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Compliance Dept. of Justice Due Diligence

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 -

Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

by Dechert LLP on

In today’s regulatory environment, companies face mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies to maintain robust compliance programs to deter and detect misconduct by employees, third-party vendors and business partners....more

The DOJ Expects “Third-Party Management” from Compliance Programs

2016 was a banner year for global anti-corruption enforcement: the U.S. government set records in terms of both the number of FCPA actions brought and the total dollar amount of related fines. Meanwhile, governments from...more

DOJ’s Compliance Program Evaluation: Risk Assessment, Policies and Procedures and Third-Party Risk Management (Part III of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

To design and implement an effective ethics and compliance program, companies have to conduct a risk assessment and tailor its policies and programs to its risk profile. DOJ’s Compliance Evaluation reinforces this framework...more

U.S. Customs and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

During the campaign, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) was mostly mentioned by President Trump in the context of illegal immigration. Controlling the flow of people, however, is only one of the jobs of CBP, which is part...more

C-Suite Misconduct Results in Sociedad Quimica Y Minera FCPA Resolution with DOJ and SEC

by Michael Volkov on

In an unusual FCPA enforcement action, the Justice Department and the SEC resolved FCPA violations against Sociedad Quimica y Minera, a Chilean chemical and mining company, for a total of $30.5 million, for paying...more

A Company Must Do Compliance – The Mondelez FCPA Enforcement Action

by Thomas Fox on

In almost every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action, there are nuggets to be gleaned for any Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner. All one has to do is look for them. Back in 2012,...more

Trends from 2016 Record FCPA Enforcement Year (Part II of III)

by Michael Volkov on

No matter how you cut it – this was a big year in FCPA enforcement. Not just because of the large enforcement actions but the scope and depth of enforcement, remediation and compliance program demands....more

How the Yellow Submarine Informs Due Diligence Lessons From 1MDB

by Thomas Fox on

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

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

by Michael Volkov on

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

Volkov on the Evolving Standards for Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

Sometimes I get inspired when writing blog posts and sometimes I get on a roll. It is a bit of both this week and today, as previously this week, I have focused on Department of Justice (DOJ) pronouncements on their view of...more

FCPA Enforcement Action Highlights Risks for the Financial Services Industry and Individual Executives

by Dechert LLP on

New York-based hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (the “Hedge Fund”) agreed to pay approximately $412 million to resolve charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Department of...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part IV

by Thomas Fox on

I conclude my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the resolution of...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Today I continue my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the...more

Landmark SEC Decision Cites Compliance, Diligence in Decision Not to Prosecute FCPA Violations

by NAVEX Global on

In a remarkable affirmation of the value of robust compliance and due-diligence programs, the Securities and Exchange Commission last month announced that it would not prosecute a U.S. company for potential violations of the...more

Hallmark 7-Third-Party Due Diligence and Payments

by Thomas Fox on

There are five steps in the life cycle of third party management. - Business Justification and Business Sponsor; - Questionnaire to Third Party; - Due Diligence on Third Party; - Compliance...more

Hallmark 2 – Code of Conduct and Compliance Policies and Procedures

by Thomas Fox on

The cornerstone of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program is its written protocols. This includes a Code of Conduct, policies and procedures. In the FCPA Guidance, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and...more

FinCEN Expands Scope of “All Cash” GTOs

Continuing its efforts to deter the use of real estate as a vehicle to launder proceeds of criminal activity, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced its plan to extend the reach and time frame of...more

The Importance of Risk Ranking to Compliance

by Michael Volkov on

We all face a number of risks every day. Yet, we do not respond to each and every risk. We engage in risk-ranking our responses. Some are more risk than others and some are more catastrophic than others. So, we engage in risk...more

Third Party Risk Management: Balancing Due Diligence Screening and Monitoring

by Michael Volkov on

In response to aggressive FCPA enforcement and recurring problems with third parties, companies have spent substantial resources and time to design and implement comprehensive ethics and compliance programs. A key part of...more

The SEC, CCOs and Compliance Programs

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Compliance programs, Chief Compliance Officers and liability have been the subject of a great deal of debate in recent months. Members of the Commission, for example, debated charging decisions regarding CCOs last year in...more

Olympus Settles FCPA Charges with DOJ

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Department of Justice resolved another FCPA investigation centered on payments made to health officials. Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, and Olympus...more

New Study Highlights Anti-Bribery & Corruption Gaps & Risks

by NAVEX Global on

Everyone reading this post should have conducted a corporate risk assessment (CRA) in the past couple years. If not, stop reading and go conduct one now. Seriously, how can you know if your compliance program resources,...more

Is Your HIPAA Compliance Program Ready for the FTC?

Everyone in healthcare knows that the next round of HIPAA audits is coming. Covered entities and business associates have long been advised to review and update their HIPAA security risk analyses, have business associate...more

SEC’s Increased Cybersecurity Enforcement and How to Reduce Your Risks

by Perkins Coie on

The SEC announced last week that an investment adviser had agreed to settle charges that it failed to take required steps to protect against and respond effectively to a cybersecurity breach. The action comes on the heels of...more

Farewell to Chocolate Thunder, Baylor Football and Due Diligence

by Thomas Fox on

Daryl Dawkins died yesterday. To anyone who followed the National Basketball League (NBA); Dawkins will always be remembered with the brilliant Stevie Wonder-derived moniker – Chocolate Thunder. I will also remember him for...more

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