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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 -

Day 15 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-Employment Separation Issues [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

Employment separation and layoffs can present some unique challenges for the compliance practitioner. Employees can use layoffs to claim that they were retaliated against for a wide variety of complaints, including those for...more

Day 13 of One Month to Better Compliance Thru HR [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

One of the ways to operationalize compliance and to drive it into the DNA of an organization is through a performance review. Indeed, the 2012 FCPA Guidance states, “DOJ and SEC recognize that positive incentives can also...more

The New Faces of FCPA Enforcement: The Transition to a Sessions-Clayton Enforcement Regime Is Unlikely to Result in Drastic...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Now that the Trump administration has passed its first 100 days, some additional insights are available with respect to how the administration plans to enforce anti-corruption laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

WilmerHale, Waivers and When to Stop Investigating

by WilmerHale on

Boyd Johnson is the New York-based co-chair of WilmerHale’s investigations practice, while Stephen Pollard leads the firm’s UK team. Both partners joined WilmerHale in late 2011 – Johnson from the US Attorney’s Office for the...more

Minimize the Risk of External Whistleblower Activity

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

External whistleblower activity can be very costly in the auto industry. As the industry continues to develop, prevention of whistleblower claims will only grow in importance. It’s an issue that can impact every company...more

Managing Sanctions and Export Control Risks in the Health Care Industry

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Over the past 15 years, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device companies, and other participants in the health care industry have been regular targets of U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement actions...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Since mid-2000s investigation of Siemens, and the resulting $800 million penalty for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the FCPA has been an enforcement priority of the U.S. Government. Although a dip in...more

Day 10 Of One Month to Better Compliance through HR-Sales Incentives and Compliance [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In the Department of Justice’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Prong 8 Incentive and Disciplinary Measures it states: Incentive System –How has the company considered the potential negative compliance...more

NYSE MKT Proposes Rule Change to Harmonize its Periodic Reporting Requirements with Those of the NYSE

On May 8, 2017, the NYSE MKT issued a proposed rule change to harmonize its periodic reporting requirements with those of the NYSE. Currently, the NYSE MKT provides companies that are late in making required filings with a...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

Anticorruption Developments - Former Magyar Telekom Executives Reconcile Bribery Charges - April 24, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the Hungarian telecommunications company...more

Day 6 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-Incentivizing Compliance [Video]

by Thomas Fox on

In the Department of Justice’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Prong 8 Incentive and Disciplinary Measures it states: Incentive System – How has the company incentivized compliance and ethical behavior? How has...more

Upcoming Compliance Deadlines for Registration Statement and Shareholder Report Disclosures under Liquidity Risk Management and...

by Dechert LLP on

The initial compliance dates are rapidly approaching for new disclosure requirements adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for registered investment company (funds). All initial registration statement...more

Day 3 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-JPMorgan Chase FCPA Enforcement Action [Audio]

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I conclude my review of FCPA enforcement actions that involved the corporate hiring function. From these three cases I have considered, it is clear that HR must be involved in compliance and if HR hiring controls are...more

Day 2 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-Key Enforcement Actions [Audio]

by Thomas Fox on

Up until the summer of 2015, hiring practices under the FCPA were not being given much thought or widely discussed. However, that began to change in the summer of 2015 when the SEC announced a resolution with Bank of New York...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 325, Miller & Chevalier Report on Declinations [Audio]

by Thomas Fox on

In this podcast, Marc Bohn and James Tillen from the firm of Miller & Chevalier discuss their recent publication entitled, "Evaluating FCPA Pilot Program: Declinations on the Rise" where they review the state of Department of...more

The FCPA at 40 – FCPA Enforcement and the International Fight Against Bribery

by Thomas Fox on

In two speeches last week Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden addressed multiple topics and issues around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The first set of remarks...more

SEC Settles FCPA Charges With Two Former Telecom Executives

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Two former executives of Hungarian telecom firm Magyar Telecom settled FCPA charges with the SEC shortly prior to the commencement of their trial. Former CEO Elek Straub, and former Director of Central Strategic Organization...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

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 from the past month, with links to primary...more

"Cybersecurity Trends for Boards of Directors"

Cybersecurity has in recent years become an integral component of a board’s role in risk oversight, but directors often find themselves in unfamiliar territory when it comes to formulating policies and oversight processes...more

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an Updated Statement on the Conflict Minerals Rule (the “Rule”). An updated Statement was widely anticipated. Earlier in the week, on April 3rd, the U.S....more

Are Siemens’ FCPA Compliance Efforts Public Information?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In 2008, global technology giant Siemens Aktiengesellschaft (“Siemens”) pleaded guilty to violations of the books and records provision of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Siemens paid approximately $450 million...more

Case Closed! – The Conflict Minerals Rule Litigation Is Over, but the Drama Continues

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After 1,627 days and enough law firm memos to deforest a small country, the litigation relating to the Conflict Minerals Rule came to an end yesterday. In this Alert, we discuss what this means for calendar year 2016...more

A Strategy for Non-Disclosure of FCPA Violations

by Michael Volkov on

We all understand that issues are not black and white, meaning there are areas of gray when analysis and cost-benefits need to be weighed. Lawyers are regularly identifying legal risks and applying such risks to specific...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Primer

by Bryan Cave on

If your company engages in international sales of products or services, there is a risk that your employees or representatives may take actions that run afoul of the FCPA. In recent years, DOJ and the SEC have stepped up...more

Understanding the New DOJ Compliance Guidance: Part 2 – Autonomy, Resources, and Staffing

This is the second in a series of posts where we will explore critical elements of a successful compliance program. In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government...more

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