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Building Trust in an Organization as a Step to Operationalizing Compliance

Earlier this week I explored LRN Corporation’s (LRN) 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report). One of the key findings of the Report was that if there was greater employee trust, the values of ethics...more

Legal and Compliance Coordination – An Essential Foundation to an Effective Compliance Program (Part IV of IV)

Here is a profound grasp of the obvious – Lawyers can be difficult people. Some like to condemn the profession in its entirety (and carry with them a collection of lawyer jokes). As an attorney, I beg to differ. Many...more

Operationalizing Compliance – Natural Partners and Breaking Down Walls (Part I of IV)

An effective compliance program is built on internal coordination and relationships. Applying the Justice Department’s terminology, an effective compliance program is one that is operationalized. At first glance, you may...more

Saudi Arabia Approves New Corporate Governance Regulations

The publication of the Regulations is driven by the continued effort to attract additional foreign investment into the Kingdom and to harmonize the CMA’s own rules with those of the newly revised Companies Law2, as overseen...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part V – Level III Due Diligence as a Board Tool

Today, I conclude my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence, by discussing how a this should be considered as a best practices tool by a Board of Directors in a broader sense. I am joined in this exploration by...more

The Value of Forensic Accounting Goes Beyond the Courtroom

Forensic Accountants play an integral role in the changing landscape of today’s business management and oversight. Successful business owners prepare for the possibility of malware attacks, internal fraud, lawsuits,...more

SEC Charges Five Senior Executives With Financial Fraud

Five executives took advantage of their employer’s weak internal controls to repeatedly misappropriate funds, causing a loss of over $11 million over a four year period beginning in 2008. The scheme was discovered when a firm...more

Creation of Roundabout and Operationalization of Compliance

Readers of this blog know of my love for progressive rock music and that my favorite prog rock group is Yes. You might understand how thrilled I was when the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), of all places, ran an interview with...more

Review, Revise and Re-Organize Your Company’s Internal Controls (Part II of II)

Assuming you made it through Part I of this two-part posting about internal controls, we need to consider a new approach to the design and implementation of internal controls....more

A New Approach to Internal Controls (Part I of II)

The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission have dedicated more time and energy to understanding a company’s internal controls and enforcing basic requirements that companies maintain effective internal...more

The General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued their stunning run of 2016 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions right up to the end of the year with the announcement...more

Insight from the DOJ Fraud Section

Without fanfare, on February 8 the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) published new corporate compliance guidance on its public website. The guidance is presented as a set of topics and questions, entitled...more

KPMG Issues 2017 Global Audit Committee Pulse Survey

Recently, KPMG released its 2017 Global Audit Committee Pulse Survey, which reports on audit committee activities based on survey responses from 800 audit committee members across 42 countries. Asking, "Is Everything Under...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Retaliation Claim

In one of the first cases to address the standard governing a motion for summary judgment in a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation case, Judge Jed S. Rakoff ruled that two former executives of Vista Outdoor Inc. (the...more

New DOJ Evaluation – Valuable Document for the Compliance Practitioner: Part II

Yesterday I began a two-part series on the Department of Justice (DOJ’s) “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Evaluation) posted on the Fraud Section website late last week. The document is an 11-part list of...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters"

On February 2, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters,” the third installment of our four-part Corporate Governance Series focused on trends in corporate...more

A ‘Most Daring Act’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part I

A most “daring act” seems to be a good way to introduce a multi-part look at the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de...more

Board Governance and Risk Oversight

One of the ongoing questions from members of Board of Directors is how to resolve the tension between oversight and managing. I recently had the opportunity to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President (EVP) of...more

The Test for Bad Actors in a Bad Company

Some business people are “bad,” meaning they engage in misconduct and either feel no remorse or rationalize why their conduct is acceptable. In a company that embraces bad acting, breaking rules or cutting corners, bad actors...more

White Collar Enforcement and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

Enforcement activity under the Obama administration often made headlines for the eye-popping level of fines, with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, and economic sanctions...more

The Top Ten Regulatory and Litigation Risks for Private Funds in 2017

Private investment funds and advisers are likely to face new regulatory challenges and increased litigation risks in 2017, not only because of a change in the administration, but also because many advisers have not corrected...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Three of the six actions filed this week by the Commission were against registered investment advisers. One involved the misappropriation of funds, another centered on the failure to disclose a related party transaction and a...more

Is it time for an incentive mine sweep?

As Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor share in Primed to Perform, “no topic raises passion like pay.” And as they reflect, “pay-for-performance is neither inherently good nor inherently bad. Depending on the circumstances, it...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

During a two week period divided by the Inauguration, the Commission filed just under 40 actions. Chair Mary Jo White stepped down from her position at the agency after delivering her departing remarks at the New York...more

FCPA Recidivists: Zimmer Biomet (Part I of II)

The drug and medical device industries have been taking it on the FCPA chin for years. The risk factors in the international marketplace are significant – healthcare professionals are normally government employees; government...more

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