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Why Lawyers Should Care about the New COSO Framework

The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) 1992 Internal Control—Integrated Framework has long been recognized as the starting point for designing, implementing and conducting internal...more

Enforcement Case Shows SEC’s Increased Focus on Internal Controls

The SEC recently announced the settlement of charges against DGSE Companies Inc. and its former CFO for accounting fraud resulting primarily from his manipulation of the company’s accounting for inventory. DGSE disclosed in...more

Have You Written Your BYOD Policy Yet? Don't Forget These 9 Must-Have Features

I read a great blog by Tricia Meyer of Meyer Law, on how crucial it is to prepare your business for the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement. Surely you’ve heard about this; I even heard a story about BYOD on NPR a few...more

FCPA Enforcement Continues To Focus on Internal Controls

Several recent multi-million dollar settlements with companies to resolve bribery violations illustrate how the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is keeping its focus on internal controls and the accounting provisions...more

Mitigating Bribery Risks With Financial Controls

Anti-corruption compliance is not as hard as it looks. In fact, by taking a step back, compliance professionals can gain insights. At the direction of compliance professionals, companies like to develop and adopt...more

A Close Look At Internal Controls

Companies with ineffective internal controls face risks of embezzlement and self-dealing by employees, bribery, export control violations and other possible legal violations. The payment of foreign bribes often occurs in...more

PCAOB Member Disputes Audit Firms’ Tales

Jeanette M. Franzel, PCAOB Board Member, recently gave her views on the PCAOB’s requirements. Ms. Franzel noted the PCAOB has heard that in response to some recent changes, some issuers have expressed concerns about the...more

Creating a Culture of Compliance

In this article, I outline the key questions that should be asked, the answers to which will determine the extent, depth, and integrity of a culture of compliance. I am going to take you through a set of questions that will...more

The SEC’s Enforcement Of An Elastic “Internal Controls” Requirement

The SEC knows that it has broad enforcement authority. In the FCPA arena, the SEC has civil authority over bribes, but more importantly, enforcement authority over books and records and internal controls. It is this latter...more

The Relationship Between Sarbanes-Oxley And FCPA Compliance

Ten years ago, Sarbanes-Oxley was the focus of compliance and corporate governance reform. Sarbanes-Oxley was enacted in response to major corporate scandals involving financial reporting fraud and accounting...more

SEC Settles Administrative Proceedings Against London-Based Hedge Fund Adviser and its Parent over Internal Control Failures and...

The SEC settled public administrative proceeding against a London-based hedge fund adviser that is not registered with the SEC (the “Adviser”) and its U.S. based, publicly-traded parent (the “Parent”) with respect to internal...more

SEC Uses Risk Analytics To Nab Hedge Fund

The SEC charged a London-based hedge fund adviser and its former U.S.-based holding company with internal controls failures that led to the overvaluation of a fund’s assets and inflated fee revenue for the firms. The case...more

Six Lessons that Redefine Focused Compliance Training: Lesson Six

For years organizations have used training to successfully build legal defenses and better position their organizations against litigation and enforcement actions. Increasingly though, training is intended to serve a dual...more

Off the Playground, Out of the Locker Room, and into the Office: How to Combat Workplace Bullies

The Miami Dolphins recently have come under intense scrutiny amid allegations that coaches encouraged defensive guard Richie Icognito to bully teammate Jonathan Martin in an effort to “toughen” him up. The alleged bullying...more

Is the Office of the Whistleblower Living up to its Hype?

2013 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program - Back when the Dodd-Frank Act first proposed the creation of the Office of the Whistleblower (OWB) a hue and cry went up from chief compliance...more

SEC Expects Companies To Transition To New COSO Framework For Internal Control Reporting

When evaluating internal control over financial reporting, Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(c) requires the evaluation to be based on a framework that is “a suitable, recognized control framework that is established by a body or...more

What's the One Thing Missing From Your Corporate Compliance Program?

What's the one thing missing from most corporate compliance programs? For a legal perspective, that's the question we put to corporate attorneys writing on JD Supra, asking each to commit to just one essential element...more

Swiss National and Former Energy Executive Criminally Charged Under FCPA

In an illustration of the extraterritorial reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Alain Riedo, a Swiss citizen and the general manager of Maxwell Technologies S.A. (Maxwell), a Swiss subsidiary of a US public...more

Strategic Risk Management

Companies are paying more attention to strategic risk management. The reasons for this are not just the aggressive enforcement environment but the technological age in which we live....more

Twenty Compliance Questions For The Chief Executive Officer

Tone-at-the-top says it all. Without the support of the CEO, a Chief Compliance Officer is limited in what he or she can accomplish. If there is no commitment from the CEO, a CCO can propose and possibly build great...more

Six Lessons that Redefine Focused Compliance Training: Lesson Four: Building a Legal Defense: Avoiding 4 Fatal Mistakes

Using training to build a legal defense is a topic that receives significant coverage. It’s also a topic that is often not well understood. Unfortunately, mistakes happen and they can be costly....more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 11 with Eddie Cogan [Video]

In this episode 11 of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I visit with Eddie Cogan, President of Catelas Software who discusses relationship monitoring in a best practices compliance program. ...more

The False Claims Act is Not a License to Divulge Employer Confidences

Health care employers concerned that former employees may misappropriate the company’s confidential information to support qui tam lawsuits under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) received guidance from a recent court decision. ...more

FINRA Increases the Cost of Penny Stock-Related AML Deficiencies

The price tag for failing to detect suspicious activity in penny stocks through an adequate anti-money laundering program continues to increase. Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. recently agreed to pay FINRA more than $1.4 million to...more

Right from the Source: IRS Guidance for U.S. Plan Sponsors on Fixing Mistakes and Surviving IRS Employee Plan Audits

Those of you who participated in our July 16 webinar on plan fix-it programs heard us emphasize the importance of self-audits and internal controls to increase your chances of coming out clean in an employee plan audit....more

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