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Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 25 [Video]

In this episode Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into a couple of recent SEC enforcement actions. The first involved L-3 Technologies and accounting irregularities. The second involves BlackRock and the continued issues...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 2

2017 Examination Priorities Announced by the SEC - On January 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released its 2017 examination priorities, which seek to...more

Acquisition of Shares in Public Companies Before the SEJM

A parliamentary bill has been submitted with the Sejm, repealing an obligation to submit a tender offer in connection with the acquisition of shares giving the right to 10% of the total number of votes at the General Meeting...more

Day 15 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Post Training Evaluation [Video]

What if you want to take you post-training analysis to a higher level and begin to consider the effectiveness through your return on investment (ROI)? Joel Smith, the founder of Inhouse Owl, a training services provider,...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 35-the Friday the 13th edition [Video]

Show Notes for Episode 35, week ending January 13, the Friday the 13th edition   1.       Hernandez and Beech FCPA guilty pleas. 2.       VW guilty plea in emissions-testing scandal. 3.       VW executive Oliver...more

Day 13 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, create a data action plan [Video]

You should work to create an action plan to use your data. But never forget you need to get your digital information right. That means several sources of data to help you choose the best course of action. Earlier this year,...more

Day 12 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, creating a culture of data in compliance [Video]

You should work to create a culture of data in your compliance program. This comes from an understanding that data is a product, which you can consume internally in the compliance function. Your data is a corporate asset so...more

Culture: Meeting Regulatory Expectations

“Culture remains a key driver of significant risks … and the root cause of high-profile and significant failings. Our focus on culture in financial services firms and its impact on conduct has been, and remains, a priority....more

Will Economic Momentum Continue in the Philippines? [Video]

“The Philippines has been one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, largely spurred by targeted government and public-private partnership spending,” said Benjamin Carale, a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Hong Kong office, who...more

New IRS Reporting Rule Could Bite Unwary Foreign Investors

There are two main sources of reporting requirements for foreign investors in the United States — the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The IRS recently upped its game by requiring reports from...more

DIFC to Launch FinTech Hive

The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) is set to launch the FinTech Hive—an accelerator program for developing financial technology (fintech) start-ups and entrepreneurs—in the first quarter of 2017. The FinTech Hive...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 24 [Video]

In this episode Matt Kelly and myself take a deep dive into the compliance weeds by looking at a paper written by then SEC General Counsel James Doty (later head of the PCAOB) in 2007 where he proposes a regulatory scheme for...more

The Developing CFIUS Framework and Recent Presidential Order Prohibiting the Aixtron Transaction

Among the various challenges facing stakeholders in cross-border M&A deals is a potential national security review of the transaction by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the possibility of...more

Day 10 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Mergers and Acquisitions [Video]

A company that does not perform adequate due diligence prior to a merger or acquisition may face both legal and business risks. Perhaps, most commonly, inadequate due diligence can allow a course of bribery to continue - with...more

Loss of Foreign Fund Private Placement Exemptions in the UAE

In August 2016, the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), the federal securities regulator of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), adopted new investment funds regulations (the 2016 Fund Regulations), which repealed...more

Day 8 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Reporting and Investigations [Video]

The FCPA Guidance has about as clear, concise and short a statement about hotlines than any other Tenet of an Effective Compliance Program. It states, “An effective compliance program should include a mechanism for an...more

Day 7 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Third Parties [Video]

Day 7- Third-Parties There are five steps in the life cycle of third party management. 1. Business Justification and Business Sponsor; 2. Questionnaire to Third Party; 3. Due Diligence on Third Party; 4. Compliance...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 34-the Invisible Hand edition [Video]

In this episode Jay Rosen and I take a dive into the General Cable FCPA enforcement action, consider the 'Invisible Hand' of Justice Department Compliance Counsel Hui Chen and greater regulatory enforcement, corporate...more

Day 6 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Carrots and Sticks [Video]

The FCPA Guidance states, that “In addition to evaluating the design and implementa­tion of a compliance program throughout an organization, enforcement of that program is fundamental to its effec­tiveness. A compliance...more

Day 5 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Communications and Training [Video]

Welcome to Day 5 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program. Today, I focus on training, ongoing communications and the use of social media in a best practices compliance program. Training The communication of your...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 23, Six Compliance Issues to Consider in 2017 [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I consider six compliance-related issues every compliance practitioner should watch in 2017. ...more

Day 4 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Risk Assessments [Video]

Welcome to Day 4 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program. Today we tackle risk assessments. One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. The FCPA Guidance stated it...more

Day 3 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, the CCO [Video]

Welcome to Day 3 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program. Today I want to consider the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) in your organization, through three prisms: access, resources and opportunities. Access What...more

Day 2 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Written Protocols [Video]

Welcome to Day 2 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program. Today I consider written protocols, which are the foundation upon which an effective compliance program is built. Written protocols consist of a Code of Conduct,...more

Proposed Amendments to SCA Reduce Regulatory Burden, Improve Transparency

Singapore’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) have invited public feedback on amendments to the Singapore Companies Act aimed at reducing regulatory burden and improving...more

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