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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This Cold Bud Is For You: SEC Sanctions Anheuser-Busch for “Chilling” Employee from Communicating with SEC

On September 28, 2016, the SEC announced that Anheuser-Busch agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Dodd-Frank whistleblower violations. The SEC’s order stated that AB InBev violated...more

Anheuser-Busch InBev and Lessons in Joint Venture FCPA Compliance

Just in time for National Beveridge Day comes the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), where the company paid $6 million to settle charges that it violated the FCPA and...more

Good-Bye to Arnold Palmer and Revolutionizing Compliance

The golfing world and the world of beverages lost one of their giants earlier this week. I, of course, refer to golfing and beverage legend Arnold Palmer. The legend around the beverage is that at dinner one evening Palmer...more

SEC Chair Mary Jo White – FCPA Enforcement Remains a Top Priority in the Increasingly Interconnected Global Marketplace

On September 21, 2016, Mary Jo White, Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) spoke at a Legal Practice Division Luncheon at the International Bar Association Annual Conference. She discussed the...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for August 2016

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

Tribute to Star Trek and Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs

September 8th is the 50th anniversary of the premier episode of the most iconic science fiction related television show during my lifetime – Star Trek. As most of you know, I am a self-confessed uber-trekkie and I can still...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 275-the Key Energy FCPA Enforcement Action [Video]

The podcast reviews the Key Energy FCPA enforcement action. I discuss how the company obtained its excellent result and the lessons learned for the compliance practitioner. You can use the underlying facts and compliance...more

Put the Candle Back: the AstraZeneca FCPA Enforcement Action

I am back from a two-week summer study program at Oxford, run by Michigan State University through its Odyssey to Oxford program. It was a great experience. My class was on The Tudors in film and print so not only did I...more

SEC Whistleblower Awards Reach $100 Million Milestone

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced this week that awards from its whistleblower program had surpassed $100 million—thanks to a $22 million award announced the same day. That award was the largest since the...more

Setting the Scene - Final SEC guidance on cross-border SBSs is likely to ease concerns surrounding reporting duties and compliance...

On July 13 2016, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments and guidance (Final Rules and Guidance) related to its rules on the regulatory reporting and public dissemination of security-based swaps...more

Top Reasons CEOs Get Sued—and How to Avoid Them

It’s no secret that lawsuits can often be frivolous, and CEOs are not exempt from getting sued. The last thing your company needs is a lawsuit that could have been avoided. Whether filed by a disgruntled employee or the SEC,...more

Hallmark 9 – Continuous Improvement: Periodic Testing and Review

You should keep track of external and internal events which may cause change to business process, policies and procedures. Some examples are new laws applicable to your business organization and internal events which drive...more

Hallmark 8-Confidential Reporting and Internal Investigations

The FCPA Guidance has about as clear, concise and short a statement about hotlines than any other Tenet of an Effective Compliance Program. It states, “An effective compliance program should include a mechanism for an...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for July 2016

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

A step closer - The SEC still has some work to do to finalise its framework for SBS dealer registration but firms are already...

More than six years after the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, and more than three years after the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFC) required swap dealers to register in accordance with Title VII of that Act, it...more

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

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