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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De-Risking At Risk? Lawmakers Urge Changes

Plan sponsors such as Ford, General Motors and more recently, Motorola, have made headlines for implementing strategies to remove liabilities from their balance sheets by cashing out participants and transferring their...more

California Attorney General Releases 2014 Data Breach Report and Recommendations, Finding More of the Same.

On October 28, 2014, Attorney General Kamala Harris released the second annual California Data Breach Report. The report detailed the nature and scope of data breach notifications that her office received in 2013. Her office...more

Be Global - October 2014

Saudi Arabia: Further changes to the Nitaqat System - In the last couple of years the Government in Saudi Arabia has been increasingly engaged with the issue of employment and creating opportunities for Saudi...more

Knowing When to Fold — Arguing the FCPA’s Definition of “Foreign Official”

With lots of fanfare, Esquenazi and Rodriguez, and the usual suspects filed a cert petition and briefs in support of the appeal from the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision affirming the lower court’s interpretation of...more

SEC Approves Supervision & Compliance Rule for Municipal Advisors

The SEC last week approved new MSRB Rule G-44 implementing supervision and compliance requirements for municipal advisors. The MSRB touted the Rule as “its first dedicated rule for municipal advisors” under the Dodd-Frank...more

Final Credit Risk Retention Rules Adopted for Asset Backed Securities and Residential Mortgage Backed Securities

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency, and...more

SAS 125 Alert: Guidance Regarding Auditor’s Written Communication

In 2011 the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board published Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 122, Statements on Auditing Standards: Clarification and Recodification—fondly known as the Super SAS as it was a newly codified...more

SEC Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative: Should A Bond Issuer Self-Report?

Municipal securities issuers have the opportunity to self-report material misstatements in official statements regarding prior compliance with continuing disclosure undertakings under a new initiative introduced by the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 101-interview with Chris Bauer [Video]

In this episode 101 of the Compliance and Ethics Report, I visit with Chris Bauer. Chris is a well-known ethicist who speaks, writes, lectures and teaches about ethics in business. ...more

Self-reporting, Extensive Cooperation Yields Reduced Fine In SEC FCPA Action

Layne Christensen, a global water management, construction and drilling company resolved FCPA bribery and books and records and internal controls charges with the SEC. In the Matter of Layne Christensen Company, Adm. Proc....more

TCPA Best Practices: Consent, Compliance, Communication

SUTHERLAND’S THREE C'S: CONSENT, COMPLIANCE, COMMUNICATION - What is the TCPA? The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA) protects consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls, prerecorded or autodialed...more

Board Oversight of Political Contributions Is Gradually Becoming a Corporate Governance Standard

On September 24, 2014, the Center for Political Accountability and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research published their fourth annual index of corporate political disclosure and accountability (2014 Index), which...more

Credit Risk Retention Final Rule: Steering CMBS through the Regulatory Wake

Introduction and Summary of CMBS Updates - After more than three and a half years since the publication by regulators of the first proposals for credit risk retention, we now have a final rule that has brought with it...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Updates Single Rulebook Q&As - On October 17, the European Banking Authority (EBA) updated its Q&As on the single rulebook, publishing two new answers to questions relating to supervisory reporting and credit risk....more

Critiquing FCPA Enforcement and the GSK Domestic Corruption Conviction

Recently the FCPA Professor posted a blog, entitled “Look in the Mirror Moments”, in which he used written commentary by the US Secretary of the Treasury to the Chinese government about the Chinese governments anti-trust...more

New Laws Affecting California Employers

The 2014 legislative session is in the books, and it produced several new laws affecting employers in California, including: Private arbitration companies must provide arbitration data on their websites, in a...more

Prosecution of Chief Compliance Officers: Establishing Basic Professional Standards

We all know that sometimes the press just gets it wrong. They do not understand the nuance of an issue that may be right in the core of our legal and/or compliance practice. We all have read an article in our area of...more

Rengan Rajaratnam Settlement Exposes Weak Point in SEC’s Newish Admissions Policy

You remember Rengan Rajaratnam, right? He broke the S.D.N.Y.’s long streak of insider trading victories when a jury acquitted him in July. I wondered what the effect on his case with the SEC would be. Would he settle? ...more

False Claims Act Does Not Protect An Employee Disclosing His Whistleblower History

On October 20, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio found that the False Claims Act (“FCA”) did not protect an employee who was fired after revealing his history as a whistleblower and offering...more

CFPB Proposes No-Action Letter Policy for Innovative Products

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a no-action letter policy under which the agency would issue letters stating that its staff “has no present intention to recommend initiation of an enforcement or...more

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

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