Michael Volkov – The Volkov Law Group


Washington, D.C. , United States

  • (240) 505-1992

Internal investigations and the Importance of Witness Interviews

Everyone claims to know how to conduct an internal investigation. Given the government’s reliance on internal investigations, law firms have beefed up their internal investigation services. Inevitably, the quality of internal…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

China and Antitrust Enforcement

China’s entry into the anti-corruption enforcement arena has received lots of press attention. Just as significant as this development, China has added international cartel enforcement to its list of priorities…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Supply Chain Management: Avoiding Headaches

Companies implementing due diligence programs face a number of challenges. It is hard enough to identify all of a company’s third-party intermediaries – agents, distributors, customs and logistics representatives, nominees, and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Goodbye Mr. Millikin: GM’s Continuing Culture Challenges

The GM debacle over its handling of the ignition switch defect continues. GM’s CEO Mary Barra and the rest of GM’s leadership just do not seem to be getting the message. It is not unusual for C-Suite executives to lead from an…more
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Higher Education Compliance and the Scourge of Campus Sexual Assaults

Chief Compliance Officers who lament the challenges of their jobs should be thankful they are not in charge of compliance for higher education institutions. The culture of compliance has extended into many high-risk areas but…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Education

Look What DOJ Found – A New Enforcement Tool: FIRREA

The Justice Department recently read through the United States Code and discovered something important — a statute that authorizes the government to issue administrative subpoenas to build massive civil fraud cases that carry…more
| Administrative Law, Finance & Banking

Justice Department Opens Up False Claims Files for Criminal Investigation

The Justice Department has a penchant for disclosure – they tell you what they are going to do in advance and then they do it. Companies have tried to claim they were “shocked” or “surprised” by the Justice Department’s actions…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

Creating a “Speak Up” Culture and Whistleblowers

Many companies do not realize the importance of creating a “Speak Up” culture and how to deal with whistleblowers. Too many companies say they want to hear about problems but when employees raise the issues they become…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Compliance Challenges: When the Almighty Dollar Rules

Chief Compliance Officers have to recognize one immutable fact – if a company does not make money, compliance does not matter. I know this is hard to fathom but a company’s purpose is to make money. The issue boils down to an…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The Justice Department and Individual Criminal Prosecutions

Recently, Attorney General Holder and DAAG Marshall Miller from the Criminal Division delivered important speeches on the Justice Department’s initiative to increase individual criminal prosecutions…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking

Ten Requirements for an Effective Due Diligence System

The purpose of a due diligence system is not to identify and prevent hiring of a third-party who will commit bribery. To the contrary, no one can predict with accuracy who will commit bribery, unless they truly have mind-reading…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

FinCEN’s Culture of Compliance Advisory: A Strong Message

Cynics can easily dismiss FinCEN’s August 11, 2014 Advisory on Promoting a Culture of Compliance (Here). In fact, FinCEN’s Advisory contains several important messages, which need to be emphasized…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

FCPA Enforcement: Where Have All the Enforcement Actions Gone?

Sometimes the tea leaves are wrong; sometimes the prognosticators do not know what they are talking about; and sometimes nothing has changed…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Complicating Sanctions Compliance: OFAC Redefines 50 Percent Rule

Companies are worried more and more about sanctions compliance. As the number and complexity of sanctions grow, depending on the twists and turns of our foreign policy, companies are whipsawed in the area of sanctions…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Warning: Banks Need to Re-Examine KYC Risk Evaluation Procedures

A federal jury in New York recently handed down a verdict against the Arab Bank, Jordan’s largest bank, for funding Hamas terrorism acts against Israel. The verdict is precedent setting and will encourage other plaintiffs to…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade
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