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The SEC, CCOs and Compliance Programs

Compliance programs, Chief Compliance Officers and liability have been the subject of a great deal of debate in recent months. Members of the Commission, for example, debated charging decisions regarding CCOs last year in...more

Bridging the Week - May 2016 #4

Two Related Broker-Dealers To Pay US $17 Million for Widespread AML Compliance Failures; Former AML Compliance Officer Also Sanctioned: Raymond James & Associates, Inc. (RJA), Raymond James Financial Services, Inc....more

Citadel, a $24-Billion Hedge Fund, Seeks Whistleblower Status

Just a few months after announcing the first-ever award to an outside whistleblower, federal authorities may be on the verge of expanding the reach of whistleblower incentives even further. Last week, Citadel, the...more

Top Three Findings from our 2016 EMEA & APAC Hotline Benchmark Report

Benchmarking your organisation’s data against your peers across EMEA & APAC provides critical insights into the health of your ethics and compliance programmes. Our new report gives the most comprehensive picture of...more

Bridging the Week - May 2016 #3

Controller of FCM Named in CFTC Complaint, Along with Firm, for Failure to Timely Notify Commission of Segregation Breach: Cunningham Commodities, LLC, a futures commission merchant registered with the Commodity Futures...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #7

MAS updates business plan - MAS has published an updated business plan for 2016-2017. The changes reflect criticism that MAS was spending too much time and money building its own brand and developing its own website. It...more

Teaching the Board How to Oversee and Monitor the Compliance Function

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education – Mark Twain (unverified). Everything has its limit–iron ore cannot be educated into gold. – Mark Twain (verified) Board members believe they know what they...more

Trust and Integrity: The Value of a Company’s Reputation

Warren Buffet, the Oracle of Omaha, understands the importance of corporate culture and adhering to a code of ethics. He has been quoted: Lose money and I will forgive you. Lose even a shred of reputation and I will be...more

Selling a Company: Important Considerations as Discussed by the Experts

As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility of exiting their companies, there are multiple factors they must consider. On May 3rd at FoleyTECH Chicago 2016, four seasoned entrepreneurs came together to discuss...more

Mother Maybelle and Effecting Change in an Organization

Today we celebrate great American music and honor one of its founders, Mother Maybelle Carter who was born on this day in 1909. Now known more as the mother of June Carter Cash, the wife of Johnny Cash, Mother Maybelle was a...more

Fixing a Sour Corporate Culture: Valeant Pharmaceuticals Faces an Uphill Challenge

Like the Greek mythology character Sisyphus, Valeant Pharmaceutical is attempting to atone for its sins and turn its corporate culture around. I am not usually a cynic but when I see these transparent attempts to reverse a...more

Five Ways to Foster a “Speak-Up” Culture within Your Company

An effective compliance program is essential for all companies. However, the success of any compliance program hinges largely on employee participation and the support and promotion of compliance by management. One important...more

Campaigning for Self-Reporting and Calculation of Incentives (Part I of II)

Just to add to the cacophony of voices campaigning during this primary season, DOJ, SEC, FINRA, and CFTC officials launched their own campaign promoting recent initiatives to increase corporate self-reporting of potential...more

In the Global Trenches Germany: Global Trade & Business Culture

President Obama started the week visiting Europe’s largest industrial trade fair, Hannover Messe, and promoting global trade. It should come as no surprise that Germany -- a global export champion -- is the host of the...more

Bank Culture in the Trenches

Institutional or corporate culture is much in the news lately, both inside and outside of banking. Amidst the uproar over Volkswagen's intentional compliance failure relating to emission standards, senior company management...more

Is Everyone Replaceable, even Justice Scalia? Why You Should Hire Slow and Fire Fast

The unexpected death of Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, has thrown the political landscape—already rife with presidential candidate turmoil—into a tailspin. Justice Scalia meant many things to many...more

Concerns on the New UK Whistleblower Rules

The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) recently began rolling out new whistleblower rules, with which financial organisations will be required to comply. These rules have not...more

CCOs: Living in the Land of False Promises

We all have heard the scenario involving a compliance professional. A new CCO joins a company with promises from the board, the CEO and senior executives of cooperation, compensation and support for a robust independent...more

FINRA Targets AML Programs and “Culture of Compliance” as 2016 Enforcement Priority, Particularly for High-Risk Broker/Dealers

Under Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) authorization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is “responsible for regulating (1) all securities firms that do business with the public[,]” (2) key stock...more

Three Key Findings from our 2016 Hotline Benchmark Report

When organizations use a hotline service to capture employee concerns, they introduce valuable data into their compliance programs. However, without knowing how you fare against your peers, data becomes less valuable and...more

Organizational Cultures of Corruption

The following guest post is by Alison Taylor. My new issue brief, published by the Columbia Law School Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, is based on extensive academic research, a review of primary data...more

Ketchum Clarifies How FINRA Will Assess a Firm’s Culture of Compliance

In an April 15, 2016 speech to the Brookings Institution, FINRA CEO Richard G. Ketchum addressed the fundamental question of whether the equity markets are sufficiently fair, flexible, and efficient to encourage the...more

Finding “Compliance” Religion

One of the more cynical “commitments” to compliance occurs when a company embraces compliance for the first time in response to a government investigation.  I call this  — finding “compliance” religion. When a company is...more

The Demise of Valeant Pharmaceuticals: A Case Study in Rotten Culture and Business Ethics

Showing my age again, Woody Allen’s Take the Money and Run included a hilarious scene when Woody’s parents wearing Groucho Marx glasses talk about their criminal son (Woody/Virgil Starkwell), his dad exclaimed “He’s rotten,...more

Your Company’s Compliance Program is Finished – April Fool's

Happy April Fool’s Day! Could you ever imagine coming to work one day and realizing that you have “finished” your ethics and compliance program? There is nothing left to do. You can go home. Ohhhh, if only it was so....more

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