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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CSA Releases Final Amendments to NI 31-103 – Changes will Impact Exempt Market Dealers and Other Market Participants

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published amendments to National Instrument 31-103 – Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (NI 31-103) and related...more

FINRA Again Cautions Against Confidentiality Provisions Silencing Whistleblowers

As reported this week by Law360 (subscription required), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a reminder (Regulatory Notice 14-40) warning firms against the use of confidentiality provisions in...more

Internal Controls Outside the US – Part IV

This post will conclude a short series I have presented on the issue of internal controls outside the US. I want to conclude by raising some ways in which a compliance professional can work to implement internal controls in a...more

For Now, The Broad Interpretation of “Foreign Officials” Under the FCPA Is Here to Stay

In recent years, the DOJ and SEC have significantly increased their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement efforts, and in the process, have successfully advocated the theory that state-owned or state-controlled...more

SEC Brings Another Offering Fraud Case

The Commission filed another in what appears to be an unending series of offering fraud actions. Unlike many of its prior cases, this action centers on a Respondent who kept shifting his scheme to continually raise more money...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

Army Corps Drops Regional Permit - The Army Corps has announced that it has abandoned the idea of establishing a regional general permit for the New England states. The proposal would have replaced the individual...more

The Mummy and Internal Controls in Locations Outside the US – Part III

Today we celebrate Hammer Film’s version of The Mummy. This was the first film that the Hammer studios made under a license agreement with Universal Pictures, the holder of the copyright of its classic monsters from the 1930s...more

Implementing compliance programme at the emerging markets of the former Soviet Union

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from Timur Khasanov-Batirov, Chief Compliance Officer at DTEK and Co-Chairman at Compliance Club of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. It will be a challenge. I mean to...more

Wrapping up Securities Enforcement Forum 2014

I was lucky enough to spend Tuesday at Bruce Carton’s Securities Enforcement Forum 2014. In three years, it has gone from zero to the preeminent securities enforcement law conference anywhere. I blogged it hurriedly...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Impact Compliance Landscape

There was not a lot of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) activity this past Spring and Summer that was directly relevant to most small and medium-sized SEC reporting companies, with the SEC focusing on credit ratings...more

National Cyber Security Month Reminds Organizations of the Need for Compliance

As the relationship between the American public and computers continues to evolve, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) promotes safe and secure Internet use each October during National Cyber Security Awareness Month....more

CFPB Proposes No-Action Letter Policy for Innovators

The CFPB published for comment in today’s Federal Register a proposed policy on issuing “no-action” letters for innovative financial products or services. Like those issued by the SEC and CFTC, the no-action letters would...more

Anti-Bribery Training from Coca-Cola: What I Learned About Bribery, Corruption and Responsibly Entering Underdeveloped Markets

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 22nd Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference, hosted by the ECOA. I’m always intrigued by how the topics of a conference tie together; for example, one of the speakers on...more

Global Investigations: Reading The Signals

As the global economy recovers, how will regulators respond? Experts provide perspectives on trends in regulatory and corporate investigations. Global trends in regulation - In the wake of the financial crisis,...more

Effective Risk Management Needs More Ownership by Third Parties

Third-party arrangements continue to proliferate despite increased regulatory scrutiny meant to boost compliance with a variety of complex laws and regulations, making third-party risk management more important than ever....more

The SEC's MCDC Initiative: Where To Go From Here

Issuers, underwriters and advisors in the municipal bond marketplace are facing unprecedented challenges from federal regulators in connection with both the issuance of bonds and ongoing post-issuance compliance. These...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition - October 2014

In this issue: - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters - EU DEVELOPMENTS - European Commission...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The SEC reminded everyone that, yes, it cares whether you timely file your Section 16 reports, by announcing enforcement actions against 28 Section 16 filers and six public companies here. Some tie the unprecedented...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition, October 2014

In this issue: - Asia DEVELOPMENT - HKEx Releases Concept Paper on Weighted Voting Rights - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent...more

Why The SEC Should Stay Out Of The Fee-Shifting Charter Debate

In a recent post, Columbia Law School Professor John C. Coffee Jr. argues that the Securities and Exchange Commission should take a number of steps to challenge and discourage the adoption of fee-shifting charter provisions. ...more

One Step Closer to a Revised “Accredited Investor” Definition

At its meeting on October 9, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee recommended (by voice vote, with one dissent) that the SEC adopt significant updates to the definition of “accredited...more

Higher Education Compliance and the Scourge of Campus Sexual Assaults

Chief Compliance Officers who lament the challenges of their jobs should be thankful they are not in charge of compliance for higher education institutions. The culture of compliance has extended into many high-risk areas but...more

Five tips on preventing workplace violence

Acts of workplace violence have, unfortunately, become all too common. Workplace violence can include anything from minor physical altercations and threats to tragic and brutal attacks or shootings. For employers, preventing...more

Tommy Lewis, Dicky Maegle and the DOJ Call for Individual Prosecutions

Tommy Lewis died this week. For those of you uninitiated in college football, Lewis was an Alabama football player who jumped up off the Alabama bench to tackle Rice University halfback Dicky Maegle, who was scampering...more

Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 — FCPA, SEC/DOJ Joint Actions, and Other Recent Criminalization Trends

Today I’m blogging from Securities Enforcement Forum 2014, Bruce Carton’s excellent one-day conference, this year being held at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, D.C. The posts will be fairly raw, and certainly not...more

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