCA IGAs, bilateral investment treaties, mutual assistance in criminal matters treaties, and proposing and drafting financial products to attract investment. Mr. Zagaris appears regularly as an expert witness in international tax, financial regulatory, and money laundering cases. He has authored and edited six books and many law review and other articles and frequently lectures. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at several law schools in and outside the U.S. This semester he is an adjunct professor, teaching international white collar crime in the LLM on Wealth and Risk Management at Texas A&M Law Faculty. His practice has involved advising clients in Latin America, especially Brazil, and the Caribbean.

His practice involves international evidence gathering, extraterritorial jurisdiction, extradition and INTERPOL, prisoner transfer matters, and advice on the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). He has been a registered agent under FARA since 1981.

Since 1985, he has served as editor-in-chief of the International Enforcement Law Reporter (www.ielr.com), a weekly and monthly journal on international enforcement law.

Presented by the South Dakota Trust Association