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FinCEN Fines Atlantic City Casino $10 Million for AML Deficiencies

Earlier this month, an Atlantic City-based casino was fined $10 million for violating the BSA – more specifically, for failing to (i) create and implement an adequate anti-money laundering program; (ii) establish an effective...more

Assessing Internal Controls, Part III

In this blog post I conclude my exploration of how you should assess your compliance internal controls using the Committee of Sponsoring Organization of the Treadway Organization (COSO), publication “Internal Controls –...more

Assessing Internal Compliance Controls – Part II

In this blog post I continue my exploration of how you should assess your compliance internal controls using the Committee of Sponsoring Organization of the Treadway Organization (COSO), publication “Internal Controls –...more

Assessing Compliance Internal Controls – Part I

I have recently detailed the COSO 2013 Framework in the context of a best practices compliance regime. However there is one additional step you will need to take after you design and implement your internal controls. That...more

Future of Corporate Monitors

No company wants a corporate monitor. If you ask any General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer or Chief Executive Officer, they can list an infinite number of alternative punishments they would rather suffer than have a...more

COSO and Internal Controls – Part V

This post concludes my exploration of internal controls and how companies can demonstrate compliance with the internal controls requirement under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by adhering to the Committee of...more

COSO and Internal Controls – Part III

This post continues my exploration of internal controls and how companies can demonstrate compliance with the internal controls requirement under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by adhering to the Committee of...more

FinCEN Fines NY-Based Securities Broker-Dealer for Anti-Money Laundering Shortfalls

On January 27, FinCEN fined a New York securities broker-dealer firm $20 million for violating the BSA. According to the press release, the firm failed to (i) establish an adequate anti-money laundering program; (ii) conduct...more

Medicare Hospital Compliance Reviews are Legal and Sound, According to OIG

The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) recently defended its practices pertaining to hospital compliance reviews in a published response to a letter from the American Hospital...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - January 2015

In this issue: - Directive Regarding Disclosure of Non-Financial and Diversity Information Published in Official Journal - ESMA Publishes Transparency Directive Consultation on European Electronic Access Point...more

"Germany: High-Profile Enforcement Actions and Increased Cartel Prosecution Dominate Enforcement Landscape"

Several high-profile corporate criminal investigations and prosecutions in Germany have led to the scrutiny of directors and officers for failure of controls and supervision. Several recent notable German enforcement actions...more

COSO and Internal Controls, Part II

This post continues my exploration of internal controls and how companies can demonstrate compliance with the internal controls requirement under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by adherence to the COSO 2013...more

Time for an antitrust checkup: FTC announces 2015 thresholds under HSR Act and Clayton Act

January is a good time to take stock of compliance programs and set aside dated opinions and guidance to avoid relying on old rules, and antitrust is no exception to that. Because the FTC announces revisions to HSR Act and...more

Welcome to COSO and the World of Internal Controls – Part I

I have intentionally avoided a Top Five or Top Ten prediction list for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement going forward from 2014 into 2015. However there is one area of FCPA enforcement, which I think underwent...more

Alstom Guilty Plea Sends Strong Message that DOJ Has Harsh View of Inadequate Internal Controls and Failure to Fully Cooperate

On December 22, 2014, French power and transportation company Alstom S.A. (“Alstom”) pleaded guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and agreed to pay $772.29 million, the largest criminal fine ever...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 121-FCPA Year in Review, Part II [Video]

In this episode I review the two Opinion Releases, Esquenazi court decision, DOJ communications via speeches on FCPA enforcement. I end with a look at 2015. ...more

Bridging the Week - January 2015 #2

FINRA Highlights Member Examinations Focus for 2015 - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued its annual letter to broker-dealers setting forth its regulation and examination priorities for the new year....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 119-FCPA Year in Review, Part I [Video]

In this episode I begin a two-part review of the 2014 FCPA year. In this episode I review some of the significant corporate enforcement actions. ...more

Uncovering the “Why” in FCPA Compliance Issues [Video]

Jan. 8, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- With the consequences of FCPA noncompliance ranging from “huge” to “catastrophic,” compliance should be top-of-mind for U.S. companies doing business with third-party intermediaries and...more

Avon Settles FCPA Charges

On December 17, 2014, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) resolved Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations being conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with a...more

FCPA Predictions for 2015 (Part II of II)

The key to being a successful (FCPA) prognosticator is never to keep score. If you do, you are likely to be disappointed. Instead, I follow the strategy of calculated distraction – for example, I predicted last year...more

5 steps to encourage internal whistleblowing

Did you know that only 8 percent of employees report wrongdoing externally without first reporting it internally? Yet, when a frustrated whistleblower does turn to government regulators, the outcome can be harsh....more

Byzantium and the Alstom FCPA Settlement – Part III

Porphyry is a type of stone that was much favored in the Roman world. In a review of several books in the New York Review of Books, entitled “The Purple Stone of Emperors”, Peter Brown looked into the history of the lithic in...more

Germany in the World Cup and the Alstom FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

“It was important that we played our game for 90 minutes.” That line was found in a The Daily Telegraph article entitled “The unthinkable scoreline: Brazil 1, Germany 7” by Jeremy Wilson. It was a quote from Mats Hummels,...more

Pow! Whack! Slam! Bam! – DOJ Finishes the FCPA Year with a Bang

Giving away my old age, we all loved the 1960s Batman series starring Adam West. Thanks to the Batman show we were given a long list of words to underscore Batman and Robin’s slugfests with the weekly villain (e.g. Penguin,...more

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