Michael Volkov – The Volkov Law Group

Update on Petrobas Scandal – Recent Arrests of Construction Company Executives

The sprawling Petrobas corruption scandal continues to grow and stretch across Brazil’s political and economic landscape. Prosecutors handling the case continue to reach new targets and arrest more individuals who profited from…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

The Microeconomic Perspective on Bribery Incentives

I always enjoyed economics – understanding “rational” behavior and applying it to business situations can be very productive. Of course, there were many detractors who argued that economics is filled with assumptions that take…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The FIFA Criminal Case – DOJ’s Extensive Criminal Toolbox

Now that the dust has settled a little on the FIFA criminal case, I wanted to throw my two cents into the commentary pot. Those who focus on whether the FIFA case is a “corruption case,” “an FCPA case” or some other short-handed…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

IAP Worldwide FCPA Settlement: The Power of “Voluntary” Disclosure

Okay, everyone take out their tea leaves and let’s get started on the IAP corruption case – DOJ announced a Non-Prosecution Agreement with IAP Worldwide Services and the criminal plea of a former executive who funneled bribes…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Employee Surveillance and Monitoring

To state the obvious (and this shows my age), we are way past George Orwell’s 1984. Yes, I know 30 years past it. But we are way past the privacy concerns expressed in Orwell’s book; we are in a new era where technology and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Dangerous “Cult” of CEO Rock Stars

Everyone needs a hero, someone they can look up to and admire, and project feelings of positive personality. The world’s history is replete with “great” leaders who instilled in people a feeling of connection, commitment and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Antitrust Update: The Aggressive Global Enforcement Network

Companies face lots of risks – the soup du jour has been anti-corruption enforcement and compliance. Like any consistent restaurant you might visit regularly, one risk continues to grow, quietly and significantly –…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property

Good People Do Bad Things

It is good to be an optimist. I am sure that optimistic people are happier, more loving and tend to live longer. All of this rings true. But not everyone is an angel, and not everyone at your company is a “good person.”…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Crossing a New Bridge: Compliance Officers and Financial Controls

Compliance officers face plenty of challenges. The list of close allies always includes the General Counsel, Internal Audit, Human Resources and Procurement officials. In two recent surveys, CCOs reported that they do not have a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Warning: Keeping Compliance Simple

If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself. — Albert Einstein - Compliance professionals are in a heady state these days. Their stock is rising; they are gaining influence and authority, and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts

Whistleblowers – Tracking Ups and Downs

One of many things about life – just when you think you know something, it turns out you do not. Or another trite way to say the same thing – Life is full of surprises. The evolution in the treatment and legal protection…more
| Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Encouraging Employees to Break the “Rules” to Do the Right Thing

Laws and regulations draw black lines in often-gray areas. That is their purpose; they exist to make it easier to tell what is “wrong” and what is “right” (as defined by whoever made the law). The U.S. government has…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade

Washington Politics and Compliance

Consider this posting a warning to everyone in the corporate governance field. I am not known for being a chicken little and screaming “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” I tend to be a realist when it comes to politics…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Parallel Prosecutions and U.S. Jurisdiction: Looking Beyond the Bribes in the FIFA Scandal

Everyone is talking about the latest corruption scandal, this one with world-wide impact. The scandal engulfed FIFA as seven organization officials were recently arrested in Switzerland. Charges include a range of money…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

Wall Street and Ethics

I have to confess that there is a part of me that was skeptical about a new survey released last week finding that banks and other financial institutions have not embraced a culture of integrity. Indeed, the survey found that…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law
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