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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

Inside M&A - Fall 2014

Managing Compliance Risks in M&A Transactions - Buyers can acquire unintended and potentially very damaging liabilities together with target business or assets. Analyzing the financial situation of a target company,...more

SEC Charges E*Trade Subs: When Is the Due Diligence Sufficient?

Having the correct compliance procedures in place can often be critical. The SEC and the DOJ have repeatedly emphasized this in FCPA cases. Conducting due diligence can be equally critical. For gatekeepers such as lawyers,...more

Ten Requirements for an Effective Due Diligence System

The purpose of a due diligence system is not to identify and prevent hiring of a third-party who will commit bribery. To the contrary, no one can predict with accuracy who will commit bribery, unless they truly have...more

Outrageous Opinions in Registration Statements

In Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, No. 13-435, the respondents fired back at the petitioners in a brief filed with the Supreme Court, posing a simple question: “Whether...more

More Than Due Diligence: Never-Ending Due Diligence

Due diligence of third parties can drive you crazy. You know you are in trouble when you start babbling to yourself and others about red flags, more red flags, and even more red flags. You can start thinking that the movie,...more

More Than Due Diligence: Never-Ending Due Diligence

Due diligence of third parties can drive you crazy. You know you are in trouble when you start babbling to yourself and others about red flags, more red flags, and even more red flags....more

Customer Due Diligence and Beneficial Ownership

Compliance officers face lots of challenges when conducting third-party due diligence. One issue that frequently arises is determining who exactly owns a potential agent or distributor. ...more

Does Your Company’s “Inadequate Compliance Program” Violate Securities Laws?

In a recent matter before the SEC, settlement of an FCPA claim with Smith & Wesson has raised some worrisome new issues for compliance officers. This settlement is noteworthy for two reasons: 1. Small and mid-sized...more

New Rules for Third-Party Due Diligence Reports for Asset-Backed Securities

On August 27, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted final rules (the “Final Rules”) implementing, among other things, provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of...more

When to Walk Away from an Agent or Distributor (Part IV of IV)

An effective due diligence screening program should include instances when a company decides not to engage an agent or distributor. It is hard to persuade the business side of this fact but success does not necessarily flow...more

FinCEN's Busy August Yields Noteworthy Anti-Money Laundering Developments

August was a busy month for the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Among other initiatives, FinCEN issued its long-awaited proposed regulations on customer due diligence (CDD)...more

How due diligence plays a role in anti-corruption compliance

With the increasing frequency and expanding scope of enforcement globally, organizations need to devote plenty of attention to anti-corruption due-diligence of third-parties that they engage. The value of due diligence is...more

The New Focus on Agent and Distributor Monitoring (Part I of IV)

The field of due diligence has quickly filled up. If you look at the industry and company practices ten years ago, you will quickly realize that the world has changed. (Like the R.E.M. song: It’s the end of the world … and...more

OFAC Makes Important Update to Ownership/Control Guidance

On August 13, 2014, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued new guidance on ownership/control for determining blocked parties. This represented the first significant update on this topic since February 14, 2008,...more

Creating an Integrated Due Diligence System - 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

New Sanctions Guidance Increases Due Diligence Burden on Companies

On August 13, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published guidance (“Revised Guidance”) that revises its 2008 guidance regarding how to treat entities that are owned or...more

Third Party Due Diligence When is Enough, Enough? [Video]

In this era of aggressive FCPA enforcement, companies are designing and implementing robust due diligence systems to screen and monitor third party representatives. These policies and procedures are critical to an effective...more

Lauren Bacall Whistling or How to Structure Customer Due Diligence

Yesterday I wrote about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation into certain transactions in Venezuela by Derwick Associates (Derwick) and a US company ProEnergy Services (ProEnergy). ProEnergy supplied...more

FinCEN Proposes Rules to Enhance Customer Due Diligence Requirements for Financial Institutions

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has issued proposed amendments to existing Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) regulations. The proposed amendments would add a new requirement to...more

FINCEN Issues Proposed Revisions to its Regulations That Would Enhance Financial Institutions’ Customer Due Diligence Requirements

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) has proposed revisions (the “Proposal”) to its rules implementing the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA”) that would spell out specific anti-money...more

Where to Now St. Peter? – Due Diligence Going Forward in China

Whatever you might think of where his career went, Elton John had some great early stuff. I still rank Tumbleweed Connection right up there as one of my favorite albums of all-time. And while it was packed with some great...more

FinCEN Proposes to Expand Financial Institution Customer Due Diligence Requirements

The proposal would require financial institutions to identify beneficial owners of legal entities and codify existing customer due diligence guidance....more

Treasury Issues Proposed Rules to Enhance Financial Transparency

On July 30, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S Department of the Treasury proposed rules under the Bank Secrecy Act to clarify and strengthen customer due diligence requirements for banks and other financial...more

Know What You Don’t Know: New EU AML Directive Requires Stringent Third Party & Customer Due Diligence

Over the past couple of years, the European Commission has been working on updating its nine-year-old Third EU Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive to accommodate new international standards and to address previous...more

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