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

CEO Leadership – Honesty, Integrity, Listening and Empathy

At the outset, let me concede that I am not a psychiatrist (although we all feel like one at times with family members and colleagues). My observations on CEO leadership come from my own life experiences, and professional…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

No More Excuses: CCOs Have to Embrace Technology

It is time for an honesty check – many CCOs do not like change. CCOs, however, need to embrace change as a powerful force. Compliance is an evolutionary process – it is constantly changing. A compliance program has to move like…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

4 Signs of a Poor Relationship Between a CCO and the Board

Chief compliance officers have to devote more time to establish and maintain a positive relationship with the corporate board or audit/compliance committee. CCOs have a lot of responsibilities and feel a lot of pressure to…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

CCOs and the C-Suite

Let’s start out with something ironic – the C-Suite typically resists the need for ethics and compliance training, as well as other compliance controls, claiming that they know everything about ethics and compliance…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Slippery Slopes: “Broken Windows” and Employee Misconduct

Criminologists have debated for years the efficacy of the law enforcement strategy of “broken windows.” In simple terms, the theory suggests that minor infractions or petty crimes should be vigorously prosecuted in order to…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

The Emperor Has No [Compliance Program]

At the outset, I have to apologize for the title but during my morning bike ride I usually come up with blog posting titles. But moving past the trite title, I have a point to make…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The Objective of Due Diligence: To Protect Your Culture

There has been so much attention paid to due diligence. We have reams and reams of articles highlighting the importance of due diligence. In addition, numerous vendors of due diligence services and technologies fill the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Tales from the Corporate Scandal Crypt: GM, VimpelCom, VW and Wells Fargo

We are fascinated by corporate scandals. Since the 1980s, the US public has enjoyed unraveling corporate scandals, and vilifying corporate leaders caught in the web of deceit and misconduct. I am sure there are historical trends…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Compliance Missed Opportunities: CCOs and HR

A chief compliance officer can get overwhelmed with responsibilities and initiatives. CCOs have a never-ending to-do list – once an initiative is finished, the CCO has to jump to another “priority.”…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Financial Controls and Contract Management Systems

Compliance officers understand that a company’s greatest risks surround access to and use of money. A CCO has to understand a company’s financial controls, and in a perfect world, should have a seat at the table in the crafting…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Challenges in Transitioning from the Law to Compliance

The legal profession is undergoing significant changes. With an over-supply of attorneys and lower profits, lawyers are looking for new angles to distinguish themselves in the marketplace…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Ethics, Temptation and Money

A corporate entity is like its own community – it has a culture, a set of values and principles that form the foundation for the company’s operations, and an overall purpose. The interesting factor that has to be identified,…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Focusing Antitrust Compliance Programs on the Real Criminal Risks (Part II of II)

As chief compliance officers realize the importance of criminal antitrust compliance, it is important to identify the real risk factors. All too often we get lost in the mumbo-jumbo (a technical term, I know) of compliance,…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade

Chief Compliance Officers Have to Address Criminal Antitrust Risks (Part I of II)

We often read articles and blog postings about anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, export controls and sanctions compliance issues. The focus on these topics is justified. However, there is one glaring omission – antitrust…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade

Infusing Corporate Culture with Accountability

If you are a fan of Simon Sinek, you will understand and probably agree with the thrust of this posting. Sinek is a great motivational and business speaker. Many of his observations are spot-on and I would urge you to review…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade
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