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Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

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

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

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

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

Recent DOJ Guidance Highlights Substantial Benefits of Being Proactive About Compliance

The Criminal Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released guidance entitled “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs,” setting forth over 100 questions in 11 categories that the Fraud Section...more

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

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

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

A Company Must Do Compliance – The Mondelez FCPA Enforcement Action

In almost every Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action, there are nuggets to be gleaned for any Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner. All one has to do is look for them. Back in 2012,...more

Trends from 2016 Record FCPA Enforcement Year (Part II of III)

No matter how you cut it – this was a big year in FCPA enforcement. Not just because of the large enforcement actions but the scope and depth of enforcement, remediation and compliance program demands....more

State Ballot Wins Only Amplify Questions About Pot Banking

The 2016 election will be remembered not only for the memorable presidential race but also for what was effectively a national referendum on cannabis. Eight states passed laws allowing its use. Medical marijuana is now...more

How the Yellow Submarine Informs Due Diligence Lessons From 1MDB

Enrichment is the theme for today’s post as it is personal and illegal enrichment which seems to be the continuing message from the 1MDB scandal involving the disgraced Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. In an article in the...more

International AML Enforcement in 2017 Expected to Target Consumer-Due-Diligence Programs, Gaming Entities, Prepaid Cards, Digital...

Over the past two years, financial regulatory bodies in the United States and Europe have increasingly emphasized consumer due diligence (“CDD”) by financial institutions as a means to combat money laundering and terrorist...more

Lessons Learned From FCPA Enforcement Against JP Morgan for Sons and Daughters Referral Program

Last week, the Justice Department and the SEC finally brought to a close the Sons and Daughters or Princelings investigation. Pending investigations against four other companies still remain to be resolved....more

Volkov on the Evolving Standards for Compliance Programs

Sometimes I get inspired when writing blog posts and sometimes I get on a roll. It is a bit of both this week and today, as previously this week, I have focused on Department of Justice (DOJ) pronouncements on their view of...more

FCPA Enforcement Action Highlights Risks for the Financial Services Industry and Individual Executives

New York-based hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (the “Hedge Fund”) agreed to pay approximately $412 million to resolve charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and Department of...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part IV

I conclude my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the resolution of...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

Today I continue my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the...more

DOJ and SEC Raising the Stakes on Third Party Risk Management

If you review the last ten years of FCPA enforcement, the unmistakable pattern is rising expectations with regard to corporate compliance programs, particularly with regard to third party due diligence and risk management....more

Landmark SEC Decision Cites Compliance, Diligence in Decision Not to Prosecute FCPA Violations

In a remarkable affirmation of the value of robust compliance and due-diligence programs, the Securities and Exchange Commission last month announced that it would not prosecute a U.S. company for potential violations of the...more

Och-Ziff Failures in Due Diligence and Transaction Compliance (Part II)

The Och-Ziff enforcement action is replete with examples of failures in due diligence and transaction monitoring compliance. Och-Ziff’s bribery schemes were elaborate and intricate and involved complex transactions,...more

5 Key Takeaways from AB InBev SEC FCPA Settlement

The Justice Department and the SEC have been busy over the last 2 weeks in the FCPA arena. For those who have raised doubts about DOJ and the SEC’s continuing commitment to FCPA enforcement, you should forever hold your...more

No Longer a Mirage: FCPA Compliance and Cooperation Has Its Benefits

On September 12, 2016, the SEC announced that it had reached a settlement with Jun Ping Zhang (“Ping”), a former executive of a Chinese subsidiary of Harris Corporation (“Harris”), regarding alleged violations of the Foreign...more

The Ping FCPA Enforcement Action: Lessons for the Compliance Practitioner

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) settled a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action against an individual earlier this month when it announced the resolution of a matter involving Jun Ping Zhang,...more

Trust But Verify - Due Diligence with a Jaded Eye

Ronald Reagan’s mantra with respect to US-Soviet relations in the 1980s applies with equal force to today’s world of due diligence. (I know it shows my age that I can recall this statement). Not all due diligence cases...more

Hallmark 7-Third-Party Due Diligence and Payments

There are five steps in the life cycle of third party management. - Business Justification and Business Sponsor; - Questionnaire to Third Party; - Due Diligence on Third Party; - Compliance...more

Hallmark 2 – Code of Conduct and Compliance Policies and Procedures

The cornerstone of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program is its written protocols. This includes a Code of Conduct, policies and procedures. In the FCPA Guidance, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and...more

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