In this special five-part podcast series, I am joined by Mikhail Reider-Gordon, Managing Director of Global Affairs at Affiliated Monitors, Inc. (AMI) the sponsor of this podcast series. In this series we discuss various aspects of monitorships, including why independence matters, the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Guidelines on Monitors, Gordon’s professorial career at the International Anti-Corruption Academy, cultural differences between international and US domestic monitorships and the continuing evolution in monitorships. Today, in Part 1, we consider why independence in monitors is so critical. Highlights include:

·       Regulator Considerations

·       Former Collogues:  Appearance of Conflict

·       Informal Sympathies

·       The value of an independent to a company that needs a monitor