Michael Volkov
The Volkov Law Group

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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

Compliance is Not “Rocket Science”

In the compliance arena, like in many others in life, we value simplicity. I have repeatedly stressed the importance of compliance initiatives that are relatively simple. Too often, lawyers and compliance professionals confuse…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

Yates, AG Sessions and Individual Criminal Prosecutions

In recent speeches, the Attorney General and an Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division reconfirmed DOJ’s support for enforcement of the FCPA. No one should be surprised by their respective…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

What Compliance Needs to Know About Data Privacy and Security

You don’t have to be a tech-savvy computer genius to address the basics of data privacy. Like many areas which compliance departments oversee, asking the right question and getting the right internal controls in place are the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Beneficial Ownership Due Diligence Requirements

The new FinCEN regulations requiring financial institutions to secure beneficial ownership information is fast approaching – May 2018. The US has been way behind in this regulatory area. As a result, money-laundering activity in…more
 /  Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Dutch Prosecutors Record Shell CEO and Ensnare Shell in Nigeria Bribery Scandal

A CEO never expects to be wiretapped. Let’s face it – a wiretap in the C-Suite is rare. Justice Department prosecutors have always looked for an opportunity. CEOs have loose lips and can suffer significant damage from recorded…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

Corporate Culture and Whistleblowers: A Reliable Barometer of a Company’s Culture

If you want a reliable indication of a company’s culture, just look at how the company treats employee concerns and whistleblowers. Recent events have highlighted serious failures on the part of major companies to address…more
 /  Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

United’s Crisis Mismanagement and Corporate Culture

We were all aghast at the spectacle on the United Airlines last week when a customer was dragged off a plane when he refused to give up his seat because of an overbooking. No one can underestimate the power of real-time video of…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Transportation

TD Bank and Sanctions Violations

Sanctions enforcement continues to be a significant risk. With the focus on unraveling elaborate corporate ownership schemes, the risk of conducting business with sanctioned individuals or entities is increasing…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Wells Fargo’s Desperate Need for a Compliance and Business Ethics Function (Part III of III)

While reading the independent directors’ report on the Wells Fargo sales incentives scandal, you will be overwhelmed by the feeling of frustration. At the same time, what is described in the report is the extent to which every…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

The Axe Falls on Wells Fargo – A Scathing Independent Report (Part II of III)

In a scathing report, the independent directors at Wells Fargo released their findings and actions based on a comprehensive internal investigation of Wells Fargo’s sales abuses. Based on its findings, Wells Fargo’s…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Can Wells Fargo Fix its Defective Culture? (Part I of III)

The more you learn about Wells Fargo’s culture problems, the more difficult the problems become. But you have to start somewhere, and assuming that Wells Fargo really is committed to addressing the serious problems they face,…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

A Money Laundering Nightmare: Western Union Ponies Up $770 Million to Settle with DOJ, FTC and FinCEN

Earlier this year, in January 2017, Western Union entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Justice Department and the FTC, and agreed to pay $586 in forfeiture to settle anti-money laundering and consumer fraud…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade

A Strategy for Non-Disclosure of FCPA Violations

We all understand that issues are not black and white, meaning there are areas of gray when analysis and cost-benefits need to be weighed. Lawyers are regularly identifying legal risks and applying such risks to specific courses…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Human Trafficking and Smuggling – A Compliance Requirement

The problem of human trafficking and smuggling is staggering when you consider the human impact behind the numbers. Human trafficking is a $30 billion industry annually. There are more people in slavery today than at any time in…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

AML Enforcement and Compliance Trends

Law enforcement focus on anti-money laundering appears to be increasing. While the last ten years has seen a marked increase in AML regulatory obligations, the new administration is likely to return to some of the more…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade
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