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Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part III

Today I conclude my three-part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with a review of the post-acquisition phase. Previously many compliance practitioners had based decisions in...more

Anti-Bribery and Corruption Compliance Practices

Compliance Week published its 2014 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report, a survey of over 180 executives involved in ethics and FCPA compliance and internal audit. The Survey focused on risk, dealing with third...more

12 Tips for an Effective Due Diligence Program for Third Parties

In an evolving global economy, expanding business opportunities often lead to more complex supply channels and business relationships that can increase corruption risks and burden efforts to comply with the applicable laws...more

Will TRACE Certify the World?

Aaron Hernandez, former of New England Patriots tight end, was indicted for murder this week, allegedly killing a man for spilling his drink at a bar. But fatal disputes originating in taverns are not anything new as on this...more

IRS Notice 2014-33 – IRS Grants Relief for Good-Faith Efforts Under FATCA

On May 2, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2014-33 (the “Notice”) providing that calendar years 2014 and 2015 will be regarded as a transition period for purposes of IRS enforcement and administration...more

Wage And Hour Due Diligence Solutions In The M&A Context

As I mentioned yesterday, in order to avoid costly lawsuits or DOL enforcement actions, FLSA and state wage and hour due diligence should be a substantial part of the overall due diligence process in any deal involving a...more

Working With Third Parties In The Due Diligence Process

On this day we celebrate the 1607 founding of the English colony at Jamestown. While credited with being the first English colony in what became America, it’s probably more accurate to refer to it as the first permanent...more

How to Comply with your Export and Anti-Corruption Obligations Without Offending Your Customers and Foreign Partners – Blame the...

More and more companies are understanding the federal anticorruption, Patriot Act, and export due diligence requirements to “know your customer”. However, I am asked over and over how much information is really needed. Do you...more

More Due Diligence For Investments In Private Funds

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a January 28, 2014 Risk Alert summarizing current practices and trends in how investment advisers conduct due diligence on private funds they recommend...more

The Economic Crime Triad: Companies Facing Major Risks

FCPA practitioners can suffer from myopia – a narrow focus on FCPA risks. The FCPA does not apply to company actors who take bribes in exchange for awarding contracts to companies. That situation is commonly referred to as...more

Creating a Culture of Compliance

In this article, I outline the key questions that should be asked, the answers to which will determine the extent, depth, and integrity of a culture of compliance. I am going to take you through a set of questions that will...more

SEC Staff Issues Risk Alert Addressing Adviser Due Diligence on Alternative Investments

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a National Examination Program Risk Alert that summarizes OCIE staff observations on investment adviser due diligence practices with respect to...more

Merger And Acquisition Due Diligence And Voluntary Disclosures

The Justice Department and the SEC continue the drumbeat encouraging companies to voluntarily disclose potential FCPA violations. Of course, the reason for their position is obvious – they want to know about every violation,...more

SEC Staff Offers Roadmap for Alternative Investment Due Diligence Processes

The SEC believes that investment advisers, including pension consultants, are increasingly recommending that their clients invest a portion of their portfolios in private alternative investment funds. In light of that trend,...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on Investment Advisers’ Due Diligence Processes for Selecting Alternative Investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert on January 28 regarding the due diligence practices of investment advisers when they recommend or place...more

Healthcare Provider Investments: Key Points For Regulatory Due Diligence

Private equity investments in healthcare providers have grown exponentially in recent years as investors see the high potential for profitability in the industry. Nonetheless, it is important for investors to keep in mind...more

U.S. SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Alternative Investment Due Diligence...

U.S. SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Alternative Investment Due Diligence Practices - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and...more

FTC’s 50th Data Security Settlement Sends a Message: Be Careful with Overseas Contractors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent a message about the importance of imposing appropriate security measures on—and monitoring—vendors with access to confidential consumer information. The FTC issued a 20-year consent...more

SEC’s Examination Program Issues a Risk Alert on Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes

On January 28, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert entitled: Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes for Selecting...more

Getting Your Company Ready For M&A Compliance Due Diligence

Who was the absolute worst general during the Civil War? While there are many worthy candidates for this dubious honor, on the Southern side my vote goes to General John Bell Hood. ...more

Suitability And The “Recidivist Broker”

On January 2, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) published its annual regulatory and examination priorities letter for 2014. In the publication, FINRA addressed a number of matters, including...more

2014 Trends: #1 Third party risk – still the ethics and compliance ‘Achilles heel’

As we embark on 2014, we’ve pulled together key ethics and compliance industry trends with an eye towards planning for the year ahead. To help, we’ve asked industry experts, our colleagues at NAVEX Global and ethics...more

Putting The Pieces Together: Integrated Due Diligence Programs

One of the many challenges in the compliance profession centers on coordination and integration. There are plenty of compliance experts who can describe a perfect world – how to design a specific program and procedures to...more

Building an Integrated Third Party Due Diligence System Initial Screening to Audits [Video]

Almost every FCPA enforcement action involves violations committed by third-party agents, consultants and distributors. Many companies have instituted due diligence procedures to screen third-parties, consultants and...more

OCC Issues Guidance on Establishing Standards for Use of Independent Consultants in Connection with Compliance with Enforcement...

The OCC issued guidance establishing standards that it will use when requiring its supervised entities—national banks, federal savings associations or federal branches or agencies—to employ independent consultants to comply...more

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