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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Steep Fines for Company With Compliance Problems, but Recognition of Remediation Efforts May Provide Model Going Forward

After a series of compliance failures leading to the resignation of company’s CEO, the privately-held health care brokerage company Zenefits was just hit with a $7 million dollar settlement by the California Department of...more

Make Sure You Address Compliance with Export Controls

Compliance officers have to avoid professional myopia. The focus of compliance these days has been on anti-corruption, antitrust, and AML, depending on your company’s industry. They fit nicely together under an...more

How the Yellow Submarine Informs Due Diligence Lessons From 1MDB

Enrichment is the theme for today’s post as it is personal and illegal enrichment which seems to be the continuing message from the 1MDB scandal involving the disgraced Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. In an article in the...more

New Compliance Regulations for France and Italy Demonstrate the Growing Convergence of Anti-Corruption and Whistleblowing...

A piece of major compliance legislation has just been passed in Europe: the long-awaited French anti-corruption and whistleblower protection law, Sapin II, which brings French anti-corruption standards in line with those of...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 21-the DOJ and Congressional Legislation in the Trump Era [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into two areas which will impact compliance practitioners going forward. They are the Justice Department under the Trump Administration and the legislative process going...more

Doing the Two-Step: Prioritizing Risks and Allocating Resources

Chief compliance officers face imposing tasks on a daily basis. The tasks often look insurmountable and it is easy for CCOs to just turn away and find a more manageable set of tasks....more

For the Corporate Compliance Department – Communicate, Communicate, then Communicate

In many ways compliance is about communication. Your role as a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner is to communicate expectations around compliance and responding to questions from the business unit on...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - December 2016

EMPHASIS ON DIRECTOR EDUCATION - The board development committee may wish to reconsider its director education program for 2017 following two recent and unrelated developments. The first is a greater articulation of...more

Group-Level Accountability for Third-Party Risk: Why It’s So Hard

Of the wide range of challenges that compliance officers face with third parties, my favorite is: who “owns” third-party risk management? The truth is that different people within the enterprise feel different types of pain...more

Anti-bribery compliance in India: Both sword and shield

In recent years, both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have stepped up their enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including to address...more

Forecasting, Risk Management and Compliance

When I was in the corporate world, I cannot begin to recall the number of times senior management had an overly optimistic forecast regarding some transaction; whether the transaction was the purchase of a smaller company, a...more

Anti-Corruption Enforcement Has Gone International

Matt Stephenson, myself and others have engaged in a dialogue about where Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement may be headed under the incoming administration. I have tried to focus on why compliance with...more

Coordinating Third Party Due Diligence and Procurement

Third party risk management is easily one of the most challenging risks for compliance officers. With all the attention and hype surrounding third party risk, companies have marshaled attention and resources to mitigate the...more

Sapin II Law: The Modernization of France's Fight Against Corruption

After years of facing international criticism for purported “laxity” towards transparency and the fight against bribery and corruption, France has adopted new legislation aiming to rectify this deficiency, which imposes...more

Third-Party Risk Programs Should Focus on Offense, not Defense

Just 43 percent of organizations surveyed in NAVEX Global’s 2016 Ethics & Compliance Third Party Risk Management Report said they evaluated third parties before engaging with them—down from 68 percent in 2015....more

Email Sweeps- A New Approach to Ongoing Monitoring

The FCPA Guidance specifies that “a good compliance program should constantly evolve. A company’s business changes over time, as do the environments in which it operates, the nature of its custom­ers, the laws that govern its...more

Aggressive Remediation: Embraer and JP Morgan

There is no question that the Justice Department has raised compliance program expectations in a number of areas. Whatever you may think about the efficacy or fairness of the FCPA Pilot Program, the Justice Department has...more

San Jose Ordinance: Offer Hours to Existing Employees before Hiring New Workers

On November 8, over 63% of San Jose voters approved a first-of-its-kind ordinance that requires San Jose employers to offer additional hours of work to qualified existing employees before hiring new employees, subcontractors,...more

On Leadership – A Simple Message and Asking the Right Questions

Sometimes, as a leader it is important to say something numerous times, to repeat your message so that it will come through loud and clear. For any Chief Executive Officer (CEO) it is incumbent to continually reinforce your...more

5 Key Takeaways from My Long List of Regulatory Changes Shared at ECVC2016

As 2016 draws to a close with a major political transition underway in Washington, D.C., organizations already dealing with a rapidly evolving regulatory environment now face uncertainty regarding whether some of the new...more

Spikes in Sales and Compliance

What is risk and how should it be evaluated? What is the data that should be reviewed to determine if an increase in sales is based on unethical or even illegal behavior? Finally, what happens when you migrate company...more

Conflict of Interest Issues – A Significant Risk

In the risk mitigation business, we often focus on legal risks, such as anti-corruption, sanctions, export controls, antitrust and AML. As compliance programs mature, and the CCOs focus on proactive strategies, one key issue...more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action, Part III-St. Mark’s Revealed

This week I am exploring the JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and its subsidiary, JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited (JPM-APAC), (collectively ‘the company’) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action which...more

Lessons Learned From FCPA Enforcement Against JP Morgan for Sons and Daughters Referral Program

Last week, the Justice Department and the SEC finally brought to a close the Sons and Daughters or Princelings investigation. Pending investigations against four other companies still remain to be resolved....more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action, Part II

Today I will consider the superior result achieved by JPM in its FCPA resolution. Not only did it receive a 25% discount off the bottom of the US Sentencing Guidelines fine range but it received a NPA and not even a Deferred...more

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