Michael Volkov – The Volkov Law Group

US and China Expand Law Enforcement Cooperation

Global anti-corruption efforts continue to increase. For global companies, this trend makes compliance even more critical. One of the most significant aspects of this trend is the US government’s cooperation with China…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The 5 Key Ingredients to a Culture of Ethics

Every company wants to create a culture of ethics. If the senior leadership ignores or downplays a culture of ethics, they have narrowed business opportunities for the company, its shareholders, and other stakeholders. A culture…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Ethics and Simplicity

Groucho Marx was (and is) my hero. No one else had a sharper wit. One of my favorite scenes was in Duck Soup when Groucho conducts a meeting as the President of Fredonia. In particular, when Groucho is given a report and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

SEC’s Hitachi Enforcement Action and Important Compliance Reminders

The SEC continues to plug away at aggressive FCPA enforcement. This year, at least so far, the SEC has had a very successful year. The Hitachi case is a very interesting enforcement action for several major reasons. From…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

The Compliance Dangers of Cheerleaders and Nay-Sayers

Compliance always boils down to people and interpersonal relationships. No man is an island, and no one can go it alone in compliance. One essential requirement for effective compliance is the ability to engage colleagues and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Five Ways to Ensure Board Support for Compliance

A Chief Compliance Officer has a number of important relationships to maintain in an organization. Aside from the support of senior level executives, the CCO has to build an effective working relationship with the board and the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

The VW Scandal: Insular Senior Management and Ethical Breakdowns

The Volkswagen scandal will be studied for years. One of many themes from the Volkswagen scandal will rest on the complete absence of any commitment to corporate governance. Volkswagen’s weird corporate structure (it is owned in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, International Law & Trade

Compliance Fatigue — A Dangerous Concept

I have a lot of pet peeves, especially when it comes to lawyers and compliance professionals. Do not worry this is a not a column about all of my pet peeves; I would never bore you with all those issues…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Checking In on Sanctions Enforcement

The Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control continues to ramp up sanctions enforcement. Even with the likely relaxation of the Iran and Cuba sanctions, OFAC has been continuing its aggressive enforcement…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Cleaning Up a Compliance Program Mess

You have just been hired as the new Chief Compliance Officer of a global company operating in over 80 countries, including numerous high-risk corruption countries. You have no staff and have been given a budget to hire 5…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Ethical Business Decision-Making

An effective ethics and compliance program, by definition, translates into ethical business decisions. Believe it or not, to bring ethics into the equation you do not need to be a philosopher, historian or professional…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

SEC Seeks Increased Access to Email

Jacqui Merrill, an Associate at The Volkov Law Group, joins us with a posting on the SEC’s request for increased access to emails. In a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting held on September 16, 2015, Securities and Exchange…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Privacy, Securities Law

The GM Criminal Settlement — Disappointing

The Justice Department has to do something about its timing – and more importantly, they need to reexamine exactly what they did (and are doing) with the criminal prosecution of GM. If you want a perfect example of talking…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

Prosecuting Doctors for Medicare Fraud

Federal prosecutors have turned their attention to physicians for Medicare fraud prosecution. Physicians who participate in the Medicare program have to be aware of the significant risks of Medicare fraud…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Government Contracting, Health

Antitrust Division Announces First Guilty Plea in Capacitor Cartel Investigation

The Department of Justice’s far-reaching criminal investigation into the alleged electronic capacitor cartel has borne fruit – NEC Tokin Corporation agreed to plead guilty and pay a $13.8 million criminal fine for conspiring…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Criminal Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology
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