Michael Volkov – The Volkov Law Group


Washington, D.C. , United States

  • (240) 505-1992

Where the Action Is: The SCCE Annual Meeting

If anyone wants proof that the compliance profession is on the rise, if anyone still doubts that the young professional of compliance is rapidly growing, all you have to do is attend an annual meeting of the Society of Corporate…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Customer Due Diligence and Beneficial Ownership

Compliance officers face lots of challenges when conducting third-party due diligence. One issue that frequently arises is determining who exactly owns a potential agent or distributor…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Corporate Wrongdoing and Deterrence

The debate over corporate wrongdoing, punishment and deterrence continues. Corporations are not people but are entities that operate through collective behavior. It is interesting to consider whether individual punishment…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts

The Human Factor: Joint Venture Partner Compliance (Part III of III)

It is time for another in my series of profound grasps of the obvious – compliance comes down to people. A company violates its code or the law because of human actions or inaction…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Inside and Out: Anti-Corruption Compliance for Joint Ventures (Part II of III)

A joint venture can create layers and layers of risk for compliance officers. It is always good to start from the inside and work your way out. If your joint venture partner is a state-owned enterprise, or even more…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Joint Ventures and Compliance: Defining the Issues (Part I of III)

One of the more challenging areas in the anti-corruption field is navigating joint venture risks. Companies rely on joint venture partners for a variety of purposes – local partners know the geographic market, have a specific…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The 10 Essential Steps to Implement an Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance Program [Video]

The Department of Justice's and the SEC's FCPA Guidance issued last November, 2012, outlined the hallmarks of an "effective" anti-corruption compliance program. In the FCPA Guidance, the Justice Department and the SEC suggested…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Fraud and Bribery – They Go Hand in Hand

Compliance officers need to dig into and understand a company’s internal controls. Many compliance officers tend to leave that issue to Internal Auditors – that is a big mistake…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

When to Walk Away from an Agent or Distributor (Part IV of IV)

An effective due diligence screening program should include instances when a company decides not to engage an agent or distributor. It is hard to persuade the business side of this fact but success does not necessarily flow from…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

FCPA Enforcement: How to Respond to a Government Investigation [Video]

No matter how good a compliance program you have, there is always a risk of an FCPA violation. The Justice Department has stated that 2013 will be a big year in FCPA enforcement with many cases in the pipeline. More companies…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

How to Avoid Corruption Risks in China [Video]

The recent headlines on China's expanding anti-corruption investigation and enforcement action is a significant event in global anti-corruption enforcement. For companies operating in China, the risks have now increased…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Creative Contracting to Reduce Third-Party Risks (Part III of IV)

Most lawyers are not creative people. After all, there is a reason they went into the law. Lawyers who deal with anti-corruption risks and third parties need to expand their horizons and consider using creative solutions to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Integrating and Training Your Agents and Distributors (Part II of IV)

The Department of Justice and the SEC know they can push companies to expand and improve their anti-corruption compliance programs. They are well aware that the requirements set forth in their settlement documents, as well as…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

The New Focus on Agent and Distributor Monitoring (Part I of IV)

The field of due diligence has quickly filled up. If you look at the industry and company practices ten years ago, you will quickly realize that the world has changed. (Like the R.E.M. song: It’s the end of the world … and I…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Building An Effective Anti Corruption Compliance Program [Video]

Companies are devoting more time and attention to building a robust anti-corruption compliance program. As they do so, it is important to design the right structure for the compliance program -- from the Corporate Board, to the…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law
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