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Retaining a “Risky” Third-Party

by Michael Volkov on

Every company has done it. Chief Compliance Officers have had to hold their respective noses and push forward with due diligence to retain a risky third party. Rather than reject the third party, a CCO convinces him or...more

What is the Financial Health of Your Third Parties?

by Thomas Fox on

What are some of the ways to consider third party risk, management of that risk and strategic risk in a compliance program? Typically, a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance professional will consider the ownership...more

Using a Human Rights Lens to Strengthen Your Anti-Corruption Compliance Program

Companies are increasingly expected to manage the human rights impacts of their activities. This expectation is embedded in new legislative requirements, in the requirements of business partners and investors, and in the...more

FCPA Risks and Acquisition Integration Challenges

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers have devoted significant efforts to conducting pre-acquisition due diligence of a proposed target companies. I do not intend to diminish the importance of pre-acquisition due diligence, but I have...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 12

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Episode 12, the Summer Haze Edition The dog days of summer are on the horizon and the Houston Astros lead the major leagues in winning percentage. Coincidence that the US pulls out of the Paris Climate Accords...more

Knowing Your Employees and Incident Management Systems

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers know the importance of trust, not just as a foundation of a global company’s compliance program, but in the context of knowing what company employees are doing out in the field. CCOs will always say...more

Beneficial Ownership Due Diligence Requirements

by Michael Volkov on

The new FinCEN regulations requiring financial institutions to secure beneficial ownership information is fast approaching – May 2018. The US has been way behind in this regulatory area. As a result, money-laundering activity...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

Leadership Lessons from Catch-22

by Thomas Fox on

Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 is one of the most famous books and movies from the second half of the 20th century. While it may not seem apparent on first blush, it has several lessons for the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) to...more

2017 EMEA & APAC Culture and Compliance Benchmark Report - Data And Insights To Put To Work In Your Programme Today

by NAVEX Global on

NAVEX Global partnered with an independent research agency to investigate how companies headquartered across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) develop and execute their ethics and compliance (E&C)...more

Legal and Compliance Coordination – An Essential Foundation to an Effective Compliance Program (Part IV of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

Here is a profound grasp of the obvious – Lawyers can be difficult people. Some like to condemn the profession in its entirety (and carry with them a collection of lawyer jokes). As an attorney, I beg to differ. Many...more

Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

by Dechert LLP on

In today’s regulatory environment, companies face mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies to maintain robust compliance programs to deter and detect misconduct by employees, third-party vendors and business partners....more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part V – Level III Due Diligence as a Board Tool

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I conclude my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence, by discussing how a this should be considered as a best practices tool by a Board of Directors in a broader sense. I am joined in this exploration by...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part IV – Level III Due Diligence for 3rd Parties

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I continue my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence, by discussing how this should be considered for third parties. I am joined this week by Candice Tal, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of...more

The DOJ Expects “Third-Party Management” from Compliance Programs

2016 was a banner year for global anti-corruption enforcement: the U.S. government set records in terms of both the number of FCPA actions brought and the total dollar amount of related fines. Meanwhile, governments from...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part III – What Does Level III Due Diligence for Senior Execs Consider?

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I continue my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence, by discussing what this level of due diligence would consider regarding senior executives. I am joined in this exploration by Candice Tal, founder and...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part II – Why Level III Due Diligence for Senior Execs?

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I continue my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence by considering why you need this type of background investigation in the context of the hiring and promotion of senior managers in an organization. I am...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part I – What is Level III Due Diligence?

by Thomas Fox on

There are many levels of due diligence investigation. In a multi-part series this week, I am going to focus on Level III, deep dive due diligence. I am joined in this exploration by Candice Tal, founder and Chief Executive...more

Compliance and Private Equity: An Oxymoron?

by Michael Volkov on

We all enjoy an oxymoron, e.g., army intelligence, compassionate conservative. Some words go together and some do not. When it comes to compliance and private equity companies, you can predict with usual success that private...more

How to Measure Third-Party Risk Management ROI

by Thomas Fox on

One area that has bedeviled Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) and compliance practitioners is how to determine the return on investment (ROI) for your compliance program regarding the management of third parties. While it is...more

FinCEN Enforcement Action Highlights AML Compliance Program Failures and Conflicts of Interest for High-Risk MSB Customers

On February 27, 2017, FinCEN announced a $7 million civil monetary penalty against Merchants for willful violations of the BSA. Additionally, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Merchants’ federal functional...more

DOJ’s Compliance Program Evaluation: Risk Assessment, Policies and Procedures and Third-Party Risk Management (Part III of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

To design and implement an effective ethics and compliance program, companies have to conduct a risk assessment and tailor its policies and programs to its risk profile. DOJ’s Compliance Evaluation reinforces this framework...more

U.S. Customs and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

During the campaign, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) was mostly mentioned by President Trump in the context of illegal immigration. Controlling the flow of people, however, is only one of the jobs of CBP, which is part...more

C-Suite Misconduct Results in Sociedad Quimica Y Minera FCPA Resolution with DOJ and SEC

by Michael Volkov on

In an unusual FCPA enforcement action, the Justice Department and the SEC resolved FCPA violations against Sociedad Quimica y Minera, a Chilean chemical and mining company, for a total of $30.5 million, for paying...more

Four Things Compliance Practitioner Should Know About the Eurasian Economic Union

by Thomas Fox on

Four Things Compliance Practitioner Should Know About the Eurasian Economic Union - An effective Compliance risk management at emerging markets for any business significantly depends on timeous observation of changes in...more

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