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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Reflections on the SEC- FCPA Enforcement Action Against SAP

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement journey, which began last summer with the guilty plea of Vicente Garcia for the payment of bribes to obtain contracts in Panama for his employer, SAP International, ended...more

SEC’s First Whistleblower Award to Company Outsider: Game Changer?

The headlines lit up this month when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its first-ever award to a whistleblower who wasn’t employed by the company on which he had blown the whistle. The award was a...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement 2016: In Like A Lamb, Out Like A Lion

In 2015, the U.S. Government significantly bolstered its resources dedicated to combat international corporate bribery under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). By announcing the addition of a team of FCPA-dedicated...more

FCPA Enforcement Actions from 2015: SEC – Part II

Yesterday, I began a review of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where there were no parallel Department of Justice (DOJ) enforcement actions. Today I...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for November 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

Star Wars Week Part IV – Disruption Innovation in Compliance

Today I return to the original Star Wars movie entry, Episode IV – A New Hope. I do not think I can say too much about the movie, which has not been already said or written, but it is still one of my all time favorites. It...more

Now the Only Path to an SEC DPA or NPA: Self-Reporting

One of the critical questions when evaluating a potential FCPA violation is to decide whether to disclose the matter to the Justice Department and the SEC. The SEC recently announced a requirement that companies to...more

Viewpoints - Issue 23 - Board and Management Oversight of Corporate Culture

At their October 7, 2015, meeting in Washington, DC, Lead Director Network (LDN) members participated in a discussion with their chief legal officer and general counsel (GC) guests about how to foster a corporate culture that...more

SEC Enforcement Chief Andrew Ceresney Discusses CCO Liability

On November 4, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Enforcement (Enforcement Division), delivered the keynote address at the 2015 National Conference of the National...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments - FINRA Proposes to Adopt Capital Acquisition Broker Rules - On Dec. 4 FINRA filed with the SEC a proposal to create a separate rule set that would apply to firms that meet the definition of...more

SEC Steps Up Investigations of Political Intelligence Firms for Insider Trading

In the last few years, Congress, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the courts have significantly increased their efforts to grapple with insider trading in the realm of political intelligence. In 2012,...more

Possible Examination by SEC of Exempt Reporting Advisers

Marc Wyatt, Acting Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”), recently took part in a meeting of the ABA Hedge Fund Sub-Committee on November 20,...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

This was the period of admissions. The SEC secured admissions in three actions over the period with beginning the week of Thanksgiving and continuing into the beginning of December. Cases filed during the period include: A...more

The Link to FINRA BrokerCheck

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently approved a rule change to amend FINRA Rule 2210 to require broker-dealers to include a “readily apparent reference and hyperlink” to BrokerCheck on their websites. The...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - A Source of Concern for the SEC — The Outsourcing by Investment Advisers and Funds of Compliance Activities - In a recent National Exam Program Risk Alert (dated November 9, 2015) the U.S....more

10 Trends & Takeaways from the 2015 SEC Whistleblower Report

On November 16, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued its 2015 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program and, to no one’s surprise, the program is going strong awarding over $37M to...more

SEC Demands Admissions For Compliance Failures

When the Commission adopted its policy of requiring admissions to settle certain enforcement actions no bright line test was created. Rather, an array of facts were to be assessed on an individual, case-by-case basis....more

Upping the Ante: Cybersecurity, the SEC and the Perils of Being Unprepared

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is finally getting serious about cybersecurity – and for good reason. If the ever-growing business and headline risks aren’t enough to scare investment advisers and broker-dealers...more

Bridging the Week - November 2015 #4

Deputy US Attorney General and SEC Enforcement Head Warn Corporate Individual Wrongdoers to Beware - Deputy US Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates provided further insight into the Department of Justice’s new emphasis...more

DOJ, SEC Change “Cooperation Credit” Process, Add Resources to Fight Corruption

During recent speeches Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and SEC Enforcement Division head Andrew Ceresney announced changes to the processes the DOJ and the SEC will use to decide if a company will receive “cooperation...more

SEC Agenda for 2016: Tighten Rules on Leverage for Funds; Stress Testing and Third-Party Compliance Reviews for Advisers

In testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services on November 18, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White described what the SEC has in store for the investment management industry....more

SEC Report Indicates Whistleblower Program Going Strong

Compliance professionals and attorneys received confirmation on Tuesday of what many have long expected: the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower program is steadily growing in scope and impact, and the SEC...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - November 2015

Regulation - OCIE Cautions Advisers on Outsourcing Compliance Activities: In a Risk Alert dated November 9, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) said it found that outsourced...more

SEC Sanctions Adviser for Misstatements in Advertisements, Client Presentations and Regulatory Filings

The SEC found that a registered investment adviser that operates as a “manager of managers” misstated a sub-adviser’s investment performance in communications with its clients, potential clients and the SEC. According to the...more

SEC Announces Senior Staff Changes

On November 12, the SEC named Marc Wyatt as the Director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) and the leader of the agency’s National Exam Program. When Andrew Bowden left the SEC in April 2015,...more

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