Compliance

Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -
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Thinking Compliance When Protecting Your Ideas Internationally [Video]

Companies are increasingly seeking international protection for their intellectual property, but in doing so their interaction with foreign government agencies increases. Because of increased scrutiny on corporate compliance...more

Five easy steps to implement a whistleblower hotline

In 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... The ACFEs 2014 Report to the Nations states that the most effective method for reducing workplace fraud is to implement an ethics hotline to allow and encourage employees, customers, and...more

SEC Finalizes Rule On Asset-Backed Securities

On September 24, the SEC issued a final rule adopting significant revisions to regulations governing the disclosure, reporting, registration and the offering process for asset-backed securities (“ABS”). The revised rules aim...more

Guidance for Investment Advisers Using Proxy Advisory Firms

A recent SEC Staff Legal Bulletin provides important guidance for investment advisers that use proxy advisory firms in voting clients’ securities. Nevertheless, the Bulletin (dated June 30, 2014) leaves much unresolved....more

Discipline and Rigor in Your Internal Controls

In a recent New York Times (NYT) Op-Ed by David Brooks, entitled “The Good Order”, he discussed how routine can lead to creativity. He cited to the example of three well-known authors whose habits included the following....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 95-interview with Scott Killingsworth on Private to Private Compliance Solutions [Video]

In this episode I visit with Scott Killingsworth, partner at BryanCave on his thoughts around the compliance solutions found in private-to-private compliance obligations. ...more

GSK China: Did Case Finish with a Bang or a Whimper?

In typical Chinese fashion, the prosecution of GSK and several GSK executives ended after a one-day “trial.” GSK paid a $489 million fine; and four criminal sentences were handed out with suspension of jail time and orders of...more

TNG Premiers and Internal Controls for Gifts in a Best Practices Compliance Program

This week, 27 years ago, Star Trek – The Next Generation (TNG) made its television debut. Rarely has there a follow up to a beloved original series (Star Trek – The Original Series (TOS)) that is equally treasured by fans. ...more

More Empty Words for an FCPA Compliance Defense

It is hard to understand why there are still advocates for an FCPA compliance defense. The issue is dead and gone, and is unlikely to come back in any form. I guess there are people who enjoy “zombie” movies – for the life of...more

Employment Flash - September 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Pays First Whistleblower Award to Audit and Compliance Professional - Supreme Court Allows Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Religious Exemption - EEOC Adopts New Pregnancy...more

The Construction Advantage – Issue 9

In our ninth issue of The Construction Advantage, we provide you with a new case, a new statute and updated OSHA rules and requirements. We hope that this newsletter has been helpful and informative to you so far in 2014....more

China Amps Up Anti-Corruption Effort – What This Means for Your Company

Last Friday, China’s 15-month-long bribery investigation into British multinational pharmaceutical GlaksoSmithKline (GSK) ended after a one-day trial in which the court found GSK’s local subsidiary guilty of bribing doctors...more

FFIEC Announces Cybersecurity Preparedness Efforts

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recently announced a series of initiatives aimed at promoting cybersecurity preparedness for community financial institutions throughout the country....more

West Side Story and GSK In China – Board Oversight and Tone in the Middle

Yesterday, I celebrated the anniversary of one of America’s cultural lows. But today, I am extremely pleased to open with exactly the opposite, that being one of America’s greatest gifts to the performing arts....more

SEC Issues Guidance on Accredited Investor Status

On July 3, 2014, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued six new compliance and disclosure interpretations (C&DIs) regarding determination of accredited investor status for purposes of Rule 506(c). C&DI 255.48...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 94-Internal Controls for Gifts, Travel and Entertainment in a FCPA Compliance Program,... [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report I continue my visit with Henry Mixon on internal controls for gifts, travel and entertainment in a best practices FCPA compliance program. ...more

AB1825 Training In 2015: “Nudging” Employees To Do The Right Thing

What factors go into decision making? Would you argue that how a situation is framed impacts how you react? Of course. Let’s consider the following situation, and apply the same logic to improve our AB1825 Training...more

Blog: A Peek Into Corp Fin’s Assessment Of The First Year Of Conflict Minerals Filings

As those who worked on conflict minerals this past year can attest, the SEC was not exactly lavish in providing guidance on the application of its rules. As reported by Bloomberg, director of Corp Fin, Keith Higgins, speaking...more

Outrageous Opinions in Registration Statements

In Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, No. 13-435, the respondents fired back at the petitioners in a brief filed with the Supreme Court, posing a simple question: “Whether...more

D.C. Circuit Supports Government Contractors’ Reliance on Supplier Certification of TAA Compliance in Qui Tam Suit

In a qui tam whistleblower suit under the False Claims Act, the D.C. Circuit affirmed a lower court finding that a federal contractor reasonably relied on certifications of Trade Agreements Act compliance from its...more

The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons For Effective Compliance and Enforcement - Part Four

This is the fourth part of an occasional series. The first is available here, the second here and the third here. The entire paper will be published by Securities Regulation Law Journal early next year. The volunteer...more

Top 10 tips for countering small bribes

The issue of so-called facilitation payments and other small bribes is a thorn in the side of many international businesses. Not only is it difficult to do business in many parts of the world without making such payments, but...more

Corruption Prevention in South Africa

As part of my outreach to bring in the perspective of others who confront corruption on the front lines of international business, I decided to start a series of interviews from those who have expertise in their home...more

Your FCPA good housekeeping: safeguards, procedures and the spouse eye-roll test

FCPA awareness and enforcement has exploded since 2002, but one thing remains the same: the most vexing part of the statute for companies, in terms of day-to-day compliance, is the part covering gifts, meals, entertainment...more

SEC Charges Officers, Directors, Stockholders and Companies for Failure to Timely File Reports Under Sections 13 and 16 of the...

The director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, Andrew Ceresney, said that using quantitative analytics the SEC has identified various individuals and companies with especially high rates of filing deficiencies and...more

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