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12 O'clock High, a Podcast on Business Leadership- Leadership Lessons from Toussaint Louverture

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Richard Lummis and I explore leadership lessons from Toussaint Louverture, who held the only successful slave revolt in the Western Hemisphere. Our remarks are based on the recent biography of him entitled,...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 343, James Koukios on Morrison Foerster May Anti-Corruption Report

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with James Koukios, a partner at Morrison and Foerster on the firm’s newsletter, Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for May 2017. Our topics include: 1. FCPA Assistant Chief BJ...more

Day 15 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-COSO’s Objectives and Principles: Control Environment

by Thomas Fox on

The updated Framework retained the core definition of internal controls; those being control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication, and monitoring activities. However, it built up...more

Holland & Knight's Inaugural Israel Practice Newsletter - July 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

...We invite you to read our inaugural Israel Practice newsletter, in which our authors discuss pertinent American-Israeli topics. As Israel has been a crossroads and a prolific source of new ideas for more than 3,000 years,...more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Code of Conduct as an Internal Control

by Thomas Fox on

Last year, one of the most interesting non-Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It involved a clear quid pro quo benefit paid out by United...more

Lessons From the CoinDash Initial Coin Offering Hack

On July 17, 2017, the CoinDash initial coin offering (ICO) was hacked within minutes of its launch, resulting in numerous potential purchasers sending their money to a fraudulent address. The hack has raised many questions...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 14

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Everything Compliance-Episode 14 Topics from Matt: 1.Trump Administration & FCPA enforcement— we have two declinations now; maybe a compare-and-contrast, and speculation on what a tough Trump Admin...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Board Oversight as an Internal Control

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Is a Board of Directors a compliance internal control? I think the clear answer is yes. In the FCPA Guidance, in the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program, there are two specific references to the obligations of a...more

Gift Card Class Action Settles

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

SoulCycle, Inc. (“SoulCycle”) has agreed to pay up to $9.2 million to settle a gift card class action lawsuit in California. What were the allegations of wrongdoing against SoulCycle and what are the terms of settlement?...more

COMPLIANCE INTO THE WEEDS-EPISODE 46-THE POTTED PLANT EDITION

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In this episode, Matt Kelly and I discuss the recent Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision in HSBC v. Moore. In this case a federal district court had ordered the release of redacted monitor’s report in the HSBC...more

Day 11 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Internal Controls for Gifts, Travel and Entertainment

by Thomas Fox on

It is reasonable to expect that internal controls over gifts, travel and entertainment (GTE) be designed to ensure that all satisfy the criteria as defined in company policies. Generally speaking, these are fairly narrow,...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 342, Melanie Johnson

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In this episode, I visit with Melanie Johnson, co-founder of Elite Online Publishing, which aids entrepreneurs, business leaders, and professional athletes to create, publish, and market their books, to build their business...more

Day 9 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Mapping Your Compliance Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

As they made clear with several FCPA enforcement actions in 2016, the SEC has placed a renewed interest in the accounting provisions of the FCPA, specifically the internal controls provisions. The BHP enforcement continued...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 61, for the week ending July 14, the Summer in the City Edition

by Thomas Fox on

This week, Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance and ethics related stories, including: 1. HSBC monitor report protected from release. 2. The Odebrecht scandal continues to...more

Day 8 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-What is a Gap Analysis?

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A gap analysis is a method of assessing the differences in performance between a business' internal controls to determine whether business requirements are being met and, if not, what steps should be taken to ensure they are...more

Compliance Report-International Edition-Carlos Ayers on Tropicalizing Your Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Carlos Ayers on steps you can take to make your compliance program more effective to employees in Latin America. This includes such things are localizing your training and presentations,...more

Day 7 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Implementing Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I consider some ways in which a compliance professional can work to implement internal controls in a multi-national organization. The first step is to convert your company’s compliance risks into internal control...more

Why Energy Companies Will Be Major Users of Blockchain Technology

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Dan Nossa recently attended a conference at Rice University focused on blockchain technology. It was a first of its kind for the city and one of the things the attorney at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC’s Houston office noted was the...more

OCC Releases Semiannual Risk Perspective: Fintech is Risky?

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On July 7, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) released its Semiannual Risk Perspective report (the “Report”) identifying the risks faced by national banks and federal savings associations in the ...more

Delaware’s Blockchain Initiative to Revolutionize the Stock Trade

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With the near unanimous passing of a bill that will explicitly recognize the right to trade stocks using a blockchain, Delaware is making a strong case for it being the blockchain-friendliest state. The Delaware Senate...more

Day 5 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Assessing for Internal Controls in International Operations

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I want to discuss how to assess for your internal controls regime for international operations. It is incumbent that you need to review as much information so you can to understand the financial and operational...more

COMPLIANCE INTO THE WEEDS-EPISODE 45, THE UNDESERVED PRIVILEGE EDITION

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the 4th of July weekend use of the New Jersey beaches by Governor Chris Christie. Governor Christie had closed the beaches in a budget dispute but was still able, as...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 26

SEC/CORPORATE - SEC Expands Nonpublic Review of Draft Registration Statements - On June 29, the Division of Corporation Finance (Division) of the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that, beginning on July 10,...more

Day 4 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Internal Controls in International Locations

by Thomas Fox on

Next, I want to consider some of the issues around internal controls outside the US and why your company’s internal controls might require changes for different countries across the globe. However, this provides an...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 341, Brian Alster on the Problem of Beneficial Ownership

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The issue of beneficial ownership is one which still bedevils many compliance professionals. Today, I visit with Brian Alster, Dun & Bradstreet’s Global Head of Supply and Compliance about the problem this issue continues to...more

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