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This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission announced its largest whistleblower action this week – an award to a person overseas of over $30 million. The agency also filed a series of actions this week....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 94-Internal Controls for Gifts, Travel and Entertainment in a FCPA Compliance Program,... [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report I continue my visit with Henry Mixon on internal controls for gifts, travel and entertainment in a best practices FCPA compliance program. ...more

17 Red Flags for Potential International-Sanctions Violations

Recent events in Ukraine and the Middle East have expanded sanctions placed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) against certain foreign financial institutions and individuals. This...more

The Global Anti-Corruption Perspective - Q3 2014

TOP 10 TIPS FOR COUNTERING SMALL BRIBES - The issue of so-called facilitation payment’ and other small bribes is a thorn in the side of many international businesses. Not only is it difficult to do business in many...more

Lessons from GSK in China – Internal Controls, Auditing and Monitoring

One of the questions that GSK will have to face during the next few years of bribery and corruption investigations is how an allegedly massive bribery and corruption scheme occurred in its Chinese operations? The numbers went...more

Barclays Is Sanctioned By The FCA and The SEC

Barclays took a double hit from regulators yesterday. First the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK fined Barclays Bank Plc, about £38 million for putting £16.5 billion of client assets at risk. Then the SEC imposed a $15...more

The Home Depot Data Breach: There’s No Time Like the Present for Cybersecurity

As Home Depot’s recent cybersecurity breach emphasizes, there is no time like the present to institute controls designed to prevent an attack. In the latest data security breach, Home Depot’s servers were broken into,...more

Internal Controls, COSO and FCPA Compliance: Interview with Henry Mixon

Ed. Note-today I continue my interviews of thought leaders in the compliance space. Today I visit with Henry Mixon, a noted internal controls expert. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Birmingham...more

A Reminder of the Importance of Internal Controls Under SOX

On July 30, 2014, the SEC announced charges against the CEO and the former CFO of a computer equipment company based in Florida for misrepresenting the state of the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting and...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 91, Internal Controls for Third Parties Under the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode, I continue my exploration of internal controls around third parties in a FCPA compliance program, with Henry Mixon. ...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 88, Internal Controls for Third Parties Under the FCPA, Part I [Video]

In this episode 88 of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I visit with noted internal controls expert Henry Mixon on the types of internal controls needed for third parties in a FCPA compliance program. ...more

SEC Enforcement Initiative to Root Out Repeated Late Filers of Ownership Forms Due Under Sections 13 and 16 — Reminder to Ensure...

On September 10, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced charges against 28 officers, directors and major shareholders for violating Sections 13 and 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 87, what are internal controls, Part II [Video]

In this Part II of What Are Internal Controls? I continue my discussion with noted expert Henry Mixon on the basics of internal controls in a best practices FCPA compliance program....more

What Are Internal Controls, Part I [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I begin a series on internal controls, with noted practitioner Henry Mixon. This is the first part of a two part episode on the basics of what are internal controls. ...more

Whether 1992 Or 2013 Version Of COSO Framework — Disclose In Management’s And Auditor’s Internal Control Reports

Last week, I posted a piece regarding the “squishy” deadline (to borrow the term of art coined by the COSO Chair) for implementation of the new 2013 COSO internal control framework. As you may recall, the original 1992 COSO...more

New Credit Rating Agency Rules Offer Insight into Public Company Internal Controls

The SEC has adopted credit rating agency rules for Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSROs), which include requirements relating to NRSROs’ internal controls. The Dodd-Frank Act requires NRSROs to...more

Fraud and Bribery – They Go Hand in Hand

Compliance officers need to dig into and understand a company’s internal controls. Many compliance officers tend to leave that issue to Internal Auditors – that is a big mistake....more

Board of Directors and FCPA Oversight – An Internal Control Under SOX, Part II

In Part I of this two-part post regarding a Board of Director’s Role in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) oversight from the internal controls perspective, I reviewed how a Board might have independent liability for its...more

Stinging Dissent By Commissioner Aguilar: Is The SEC Making Fraudulent Behavior Look Like An Innocent Mistake?

Following on the heels of a case, discussed in this post, in which a CEO and CFO were charged with internal control and books and records violations (but no typical financial statement fraud allegation), comes another case...more

Is It OK To Delay Implementation Of The New COSO Framework?

With the original 1992 COSO internal control framework deemed by COSO to be “superseded” as of December 15, 2014, companies are fast approaching the deadline for adoption of the updated 2013 COSO framework, But is it really a...more

District Court Confirms Caremark Applies to Audit Committee Oversight of Internal Controls

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted a motion to dismiss a derivative action in which the plaintiff alleged that the directors of VeriFone Systems, Inc. breached fiduciary duties...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Action on Internal Control Despite No Other Alleged Violations

A recent SEC-settled administrative action is another reminder of the SEC’s focus on internal control over financial reporting (ICFR). Although prior SEC ICFR charges have been accompanied with allegations of false financial...more

This Court’s Ruling Puts The Opinion In Auditor’s Internal Control Opinion

A brief ruling issued this week by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan makes it clear that an auditor isn’t always liable even when a subsequent auditor uncovers fraud. In Oaktree Capital Mgmt., L.P. v. KPMG, 2014 U.S....more

Smith & Wesson Pays $2 Million to Resolve SEC Charges

On July 28, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, one of the largest gun manufacturers in the United States, agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges alleging that it had bribed...more

SEC Charges Corporate Officers with Fraud Arising from Failure to Disclose Internal Controls Issues and Alleged Misrepresentations...

On July 30, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) advanced a novel theory of fraud against the former CEO (Marc Sherman) and CFO (Edward Cummings) of Quality Services Group, Inc. (“QSGI”), a Florida-based...more

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