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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CFTC Staff Issues Self-Executing CPO Delegation Relief

The staff of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC Staff) on October 15, 2014 simplified the process for a natural person or entity that the CFTC considers to be a commodity pool operator (CPO) to delegate its CPO...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 100-interview with Jeff Kaplan [Video]

In this 100th episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I visit with Jeff Kaplan, Founder of the Conflicts of Interest Blog and well known thought leader in compliance and ethics. ...more

CFTC Announces Self-Executing No-Action Relief for Delegating CPOs

On October 15, 2014, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a no-action relief letter granting self-executing registration no-action relief to qualifying commodity pool operators (CPOs) that delegate their CPO...more

Modern Slavery Bill in the United Kingdom Expected to Include Public Reporting Requirement

Earlier this month, the U.K. Home Office announced that a measure requiring public reporting by British companies would be included in the Modern Slavery Bill that is currently being considered by the House of Commons. The...more

SEC Faces New Constitutional Challenge to Administrative Proceedings Based on Tenure Protection of Administrative Law Judges

In a complaint filed recently in the Southern District of New York, an activist investor and his investment advisor company have gone on the offensive against the SEC. Joseph Stillwell and Stillwell Value LLC filed a...more

SEC Commissioner Piwowar On Enforcement Policy

Commissioner Michael Piwowar, the only economist currently on the Commission, outlined his views regarding enforcement policy in remarks delivered at the Securities Enforcement Forum 2014 last week....more

Tax Law Blog: IRS Revises Offshore Voluntary Compliance Programs

As of July 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has implemented several changes to the streamlined filing procedures for offshore compliance, as well as the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP). These programs...more

Supply Chain Management: Avoiding Headaches

Companies implementing due diligence programs face a number of challenges. It is hard enough to identify all of a company’s third-party intermediaries – agents, distributors, customs and logistics representatives, nominees,...more

ISS Proposes New Methodology For Evaluating Equity Plan Proposals

A key component to evaluating whether to place an equity plan proposal in a proxy is whether or not ISS will support the plan. Accoding to ISS, while it has historically recommended against approximately 30 percent of equity...more

Carlton Fisk, The Homer and Oversight of a Profitable Subsidiary

Today we celebrate one of the great moments in World Series history. At approximately at 12:34 AM on this date in 1975, Carlton Fisk came to bat at the bottom of the 12th, in Game 6 of the World Series between the Boston Red...more

CSA Releases Final Amendments to NI 31-103 – Changes will Impact Exempt Market Dealers and Other Market Participants

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published amendments to National Instrument 31-103 – Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (NI 31-103) and related...more

FINRA Again Cautions Against Confidentiality Provisions Silencing Whistleblowers

As reported this week by Law360 (subscription required), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a reminder (Regulatory Notice 14-40) warning firms against the use of confidentiality provisions in...more

Internal Controls Outside the US – Part IV

This post will conclude a short series I have presented on the issue of internal controls outside the US. I want to conclude by raising some ways in which a compliance professional can work to implement internal controls in a...more

For Now, The Broad Interpretation of “Foreign Officials” Under the FCPA Is Here to Stay

In recent years, the DOJ and SEC have significantly increased their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement efforts, and in the process, have successfully advocated the theory that state-owned or state-controlled...more

SEC Brings Another Offering Fraud Case

The Commission filed another in what appears to be an unending series of offering fraud actions. Unlike many of its prior cases, this action centers on a Respondent who kept shifting his scheme to continually raise more money...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

Army Corps Drops Regional Permit - The Army Corps has announced that it has abandoned the idea of establishing a regional general permit for the New England states. The proposal would have replaced the individual...more

The Mummy and Internal Controls in Locations Outside the US – Part III

Today we celebrate Hammer Film’s version of The Mummy. This was the first film that the Hammer studios made under a license agreement with Universal Pictures, the holder of the copyright of its classic monsters from the 1930s...more

Implementing compliance programme at the emerging markets of the former Soviet Union

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from Timur Khasanov-Batirov, Chief Compliance Officer at DTEK and Co-Chairman at Compliance Club of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. It will be a challenge. I mean to...more

Wrapping up Securities Enforcement Forum 2014

I was lucky enough to spend Tuesday at Bruce Carton’s Securities Enforcement Forum 2014. In three years, it has gone from zero to the preeminent securities enforcement law conference anywhere. I blogged it hurriedly...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: Recent SEC Enforcement Actions Impact Compliance Landscape

There was not a lot of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) activity this past Spring and Summer that was directly relevant to most small and medium-sized SEC reporting companies, with the SEC focusing on credit ratings...more

National Cyber Security Month Reminds Organizations of the Need for Compliance

As the relationship between the American public and computers continues to evolve, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) promotes safe and secure Internet use each October during National Cyber Security Awareness Month....more

CFPB Proposes No-Action Letter Policy for Innovators

The CFPB published for comment in today’s Federal Register a proposed policy on issuing “no-action” letters for innovative financial products or services. Like those issued by the SEC and CFTC, the no-action letters would...more

Anti-Bribery Training from Coca-Cola: What I Learned About Bribery, Corruption and Responsibly Entering Underdeveloped Markets

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 22nd Annual Ethics and Compliance Conference, hosted by the ECOA. I’m always intrigued by how the topics of a conference tie together; for example, one of the speakers on...more

Global Investigations: Reading The Signals

As the global economy recovers, how will regulators respond? Experts provide perspectives on trends in regulatory and corporate investigations. Global trends in regulation - In the wake of the financial crisis,...more

Effective Risk Management Needs More Ownership by Third Parties

Third-party arrangements continue to proliferate despite increased regulatory scrutiny meant to boost compliance with a variety of complex laws and regulations, making third-party risk management more important than ever....more

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