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Raising the Stakes for AML Compliance Officers: Court Refuses to Rule Out Potential Liability for Role in Employer's BSA...

Why it matters - A federal court judge in Minnesota has rejected the motion of a former chief compliance officer to dismiss the U.S. government's claim that he is liable under the federal Bank Secrecy Act for his...more

Securities Enforcement 2015 Year-End Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) filed a record 807 enforcement actions in fiscal year 2015, 52 more than it filed in 2014. It also set a record by obtaining approximately $4.2 billion in...more

Rubik’s Cube and the Intersections of Compliance

It is generally believed that the world’s single best selling toy is the Rubik’s Cube, invented in 1974 by the Hungarian Erno Rubik. Although it was initially believed that Rubik’s Cube was built as a teaching tool to help...more

Tribute to the Jefferson Airplane and Communications in Compliance

There are times when the universe converges in some of the oddest coincidences. It happened one day last week when two members of the original Jefferson Airplane lineup died on the same day. Most people familiar with what my...more

New anticorruption legislation: how to protect your business against possible risks?

"Having clear, understandable and effective corporate rules is the best protection against possible risks" Since its independence, Kazakhstan has made significant progress in combatting corruption and bribery. However,...more

Data Analytics Week – Part IV: Third Parties and Duplicate Invoices

I continue my exploration of the use of data analytics in a best practices compliance program. Today we look at how data analytics can be used to help detect or prevent bribery and corruption where the primary sales force...more

Data Analysis Week – Part III: Data Analysis to Prevent Employee Fraud

I continue my exploration of the use of data analytics in a best practices compliance program. Today we look at how data analytics can be used to help detect or prevent bribery and corruption where the primary sales force...more

Data Analysis Week – Part I: What is Data Analysis in Compliance?

This week I will begin a five-series exploring data analysis and how it can be used by the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner to support a best practices compliance program under the Foreign Corrupt...more

Take It Easy – Ruminations on Corruption Scandals in International Sports

As I end my week’s exploration of the intersection of bribery and corruption in international sports, I have also ended a week of solid listening to The Eagles 1970s studio albums. In honor of Glenn Frey, I will also end this...more

Fraud and Bribery: Segregation of Duties

Some things go together. Chocolate chip cookies and milk, Hepburn and Tracy, Lewis and Martin (I know, I am showing my age, but you get the point), and many other favorite combinations. So, you get the point – in the world of...more

How to Keep Your Whistleblower(s) “Happy” (or Satisfied)

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony – Mahatma Gandhi Happiness is an elusive concept – for some. For others who may be more enlightened or lived for years, happiness is a...more

Prosecuting CCOs v. Holding CCOs Accountable

There has been a lot written about CCOs fearing prosecution for compliance failures. Not to say there is no risk, but the truth lies really in the middle.  From my perspective, there is too much fear-mongering around this...more

How the Venetian Gondolier Informs Your Compliance Program

This is my final Travel Edition from Venice. If there is one thing that is ubiquitous throughout this city it is the Gondolier, the Venetian Gondola boatman. You are never far from hearing their cry of “Gondola, Gondola” to...more

Testing the Limits of Bank Officer Accountability – The NYDFS AML Personal Liability Proposal

The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) is currently soliciting public comment on a proposed regulation that would require certain NYDFS-regulated financial institutions (“Regulated Institutions”) and their...more

It's Tough to Be a Chief Compliance Officer Under New York's Proposed Anti-Money Laundering Rule

The proposed regulation would require covered financial institutions to maintain watch-list-filtering and transaction-monitoring programs. On December 16, 2015, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS)...more

The Four Seasons and Structure in Your Compliance Program

I return to my Travel Edition themed blog posts today. One of Venice’s greatest citizens was Antonio Vivaldi. His work is celebrated throughout his home city. Last night, I saw a performance of his most famous work, The Four...more

Cyber Security Compliance: The Role of the CCO

For years, cyber security has been the province of IT specialist and technicians. Those days are long gone. If you ask a Board of Directors to identify a company’s most significant risk – cyber security is tops....more

The Year 2016 in Compliance

Greetings from Venice where my wife and I are spending the next few days so this blog post is my first Travel Edition of 2016. Last week I wrote about my thoughts on some of the significant Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

What Does Good Compliance Look Like?

At a corporate summit, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company started his talk by asking “what does good look like?” Good question. “Rules often inspire legalism and minimalism,” he said. “But they don’t govern behavior.” He...more

Building and Managing the Right Team for Compliance

On this date in 1929, Walter Chrysler was announced as Time Magazine’s Man of the Year. Chrysler was a seminal figure in the American automobile industry in the last century and in business leadership. He grew his company to...more

Ethics and Compliance Predictions for 2016

The New Year brings new promise for compliance professionals. I always sympathize with compliance officers because of their inevitable conflict – their idealism often is confronted by corporate realities – a CEO who...more

SEC Judge Lenient Toward Compliance Employee

Previously, we described how some recent SEC officials’ enforcement actions and statements could suggest a movement toward holding chief compliance officers (CCOs) strictly responsible for legal violations their compliance...more

The Father of Texas and Leadership in Compliance

Today we celebrate leadership, which comes from a different place than we usually see. On December 27, 1836, the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin, died. Most people think Sam Houston was the father of this great state but...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

SEC Enforcement Chief Andrew Ceresney Discusses CCO Liability

On November 4, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Enforcement (Enforcement Division), delivered the keynote address at the 2015 National Conference of the National...more

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