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Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled...more

Asset misappropriation – investigating people and money?

Forensic accounting has been described as an “art and science” that investigates people and money. Forensic accountants are known for tracing funds (following the money), uncovering hidden assets and educating involved...more

Lessons Learned From FCPA Enforcement Against JP Morgan for Sons and Daughters Referral Program

Last week, the Justice Department and the SEC finally brought to a close the Sons and Daughters or Princelings investigation. Pending investigations against four other companies still remain to be resolved....more

Why FCPA Compliance Makes America Great

Last week, a colleague asked me what I thought the Trump administration might hold for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement specifically and for the greater compliance discipline in general. I have been exploring...more

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

I am writing a series on why compliance is not going away under a Trump administration and why you should not either. Today, I want to focus on the most bottom line of all business reasons, that being that compliance is good...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

This Week In Securities Litigation

In a week that began with a focus on the election and ended with the commemoration of veterans day, the SEC brought a series of actions including: one that centered on the sale of unregistered securities in the form of binary...more

A Cautionary Illustration of the Need for Accounting and Compliance Reviews

Embraer SA, Brazil's flagship aerospace manufacturer and a worldwide competitor across various aviation markets, experienced first-hand the scope and reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Embraer agreed to pay...more

Mortgage Lender Agrees to $28 Million Fine by NYDFS

On November 9, 2016, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) announced it entered into a consent order with a New Jersey-based mortgage company and its subsidiary. The order stems from multiple...more

Volkov on the Evolving Standards for Compliance Programs

Sometimes I get inspired when writing blog posts and sometimes I get on a roll. It is a bit of both this week and today, as previously this week, I have focused on Department of Justice (DOJ) pronouncements on their view of...more

The Unsinkable Molly Brown – Compliance, Stakeholder Engagement and CSR

Tammy Grimes died earlier this week. For those of you not familiar with that name, you may well know the name of the Broadway musical which catapulted her to fame, The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Grimes garnered a Toni in 1960...more

Lessons Learned from Embraer $205 Million FCPA Settlement (Part II of II)

The Embraer FCPA settlement action contains a number of important lessons learned and compliance reminders. In several significant respects, the Embraer case confirms in several areas why proactive compliance programs are...more

E.D. Pennsylvania Limits Protected Activity Under SOX

In Westawski v. Merck & Co., No. 14-cv-3239 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 18, 2016), the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Defendant Merck & Co. (Company) summary judgment on Plaintiff Joni Westawski’s (Plaintiff) SOX whistleblower...more

Embraer Finally Lands $205 Million FCPA Settlement (Part I of II)

After years of investigation, disclosures, and press reports, the Embraer FCPA case finally came to a close. Hopefully, we will not see more of these long-term, seemingly endless investigations. The Justice Department and the...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part IV

I conclude my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the resolution of...more

Embraer FCPA Enforcement Action – Part III

Today I continue my exploration of the recently announced Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with the announcement of the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed another action in which admissions were required as part of the settlement. The proceeding named as Respondents a foreign bank and two of subsidiaries. Respondents variously acted as unregistered brokers...more

Spuds MacKenzie Runs into FCPA/Whistleblower Buzzsaw

Ha. I’m just kidding. I don’t think Spuds MacKenzie has been a thing for years. But his former patron, Anheuser-Busch InBev, ran into some FCPA problems last month, and tacked on a whistleblower charge for good measure....more

Like a Rolling Stone and the Failures of Internal Controls

I continue my celebration of Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate, by reflecting on what many consider to be his greatest recording, Like a Rolling Stone. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named it as the greatest song of all time....more

Och-Ziff: Accountability and Internal Controls (Part IV)

There are a number of important lessons from the Och-Ziff enforcement action, some of which are related to the private equity and hedge fund industry and some of which apply across all businesses....more

FCPA Enforcement Ramping Up Against Private Equity and Hedge Funds (Part III)

The Och-Ziff settlement has now set the stage for the Justice Department and the SEC to focus its enforcement eye on the private equity and hedge fund industry. The Och-Ziff action was initiated in response to the SEC’s...more

John Fogarty Rocks-Nu Skin Informs Oversight

I recently saw John Fogerty in concert. For those you are not aware, he was a founding member and the driving force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), one of the very top American groups from the 1960s and early...more

Major FCPA Enforcement Action Against Nation’s Largest Publicly Traded Hedge Fund

In one of the largest FCPA settlements in history, hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (“Och-Ziff”) recently resolved a long-running government inquiry by agreeing to $413 million in financial penalties and a...more

DOJ and SEC Deliver Body Blow to Private Equity and Hedge Funds: Och-Ziff Settles FCPA Violations for $412 Million (Part I)

The Justice Department and the Securities Exchange Commission delivered a powerful FCPA enforcement message to private equity and hedge funds. Och-Ziff settled with the DOJ and SEC for total penalties of $412 million....more

SFC’s Concerns Over Licensees’ Anti-Money Laundering Internal Controls

Key Points - - The SFC Enforcement Division is investigating several SFC-licensed brokerages for suspected inadequate AML internal controls. - Reminder of SFC areas of concern. - SFC licensees...more

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