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Strict Liability and Human Rights Due Diligence – too little too early?

by Hogan Lovells on

It was a pleasure to speak in Geneva earlier this month at a consultation hosted by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (“OHCHR“) on the scope for making businesses strictly liable for human...more

ISO 37001: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (Part II of V)

by Michael Volkov on

In Part II of my continuing series, I identify in broad strokes some of the more significant positive and negative aspects of ISO 37001. While it is easy to second-guess the ISO 37001 authors, there are some interesting...more

After the Storm: Forensic Accounting = Record Reconstruction

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

IRS is authorized to grant certain relief that may help Taxpayers and Businesses recover financially from the impact of a disaster when the federal government declares their location to be a major disaster area. IRS could...more

In Defense of Compliance Checklists

by Michael Volkov on

Compliance officers have to avoid complicating a compliance program. As in many areas in life, there is a value in simplicity. Take for example a compliance training presentation. If a compliance officer overwhelms his/her...more

Implementing a Policy Review to Ensure You Are Protected Under The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Part 1: Why You Should Conduct a...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

One size rarely fits all, especially where technology is concerned. So too is employer coverage under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). Cookie-cutter molds for aspects of your business simply do not work. ...more

Day 6 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence

by Thomas Fox on

The compliance component of your mergers and acquisition regime should begin with a preliminary pre-acquisition assessment of risk. Such an early assessment will inform the transaction research and evaluation phases. This...more

The Mummy, Equifax and Dust in the end

by Thomas Fox on

It is the dust in end that Equifax created from its statements over the past week and actions which led to the massive data breach in the first place. The former head of the company, Richard Smith, testified before Congress...more

Comply With the U.S. Treasury’s OFAC Regulations and Avoid Possible Enforcement Action

by Butler Snow LLP on

For a variety of reasons, the United States government prohibits foreign and domestic individuals, groups, companies and other entities from enjoying the benefits of participating in the U.S. economy. ...more

Whatever Happened to the FCPA’s Foreign Conduct Requirement - How the FCPA is Being Used to Police Domestic Conduct and Internal...

As its name implies, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) was designed to prevent U.S. companies from engaging in foreign bribery. The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”),...more

DOJ And SEC Bring Major FCPA Enforcement Actions Against Swedish Telecom Firm, Imposing One Of Largest FCPA Penalties In History

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced significant enforcement actions against Telia Company AB, a Swedish telecommunications firm, for alleged...more

Ethics and Compliance Controls – Different Means to the Same Objective

by Michael Volkov on

People are getting confused. A company’s ethical culture is not a touchy-feely concept that makes everyone warm and cozy all over. At the same time, compliance controls are not hard and fast rules that are mechanically...more

CEO Leadership – Honesty, Integrity, Listening and Empathy

by Michael Volkov on

At the outset, let me concede that I am not a psychiatrist (although we all feel like one at times with family members and colleagues). My observations on CEO leadership come from my own life experiences, and professional...more

No More Excuses: CCOs Have to Embrace Technology

by Michael Volkov on

It is time for an honesty check – many CCOs do not like change. CCOs, however, need to embrace change as a powerful force. Compliance is an evolutionary process – it is constantly changing. A compliance program has to move...more

Farewell to a Repo Man and Using Laconic Persuasion as a CCO

by Thomas Fox on

The life of a Repo Man is always intense… That was one of the greatest lines from one of the greatest movies from one of the greatest laconic actors of all time. Of course it was Harry Dean Stanton who died over the...more

4 Signs of a Poor Relationship Between a CCO and the Board

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers have to devote more time to establish and maintain a positive relationship with the corporate board or audit/compliance committee. CCOs have a lot of responsibilities and feel a lot of pressure to...more

Book Review: The Chickenshit Club

by Thomas Fox on

To my mind the most significant and important book that every Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), General Counsel (GC) and compliance practitioner needs to read is The Chickenshit Club by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jesse...more

The COSO ERM Framework

by Thomas Fox on

The COSO Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Framework was released last week. It provides an excellent structure for compliance practitioners and businesses to think through the entire lifecycle of risk management....more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - September 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Keeping ahead of global anti-corruption trends is critical in today’s business markets. The Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest, which puts global trends at your fingertips, puts you ahead. The deep experience of the Dorsey...more

Tales from the Corporate Scandal Crypt: GM, VimpelCom, VW and Wells Fargo

by Michael Volkov on

We are fascinated by corporate scandals. Since the 1980s, the US public has enjoyed unraveling corporate scandals, and vilifying corporate leaders caught in the web of deceit and misconduct. I am sure there are historical...more

Ethics and Compliance Training, What Gets Results?

The following interview is with Dr. Patricia Harned, Chief Executive Officer of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI). RB: Pat, it’s a pleasure to have you join us today, and thank you for sharing your report “Ethics...more

FDIC Provides Some Statistics on Violations Found During BSA/AML Exams: One Percent of Exams Lead to Formal Enforcement Actions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In its Summer 2017 issue of Supervisory Insights, published last week, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) provides some insight into its examination process and outcomes for Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”)/Anti-Money...more

Financial Controls and Contract Management Systems

by Michael Volkov on

Compliance officers understand that a company’s greatest risks surround access to and use of money. A CCO has to understand a company’s financial controls, and in a perfect world, should have a seat at the table in the...more

SEC Charges Adviser With Deficient Controls

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC has in the past brought actions against political intelligence firms. One involved compliance procedures and required admissions as part of the settlement....more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 51, the PCAOB and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). We consider the role of the PCAOB in both audit standards and internal controls for compliance. What is goodwill, goodwill...more

The Good and the Bad from OCIE’s Cyber Examinations and What Firms Should Do Next

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a National Examination Program Risk Alert (Risk Alert) on August 7, 2017 regarding observations from...more

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