The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Chief Compliance Officers

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is a United States Federal law enacted in 1974 to create transparency and prevent bribery for U.S.-based corporations conducting business overseas.
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Hallmark 3 – Oversight, Autonomy and Resources

I. Autonomy - The DOJ has made clear over the years the importance of this hallmark. In the FCPA Guidance it states, “In appraising a compliance program, DOJ and SEC also consider whether a company has assigned...more

Compliance is a Business

Compliance is a business. That statement should not come as a shock or even a surprise to anyone who has worked in the corporate world. Every part of a business should work towards doing business. Yet many compliance...more

A Trip to the Dentist for Some Compliance Insight

I had to go to the dentist yesterday. I went for what I thought was filling repair but I had somehow forgotten that it was a wisdom tooth removal and a filling repair. I know you are thinking either (1) why does someone his...more

England Wins 1966 World Cup and How to Lead a Change in Culture

Today we celebrate England’s sole World Cup win that occurred 50 years and two days ago on July 30, 1966. England, the World Cup host, beat West Germany 3-2 in the final. A crowd of 98,000 watched the game end in regulation...more

Are Compliance Officers at Financial Institutions Now in the Hot Seat for Fines?

Otherwise reputable Financial Institutions continue being sanctioned for regulatory non-compliance. Well known “household” names continue receiving fines for failing to establish and implement adequate Anti-Money Laundering...more

Benchmarking Your FCPA Compliance Program

After a relatively slow year of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) prosecutions in 2015, this year started out with a landmark settlement against telecommunications provider VimpelCom Ltd. DC Partner Mark Srere, Denver...more

Securities Enforcement: 2016 Mid-Year Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) brought over 400 enforcement actions in the first half of 2016 and is on pace to surpass its record of 807 enforcements actions in a single fiscal year, which...more

Innovation in Compliance – Part III: Design Thinking

I continue to explore innovation in the compliance function by considering how design thinking can help the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) move forward in an innovative cutting edge manner to make a compliance program not...more

An Organizational Response to Global Compliance Challenges

The following is part II of a guest post by Alison Taylor and James Cohen. A consensus has emerged as to what an effective anti-corruption compliance program looks like – its components and success factors. At the same...more

Recent Trends and Patterns in the Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) / FCPA Digest

Shearman & Sterling’s bi-annual Trends & Patterns report provides insightful analysis of recent enforcement trends and patterns in the US, the UK, and elsewhere as well as helpful guidance on emerging best practices in FCPA...more

The UK Bribery Act: SFO Procedures and DPA Process

A couple of recent articles about the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) caught my attention. One was on thebriberyact.com, entitled “Opinion: DPA’s must show greater benefits. We discuss the Criteria & Process for a DPA set out...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 258-using data, data analytics and data analysis in your compliance programs [Video]

In this episode, I consider how a CCO can use data in a best practices compliance program. ...more

The Panama Papers and Shell Games, Part I

One of the more prescient authors I know is Ryan C. Hubbs, a senior manager of fraud investigation and dispute services at Ernst & Young LLP (EY), who, in 2014, wrote an article for Fraud Magazine entitled “Shell Games”. In...more

Tribute to Ali – The Greatest

The Greatest died this past Friday. There is only one man in my lifetime who earned that sobriquet and it was Muhammad Ali. Ali was the greatest sportsman in my lifetime and in 1999, he was named by the editors of Sports...more

A COSO Look at Control Objectives

Brian Christensen, in an article in Corporate Compliance Insights (CCI) entitled “The Updated COSO Framework: Time for a Fresh Look at Internal Control”, said that the updated 2013 COSO Framework retained the core definition...more

Want to Work in Compliance – Learn How to Read a Balance Sheet

One of the most interesting tag lines I heard at Compliance Week 2016 was the following, if you want to work in my compliance department; you need to learn how to read a balance sheet. I thought that single line encapsulated...more

The Evolution of Compliance: Structural Changes Which Led to Compliance 2.0

If there was one theme from Compliance Week 2016 it was the continued evolution of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) role and the compliance profession. Long gone are the days when someone is sent over from a legal...more

CCO Independence, Authority and Resources as Indicia of an Effective Compliance Program

At the Opening Session of Compliance Week 2016, Stephen L. Cohen, Associate Director of Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Andrew Weissmann, Chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division’s...more

The SEC, CCOs and Compliance Programs

Compliance programs, Chief Compliance Officers and liability have been the subject of a great deal of debate in recent months. Members of the Commission, for example, debated charging decisions regarding CCOs last year in...more

Up Close and Personal: Individual CCO Liability – Part II

Yesterday I began an exploration of the potential individual liability of a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) based upon the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enforcement action against Raymond James Inc. and its...more

Up Close and Personal: Individual CCO Liability – Part I

A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed. Those lines were the opening verse to the theme song of the TV...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part IV

This week I have been exploring the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) with Joe Howell, an Executive Vice President (EVP) with Workiva Inc. We have considered how some of the issues addressed by the PCAOB directly...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part I

I recently had the chance to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Workiva LLC. Howell has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a number of public companies, mostly in the technology space, and...more

GHBER Tribute to Jay Martin

This Thursday 19th May, the Greater Houston Business and Ethics Roundtable (GHBER) will hold its first Ethics and Compliance Awards Dinner in honor of the 20-year anniversary of the organization’s founding. We will award the...more

What Can You Learn in the First Inning?

You might figure that the year I decide to jump back on the Houston Astros bandwagon, they go back in the tank. Last year they were one game away from the American League (AL) Championship. This year they have the third worst...more

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