Compliance

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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The Difference Between Being Right and Doing Right

Not long ago I wrote about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent enforcement actions against companies that include pretaliation clauses in their employment contracts. I posted the article online, and one compliance...more

Recidivism Under the FCPA: Zimmer Biomet

Last week Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. paid a high price for its and its predecessors failure to comply with the terms and conditions of 2012 Deferred Prosecution Agreement (the “2012 DPA”). Biomet, having originally paid $23...more

Mondelez FCPA Enforcement Action — An Abuse of Prosecutorial Discretion?

The first FCPA enforcement action for 2017 landed with very little fanfare. The SEC reached a settlement with Mondelez International for $13 million. The facts surround the hiring of an agent in India and the failure of...more

What is Your Ethical Culture?

The indictments last week of executives from Tanaka and Volkswagen roiled many in the business world and ethics and compliance arena. Coming on the heels of the Wells Fargo scandal, one might wonder how corporations can stop...more

Day 15 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program-Post Training Evaluation [Video]

What if you want to take you post-training analysis to a higher level and begin to consider the effectiveness through your return on investment (ROI)? Joel Smith, the founder of Inhouse Owl, a training services provider,...more

The Real Explanation for the Record Year for FCPA Enforcement

All the FCPA prognosticators, predictors and paparazzi have missed the boat on understanding what happened this year – 2016, to make this a record year in FCPA enforcement. As a former public servant for over 20 years, I am...more

Top Legal Issues Facing the Automotive Industry in 2017

Foley’s Automotive Industry Team has prepared this report that examines what the litigation, enforcement, and regulatory landscape will look like in 2017. Inside, you will learn about: - Managing warranty, recall, and...more

Matt Ellis-The FCPA in Latin America

When I received my copy, my first thought was that, finally, it’s about time for this book to come out. Then I read it and realized I was glad he put so much time into it. I am referring to Matt Ellis’ new book The FCPA in...more

Digital Visitors Versus Digital Residents: 6 Steps for Improving Ethics & Compliance Training for the Millennial-type Learner

By 2020, millennials will make up 50 percent of the global workforce. At the same time, “Nexters,” or Generation Z – those born after 2000 – will be out of school and making up 20 percent of the workforce themselves. In sum,...more

Honey, I Think We Should Vacation at Home This Year

That may well be the line most used by Volkswagen (VW) executives after the arrest of their fellow executive, Oliver Schmidt, this past week at the Miami airport. According to an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled...more

Predicting the Future: What Would Truly Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement Look Like?

Within the SEC and DOJ’s blockbuster ending to 2016 was the Odebrecht settlement. The amount involved, a stunning $4.5 billion (pending a possible reduction for inability to pay), grabbed headlines around the world. But...more

Day 10 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Mergers and Acquisitions [Video]

A company that does not perform adequate due diligence prior to a merger or acquisition may face both legal and business risks. Perhaps, most commonly, inadequate due diligence can allow a course of bribery to continue - with...more

A Company Must Do Compliance – The Mondelez FCPA Enforcement Action

In almost every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action, there are nuggets to be gleaned for any Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner. All one has to do is look for them. Back in 2012,...more

Compliance Trends and Predictions for 2017

The past year was another great success for the compliance profession and related technologies. Compliance continues to grow as the “professionalization” of compliance continues to skyrocket. As my good friend Donna Boehme...more

Can marketing and compliance share a playbook?

I recently read an article in the Winter 2017 MIT Sloan Management Review, Mastering the Market Intelligence Challenge (Chari, Luce & Thukral). In this work, the authors address how “many multinationals simply import their...more

Day 9 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Continuous Improvement [Video]

No area has become more challenging in compliance than continuous improvement. The FCPA Guidance specifies that “a good compliance program should constantly evolve. A company’s business changes over time, as do the...more

Keep Your (Compliance) Eye on the Road

It is time to give a shout out to one of Houston’s hometown hero’s, the Houston Rockets. Until the Houston Dynamos came along, they were the only professional sports franchise to bring a championship to Houston. They brought...more

FCPA Predictions for 2017 (Part III of III)

With the new incoming administration, everyone is busy predicting major changes in DOJ FCPA enforcement. I do not share this view. Frankly, FCPA enforcement is more bipartisan than other controversial enforcement programs...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - January 2017

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: HEALTH POLICY INITIATIVES - Perhaps the most...more

General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action – Part III: The Denouement

This week I have been exploring the General Cable Corporation (General Cable) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. It was settled with the Department of Justice (DOJ) via a Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA)...more

Day 5 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program, Communications and Training [Video]

Welcome to Day 5 of 30 Days to a Better Compliance Program. Today, I focus on training, ongoing communications and the use of social media in a best practices compliance program. Training The communication of your...more

Trends from 2016 Record FCPA Enforcement Year (Part II of III)

No matter how you cut it – this was a big year in FCPA enforcement. Not just because of the large enforcement actions but the scope and depth of enforcement, remediation and compliance program demands....more

5 Policy Management New Year’s Resolutions

As you look ahead to advancing your ethics and compliance programme in 2017, it is useful to consider how your programme fares against your industry peers, and whether they are experiencing the same challenges as you are....more

General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II: The Comeback

Yesterday I began an exploration of the General Cable Corporation (General Cable) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. It was settled with the DOJ via a Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA) and the SEC via a...more

Badda Bing, Badda Boom!! — DOJ and SEC Make 2016 a Record Year for FCPA Enforcement (Part I of III)

We begin the New Year with a three-part series on the FCPA: (1) A review of FCPA enforcement in 2016; (2) Trends from 2016 FCPA enforcement; and (3) Predictions for FCPA enforcement in 2017....more

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