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Recent Cases Demonstrate Need for Blockchain

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A recent Delaware bill is poised to allow private Delaware corporations “use networks of electronic databases (examples of which are described currently as “distributed ledgers” or a “blockchain”) for the creation and...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

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

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. After making a splash with the finalized version of its Arbitration Rule, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed temporary adjustments to the reporting requirements for...more

SEC Chairman Clayton Talks Cyber Threats And Responses

by King & Spalding on

On July 12, 2017, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton made his first public speech as head of the Commission, emphasizing the need for coordination between companies and regulators to thwart cyber...more

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

by Thomas Fox on

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

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

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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

Buyout Firms Must Take Action to Respond to Global Cyber Threats

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Cybercrime has become a critical issue for buyout firms as hackers are increasingly targeting sensitive business data to profit from insider knowledge. According to a Private Funds Management survey of 91 PE houses, 54% of PE...more

NYDFS Makes Inquiry into Life Insurers’ Use of Algorithmic Underwriting

On June 29, 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) issued an information request pursuant to Section 308 of the New York Insurance Law addressed to all life insurers and fraternal benefit societies...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Activist investor Nelson Peltz is officially taking on his biggest target yet—consumer-products giant Procter & Gamble. The announcement begins the public stage of a fight we’ve been waiting for since Peltz’s Trian Fund Mgmt...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - July, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why It’s so Difficult to Disrupt - The growing expectations of venture capitalists may be pushing founders to focus solely on unsustainable growth, rather than...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 342, Melanie Johnson

by Thomas Fox on

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

Philips Acquires Spectranetics for $2.16 Billion

by Knobbe Martens on

According to a June 28, 2017 press release, Dutch healthcare company Philips has agreed to buy Colorado Springs-based Spectranetics Corporation, a cardiac device manufacturer, for approximately 1.9 billion euros ($2.16...more

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

by Thomas Fox on

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

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Federal Reserve and FDIC Post Resolution Plans for Eight Major Financial Firms - On July 5, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board") and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") posted the public portions of...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

Delaware’s Blockchain Initiative to Revolutionize the Stock Trade

by Goodwin on

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

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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

Regulatory Considerations for Artificial Intelligence Programs Providing Advice to Individually Managed Accounts

Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to revolutionize many areas of modern life, including the investment management industry. AI applications currently are being used to develop management programs for investment funds,...more

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