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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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Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Hedging Disclosure - SEC Reports the Result of its Cybersecurity Sweep of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers - House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and Other...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Four SEC Commissioners addressed the annual SEC Speaks Conference, reviewing recent agency initiatives and tracing potential paths for the future. The SEC also brought another FCPA action, a misappropriation case and an...more

Whistleblower Laws Increasingly Vital for Government Enforcement Efforts

In 2014, a crewman aboard a Japanese cargo ship videotaped the vessel illegally dumping oily waste into the ocean and later turned the tape over to the U.S. Coast Guard. One year later, the resulting $1.8 million penalty for...more

Goodyear Settles SEC FCPA Charges

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company settled FCPA books and records and internal control charges with the SEC. The settlement reflects the extensive cooperation and remedial efforts of the company. In the Matter of Goodyear Tire...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #4

FDIC Study Shows Branch Banking Has Staying Power: Has your smartphone displaced your bank? According to an FDIC study released on February 19, traditional brick-and-mortar offices are maintaining their primacy, despite...more

Goodyear’s Settlement with the SEC Emphasizes the Importance of FCPA Due Diligence in M&A Transactions and of Having a Robust...

On February 24, 2015, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. agreed to pay more than $16 million to settle charges that two of its subsidiaries allegedly paid $3.2 million in bribes that generated $14,122,535 in illicit profits. The SEC...more

Private Equity Fund Managers: Annual Compliance Reminders and New Developments

A summary of a private equity firm’s compliance obligations, a discussion of notable developments in 2014 and highlights of the SEC’s examination priorities for 2015. US federal laws and regulations, as well as the...more

Doing Less with Less and the Unification of Germany

I am attending the SCCE Utilities and Energy Conference in Houston this week. As usual, the SCCE has put on a great event for the compliance practitioner. This year there is live blogging by Kortney Nordum so there should be...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #4

CME Group Reminds Members of Regulatory Requirements for EFRPs and Block Trades Through Disciplinary Actions: The CME Group brought and resolved multiple disciplinary actions against various members and non-members related to...more

2014—A Record-Setting Year for Whistleblowers

2014 was a record-breaking year for whistleblowers, including both the U.S. Department of Justice’s prosecution of cases under the False Claims Act (FCA) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s prosecution of cases...more

A Few Takeaways from the OCIE Cybersecurity Examination Sweep Summary

On February 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) released a Risk Alert (the “2015 Risk Alert”) with summary observations from its recently...more

FINRA Issues Cybersecurity Practices Report And Investor Guidance

On February 3, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) issued two publications concerning cybersecurity risks at financial firms. The Report on Cybersecurity Practices presents the results of FINRA’s 2014...more

SEC and FINRA Publish Materials Addressing Cybersecurity

Twin reports provide a roadmap to best practices. U.S. financial markets and participants, much like other segments of the U.S. economy, are prime targets for technological hacks, intrusions, and breaches that can occur...more

2014 Year-End Securities Litigation Enforcement Highlights

In This Issue: - I. Supreme Court Cases Review - II. Securities Law Cases - III. Insider Trading Cases - IV. Settlements - V. Investment Adviser and Hedge Fund Cases - VI. CFTC Cases and...more

Bridging the Week - February 2015 #2

Industry Watchdogs Warn Brokers and Advisory Firms on Cybersecurity Threats - Both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority published observations of their review of...more

January FCPA Enforcement Digest – FCPA Compliance Training Top Priority in 2015

With as much FCPA activity as we saw in December, I thought our January news digest might take on a different flavor. I was wrong – January brought a slew of new FCPA-related stories. ...more

Welcome to COSO and the World of Internal Controls – Part I

I have intentionally avoided a Top Five or Top Ten prediction list for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement going forward from 2014 into 2015. However there is one area of FCPA enforcement, which I think underwent...more

2015 Trends: #8 Top Whistleblowing Priorities for Compliance Professionals

Last November, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued its Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. It is clear that the program is going strong. Following are five key ways compliance...more

Both Sides Now and Asking the Right Compliance Questions

One of my favorite singers has always been Judy Collins. Like most of us, I was introduced to her through her interpretation of Joni Mitchell’s song Both Sides Now which she released in 1967. Joni Mitchell did not record her...more

2015 Trends: #7 Crime and Punishment

On the accountability and punishment front, three trends bear watching: 1) Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) DPAs and Non-Prosecution Agreements (NPAs) allow prosecutors to require corporate reforms and...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 122-with Matt Kelly on Alstom, Avon and Petrobras [Video]

In this episode, Compliance Week Editor-in-Chief Matt Kelly and I discuss the Avon and Alstom FCPA enforcement actions and then take a look at the ongoing Petrobras corruption scandal and what it means for Brazil. ...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 2

In this issue: - New Law Aligns Clearing and Margin Exceptions for Swaps - CFTC Staff Extends No-Action Relief to Certain Reporting Counterparties Masking Identifying Information Pursuant to Non-US Law -...more

2015 Trends: #5 Regulatory Enforcement Moves Down Market

While ethics and compliance scandals that implicate brand name companies tend to grab the headlines, smaller organizations have always borne the brunt of regulatory enforcement. Over the years, U.S. Sentencing Commission data...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 121-FCPA Year in Review, Part II [Video]

In this episode I review the two Opinion Releases, Esquenazi court decision, DOJ communications via speeches on FCPA enforcement. I end with a look at 2015. ...more

December FCPA Enforcement Digest – Let’s Celebrate the New Year with Anti-Bribery Training!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a great start to the New Year. With that said, I hope you’re not suffering from the holiday hangover (and I don’t mean the alcohol-induced kind.) After taking...more

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