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The Challenge of Auditing and Monitoring Your Distributors

by Michael Volkov on

Whether you are in the high-tech industry and managing your channel partners (i.e. third-party distribution network), the pharmaceutical and medical device industry managing a complex network of distributors and...more

Corporate Fraud: How to Detect It and Put a Stop to It

Fraud costs companies trillions each year and the vast majority of those deceptions are detected purely by luck—only a very small percentage of frauds are found by auditors....more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part IV

by Thomas Fox on

This week I have been exploring the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) with Joe Howell, an Executive Vice President (EVP) with Workiva Inc. We have considered how some of the issues addressed by the PCAOB directly...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part III

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I continue my exploration with Joe Howell about the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), its scrutiny of public company auditors and how its work impacts the corporate compliance function. Yesterday, I ended with...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Today we have Part II of my exploration with Joe Howell about the PCAOB and how its work with public company auditors impacts anti-corruption compliance. I asked Howell about auditor rotation and what it means. Howell...more

Great Structures Week V – The Tacoma Narrow Bridge Failure and Preventing Failure in Your Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

I conclude my Great Structures Week with a focus on structural engineering failures: suspension bridges and the challenges of wind in their construction and maintenance. I am drawing these posts from The Great Courses...more

Pink Flamingos and the Compliance Audit

by Thomas Fox on

The creator of one of the most ubiquitous symbols of mid-century Americana died earlier this week. Don Featherstone, the creator of the pink plastic lawn flamingo, the ultimate symbol of American lawn kitsch, has died. He was...more

The Missing Link in Third Party Due Diligence

by Michael Volkov on

It is one thing to screen a third-party at the on boarding process; it is quite another to build out an entire due diligence system that screens at renewal of a third-party relationship, monitors third-party activity and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission resolved its actions against the PRC based affiliates of five major accounting firms for failure to produce audit work papers. The settlement contains a series of procedures designed to facilitate production in...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission brought two FCPA cases this week, one of which was in conjunction with the DOJ. Both centered on the payments for gifts and travel in China. In addition, the SEC filed three manipulation cases, an action...more

Ontario Ministry of Labour Inspector Charged with Extortion

by Dentons on

According to a Toronto Police news release, on October 21, 2014, a Ministry of Labour Inspector was arrested and charged with breach of trust, accepting a benefit from a person having dealings with government, and extortion,...more

Is Anti-Corruption a Business or Legal Issue?

On June 5, 2014, Philippe Montigny, President of Ethic Intelligence (www.ethic-intelligence.com) asks exactly that question in an editorial. My own perspective of compliance remains much along the lines of those such as Mr....more

Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance Practices

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Compliance Week published its 2014 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report, a survey of over 180 executives involved in ethics and FCPA compliance and internal audit. The Survey focused on risk, dealing with third...more

A Prescriptive Guide To Third Party Risk Management

by NAVEX Global on

The recent examples of compliance program credits for Morgan Stanley and Ralph Lauren have demonstrated that, more than ever, an effective compliance program can protect a company from criminal indictment and generate bottom...more

Will Independent Directors Be on the Hook for Failure of Internal Controls in FCPA Cases?

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA" or "the Act") prohibits bribery of foreign public officials in order to obtain or retain business. In addition to its anti-bribery provisions, the FCPA contains accounting provisions...more

Lunch With The FCPA Compliance & Ethics Blog – Phil Wedemeyer And The Audit Perspective In Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

One of my weekend reading pleasures is the Saturday section in the Financial Times (FT) entitled “Lunch with the FT”. ...more

Internal Audit Review of Charitable Donations Under the FCPA

by Thomas Fox on

When is a rose not a rose? When it is a charitable donation not made for philanthropic purposes and it violates the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). I thought about that concept when reviewing the Eli Lilly and Company...more

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