Michael Volkov – The Volkov Law Group


Washington, D.C. , United States

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GSK China: Did Case Finish with a Bang or a Whimper?

In typical Chinese fashion, the prosecution of GSK and several GSK executives ended after a one-day “trial.” GSK paid a $489 million fine; and four criminal sentences were handed out with suspension of jail time and orders of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

More Empty Words for an FCPA Compliance Defense

It is hard to understand why there are still advocates for an FCPA compliance defense. The issue is dead and gone, and is unlikely to come back in any form. I guess there are people who enjoy “zombie” movies – for the life of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

Accountability: Where is the Board of Directors?

Compliance professionals like to emphasize that accountability is essential to create an ethical culture. There is no question that if a company does not hold anyone accountable for ethics and compliance issues a company is…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Important Employee Values: Integrity and Trust

I have urged compliance professionals to avoid scare-tactics as a way to enhance their importance in the corporate organization. It is too easy to run around and spread fear about the importance of compliance to prevent a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Governance, Compliance and Simplicity

I have always admired the ability of intelligent people to explain complex ideas in simple terms. Prosecutors have to explain complex facts and crimes to a jury…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

International Coordination and Cooperation in Corruption Cases

Global anti-corruption enforcement is fast becoming a complicated affair. No longer can companies just focus on the FCPA, with momentary blips of concern for the UK Bribery Act…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

More Than Due Diligence: Never-Ending Due Diligence

Due diligence of third parties can drive you crazy. You know you are in trouble when you start babbling to yourself and others about red flags, more red flags, and even more red flags…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

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
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