Michael Volkov – The Volkov Law Group


Washington, D.C. , United States

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Trade-Based Money Laundering: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Lauren Connell, Managing Associate at The Volkov Law Group, joins us again with a posting on AML trends. They say that when one door closes another will open. Unfortunately, that appears to hold true for criminal money…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

Sunlight on Corruption: An Important Strategy in the Global Anti-Corruption Movement

Everyone is against corruption. Everyone knows that corruption can stifle economic development and increase economic disparity and poverty. When government officials take money for their own benefit, they are robbing the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Top 5 Ethics and Compliance Trends for 2015

Ethics and compliance had a terrific year in 2014. The profession is growing in response to increased demand from businesses that are “slowly” embracing the importance of ethics and compliance…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

The Perils of Check-The-Box Training

The most important opportunity for a company to communicate an ethics and compliance message is training. The Board, senior executives, managers and employees are required to watch and hopefully interact with a training…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

The New Enforcement Threat – Sanctions Violations

To label the current enforcement environment as “tough” is a dramatic understatement. I never understand why lawyers spend so much time touting the new, aggressive enforcement era as part of their marketing pitches – everyone…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law, Government Contracting

[eBook] The Revolution in Ethics and Compliance

In this collection of recent essays and blog posts, attorney, leading compliance expert, and former federal prosecutor Michael Volkov helps corporate leaders understand how a culture of ethics and compliance is not only the best…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

Financial Institutions and a Lack of Ethics

If there is one industry that needs an ethics overhaul, it has to be the financial industry. The list of transgressions continues to grow – AML/sanctions, LIBOR, Foreign Exchange Currency Cartels and Market Manipulations,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Promoting Internal Compliance Communications

The Internet-Age has certainly brought us all “closer” together. Sometimes I long for the old days of rotary telephones, four television channels, and vinyl record players. We never knew how good we had it in those days…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

The Alstom Case: Realities and Lessons Learned

The old expression goes – “Do not break your arm patting yourself on the back” – but maybe I might just extend my arm a little with the Alstom settlement. Last year I predicted that the Alstom case would eclipse Siemens as the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The Person of the Year — the Chief Ethics Officer

To bring some continuity to my blog, I try to start the New Year off by acknowledging the significant person for the past year. Over the last three years, I recognized the Chief Compliance Officer, the Whistleblower and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

FCPA Predictions for 2015 (Part II of II)

The key to being a successful (FCPA) prognosticator is never to keep score. If you do, you are likely to be disappointed. Instead, I follow the strategy of calculated distraction – for example, I predicted last year that…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The FCPA Year in Review: Twist and Shout (Part I of II)

We all like annual reviews and predictions for the upcoming year – it is a New Year’s rite of passage and one that brings perspective and a sense of order to our otherwise chaotic lives…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Pow! Whack! Slam! Bam! – DOJ Finishes the FCPA Year with a Bang

Giving away my old age, we all loved the 1960s Batman series starring Adam West. Thanks to the Batman show we were given a long list of words to underscore Batman and Robin’s slugfests with the weekly villain (e.g. Penguin, The…more
| International Law & Trade

The OECD Report: Shedding Light on Foreign Bribery

The OECD has been at the forefront of the global battle against corruption. Its recent report, Foreign Bribery Report (available here) the OECD provided important insights into the occurrence of foreign bribery…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

The “New Reality” for Corporate Boards

I have very little patience for a corporate board that fails to do its job. A board usually consists of talented, successful and experienced professionals. They have seen good and bad business practices in their days…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts
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