Michael Volkov – The Volkov Group Law Firm


Washington, D.C. , United States

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Four Important Steps to Promote A Speak Up Culture

Companies spend a lot of time and effort promoting a “Speak Up” culture. Even before the SEC’s whistleblower program, senior managers recognized that they needed to know what is occurring in the company. The only way to learn is…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Stacking the Deck: SEC’s Use of Administrative Proceedings

The SEC has a real perception problem. They cannot win in court. Whether this is fair or not, the SEC needs to move beyond this fear of losing since it only undermines the integrity of its enforcement program…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

CCO Reporting to Board: Five Best Practices

Chief Compliance Officers need the support of their Board of Directors. The relationship between the CCO and the head of the Audit/Compliance Committee sends an important message to senior management and the entire company on…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

FCPA Mid-Year Assessments

The Internet is littered with FCPA Mid-Year Assessments and reports on enforcement activity and so-called trends and developments. Talk about making mountains out of molehills. Some of the reports are excellent; others are…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Corruption Risks in Pharma Manufacturing in Russia

The Russian government has targeted the pharmaceutical industry for growth and development, adopting a program Pharma 2020 Strategy. This program aims to improve the competitiveness of the Russian pharmaceutical industry and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Designing Cost Effective Risk Assessment Programs May 21, 2014 [Video]

The foundation of every anti-corruption ethics and compliance program is a risk assessment. It is important to design and implement a process to conduct an initial risk assessment, to update the risk assessment, and to ensure…more
| Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Managing Your Internal Investigation Program June 3 2014 [Video]

Global companies have to design and implement an efficient process for conducting internal investigations. An effective ethics and compliance program requires companies to screen complaints, assign appropriate resources to each,…more
| Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Employee Culture Surveys: Low-Cost Critical Information

It is always amazing to me how reluctant people are to ask direct questions. Interviewers freeze up when they have to ask the big question – “Did you steal the money?” Boyfriends are afraid to ask a girlfriend, “What is the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

AML BSA and Sanctions Compliance Part II of II June 24, 2014  [Video]

The Department of Justice and the Treasury Department have stepped up AML/BSA and Sanctions Enforcement. With the ever-increasing expansion and modification of sanctions, risks for all businesses, not just financial…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

AML BSA and Sanctions Compliance I of II June 10 2014 [Video]

The Department of Justice and the Treasury Department have stepped up AML/BSA and Sanctions Enforcement. With the ever-increasing expansion and modification of sanctions, risks for all businesses, not just financial…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Marubeni: FCPA Repeat Offender

In this era of aggressive FCPA enforcement, there are critics who have suggested that the Department of Justice should concentrate its prosecutions on individuals rather than imposing ever-increasing criminal fines on…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

Ignoring the Compliance Message

Companies that ignore the need for an ethics and compliance program deserve whatever they get. There, I said it. Chalk up another profound grasp of the obvious…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Risk Planning and Board Liability

Board members are in the hot seat, or to put it another way – they are in a hot kitchen. The question is whether they can stand the heat of the hot kitchen…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Monitoring and Auditing Your Anti Corruption Compliance Program  [Video]

Companies have designed and implemented anti-corruption compliance programs. An important element of an effective compliance program is monitoring and auditing the program to identify issues for improvement. Working in…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, International Law & Trade

FCPA Training: The Basics [Video]

This webinar provides a basic FCPA training program. A number of webinar attendees have requested that I conduct a basic FCPA webinar outlining how the FCPA statute applies to international business operations. The topics…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, International Law & Trade
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