Compliance

Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -
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SEC Charges Underwriter and Bankers in Connection with Offering by China-based Issuer A Cautionary Tale of How Bad Facts and Weak...

On March 27, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against an investment bank and two of its bankers for failing to adequately review and escalate a due diligence report which contradicted...more

OFAC Announces Settlement with Money Services Business for Violations of Sanctions Programs

On March 23, Department of the Treasury’s OFAC announced a settlement agreement with a large money services business (MSB) for failing to implement an effective compliance program “to identify, interdict, and prevent...more

Supply Chain as a Source of Compliance Innovation

On this day we celebrate the greatest upset in the history of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, when Villanova beat Georgetown for the 1985 national championship. Georgetown was the defending national champion and had beaten...more

CFPB announces proposals for limiting activities of payday lending market participants and other lenders: 6 questions answered

The CFPB has released proposals for a future payday loan rulemaking that will have a far-reaching impact on the $46 billion payday loan industry and on other markets. Under its proposals, the CFPB is offering industry...more

Seven Training Imperatives to Address Your Biggest Cyber Security Risk: Employee Behavior

One of your best defenses against a cyber attack? Your employees. Make sure they are trained on their role in protecting your organization. There are pros and cons to the digital world that we all live in. Pros include...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 145-SEC Enforcement of the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode which is Part II of my look at SEC enforcement of the FCPA, I consider whether profit disgorgement is available to the SEC in a strict liability enforcement action of violation of internal controls. ...more

[Webinar] Creating an Engaging Global Code of Ethics – Transcending Cultural Differences - April 7, 1-2 pm EST

It’s difficult enough to create a highly engaging Code of Ethics when your employees all reside in one country and speak one language. But when they operate everywhere from Beijing to Buffalo to Berlin, crafting an engaging...more

Does Robust Compliance Mean Understood Compliance?

If I had to summarize my experience of last week, where I participated in three compliance events, that statement from one of my lunch partners, would be it. First, an up front thank you to the organizers of the Inside...more

U.S. Government Announces Significant Sanctions Enforcement Actions Against Schlumberger and PayPal

The U.S. Government announced two major sanctions enforcement actions this week that reinforce the compliance challenges faced by both U.S. companies with international activities and non-U.S. companies subject to U.S....more

Internal Controls Enforcement (Part I of IV)

I was recently inspired by Tom Fox’s excellent writings on the COSO 2013 framework, and his examination of internal controls issues – see here, here, and here. Today, I begin my own series on internal controls but from a...more

Technology is Transforming Third Party Risk Management: Predicting the Future

The definition of “effectiveness” for a third party risk management program is quickly changing — how is your organization keeping up? I usually avoid predicting the future because you are bound to get something wrong. ...more

Compensation Incentives in a Best Practices Compliance Program

One of the areas that many companies have not paid as much attention to in their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) anti-corruption compliance programs is compensation. However the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities...more

Reminder: Certain U.S. Reporting and Compliance Obligations for Investment Advisers and Funds

The U.S. federal securities laws and the rules of U.S. self-regulatory organizations (such as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) impose certain reporting and compliance obligations on investment advisers and funds....more

UK’s Financial Services Regulator: No Hashtags in Financial Promotions

Earlier this month the UK’s financial services regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), issued its final guidance on financial promotions made via social media channels. As we reported last year, the FCA...more

Compliance Program Effectiveness Requires Accountability

A compliance program requires accountability. You can have ethics and you can have compliance policies, procedures and all the bells and whistles, but someone has to be accountable....more

Compliance Responses to Economic Downturns: A Focus On The Energy Sector – Part Two

II. Doing Less with Less - The current economic downturn in the energy space seems to follow a pattern, with businesses’ exhibiting predictable Pavlovian responses. When oil prices drop precipitously, companies who are...more

Miss Marple Short Stories and SEC Enforcement of the FCPA, Part V – Final Thoughts

I conclude my week of exploration of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple short stories and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by reviewing some of the new things...more

Top Three Findings From NAVEX Global’s 2015 Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report

For years, NAVEX Global has been proud to provide the industry’s best and most statistically accurate hotline benchmarking data. By analyzing anonymized data we gather through our hotline and case management solutions, we...more

Ingots of Gold & SEC FCPA Enforcement – Communication – Part IV

Today I want to use the Christie’s story Ingots of Gold as an introduction to some of the regular communications that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) representatives frequently provide in public forums, regarding...more

Does Compliance Need More “Darkside”?

Since my release from the Federal Prison Camp in December 2013, I have been observing many different perspectives in the compliance discourse that have broadened my own understanding of “compliance”. From the fields of law,...more

Dechert Survey of Securities Fraud Class Actions Brought Against U.S. Life Sciences Companies

Publicly Traded Life Sciences Companies in the United States Are an Increasingly Popular Target of Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuits - The past year was particularly noteworthy with respect to the relative number...more

The Future of U.K. Enforcement of Financial Crimes: Four Clues for 2015

The legal and compliance landscape is changing quickly—it’s up to organisations that do business in the U.K. to strengthen their compliance programmes to meet these new challenges. In this whitepaper, Andrew Foose, vice...more

What Scuba Diving Can Teach You About Policy Management: Three Key Lessons

What do policy management and scuba diving have in common? The need to mitigate risk, use the right equipment and prioritize training. You might not imagine that scuba diving and policy management could have much in...more

Expert Testimony May Be Required To Establish CERCLA Innocent Landowner Defense

On January 20, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California in Coppola v. Smith, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5127, addressed the application of CERCLA’s innocent landowner defense against a somewhat...more

A Front-Line View of Compliance: Q & A with Richard Bistrong

This week Maurice Gilbert, publisher of Corporate Compliance Insights and managing partner of Conselium Executive Search, interviews Richard Bistrong about Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC - Q: Well Richard, this is now...more

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