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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What you (still) may not know about the UK Bribery Act

While many companies have implemented policies and procedures in response to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as amended ("FCPA") that combat bribery by the organization, its employees and agents, many companies have not...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Hedging Disclosure - SEC Reports the Result of its Cybersecurity Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers - House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and Other...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Four SEC Commissioners addressed the annual SEC Speaks Conference, reviewing recent agency initiatives and tracing potential paths for the future. The SEC also brought another FCPA action, a misappropriation case and an...more

OECD Slams France for Lacklustre Bribery & Corruption Enforcement

International pressure is mounting for France to boost their anti-bribery and corruption efforts, but French organisations face the most serious risks—and have the greatest need for strong compliance programmes—today....more

Gulliver’s Travels, Truth or Fiction?

There was once a man named Gulliver who traveled widely and wrote a book about his adventures called Gulliver’s Tales. During his first voyage, Gulliver is washed ashore after a shipwreck and finds himself a prisoner of a...more

Whistleblower Laws Increasingly Vital for Government Enforcement Efforts

In 2014, a crewman aboard a Japanese cargo ship videotaped the vessel illegally dumping oily waste into the ocean and later turned the tape over to the U.S. Coast Guard. One year later, the resulting $1.8 million penalty for...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 135, Kevin Brady on the process of sales for the compliance practitioner [Video]

In this episode I visit with noted sales process expert Kevin Brady who discussed sales as a process and how the compliance practitioner can use these concepts in communicating the message of compliance to an employee base. ...more

Goodyear Settles SEC FCPA Charges

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company settled FCPA books and records and internal control charges with the SEC. The settlement reflects the extensive cooperation and remedial efforts of the company. In the Matter of Goodyear Tire...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #4

FDIC Study Shows Branch Banking Has Staying Power: Has your smartphone displaced your bank? According to an FDIC study released on February 19, traditional brick-and-mortar offices are maintaining their primacy, despite...more

Goodyear’s Settlement with the SEC Emphasizes the Importance of FCPA Due Diligence in M&A Transactions and of Having a Robust...

On February 24, 2015, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle charges that two of its subsidiaries allegedly paid $3.2 million in bribes that generated $14,122,535 in illicit profits. The SEC...more

Private Equity Fund Managers: Annual Compliance Reminders and New Developments

A summary of a private equity firm’s compliance obligations, a discussion of notable developments in 2014 and highlights of the SEC’s examination priorities for 2015. US federal laws and regulations, as well as the...more

New Coke and Technological Solutions as a Response to the Economic Downturn

Earlier this week, Donald R. Keough died. He was the leader of Coca-Cola, who pressed for and introduced the infamous New Coke to the world in 1985 and then the return of the original formula just 10 weeks later. Since I was...more

Doctor “No” Versus Doctor Practical

Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt. — Mark Twain Years ago (seems like eons), I wrote a column lamenting lawyers and compliance professionals who operate by telling their...more

Doing Less with Less and the Unification of Germany

I am attending the SCCE Utilities and Energy Conference in Houston this week. As usual, the SCCE has put on a great event for the compliance practitioner. This year there is live blogging by Kortney Nordum so there should be...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 134, Judge Rakoff, Judge Leon and their comments on DPAs, with the FCPA Professor [Video]

In this episode, the FCPA Professor and myself continue our exploration of DPAs and NPAs through the recent book review of Judge Rakoff and rejection of a DPAs by Judge Leon in an export control case. ...more

The Time is Now for Every Company to Conduct Culture Audits

Companies and CCOs are starting to get the message – the best and most effective control against code and legal violations is a culture of ethics and compliance. Those are high-minded ideals for high-level executives....more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #4

CME Group Reminds Members of Regulatory Requirements for EFRPs and Block Trades Through Disciplinary Actions: The CME Group brought and resolved multiple disciplinary actions against various members and non-members related to...more

Victory or Death: William Barret Travis and the Obligations of a CCO

Today in 1836, Alamo commander William Barret Travis issued his famous ‘Victory or Death’ plea for reinforcements. It was short so I quote it in full: To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World...more

Avoiding Silos: Bringing Together the Key Compliance Players

One of my favorite SNL skits from years ago was John Belushi as Henry Kissing, singing “Getting to Know You” with his arms around Menachem Begin and Yasser Arafat – a true classic. The same can be said for the compliance...more

Trump Taj Mahal Fined Record $10 Million for Inadequate AML Program

As disclosed recently in a bankruptcy court filing, on January 27, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) imposed a $10 million civil money penalty pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA”) on Trump Taj...more

2014—A Record-Setting Year for Whistleblowers

2014 was a record-breaking year for whistleblowers, including both the U.S. Department of Justice’s prosecution of cases under the False Claims Act (FCA) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s prosecution of cases...more

An “Effective” Compliance Program is Not a Perfect One

The golden ring for every chief compliance officer is an “effective” ethics and compliance program. But if you ask a CCO if the company’s compliance program is ”effective,” they will bow their heads and reluctantly admit,...more

Assessing Internal Controls, Part III

In this blog post I conclude my exploration of how you should assess your compliance internal controls using the Committee of Sponsoring Organization of the Treadway Organization (COSO), publication “Internal Controls –...more

Assessing Internal Compliance Controls – Part II

In this blog post I continue my exploration of how you should assess your compliance internal controls using the Committee of Sponsoring Organization of the Treadway Organization (COSO), publication “Internal Controls –...more

Building a Culture-Changing E&C Program: Six Essentials

Compliance programs are effective only to the degree that they help build and support a strong organizational culture. So what does a strong corporate culture look like? And what ethics and compliance tools can help support...more

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