Compliance 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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Hallmark 6-Incentives and Disciplinary Measures

The FCPA Guidance states, “In addition to evaluating the design and implementa­tion of a compliance program throughout an organization, enforcement of that program is fundamental to its effec­tiveness. A compliance program...more

Lessons from History and a Best Practices Compliance Program

I am on assignment in Oxford on a two-week study course, focusing on the Tudors. For the first week we focused on Richard III to the end of Henry VIII’s reign. Although Richard III was not a Tudor, we began with him to study...more

Hallmark 5-Communications and Training

I. Training - The communication of your anti-corruption compliance program is something that must be done on a regular basis to ensure its effectiveness. The FCPA Guidance explains, “Compliance policies cannot work...more

Five Key Takeaways from Key Energy’s SEC FCPA Settlement

The SEC, last week, announced its $5 million settlement with Key Energy. As always, FCPA settlements contain important examples of enforcement priorities and policies. Key Energy’s recent settlement is an example of the...more

Hallmark 4- Risk Assessments

One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. Since at least 1999 the DOJ has said that risk assessments that measure the likelihood and severity of possible Foreign Corrupt...more

Hallmark 3 – Oversight, Autonomy and Resources

I. Autonomy - The DOJ has made clear over the years the importance of this hallmark. In the FCPA Guidance it states, “In appraising a compliance program, DOJ and SEC also consider whether a company has assigned...more

Hallmark 2 – Code of Conduct and Compliance Policies and Procedures

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

Hallmark 1 – Commitment from Senior Management and a Clearly Articulated Policy Against Corruption

Over the next two weeks I will be revisiting the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance program, as laid out in the 2012 A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ( FCPA Guidance) authored by the Criminal...more

Compliance is a Business

Compliance is a business. That statement should not come as a shock or even a surprise to anyone who has worked in the corporate world. Every part of a business should work towards doing business. Yet many compliance...more

Private Company Employee Stock Sales Highlight Hidden Dangers of Compliance Failures

We noted with interest the latest moves by some Bay Area tech giants to permit their employees to sell restricted stock to help them realize the stock value as part of their compensation: See New York Times reporting here. ...more

Yates, Whistleblowers and FCPA Pilot Project: Re-Examining Your Internal investigation Protocols

Companies face an ever-changing constellation of risks, enforcement priorities and demands for internal controls and compliance program elements. As more resources are poured into government enforcement programs, companies...more

Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part III

This week I have been exploring the Key Energy, Inc. (Key Energy) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. Today, I want to consider the actions taken by Key Energy to obtain the very good resolution the...more

Farewell to R2D2 and Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part II

Yesterday I began a what I thought would be a two-part series on the Key Energy, Inc. (Key Energy) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. However (and as usual), I got carried away so today I will review the...more

Farewell to John Saunders and Welcome to Key Energy FCPA Resolution – Part I

John Saunders died last week. He was a reporter at ESPN and the host of the Sunday talking heads show, the Sports Reporters. The tributes for Saunders came from far and wide. By all accounts, he was one of the most beloved...more

Headlines from Mid-Year FCPA Enforcement Review

Just to add my voice to the cottage industry surrounding FCPA enforcement and compliance, I wanted to take a deep breath and offer some observations on FCPA enforcement in 2016. There are a few significant headlines...more

Three Key Questions to Ask in Hiring of Family Members of Foreign Officials

One of the top academic commentators in the anti-corruption space is Matthew C. Stephenson, co-founder of the Global Anticorruption Blog. I was intrigued by Stephenson’s piece, entitled “Does an FCPA Violation Require a Quid...more

DOJ and SEC Collect $22 Million from LAN Airlines for Conduct in Resolving Labor Dispute

Last week, the Justice Department and the SEC announced parallel FCPA settlements totaling $22 million in fines, penalties and disgorgement against LAN Airlines, a Chile-based airline, for conduct in resolving a labor dispute...more

The Real Value of Lawyers to Compliance

The legal profession is transforming itself, especially in the area of compliance. Lawyers are an invaluable part of a compliance program. They provide important perspective and understanding of risk, they help a company to...more

The Importance of Risk Ranking to Compliance

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

LATAM/LAN FCPA Enforcement Action, Part I-Some Questions

What is the cost of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violation? One subset of that question is what is the cost of not cooperating and not remediating during the pendency of such investigations? Those were two of the...more

Froome Ends Tour With Win; JP Morgan to End Sons and Daughters Case?

I begin today’s post with a tip of the (cycling) helmet to Englishman Chris Froome who yesterday won his third Tour de France championship. Froome overcame a great many obstacles, not the least of which was being involved a...more

Enforcement Week III: Johnson Controls FCPA Enforcement Action – Part 2

I continue my review of the Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action today by focusing on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Declination to Prosecute. Yesterday, I considered the...more

Johnson Controls Pays $14 Million for China FCPA Violations: DOJ Declines Prosecution

At first glance, the SEC’s recent enforcement action against Johnson Controls for $14 million for FCPA violations in China, along with a Justice Department declination under its new Pilot Program, appears to be a “routine”...more

Enforcement Week II: The Johnson Controls FCPA Enforcement Action – Part I

I continue my exploration of recent enforcement matters and issues by turning to the Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action, which was announced last week. Mike Volkov has called...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Business Continuity Planning for Registered Investment Companies

On June 27, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (Commission or SEC) Division of Investment Management (IM) issued a Guidance Update on business continuity planning for registered investment companies...more

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