Michael Volkov – The Volkov Law Group

Takata – Criminal Airbag Scheme and Innocent Consumer Harm (Part II of III)

In my continuing review of corporate misconduct in the automobile industry, today we examine the Takata Corporation scandal for its airbag scheme. Takata is a manufacturer and supplier of automotive safety equipment. It…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Volkswagen: When Car Companies Veer Off Course (Part I of III)

Corporate misconduct occurs in a variety of forms. Starting with the basic truism – companies act through people, and when companies engage in misconduct it requires the coordination and collaboration of multiple actors. The…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Multi-Jurisdictional Prosecutions and the SFO Show Teeth in Rolls Royce Settlement

Rolls Royce’s $800 million global settlement further solidifies what the future of anti-bribery and corruption enforcement looks like: multi-jurisdictional prosecutions based on egregious conduct supported by strong evidence…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Mondelez FCPA Enforcement Action — An Abuse of Prosecutorial Discretion?

The first FCPA enforcement action for 2017 landed with very little fanfare. The SEC reached a settlement with Mondelez International for $13 million. The facts surround the hiring of an agent in India and the failure of Mondelez…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The Real Explanation for the Record Year for FCPA Enforcement

All the FCPA prognosticators, predictors and paparazzi have missed the boat on understanding what happened this year – 2016, to make this a record year in FCPA enforcement. As a former public servant for over 20 years, I am very…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Predicting the Future: What Would Truly Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement Look Like?

Within the SEC and DOJ’s blockbuster ending to 2016 was the Odebrecht settlement. The amount involved, a stunning $4.5 billion (pending a possible reduction for inability to pay), grabbed headlines around the world. But more…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Compliance Trends and Predictions for 2017

The past year was another great success for the compliance profession and related technologies. Compliance continues to grow as the “professionalization” of compliance continues to skyrocket. As my good friend Donna Boehme…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

FCPA Predictions for 2017 (Part III of III)

With the new incoming administration, everyone is busy predicting major changes in DOJ FCPA enforcement. I do not share this view. Frankly, FCPA enforcement is more bipartisan than other controversial enforcement programs (e.g…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Trends from 2016 Record FCPA Enforcement Year (Part II of III)

No matter how you cut it – this was a big year in FCPA enforcement. Not just because of the large enforcement actions but the scope and depth of enforcement, remediation and compliance program demands…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Badda Bing, Badda Boom!! — DOJ and SEC Make 2016 a Record Year for FCPA Enforcement (Part I of III)

We begin the New Year with a three-part series on the FCPA: (1) A review of FCPA enforcement in 2016; (2) Trends from 2016 FCPA enforcement; and (3) Predictions for FCPA enforcement in 2017…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

T’Was the Week After Christmas: General Cable and Mexico Aviation FCPA Prosecutions

You know this has been a big year in FCPA enforcement when DOJ and the SEC announce two FCPA settlements during the usually sleepy week between Christmas and New Years. And what a year it has been – more to follow in my post-New…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The Power of Honesty – A Candid Assessment of Your Compliance Program

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.  Groucho Marx - We are all taught the importance of honesty. But there are very different aspects to this otherwise simple…more
| Business Organizations

Hiding Behind the Privilege – A Cloak or a Dagger?

CCOs face many challenges in their jobs. One area that is difficult but usually can be solved with common sense is where to draw the line on attorney-client privilege issues. As a practicing attorney, I can attest to the…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

E-Mail Communications: The Devil is on the Server

It is hard to imagine how prosecutors were able to bring cases before there was email communications. When I was a prosecutor, we looked for evidence in a lot of other sources, internal memos, calendars and other places where…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Forget About a Risk Assessment – Conduct a Risk AND Compliance Program Assessment

A Chief Compliance Officer can get lost in terms, titles, risk management solutions, effective services, magic bullets, absolute requirements and ultimately confusion. Whether the strategy is called lines of defense or some…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts
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