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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Looking Back on Johnny Winter and GSK’s 2001 China Bribery Scandal

Interestingly, there was an article in the Financial Times (FT) by Demetri Sevastopulo and Andrew Ward, entitled “GSK admits to 2001 Chinese bribery scandal”, which reported that the UK pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 77World Cup Report-Part VII, with Mike Brown [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, Mike Brown and I conclude our World Cup Report series. We continue our look at some of the compliance and ethics lessons from the recently concluded World Cup. ...more

4 Ways Compliance Can Leverage Social Media (Provided Social Media Training is Included)

I’m still combing through the PwC “State of Compliance” survey. It’s very well done; if you haven’t had a chance to read it, I recommend you take the time. I’ve you’ve read my recent blogs, you know I have social media on the...more

Ignoring the Compliance Message

Companies that ignore the need for an ethics and compliance program deserve whatever they get. There, I said it. Chalk up another profound grasp of the obvious....more

World Cup Finale – Compliance Lessons to be learned from Success and Failure

Over the past few weeks, I have written several articles on the lessons a compliance practitioner can draw from this year’s World Cup and the international group which runs the event, the Fédération Internationale de Football...more

U.S. Brokers Doing Business Overseas

Recently, regulators have made inquiries about the lawfulness of U.S. brokerage firms soliciting foreign clients. The regulators want to know under what exemptions or rules U.S. firms can do business overseas. This is a new...more

Updated: CFTC FORM 40/40S Reporting Requirements

Note: This version includes an additional section on cross-border considerations. Significant amendments to the CFTC’s large trader reporting program will apply as of August 15, 2014. The U.S. Commodity...more

Nature Or Nurture? Use Code of Ethics Training, Annual Culture Assessments to Nurture Ethical Culture

I’ve been getting more involved with our company’s social media presence lately, which is quite the double-edged sword. On the plus side, my team is very happy, I’m finding loads of great content and wonderful subject matter...more

SEC Adopts First Installment of Rules for Cross-Border Security-Based Swap Activity

On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) re-started its rulemaking for security-based swaps (SBS) under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act")...more

How To Pay A Bribe: Solutions that Explode

Over the past few weeks I have had a chance to read How To Pay A Bribe, Thinking Like a Criminal to Thwart Bribery Schemes (2014, edited by Alexandra Wrage, Seven Wirz), and while I have enjoyed a number of the chapters,...more

An In-Depth Look At The EEOC’s New Enforcement Guidance On Pregnancy

This past Monday, July 14, a divided EEOC issued its new guidance, which supersedes the 1983 chapter on pregnancy discrimination in its Compliance Manual. It also issued a Q&A and a Fact Sheet. A lot has happened since 1983,...more

Appeals Court Confirms that Results of Internal Investigation are Privileged

On June 27, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision in In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., an important ruling which confirms the application of the attorney-client...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 76-World Cup Report-Part VI [Video]

In this episode, which is the first of a two part series, Mike Brown and I begin to wrap up some of our thoughts and take-aways from the recent World Cup. We discuss anti-bribery and anti-corruption in the context of the...more

Monitoring and Auditing Your Anti Corruption Compliance Program  [Video]

Companies have designed and implemented anti-corruption compliance programs. An important element of an effective compliance program is monitoring and auditing the program to identify issues for improvement. Working in...more

FCPA Training: The Basics [Video]

This webinar provides a basic FCPA training program. A number of webinar attendees have requested that I conduct a basic FCPA webinar outlining how the FCPA statute applies to international business operations. The topics...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part III

Today I conclude my three-part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with a review of the post-acquisition phase. Previously many compliance practitioners had based decisions in...more

SEC Focuses on Burgeoning Liquid Alternative Funds Market

Registered investment companies that pursue alternative investment strategies (also referred to as "liquid alts") are a relatively new form of offering for investment managers accustomed to operating private investment funds....more

A Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security

A Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security, a new book offering guidance on a wide variety of privacy and data security laws and how those laws may impact your business, is now available from the Minnesota Department of...more

The UK Bribery Act, Three Years On: Can We Relax Yet?

The Bribery Act 2010 has now been in force for three years. Despite the announcements and commentary that it heralded a new and aggressive face toward corporate corruption, there have as yet been no corporate prosecutions...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 75-Roy Snell CEO of SCCE [Video]

In this episode I visit with Roy Snell, CEO of SCCE on the upcoming Nation Conference to be held in Chicago in September. ...more

Prosecuting Compliance “Gatekeepers”

Every organization depends on persons who are in a unique position to identify potential problems before they occur. Companies depend on gatekeepers to disrupt and prevent potential misconduct....more

FCC Requires Closed Captioning of IP Video Clips

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its Second Order on Reconsideration and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“Order” or “FNPRM”) requiring closed captioning of certain video clips...more

Conflict Minerals: SEC Position on Non-Metallic Forms of Tin

Shortly before the filing deadline for the first conflict minerals filings on Form SD, it became known that the SEC believed non-metallic forms of tin are not conflict minerals because non-metallic forms of tin are...more

PCAOB Issues Guidance to Auditors of Broker-Dealers

On June 24, 2014, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) released staff guidance to help auditors of brokers and dealers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plan and perform audits in...more

The SEC Provides Guidance on Custody Rule Compliance for Private Fund SPVs and Escrow Accounts

In June 2014, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Investment Management provided guidance (the Guidance Update) on how private fund managers using special purpose vehicles (SPVs) and...more

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