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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Leading Pharmaceutical Company Fined $491 Million for Bribery

A Chinese court convicted a large British pharmaceutical company of corruption and bribery while doing business in China. As a result, the company must pay a record-breaking fine of $491 million while each of the implicated...more

Notification Requirement for Firms Claiming Compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS)

The GIPS Executive Committee has approved a new requirement, effective January 1, 2015, that any firm claiming compliance with GIPS must annually notify the CFA Institute of such claim by June 30. Each GIPS-compliant firm...more

SEC’s Crowdfunding Rule Proposal Turns One Year-Old - But Still Not Final

States, issuers and investors find different crowdfunding methods for raising capital while waiting for the SEC - On October 23, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff proposed a 500+ page set of rules...more

The importance of a Code of Ethics in government... and all organizations

Governments need to ensure proactive measures are in place Just like any organization - As the world has heard by now, Canada was rocked by two unique, and tragic, events. Last week a soldier was killed in a parking...more

Hammer Films’ Frankenstein and the Monster of Corruption in Brazil

Today we celebrate the initial two Hammer Films Frankenstein entries into the horror pantheon. These classic films, from the 1950s, were the The Curse of Frankenstein and The Revenge of Frankenstein. In both films Peter...more

What exactly does Texas Intrastate Crowdfunding Look Like?

As you probably read, the Texas Securities Board approved intrastate crowdfunding yesterday without limiting it to accredited investors. For those wanting to issue equity through intrastate crowdfunding: -...more

Dodd-Frank News: October 2014: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES .. Mortgage Servicing Rules .. Antiretaliation Provision ..Credit Default Swaps Antitrust Litigation ..CFPB Involvement in Litigation - IN THE...more

Adviser, Co-founder, Settle SEC Breach of Duty Proceeding

The Commission filed settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser and its co-founder based on a claimed breach of fiduciary duty. The Order alleged violations based on negligence, citing Securities Act...more

Five Quick and Easy Ways To Sabotage Your Compliance Training

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from noted ethics and compliance expert, as well as steel guitar player, Chris Bauer. Okay, you know that you need to have effective compliance training but do you really know what...more

Federal Contractors: In the Line of Regulatory Fire

On October 10, 2014, the White House hosted a listening session regarding President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order, one of many new laws imposing significant new requirements on federal contractors....more

Whistleblowing in the UK - A dismal report

The UK Whistleblowing Report - not quite a passing grade - According to Public Concern at Work, the whistleblowing charity, 2013 was the year of the whistleblower in the UK. Stories of whistleblowers have been, and...more

Court Determines that Employer's FMLA Notice Sent by Email is Not Reliable (Sending Employer World into Tizzy)

We have a mini-FMLA crisis on our hands this week, and the courts are to blame. This issue involves the FMLA notices that employers send to employees, but more importantly, the delivery route in which they send them....more

Internal investigations and the Importance of Witness Interviews

Everyone claims to know how to conduct an internal investigation. Given the government’s reliance on internal investigations, law firms have beefed up their internal investigation services. Inevitably, the quality of internal...more

Regulators Approve Securitization Risk Retention Rule

Six federal agencies approved a final rule requiring sponsors of securitization transactions to retain risk in those transactions. The final rule implements the risk retention requirements in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

California Court of Appeal Limits the Scope of California's Unfair Competition Law by Denying Availability of Civil Penalties for...

The Court of Appeal for the State of California, Fourth Appellate District in Solus Industrial Innovations, LLC v. Superior Court (2014) 229 Cal.App.4th 1291, held that a California district attorney cannot pursue civil...more

SEC Staff Finds that Broker-Dealers Still Are Not Conducting Adequate Section 5 Reviews

The staff of the SEC recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when engaging in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a Risk Alert that reported the results of examinations of a number of...more

FINRA Proposes to Revise Implementation Date for Supplemental Inventory Schedule

On October 10, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. proposed a rule change to revise the implementation date for the Supplemental Inventory Schedule (SIS) approved in SR-FINRA-2014-025. The due date for the first...more

U.S. Regulators Finalize Credit Risk Retention Rules

Today, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (the “FHFA”), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the “OCC”) each adopted a final rule (the “Final Rule”)...more

Balancing Act – Sixth Circuit Attempts Middle-of-the-Road Approach with New Corporate Scienter Standard

Balancing Act – Sixth Circuit Attempts Middle-of-the-Road Approach with New Corporate Scienter Standard In KBC Asset Mgmt. N.V. v. Omnicare, Inc. (In re Omnicare, Inc. Sec. Litig.), No. 13-5597, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS...more

Takeaways From Broker-Dealers’ Section 5 Inadequacies

The staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently addressed broker-dealers’ obligations when they engage in transactions in unregistered securities by issuing FAQs and a risk alert that reported the results of...more

Third Circuit Tightens “Original Source” Requirement for Whistleblowers

Back in 2003 Karl Schumann filed a whistleblower suit alleging that as an executive with benefits company Medco, he learned that Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca paid kickbacks to Medco to buy and recommend brand name...more

FINRA Issues Guidance Notice To Warn Against Settlements Barring Whistleblower Tips

This month, FINRA issued guidance notice 14-40 to reminds firms that “it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements...more

Right to Retire Or Termination: Remediation of Leadership To Foster Compliance

Many historians have long given 476 AD as the date of the fall of the Roman Empire. Further, it was from this date forward that Europe began its long slide into the abyss, which came to be known as the Dark Age. However, this...more

Psst, a 3rd party ethics reporting system benefits any organization

"... even popular social media platforms, but, sh, don't tell" - Kind of like confessions in a personal diary, Whisper is an app that lets users anonymously share their secrets with millions of others in acts of...more

Circuits Split on When to Impute Employees’ Knowledge to Corporation for Section 10(b) Claims

One of the most significant challenges facing plaintiffs in pleading a violation of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is sufficiently alleging that the defendant company possessed scienter, or an “intent to...more

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