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SEC Report Asserts Cryptocurrency Tokens Are Securities Under US Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The SEC’s published report of its first investigation focused on tokens sold in the context of an ICO sets the framework for future token offerings and raises red flags and legal hurdles to the resale or transfer of...more

Incubate Illinois and Other Chicago Tech Resources

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

First, for those in attendance at the second annual Incubate Illinois Conference, held on July 12, thank you. You made the event a tremendous success. We set out to develop a forum where the greatest thought leaders in...more

Delaware Becomes the First State to Allow Corporations to Maintain Corporate Records Using Blockchain Technology

by Jones Day on

On August 1, 2017, Delaware became the first state to allow corporations to use blockchain technology to maintain corporate records. This development comes almost a year after Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 50, Where's the Upside?

by Thomas Fox on

In this very topical episode Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the administration’s response to the events over the weekend in Charlottesville and what it means for business leaders, compliance practitioners and others...more

FBI's Fraud Complaints Indicate Most Damaging Cyber Schemes

by GB&A Insurance on

A look at the FBI’s Internet Complaint Center indicates Business Email Compromise (also known as CEO Fraud and Social Engineering Fraud) topped the list of fraud complaints by a huge margin....more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Keeping Track of Current Events

by Thomas Fox on

In 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced resolution of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Hitachi Ltd (Hitachi). There were several interesting aspects to this...more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Big Data and Continuous Monitoring

by Thomas Fox on

I continue my discussion of continuous improvement using big data in a best practices compliance program, with some thoughts on how to use it going forward. In an eBook, entitled “Planning for Big Data – A CIO’s Handbook to...more

OCIE Provides Insight into Issues Identified in Recent Cybersecurity Sweep

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The National Exam Program of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) recently published its observations from the second generation of its Cybersecurity Initiative. It reported overall improvement...more

Across the Board-Episode 4, Why Wells Fargo Needs Compliance Expertise on its Board

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I explore why Wells Fargo needs a true compliance expert on its Board of Directors. The Wells Fargo Board needs someone with compliance expertise to oversee of the role of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO)...more

Day 11 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-the Desktop Risk Assessment

by Thomas Fox on

Another mechanism to facilitate continuous improve comes from ideas around risk assessments. Both the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) make clear the need for a risk assessment to...more

Leadership Lessons from Dunkirk

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Richard Lummis and I consider the movie Dunkirk and the leadership lessons which can be drawn from the movie and historical events. If you have not seen it, I would suggest you go to see what I believe is the...more

FAQs about the FINRA Communication Rules

Understanding Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Rule 2210, Communications with the Public - What is Rule 2210, and what does it require? - Rule 2210 governs three categories of “communications” by FINRA member...more

Announcement Clarifies Regulatory Position on Digital Token Offerings in Singapore

by Jones Day on

In the wake of a recent increase in the number of initial coin (or token) offerings ("ICOs") in Singapore as a means of raising funds, as well as announcements from other concerned regulators, including in the United States,...more

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

Patching Up Your Information Security Review

by Morgan Lewis on

In light of recent significant ransomware cyberattacks such as the one that originated in Ukraine and quickly spread to affect hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries, we wanted to provide a few pointers...more

Delaware Blockchain Law Goes into Effect

by Morgan Lewis on

On August 1, 2017, Delaware’s historic blockchain law became effective. The Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) has always required corporations to keep records of their stock and stockholders. Before this new law was...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - August 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A new article published in the Harvard Business Review confirms that the preservation of reputation continues to be a significant motivating concern for individual board members. This is a factor that should be taken...more

Day 10 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-Controls Testing

by Thomas Fox on

Continuous improvement requires that you not only audit and monitor but also that you test your controls. In addition to the language set out in the 2012 FCPA Guidance, two of the seven compliance elements in the US...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 345-Mike Volkov on Linde Gas and CDM Smith declinations

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Mike Volkov and I discuss the two official pronouncements from the Sessions’ Justice Department regarding FCPA enforcement. They were both declinations used under the FCPA Pilot Program, which was announced in...more

And So It Begins: The First DFS Transition Period Comes to an End August 28

by King & Spalding on

In September 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) introduced the first draft of its cybersecurity regulation, which is now in a position to lead a new trend in industry-specific cybersecurity...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert Summarizing Observations from Recent Cybersecurity Examinations

by Bryan Cave on

On August 7, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert summarizing its observations from cybersecurity preparedness examinations conducted of 75 broker-dealers, investment...more

Day 9 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-the Fraud Audit

by Thomas Fox on

Today I consider a fraud audit by using data analytics to help detect or prevent bribery and corruption where the primary sales force used by a company are its FCPA and Chinese domestic law, involved China based employees...more

Day 8 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-the Culture Audit

by Thomas Fox on

What is organizational culture? Eric Feldman, SVP at Affiliated Monitors has said it comprises the mission, vision and values of an organization. A similar way to consider it might be as a company’s values, visions, norms and...more

Q2 Earnings Round-Up

by Goodwin on

Below are some highlights from second quarter earnings reports recently released by biologics and biosimilar companies. ..Coherus reported that it has cash and cash equivalents of $118.3 million as of June 30, 2017 and...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 49, Mattis Memo on Ethics

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the weeds on a Memo issued by Secretary of Defense James Mattis last week. It deals specifically with ethical conduct within the DOD and US military. It is one of the...more

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