Compliance Dept. of Justice Securities & Exchange Commission

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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The Fifth Letter and Expansion of the Brazilian Corruption Scandal into the Private Sector

I recently received a review copy of the book The Fifth Letter by fellow University of Michigan grad Vivian L. Carpenter. It is a rollicking good read which touches on areas of constitutional law, inalienable rights in the...more

What Would Dr. Seuss Say about an Allowance?

Earlier this month we had the release of a second book by Harper Lee, “Go Set a Watchman”, which was miraculously discovered having been written some 50+ years ago. This week, there was another release from a (now deceased)...more

Private Equity’s Corruption Risk Underbelly — Portfolio Companies

FCPA enforcement will likely take a turn into the private equity industry. I know this is a regular claim by FCPA practitioners but we already can see the beginning of the trend. The “princeling” investigations are...more

The Kitchen Debate Presages the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report

On this day in 1959, occurred one of the more iconic events of the Cold War, that being the Kitchen Debate between US Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. It was called ‘The Kitchen Debate’...more

Breaking Down Compliance: The Keys to Creating a Successful Compliance Program—As Told through the Letters of COMPLIANCE

Still being a young role and profession, many people are working to define what makes a successful compliance professional and program, and what can help them improve. After traveling the country for the past few months at...more

3 Ways to Improve Compliance Training

As the compliance profession matures and evolves, the elements of an effective compliance program follow a similar pattern. Compliance training programs have become more sophisticated over the last five years, as...more

Great Structures Week III – The Roman Arch and Resourcing Your Compliance Program

I continue my Great Structures Week with focus on structural engineering innovations from ancient Rome. I am drawing these posts from The Teaching Company course, entitled “Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures:...more

Are Public Companies Required to Disclose that the Government is Investigating Them?

For many public companies, the first issue they have to confront after they receive a government subpoena or Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”) is whether to disclose publicly that they are under investigation. Curiously, the...more

Great Structures Week I: Vitruvius, the Brooklyn Bridge and Compliance

I recently completed a course from The Teaching Company, entitled “Understanding the World’s Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity”, taught by Professor Stephen Ressler. It was a wonderful...more

Private Equity FCPA Enforcement

FCPA enforcement efforts are not so hard to follow and predict – the government likes to provide advance warnings as an effective means of deterrence. Justice Department and SEC officials will often tell the public their...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for June 2015

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments in the past month with links to primary...more

How Companies Could Avoid “Paper” Compliance in New Ukraine? Try Acting Rather Than Talking

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from two noted compliance practitioners from Ukraine, Timur Khasanov-Batirov and Andriy Selepey who discuss the dangers of a paper compliance program. Corruption is the main problem...more

June Whistleblower Digest | Does Your Ethics Training Adequately Cover Anti-Retaliation?

Pop quiz: what are the three criteria the SEC stated they would hold a chief compliance officer accountable for? Well, I admit that was a trick question, because even if you got them right, the SEC is ruffling feathers by...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - June 2015

The Unfolding FIFA Scandal: Will the DOJ Show the Banks a Red Card? - Why it matters: The worldwide soccer community has for years decried the brazen corruption that permeated FIFA, international soccer’s governing...more

What the Government Expects to Find in an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program

Similar to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement generally, the federal government has expanded what it expects to find in an anti-corruption compliance program. U.S.-connected companies operating internationally...more

Tribute to John David Crow and an Innovation Strategy for Your Compliance Program

John David Crow died Wednesday. Until Johnny Football, he was the only football player from Texas A&M University to win the Heisman Trophy. He played under the legendary Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant at A&M and for all of Bryant’s...more

Like a Rolling Stone and Charitable Donations Under the FCPA

Today we celebrate one of the seminal achievements in rock and roll for it was on this day, 50 years ago, in 1965 that Bob Dylan recorded his single Like a Rolling Stone. Columbia Records executives initially rejected the...more

FIFA and BHP Billiton: The Unique FCPA Challenges Present in International Sports

Recent enforcement actions by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have raised the profile of corruption in international sport and highlight unique FCPA compliance concerns. This note will explain...more

May FCPA Compliance Digest | Interactive, Engaging FCPA Training from the Start

You’ve been reading the FCPA Compliance Digest for five months now, and there’s still not a shortage of companies getting into trouble for violating the FCPA. That may seem like an obvious statement, but running out of news...more

Not just a compliance program, but an effective compliance program: SEC, DOJ issue strong reminders

In recent days the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have issued strong messages reemphasizing the importance of effective corporate compliance programs. Assistant Attorney General Leslie...more

Washington Politics and Compliance

Consider this posting a warning to everyone in the corporate governance field. I am not known for being a chicken little and screaming “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” I tend to be a realist when it comes to politics...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - May 2015

It’s an Absolute Privilege to Meet You! Texas Supreme Court Rules That Internal Investigation Report Provided by Shell Oil to DOJ Enjoys “Absolute Privilege” - Why it matters: On May 15, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part III – The Desktop Risk Assessment

I continue my exploration of actions you can take to improve your compliance program during an economic downturn with a review of what my colleague Jan Farley, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Dresser-Rand, called the...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part II – The Golden Gate Bridge and Employment Separation – Hotlines and Whistleblowers During Layoffs

I use the Golden Gate Bridge as an entrée to my continued discussion on the series on steps that you can use in your compliance program if you find yourself, your company or your industry in an economic downturn. Whether you...more

On the Oregon Trail: the BHP Enforcement Action and High-Risk Hospitality

The settlers who took off on this Great Emigration on the Oregon Trail did not have anything in the way of a road map. Fortunately for the modern day anti-corruption compliance practitioner, you do have road maps that can...more

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