Michael Volkov
The Volkov Law Group


Washington, D.C., United States
Phone: (240) 505-1992
Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Criminal Law
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • International Law & Trade
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities Law

The Compliance Profession Needs to Adopt Professional Standards

Those who regularly read my blog have heard me often cite the need for the compliance profession to adopt professional standards. With the rise of the profession, and the expectations placed on the shoulders of compliance…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

Transparency in FCPA Enforcement

We all value transparency as a general concept, especially when it comes to the government. In a real macro perspective, we fund the government and we demand that our government operate efficiently, effectively and ethically…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Understanding Special Counsel Mueller’s Authorization

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week was a blockbuster development in the investigation of the administration…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Obstruction of Justice – A Primer

Our political discourse these days has been focused on three key words – obstruction of justice. Whatever your politics may be, these words and the law surrounding obstruction of justice are important to understand…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

Effective Compliance and the Importance of Accounts Payable Function

As the compliance function has matured, Chief Compliance Officers have built important relationships with related functions that are critical to the compliance function. Over the last few years, we have seen the Justice…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

The State of Mind of a White Collar Criminal

As a chief compliance officer, it is important to consider the mindset of a criminal. Not to complete tasks and accomplish your objectives. Instead, it is important to understand the criminal mind, what makes them tick and why…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

Data Privacy and Security – What is the Difference?

The terms “Data Privacy and Security” are being thrown around a lot lately. Just recently, England’s health services and medical facilities were shut-down and the target of a ransom note (demanding, of course, payment in…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

MoneyGram CCO Pays Civil Penalty

Like any other profession, the compliance profession is not immune to bad apples. Lawyers know the law but have been criminally prosecuted for breaking the law. The same goes for compliance professionals…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

The Compliance Profession and the Demand for “Results”

Compliance professionals are riding high. They are the darlings of the corporate governance world, commanding higher salaries, C-Suite positions with access to senior leadership and the board, and an empowered position within…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

The Danger of Corporate Scandals – When CEOs and Senior Executives Circle the Wagons to Impugn a CCO

We all know the scenario. A corporate scandal breaks, heads will roll and criminal investigators have invaded a company to investigate and prosecute the CEO, senior executives and others. It is a toxic environment when this…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

Corporate Shell Games and KYC Requirements

Anti-money laundering professionals are in for a rude awakening. Know Your Customer or KYC requirements are currently kicking up a notch, and will be even more dramatic when the new FinCEN beneficial ownership regulations become…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Wait a Minute – The FCPA Enforcement Sky Did Not Fall?

No matter what, I am an optimist. A pessimist’s worldview and lifestyle is really unattractive. I would always rather see the glass as half full. Too many in the professional world have confused negative perspectives and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Compliance and Financial Audits – Distinctions With Substance

Chief compliance officers and internal auditors are natural friends and allies. In the corporate governance world, they share many common interests…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

What is the Real Risk of an FCPA Enforcement Action?

When speaking to clients or potential clients, the question of risk of enforcement is the moose on the table. Sometimes, the question gets asked and other times, the subject is never discussed. To be fair, it is not an easy…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The Revolution in Compliance Training – It is Not Just About Your ABCs

A CCO never feels like he or she has caught up on compliance program requirements. As soon as one new best practice is identified, a CCO blinks for a moment and then there is a new best practice for them to consider…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts
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