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

Podcast Episode 4 -- Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Jail -- The Justice Department's Outsourcing of Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions [Audio]

The Department of Justice's approach to criminal prosecution of corporations and individuals has evolved over the last 20 years. Beginning with the traditional model of building criminal cases, brick-by-brick, by investigating…more
 /  Business Torts, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking

ISO 37001: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (Part II of V)

In Part II of my continuing series, I identify in broad strokes some of the more significant positive and negative aspects of ISO 37001. While it is easy to second-guess the ISO 37001 authors, there are some interesting issues…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Corruption, Crime & Compliance Podcast Episode 3 -- The Latest FCPA Sting Case -- Joseph Baptiste [Audio]

Recently, the Justice Department announced the arrest of Joseph Baptiste as part of an ongoing investigation into corruption in Haiti. The arrest warrant affidavit outlines an undercover investigation, including Title III…more
 /  Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

A Closer Look at ISO 37001 – Something Old or Something New? (Part I of V)

The release of ISO 37001 has triggered an important discussion among legal and compliance professionals. In a five-part series, I plan to address the value of ISO 37001, provide a substantive analysis, and to evaluate the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Corruption Crime and Compliance Podcast Episode 2 -- Ethics and Profits [Audio]

With the increased focus on corporate culture, chief compliance officers have to educate the board and senior management on the inextricable link between an ethical culture and financial profitability. In this episode of…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Corruption Crime & Compliance Episode 1 -- The Trump Administration and Enforcement [Audio]

I am pleased to announce the new Corruption, Crime & Compliance Podcast. Episode 1 is, A Review of Trump Administration Enforcement Priorities. When the Trump Administration came into power, many commentators predicated…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Lawyers Can Be A Positive Force for Compliance

Lawyers get a bad rap, and I am not just referring to all the lawyer jokes we have heard numerous times. Lawyers get a bad rap when it comes to compliance. Much of it is not deserved – but candidly, some of it is deserved…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

In Defense of Compliance Checklists

Compliance officers have to avoid complicating a compliance program. As in many areas in life, there is a value in simplicity. Take for example a compliance training presentation. If a compliance officer overwhelms his/her…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The Importance of A Robust Conflicts of Interest Program

It is always interesting to learn how companies handle specific compliance issues. Years ago, I could always tell when a compliance department was lacking in stature and independence in a company. Typically, I observed three…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

ArthroCare CEO Reconvicted for Fraud

The healthcare industry continues to be a frequent target for criminal prosecutions. More importantly, federal prosecutors are ready, willing and able to bring criminal cases against C-Suite actors involved in healthcare fraud…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Health, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Delusion of a Bare-Bones Compliance Program

Instead of wrestling over the definition of an “effective” ethics and compliance program, let’s take a step back and define what we all agree on is an “ineffective” compliance program. Unfortunately, when you work in the real…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The FCPA Compliance Defense — Don’t Wish for It, You Just Might Get It

Sometimes a bad idea just will not die. Sometime commentators like to return to simplistic solutions that sound good on paper. These same commentators have failed to address the practical concerns that outweigh any possible…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Where O’ Where Did Our Monitors Go? — The Telia Bribery Case

Just when everyone was anticipating the beginning of an uptick in FCPA enforcement in 2017, the Justice Department and the SEC delivered a resounding message to remind everyone that FCPA enforcement is here to stay. However, the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The Compliance Conundrum — Spending Money to Save Money

Chief compliance officers have to be honest with themselves. While I am optimistic about the growing importance of the compliance function, I remain concerned that CEOs and senior management are slowly strangling ethics and…more
 /  Business Organizations

The Five Most Important Issues for a CCO to Report to the Board

Chief compliance officers have to throw out their template for charts, diagrams and data that they use to report to the Audit/Compliance Committee and start over. Slick and colorful charts and diagrams are great but CCOs are…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade
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