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Lending Club Decision Provides Guidance For Bringing Section 11 Claims Based on Weaknesses in Internal Controls

We have been following defendants’ motions to dismiss in the In re Lending Club Securities Litigation class action, No 3:16-cv-02627-WHA, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (“the...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Caremark Claim For Failure To Adequately Allege That The Board Consciously Disregarded FCPA...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 16, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed breach of fiduciary duty and other claims brought derivatively against the directors and former chief financial officer of...more

The Investigation Team

by Thomas Fox on

Beginning with the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Yates Memo, its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Pilot Program and then the release of the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation), I believe the DOJ has...more

The Uber Board Report – Part II: Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

I continue my blog post series on the Holder Report (Report) to the Board of Directors of Uber Technology, Inc. (Uber) where the Board asked Holder’s law firm, Covington & Burling LLP (Covington), to evaluate three issues:...more

Indications of Misappropriation Schemes

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Misappropriation is the use of property or funds of another person for an unauthorized purpose and is classified as a felony. In misappropriation, the perpetrator steals or misuses an organization’s belongings and resources;...more

Does Obeying the FCPA Hurt Your Recruiting?

by Thomas Fox on

Imagine your company has gone through a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation. As you near the end of the investigative phase and move into the enforcement phase, you tell the government that you have terminated...more

SEC Resolves Financial Fraud Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Financial fraud has long been a key SEC enforcement priority. The Commission’s most recent case in the area centered incorrect financial statements tied to the premature recognition of revenue reflecting errors and a failure...more

Day 9 of One Month to Better Reporting and Investigations-The Investigation Team

by Thomas Fox on

Beginning with the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Yates Memo, its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Pilot Program and then the release of the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation), I believe the DOJ has...more

Smaller Issuer Relief in the Financial CHOICE Act

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As noted in the earlier post, the House passed the Financial CHOICE Act yesterday. While the headline-grabbing aspects of the Financial CHOICE Act relate to a repeal of the Volcker Rule and reducing the authority of the...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 12

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Episode 12, the Summer Haze Edition The dog days of summer are on the horizon and the Houston Astros lead the major leagues in winning percentage. Coincidence that the US pulls out of the Paris Climate Accords...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 41, Reality Winner and Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the weeds around the story of Reality Winner, the leaking of the NSA report of Russian hacking of the US Presidential campaign and election. We tie it to internal...more

CCOs: The Importance of Documenting a Compliance Program

by Michael Volkov on

Tom Fox frequently reminds every one of the importance of documentation to the integrity of a compliance program. A compliance program is only as good as the documents show. This principle is especially critical when a...more

"Creating A Risk" Of Bribery Can Violate The FCPA: Low Threshold For SEC Enforcement Actions

by Allen & Overy LLP on

SEC enforcement actions under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act have been setting an ever-lower threshold for violations of the FCPA's books and records, and internal controls provisions. Most recently, the SEC has...more

Day 4 Of One Month To Better Investigations And Reporting-Triage Of Allegations

by Thomas Fox on

One of the things that I learned from the television series M*A*S*H was the need for triage. In the hospital setting, triage is the process of determining the priority of patients’ treatments based on the severity of their...more

Ensuring Compliance with Controls

by Michael Volkov on

Let’s start with some basics – a public company is required to implement a set of internal controls. A compliance program is a critical part of a company’s internal controls. A company’s compliance program is only as...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 40, COSO ERM Framework Update

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the revisions to the COSO ERM Framework, which were based on comments by practitioners. We consider the role of culture and risk, the integration of the COSO ERM...more

Day 21 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-the HR Gap Analysis for Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

How can you determine if Human Resources (HR) can meet the needs of a best practices compliance program? One place to start is with a gap analysis to determine what HR has in place that can facilitate your company’s...more

Operationalizing Compliance: Part IV – Internal Audit

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am engaging in a week-long series on how a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner might think about operationalizing a compliance program with other corporate functions and disciplines. I am...more

Bond Fraud Trial Shows Need to Scrutinize Municipal Revenue Generation

Ramapo, N.Y., Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence is in the middle of a multi-week trial on two dozen securities fraud charges stemming from municipal bond issuances and accounting practices in Ramapo, a Rockland County...more

Federal Reserve Finds First Bank in Violation of the Volcker Rule

On April 20, 2017, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”) issued a Consent Order to Deutsche Bank AG after finding deficiencies in the bank’s Volcker Rule compliance program, imposing a...more

Minimize the Risk of External Whistleblower Activity

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

External whistleblower activity can be very costly in the auto industry. As the industry continues to develop, prevention of whistleblower claims will only grow in importance. It’s an issue that can impact every company...more

Compliance and Financial Audits – Distinctions With Substance

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers and internal auditors are natural friends and allies. In the corporate governance world, they share many common interests....more

Compliance is Not “Rocket Science”

by Michael Volkov on

In the compliance arena, like in many others in life, we value simplicity. I have repeatedly stressed the importance of compliance initiatives that are relatively simple. Too often, lawyers and compliance professionals...more

OIG issues report on CFPB contract award controls; updated work plan includes evaluation of CFPB’s supervisory corrective action...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of Inspector General for the Fed and CFPB recently issued an audit report entitled “The CFPB Can Strengthen Contract Award Controls and Administrative Processes.” The objective of the OIG’s audit was to assess the...more

The FCPA at 40 – Corporate Responsibility for Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In two speeches last week Department of Justice (DOJ) Acting Principal Assistant Attorney General Trevor McFadden addressed multiple topics and issues around the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The first set of remarks...more

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