Michael Volkov – The Volkov Law Group


Washington, D.C. , United States

  • (240) 505-1992

Avenues for Reporting Employee Concerns

We all like to make things more complex or difficult than they need to be. Consider that a life lesson that we can share with our children, assuming they are even listening to us these days…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Gifts, Meals and Then . . . FCPA Enforcement

Life can be very humbling. The SEC has definitely humbled me. For years now, I have been claiming that companies spend too much time worrying about gifts, meals and entertainment expenses under the FCPA, rather than…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Adding Cyber Security to Corporate Risk Management

Corporate boards and senior management like to focus on business. They love the numbers, the strategy and the success of a business operation. They have a passion for it and that is why they are sitting on board or managing a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Seven Key Actions to Accelerate Your Ethics and Compliance Program

We always hear (and talk about) the rise in the compliance profession. Yes, there is increased demand for CCOs and compliance officers. More lawyers are transitioning into the compliance profession…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Focusing on the Disconnect: Mid-Level Managers and Handling of Employee Concerns

We all have heard the problem: Employees want to report their concerns directly to their immediate supervisors (unless the problem relates to the immediate supervisor); Mid-level managers complain that they do not know how to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Kickbacks and Bribery

Companies can become hyper-focused on anti-bribery compliance. It is easy to do – just look on the Internet, Twitter and Linked In. There are plenty of groups, hash tags, postings and discussions on anti-corruption issues…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Compliance Attitudes in High-Risk Markets

A Chief Compliance Officer has a direct responsibility to promote the company’s business. That sounds like a controversial statement but it is not. Every officer and employee of a company has that responsibility…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Lawyers and CCOs on the Front Line: Who’s on First? What’s on Second

I never thought the day would come but it has – I have figured out a way to make Abbott and Costello relevant to the compliance profession. We all know their famous routine – “Who’s on First?” ...When it comes to…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Ethical Culture: Action Speaks Louder Than Words

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often” – Mark Twain If you are too busy to read my posting, all I ask is that you read the Mark Twain quote and apply the message to creating an ethical culture…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Happy Talk and the Compliance Gap – Paper v. Reality

There is nothing more infuriating in the ethics and compliance world than a Chief Compliance Officer who relies on Happy Talk reports to senior managers and the Board. The CCO who engages in Happy Talk does a disservice to the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

C-Suite Risks and Compliance

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore. – Yogi Berra With all the hubbub about ethics and compliance, senior managers somehow are able to escape any focus or responsibility for compliance programs except in a managerial…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Due Diligence and The Holy Grail — Red Flags

Compliance professionals love to bandy about the term “red flag.” It is a term with infinite meanings depending on the context. A red flag in a money-laundering context is different than a red flag in a corruption context…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Corporations Need to Say the Words – “Let’s Go to Trial”

Companies are reluctant to go to trial in a criminal case. Instead, they look for alternatives short of a criminal guilty plea and DOJ has a suitcase full of options that they use…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

Criminal Global Cartel Focus on Generic Pharmaceuticals

The Antitrust Division is nearing the end of its largest, record-setting criminal cartel investigation – global auto parts suppliers. It has been a sprawling investigation that has leaped from product-to-product in the auto…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Happy Birthday FCPA Guidance

The FCPA Guidance turned two years old recently – November 14 to be exact. No one wrote about the milestone, nor has anyone praised the FCPA Guidance. To be the contrarian, I am writing to wish the FCPA Guidance a very happy…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law
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