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TN Ethics Opinion Approves Lawyers’ Cloud Storage of Client Data

Tennessee has joined other states in formally approving lawyers’ cloud-storage of client-confidential data. The Board of Professional Responsibility (“BOPR”) held that lawyers ethically may use cloud storage for...more

Design Thinking in Compliance

In many ways the migration from Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) 1.0 to 2.0 and beyond is more than simply about the technical aspects of a CCO to the internal and external delivery of a compliance solution by the compliance...more

Our Picks for the August Top 10 Ethics and Compliance Articles You Don’t Want to Miss

With so many articles available every month, it’s possible that a few got buried in either your inbox or the depths of the blogosphere. But for professional growth (and a quick break from the daily grind), we all know it’s...more

DOJ’s Warning to High-Tech Companies: SAP Official Pleads Guilty To FCPA Violation

When DOJ acts, they like to make a splash. While the FCPA Paparazzi have been lamenting the “slow down” in FCPA enforcement actions and the increase in case closings, DOJ still makes its mark when it acts, and I expect more...more

Give & Take: The Case for a Better G&E Compliance Program

Part One: Setting The Foundation - Why Does G&E Matter? Tony Robbins once said, “Every problem is a gift—without problems we would not grow.” In the compliance arena, the reverse also applies, as many gifts can...more

Does The Ratio Of CEO To Employee Pay Matter?

The SEC recently voted to require employers to disclose the pay gap between the CEO and his or her employees. Unions, investors, and other groups have increasingly been using this disparity to attack companies. As Fortune...more

SEC Fines Adviser $20 Million Based on Conflicts

Failure to disclose conflicts of interest and/or to comply with firm procedures are the predicates for a series of SEC enforcement actions involving regulated entities. The most recent example of these trends is an action...more

DOJ Hires Compliance Counsel to Assist in Charging Decisions

New Compliance Counsel Will Assess Effectiveness of Corporate Compliance Programs - Last week the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed it is hiring a compliance counsel to assist DOJ prosecutors in assessing the...more

SEC Issues Settled Enforcement Action Against Investment Adviser, its President and Senior Officers for Compliance Program...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order (Order) on June 23, 2015, against Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management Inc. (Adviser), an investment adviser registered under...more

The Kitchen Debate Presages the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report

On this day in 1959, occurred one of the more iconic events of the Cold War, that being the Kitchen Debate between US Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. It was called ‘The Kitchen Debate’...more

2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt’s Government Law and Consulting Practice Group released its 2015 Florida Legislative Post-Session Report detailing significant bills that passed during the 2015 Regular Session of the Florida...more

3 Ways to Improve Compliance Training

As the compliance profession matures and evolves, the elements of an effective compliance program follow a similar pattern. Compliance training programs have become more sophisticated over the last five years, as...more

SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance Update Relating to Rule 204A-1 of the Investment Advisers Act

In June, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management issued a Guidance Update relating to Rule 204A-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Rule 204A-1 provides that a registered investment...more

How Companies Could Avoid “Paper” Compliance in New Ukraine? Try Acting Rather Than Talking

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from two noted compliance practitioners from Ukraine, Timur Khasanov-Batirov and Andriy Selepey who discuss the dangers of a paper compliance program. Corruption is the main problem...more

June Whistleblower Digest | Does Your Ethics Training Adequately Cover Anti-Retaliation?

Pop quiz: what are the three criteria the SEC stated they would hold a chief compliance officer accountable for? Well, I admit that was a trick question, because even if you got them right, the SEC is ruffling feathers by...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Personal Securities Transactions Reporting

On June 26, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a guidance update on Rule 204A-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). Rule 204A-1 requires, among other things, certain advisory...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance to Clarify Application of Rule Requiring Reporting of Personal Securities Transactions by Investment...

In a June 2015 Guidance Update, the staff of the Division of Investment Management clarified how the code of ethics reporting rules apply to investment advisers. Current rules require certain advisory personnel who...more

SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Personal Trade Reporting of Accounts Over Which Reporting Persons Have No...

Under Rule 204A-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, a registered investment adviser’s written code of ethics must include requirements for reporting of personal securities holdings and trading activity by the adviser’s...more

Are your sponsorship and hospitality controls enough to satisfy the FCPA? Maybe not

On May 20, 2015, the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) settled an administrative proceeding with global mining /commodities producer BHP Billiton, resolving allegations that the company violated the books and records...more

Washington Politics and Compliance

Consider this posting a warning to everyone in the corporate governance field. I am not known for being a chicken little and screaming “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” I tend to be a realist when it comes to politics...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 165-BHP FCPA Enforcement and Lessons Learned for the Compliance Practitioner  [Video]

In this episode I review the BHP Billiton FCPA enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. I review the underlying facts and provide some lessons learned for the compliance practitioner. The key...more

Tea Leaves from AAG Caldwell on An Effective Compliance Program

The government is on a public relation campaign. Department of Justice and SEC officials have been making the rounds and giving important speeches on criminal prosecutions, cooperation and voluntary disclosure and ethics and...more

On the Oregon Trail: the BHP Enforcement Action and High-Risk Hospitality

The settlers who took off on this Great Emigration on the Oregon Trail did not have anything in the way of a road map. Fortunately for the modern day anti-corruption compliance practitioner, you do have road maps that can...more

Senn Interview, Part III – Post Incident Remediation

I conclude my three-part series based upon my podcast interview of noted white-collar defense lawyer and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) practitioner Mara Senn, a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP. In Part I, I considered...more

Do Your Confidentiality and Employment Agreements Violate SEC Whistleblower Protection Rules?

As the SEC takes aim at whistleblower “pretaliation” (attempts to muzzle whistleblowers via confidentiality and other employment agreements—overt or otherwise) ethics and compliance officers need to take practical steps to...more

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