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Jill Burns-Suski

Houston, TX Cell: 832.769.1396 Email: jkburns13@gmail.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/jillburns1

SENIOR GLOBAL LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER


Optimizing Performance through Governance, Risk Management, Compliance & Proactive Business Leadership
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Innovative, assertive and high performing Senior Global Legal and Compliance Professional that has been consistently
successful in achieving aggressive efficiency and productivity. Groundbreaking leader and partner with demonstrated ability
in establishing the Legal, Compliance and Ethics functions and transitioning small businesses accelerating growth and market
expansion with a detailed risk management plan. Hands on leader with strong execution and communication skills and a
team-oriented management style that produces peak performance.
Strategic Global Legal and Compliance leader with expert qualifications in all legal and compliance aspects, with
particular success in:

Strategic Planning & Organizational Leadership


Contract Negotiation and Administration
Setting Expectations and Metrics for Global Projects
International Operations

Global Compliance Program Design and


Implementation
Mergers & Acquisitions
FCPA, UK Bribery Act and Anti-Corruption
Enforcement and Compliance

RECENT EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE


THE BROCK GROUP- HOUSTON, TX
1/2013-8/2015
The Brock Group serves clients around the world through multiple operation centers in the U.S., Canada and South America
lending construction support to heavy industrial clients as a leading single-source provider of industrial specialty services.
Legal Licensing Administrator-Global Compliance Management
Act as Company representative and Legal Dept. liaison between South America Operations, and the Legal and Finance
Department especially in regards to mergers and acquisitions, litigation, visas and operational matters such as corporate
resolutions, powers of attorney and consortium agreements as well as any documentation required by local regulatory
authorities in English and Spanish;
Responsible for corporate governance and compliance. Created an entity management system to keep track of all
corporate documents, including incorporations, by laws, good standings, mergers, acquisitions, name changes and annual
reports. Maintain Directors and Officers lists, organizational charts and produce reports as needed to tax, procurement,
finance and legal. Prepare and manage organizational documents, all corporate and subsidiary governance documentation,
agendas, and disclosure committee minutes, Board minutes, resolutions;
Also prepare audit responses with all minutes of all entities in response to yearly audits.
Responsible for obtaining, renewing and maintaining all company licenses including all affiliates and subsidiaries in all
50 states at a state, county, city and municipal level for all specialties and certifying qualifiers for each specialty. Created
a licenses database system to track all expirations with a 60 day notice and all qualifiers for each entity in every state, and
specialty.
Compile and organize evidence and/or other information, draft discovery responses, subpoena responses;
Identify organizational needs and initiate projects to address them; Assist with corporate financial, accounting and
regulatory reporting and filings, including document production and dissemination of all materials for Board Meetings,
legal operational functions, audits and investment support and corporate governance matters.
Responsible for running closings, obtaining signatures, notarizing and organizing all agreements and supporting
documentation and created closing binders for 3 mergers and 4 acquisitions.
In Latin American sales or acquisitions, fundamental contributions to the negotiating team. Negotiated directly with
Buyers to obtain the best deal for the company. Ran the closings for Latin American acquisitions and sales.
Registration of Trademarks. Domestic and International.
GEOKINETICS INC. HOUSTON, TX
2009-2012
Geokinetics is one of the largest independent, international land and shallow water geophysical service companies offering a broad
range of specialized geophysical solutions to the petroleum and mining industries, worldwide.
Global Legal & Compliance Manager
Legal and Compliance Management: Creation, oversight and management of all aspects of legal compliance and anticorruption enforcement and compliance; Investigations, due diligence & creation of a global compliance training

program; employee training; Assist in Internal Audit Investigations, hotline administrator and investigator; FCPA & UK
Bribery Act, Third Party Risk Management initiatives and systems for all international and domestic sites with a head
count of 5000+ employees. Drafting and updating corporate policies
Responsible for compiling and managing new and existing third party agents and subcontractors; preparing due
diligence reports, review, analysis and submitting recommendations; Facilitated in-house Leadership training sessions for
management and supervisory staff at all facilities.
Legal Contract Review with main focus on international contracts, MSAs, Translation of all foreign documents,
fulfilling foreign requirements and international regulatory compliance; Served as a liaison to foreign country managers
and outside counsel.
Corporate Subsidiary Management: including managing corporate books, organizational charts, incorporations, mergers,
dissolutions, changes in management, name changes , appointments, terminations, drafting POAs and resolutions and
acquisitions domestic and international. Prepared BOD and Shareholder resolutions, letters of credit, parent company
guarantees, perfection certificates, banking resolutions, prepared documentation for closings;
Securities: Prepared press releases, and presentations, maintained stock administration website, reconciliation with
accounting of quarterly reports; prepared stock awards and certificates for new grants of stock and options; public
company SEC reporting i.e. 8Ks, Forms 3&4, Def. 14As, S-3s, 10Qs and Ks and Section 16 reports; Responsible for
collecting and maintaining all Sarbanes Oxley quarterly certifications (302s, litigation and third party related disclosures)
Responsible for domestic and international patent management;
Geokinetics Accomplishments:
Implemented and managed a hotline/whistleblower process to enable employee and third party reporting; Conducted
internal investigations on third party reports.
Helped create and establish a third party risk management mechanism to identify risks, from a legal, finance, QHSE and
insurance perspective in order to vet all third parties and have them in compliance with company policies, initiatives and
regulations.
Conducted a legal compliance market analysis and implemented changes based on results to improve global compliance
initiatives.
Researched, negotiated and implemented a comprehensive Global Compliance Online Training to include FCPA, Insider
Training, Conflicts of Interest, Code of Conduct along with a Tracking Program to ensure 100% implementation.
Conducted one on one training in Latin America and U.S.
BAKER BOTTS, LLP. HOUSTON, TX
2006-2009
Baker Botts is an international law firm with 725 lawyers and a network of 14 offices around the globe. Recognized as a leading
firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors.
Sr. International Paralegal Global Projects- Hired for Sr. Partner James DeMent, Jr.
Assisted Attorneys practice focused on: cross border transactions, downstream, FCPA, UK Bribery Act and AntiCorruption Enforcement and Compliance, Global Projects, International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, International
Trade, LNG Projects, Mergers and Acquisitions, Mining and Metals, Pipeline Projects, Power., Project Development,
Project Finance, Real Estate; Oil and Gas Projects in Latin America;
Mergers & Acquisitions related tasks such as due diligence coordination and review, document production, compliance
coordination, running closings and preparing closing books, supporting attorneys in all aspects of closings;
Contract Administration tasks including: reviewing, editing and translating a broad variety of contracts such as mergers
and acquisitions, master supply agreements, distributorship agreements, license agreements, sale and purchase
agreements, leasing agreements, partnership agreements in English and Spanish.
Corporate Management: duties included entity and subsidiary management of all corporate documentation and corporate
books; formation, qualification, merger and dissolution of entities, filings with Secretaries of State, SEC and offshore
corporate agents; letters of representation, issuing share certificates, drafting corporate resolutions, and preparing audit
letters; corporate governance in multiple jurisdictions.
Global Project duties included SEC filings, responding to SEC inquiries, Complex International Arbitrations, assisting in
Political Asylum cases, preparing visa applications and obtaining work visas for Oil and Gas clients.

STANFORD FINANCIAL GROUP - HOUSTON, TX 2001-2006 and 1999-2000


Was a privately held international group of financial services companies. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, it had 50 offices in
several countries, mainly in the Americas, and managed US$8.5 billion of assets for more than 30,000 clients in 136 countries on
six continents.

Sr. International Paralegal- Expertise in Latin American And European Operations


Private and Commercial Banking in Europe and Latin America, Responsible for completing any type of legal transaction
required internationally, and preparing International banking applications for licensing overseas.
Corporate governance domestic and international. Entity and subsidiary management in worldwide jurisdictions;:
Commercial Real Estate, -responsible from construction contracts to end project sales and closings of various commercial
real estate projects; Contract review of all foreign leases and international contract administration.
Airline Industry: Liaison for all legal issues in US, Puerto Rico and Antigua regarding Private and Commercial Airlines,
Review and negotiation of the acquisition of several airplanes and filings of all licensing and regulatory documentation
with FAA for private and commercial airlines
Litigation, Assisted primary attorneys and outside counsel in litigation, arbitration or mediation of cases regarding
securities, broker dealers, contract infringements.
Anti-Money Laundering/FCPA/ Patriot Act, KYC compliance.
Experienced in the corporate governance of multiple entities both domestic and international, all requiring the ability and
willingness to travel and communicate effectively in Spanish and English with counterparts and counsel in other countries
in the areas of: International Law, International and Commercial Banking, Corporate Law, Capital Markets Investments,
Securities Arbitration, Airline Industry, Real Estate Development -from design to closings, Purchases & Leases,
Acquisitions, Litigation, Human Resources and Immigration.
CLEMENTS ONEILL, PIERCE, WILSON & FULKERSON - HOUSTON, TX
2000 - 2001
Clements, O'Neill, Pierce, Wilson & Fulkerson LLC was acquired by Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP. Clements, O'Neill,
Pierce, Wilson & Fulkerson LLC (COPWF) was a law firm whose practice areas included civil and commercial litigation
including oil and gas industry lawsuits, securities, intellectual property and employment litigation, and class action and derivative
lawsuits.
Senior International Paralegal Securities Arbitration
Served as liaison between attorneys and (21) clients in Mexico. Responsible for gathering evidence for discovery in major
Arbitration in securities fraud case. Entailed extensive traveling all over the world. Assisted in preparing the case,
(including interviews, depositions, discovery, statements of claims, meetings with experts, preparing clients) for
Arbitration. Participated in the Arbitration, which was settled and is considered the single largest settlement for an
individual in NASD history at that time. (Lerma vs. Paine Webber, Lehman Brothers, UBS and Enrique Perusquia).
Returned to Stanford Financial Group after case settled.

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Political Science & Economics Pensacola Jr. College
School of Law & Political Science University of Panama
Training Courses: 2001-2012 Annual FCPA and Anti- Corruption Enforcement and Compliance UK Bribery Act
Guidelines and Implementation International Arbitration Legal Assistant University Arbitration and Alternate Dispute
Resolution International Litigation Patriot Act Numerous Workshops in various legal aspects
Studying for CCEP and CCEP-I Certifications in 2015
SKILLS
MS Office Outlook SharePoint Blueprint Edgar Ethics Point Fully Bilingual English - Spanish Read and Translate
French and Italian Working Knowledge ( Speak, read and translate Intermediate) Portuguese Certified Notary Public
AFFILIATIONS
SCCE- Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics.
SCSGP- Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals
National Society of Hispanic Professionals
Panama Canal Society
NAPW- National Association of Professional Women
References available upon request.