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Court Vacates Term of Supervised Release

In a short summary order, the Court (Winter, Jacobs, Cabranes) vacated a term of supervised release because the district court had improperly calculated the advisory Guidelines range. Defendant Raddy Breton pleaded guilty to...more

The Second Circuit Limits the Application of Two Guidelines Enhancements

In United States v. Huggins,15-1676, the Second Circuit (Winter, Cabranes, and Restani, sitting by designation) limited the scope of two Guidelines enhancements often applicable to white-collar crimes: (1) U.S.S.G....more

Top 10 Ethics & Compliance Predictions and Recommendations for 2017

Once again it’s time for our annual review of trends and events that will impact your Ethics and Compliance (E&C) program in the year ahead. This year presents a unique challenge. We are preparing our predictions...more

The Board of Directors’ Compliance Committee

Yesterday, together with Baker Hughes Inc. (BHI) Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) Jay Martin, I wrote about a new and innovative compliance committee BHI has initiated, the GeoMarket Compliance and Ethics Committee. In...more

Shortchanging the Compliance Function

A company that does not back up its words with deeds is doomed to suffer compliance and cultural breakdowns. When a company commits to building a culture of trust and integrity, the company has to keep its word. This is not a...more

Divided Court Withdraws Opinion Vacating 60-Year Child Pornography Sentence and Affirms the Sentence as Procedurally and...

In United States v. Brown, No. 13-1706, the Second Circuit (Pooler, Sack, and Droney), withdrew the Court’s June 14, 2016 opinion, vacating Nathan Brown’s sixty year prison sentence on three counts of production of child...more

Food For Thought: Court of Appeals Questions Relevance Of Guidelines To Case Of Fraud Involving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

In United States v. Algahaim, No. 15-2024(L), the Second Circuit (Newman, Winters, Cabranes) upheld the conviction of two defendants for misconduct involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”), but...more

A rise in health and safety fines in Scotland?

In a recent ruling the Criminal Appeal Court in Scotland determined that Scottish Courts should fix penalties for health and safety offences by reference to not only existing Scottish case-law, but also the new 2015...more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action, Part III-St. Mark’s Revealed

This week I am exploring the JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and its subsidiary, JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited (JPM-APAC), (collectively ‘the company’) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action which...more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action, Part II

Today I will consider the superior result achieved by JPM in its FCPA resolution. Not only did it receive a 25% discount off the bottom of the US Sentencing Guidelines fine range but it received a NPA and not even a Deferred...more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action: Part I – Venice and Fog

JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and its subsidiary, JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited (JPM-APAC) resolved its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matter last week, obtaining a Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA) from the...more

Compliance isn’t Going Away (and Neither Should You) – Part III

I continue what has now become a week-long explanation of why the compliance function in a corporation and the compliance profession in general is not going anywhere, even with the election of Trump as President and a full...more

Compliance Isn’t Going Away (and neither should you) – Part I

Yesterday I presented my views on why I believe that Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement will continue under the new administration. Today, I want to begin a multi-part series (sorry I don’t know how long it will...more

4 Ways Continuous Improvement is Essential to an Effective Compliance Program. Stephen Kasloff Explains [PODCAST]

Stephen Kasloff is Director and Senior Advisor of Compliance & Ethics Solutions LLC and an expert in how continuous improvement is vital to compliance programs. As Stephen explains, continuous improvement is essential to...more

How Compliance Can Be Built to Succeed! An In-Depth Discussion with Donna Boehme PART 1 [PODCAST]

Donna Boehme is back on the Masters of Disaster® podcast to discuss what it takes for compliance to succeed. Donna often refers to the new approach for the architecture of Compliance 2.0. Fundamentally, Compliance 2.0 starts...more

Looking at Culture with Compliance Program Assessments; Eric Feldman Explains [PODCAST].

Eric Feldman, Senior Vice President at Affiliated Monitors, Inc. discusses with me why third party assessments are essential for meeting the obligations outlined by the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. We also discuss the...more

Hallmark 5-Communications and Training

I. Training - The communication of your anti-corruption compliance program is something that must be done on a regular basis to ensure its effectiveness. The FCPA Guidance explains, “Compliance policies cannot work...more

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

Hallmark 1 – Commitment from Senior Management and a Clearly Articulated Policy Against Corruption

Over the next two weeks I will be revisiting the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance program, as laid out in the 2012 A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ( FCPA Guidance) authored by the Criminal...more

Recent Fed Action Presents Compliance Questions

The Federal Reserve announced on August 3, 2016, that it would fine Goldman Sachs $36.3 million in connection with a leak of confidential information from its New York branch. The leak was discovered and reported by Goldman...more

LATAM/LAN FCPA Enforcement Action: Part II – Some Observations

Yesterday I reviewed the underlying facts of the long running Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) matter involving the LATAM Airlines Group S.A. (LATAM). The resolution involved criminal charges detailed in an Information...more

DOJ’s FCPA Pilot Program Keeps Heat on Individuals

In April, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a one-year pilot program offering certain violators of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) the possibility of reduced sanctions on top of any credit provided for by the...more

White Collar Criminal Sentencing – What A Difference Cooperation Makes

The political campaign season has included plenty of discussion surrounding reforming our criminal justice system, and in particular sentencing for drug offenses. We have not heard much discussion about white-collar criminal...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #7

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474: Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were federally indicted...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #6

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in five cases on June 23, 2016: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, No. 14-981: Petitioner Abigail Fisher applied for admission to the University of Texas at...more

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