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The C-Suite Crucible and International Business: “Motivated Blindness"

In the June 2013 issue of Business Compliance (Baltzer Science Publisher, Anthony Smith-Meyer, Editor), Scott Killingsworth (Partner, Bryan Cave LLP) writes about “Ethics in the Executive Suite: The Best, The Brightest and a...more

Disclosing a CEO’s Illness: Privacy vs. Transparency

From time to time, a prominent CEO’s illness makes its way into the news and highlights once again one of disclosure’s trickiest issues. Most recently, Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, disclosed that he has...more

Antitrust Matters - July 2014 (Global)

In This Issue: - Back to the Future? Back to the Past! - Interview: African Merger Control: Interview with the COMESA Competition Commission EUROPE: *EUROPEAN UNION: - Comparing apples and...more

Individual Liability: What’s Behind The Headlines?

It’s been open season on financial institutions since the 2008-2009 financial crisis (“Financial Crisis”). State and federal prosecutors and regulators are competing with each other for press coverage of their latest consent...more

You’ve Got a Problem, Bro – Tinder, Silicon Valley and Resolution 62

A co-founder and now former employee at Tinder has sued the dating app startup and its leaders for sexual harassment and discrimination. It’s a messy (and familiar) story of an office romance between senior execs gone...more

Compliance in the C-Suite

The ongoing debate whether certain executives are “too big to jail” misses the most important trend in corporate governance – namely, that criminal conduct is rising in the C-Suite. Viewed from a broad perspective, since...more

Empowering the Chief Compliance Officer: A Recipe for Effective Compliances

The most significant corporate governance trend in the last five years has been the rise of the chief compliance officer. No longer shuffled off to the back benches of corporate governance, corporate executives are...more

Why BoDs and CEOs Need Workplace Harassment Training Too: American Apparel’s Board and CEO Violated Their Own Code of Ethics

I was driving home Wednesday evening, listening to the news on the radio, when I heard the story about Dov Charney, the CEO of American Apparel, being fired by the company’s board of directors. According to that story and...more

Drawing the Line on Accountability

With all the attention on ethics and compliance, it is interesting to take account of the vocabulary — terms like “culture, governance, access, processes, diligence, independence, and empowerment” are all bandied about. One...more

Questioning The Caremark Standard

The Justice Department’s aggressive enforcement program has had a profound impact on corporate governance. As a consequence, the last there has been a significant change in emphasis in the C-Suite, among general counsel and...more

Spear Phishing Scams Targeting Corporate Executives

The FBI has seen an increase in sophisticated “spear phishing” scams targeting executives across industry sectors. Spear phishing is when a criminal sends an e-mail that appears to be from a trusted source to a specific...more

Prepare to Attract Rock Stars from Day One: A Framework for Considering Equity Compensation in the C-Suite

As your company grows, you may reach a point when you want to bring in big talent, whether it be a new CFO, Director of Marketing, or someone to take your brand into a new space. Many of these so-called “rock stars” may be...more

China’s Anti-Graft Campaign: Implications for Multi-Nationals Operating in China

Chinese anti-corruption efforts historically targeted recipients of bribes, particularly government officials. In the past year, however, Chinese authorities have initiated a very public crackdown on bribe payers in the life...more

Rogue CFO III – Background Checks

Perform Background Checks. It seems obvious. Why would a company not want as much information about a candidate for its CFO position that it can legally obtain? But this oversight is common. Too many smaller companies hire...more

Individual Liability in CFPB Enforcement Proceedings

To date, the CFPB has brought 12 cases—out of more than three dozen total CFPB enforcement cases—in which it named individuals as defendants or respondents liable for violations of consumer protection statutes. Below, we...more

An Epic Question: Is This Pay Ratio Too Large, Too Small or Just Right?

California’s corporate tax rate is currently 8.84%. According to the California Taxpayer’s Association, only nine states (Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island) have...more

Criminal FCPA Cases – Targeting Individuals

The Justice Department warned everyone – they are going to prosecute more individuals for criminal violations of the FCPA. DOJ has backed up its warning. Everyone should expect more criminal cases against individuals....more

Bitter C-Suite: Privacy, Security and Data Protection Issues Facing Corporations, Directors and Officers [Video]

With data breaches, cyberterrorism and governmental enforcement of the protection of privacy on the rise, corporations are facing an increased likelihood of claims, legal proceedings and costs. Without a proper understanding...more

What to Do When Your Client’s COO Becomes Your Competitor’s BFF

One of your most important clients just called. She reports that one of her senior sales people quit a few months ago, and she just learned that the sales person has joined a large competitor. Panicking, your client wants to...more

Board Of Directors Reform: Adopting A New Model For Board Members

It is easy to tie FCPA violations to corporate governance performance. Sometimes the tie is strong – sometimes a little more attenuated. The BIzJet case from last year underscored the importance of proper board...more

SEC Expands Ability of Employees to Invest into In-House Private Funds

The SEC's Division of Investment Management has issued a No-Action Letter that expands the pool of possible employee investors in in-house private funds. While the SEC's new in-house investment flexibility may help those who...more

The Federalist Papers And A Federated Approach To GRC

Today we celebrate one of America’s greatest political commentaries, The Federalist Papers. They were penned by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay. They presented their three views on why the Federal Constitution...more

SEC proposed rules on CEO pay ratios: What employer benefits professionals need to know

On Sept. 18, 2013, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued long-awaited (and controversial) proposed rules regarding the disclosure of what is commonly referred to as the “CEO pay ratio.” This disclosure, which is...more

Practical Tips For Avoiding Securities Litigation, Understanding D&O Insurance, And Selecting Defense Counsel

In my last post of 2013, I thought I’d share some thoughts about how public companies can better protect themselves against securities claims – practical steps companies can take to help them avoid suits, mitigate the risk if...more

Expanding Your Compliance Decision-Making Tool Kit

There can be a variety of reasons why bad decisions get made in the corporate world. Last week I wrote about psychopaths in the C-Suite and Boardroom. Today I want to look at some less flamboyant, more mundane ways that a...more

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