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CCO Independence, Authority and Resources as Indicia of an Effective Compliance Program

At the Opening Session of Compliance Week 2016, Stephen L. Cohen, Associate Director of Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Andrew Weissmann, Chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division’s...more

What Can You Learn in the First Inning?

You might figure that the year I decide to jump back on the Houston Astros bandwagon, they go back in the tank. Last year they were one game away from the American League (AL) Championship. This year they have the third worst...more

Getting Back to Basics: CCOs and Independence

Chief compliance officers continue to enjoy these heady days – salaries are up and new opportunities are popping up in the corporate world. CCOs have to keep their eye on the ball. It is well and good to get a good salary, a...more

Blog: CEOs Behaving Badly? What Do Companies Do?

CEOs ain’t misbehavin’? A new study from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, “Scoundrels in the C-Suite,” discusses the fallout from and responses to “bad behavior” by CEOs. While “bad behavior” clearly includes...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - April 2016

In March 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that a landlord may be liable to a debtor’s bankruptcy estate for the value of a lease the debtor terminated early, holding the termination may be an...more

Who Can Fire a CCO?

There is something a little surreal when a CCO, while negotiating to join a company, raises the issue of his or her own termination. Not to be maudlin, but it is an important issue to consider....more

CCOs: Living in the Land of False Promises

We all have heard the scenario involving a compliance professional. A new CCO joins a company with promises from the board, the CEO and senior executives of cooperation, compensation and support for a robust independent...more

UK Budget 2016: Employment tax

In the UK Budget 2016, the Chancellor made a number of announcements in relation to employment-related taxes. The following are some of the more interesting matters....more

Increased Scrutiny and Punishment for Corporate Executives for Antitrust Violations

On February 19, 2016, an antitrust official with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the agency’s increased emphasis on individual accountability, and a renewed commitment “to holding accountable the highest-level...more

DOJ Fraud Section Chief and Compliance Counsel shed light on compliance program evaluations: the four areas of inquiry

There has been quite a buzz since the Department of Justice announced last year that it had appointed a compliance counselor to aid prosecutors’ evaluation of compliance programs and would focus on individual culpability for...more

Blog: Does The Rise Of The “New Insider” Mean That It’s Time For A Board Refreshment Policy?

The term “board refreshment” may elicit some giggles – no, we’re not talking about shots of The Balvenie 50-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Speyside, Scotland – but the topic of director tenure is increasingly becoming...more

Misconduct in the C-Suite: SEC Settles FCPA Case with CEO

The SEC is setting its sights on individual prosecutions. Both the Justice Department and the SEC have reiterated the importance of prosecuting individuals. DOJ’s Yates Memorandum promises to deliver an increase in civil and...more

Blog: Want To Increase Company Performance? Increase The Proportion Of Women In Corporate Leadership

So says a new study from the Peterson Institute for International Economics. The results suggest that the presence of women in corporate leadership positions may improve firm performance and that “the magnitudes of the...more

PATH Act Brings Important Tax Changes for REITs

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 ("PATH Act"), a permanent extenders package. Several provisions of the PATH Act are of particular importance to REITs. The...more

Four Compliance Trends and Challenges for 2016

As we close out the year, it is now time to begin the retrospective reviews and predictions for the New Year. I will try to keep them to a minimum but I find it important to reflect and look forward to new challenges....more

ABCs for Cybersecurity Solutions the C-Suite Should Know

No business, no matter how sophisticated, is immune from a data breach or privacy incident and today's interconnected business ecosystem requires a shift from security that focuses mainly on prevention and controls to a...more

Corporate Officers Charged Personally for Export Violations

A South Carolina company, Streit USA Armoring LLC (“Streit USA”), along with two of its executive officers and its UAE affiliates, were charged with export control violations in connection with the sale of armored vehicles to...more

Compliance Counsel Metrics – Part III: Program Evolution and Incentivizing Compliance

Today, we continue our exploration of the new Department of Justice (DOJ) Compliance Counsel and the metrics laid out by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell who called for her review of compliance programs. These...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Court Ruling Allows Whistleblower to Sue Board Members"

A recent ruling in California federal court (here) broadens legal protections for whistleblowers and expands who can be held liable in retaliation cases. In the case, Wadler v. Bio-Rad Labs., Inc., a federal judge ruled that...more

DOJ’s Pursuit of Individual Liability for Corporate Misconduct: The Yates Memo

Cooperation credit is a critical issue for corporations that become embroiled in investigations or enforcement activity. In both the criminal and civil contexts, it is the only way to mitigate the financial impact of...more

Blog: When It Comes To Corporate Social Responsibility, Do Daughters Make A Difference?

The study, by academics at the University of Miami and China Europe International Business School, looked at the corporate social responsibility ratings of S&P 500 companies during the period 1992 to 2012. The authors...more

Good-Bye to Maureen O’Hara and How to Drive Compliance into the DNA of Your Company

Maureen O’Hara died this week. To anyone who has ever watched The Quiet Man on St. Patrick’s Day, she will always be known as Mary Kate Danaher, who was pursued and eventually wed by John Wayne. Testament to the fiery...more

Insights: The Delaware Edition - October 2015

We are pleased to share with you the inaugural issue of Insights: The Delaware Edition, a periodic publication addressing significant Delaware deal litigation and corporation law developments. In This Issue: - Q&A...more

"Dole Ruling Serves as Cautionary Tale for Take-Private Deals"

Earlier this year, in a consolidated breach of fiduciary duty and appraisal action, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion that includes many important takeaways for...more

Blog: AS 18 Creates A New Buzz About Related-Party Transactions For The Audit Of 2015

As discussed in this PubCo post, last year the PCAOB adopted Auditing Standard No. 18, Related Parties, addressing related-party transactions, significant unusual transactions and transactions with executive officers. (See...more

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