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Anti-Corruption Compliance: The Need to Look Under the Cloak of Materiality

by Michael Volkov on

Sarbanes-Oxley revolutionized the auditing profession. Section 404 imposed stringent requirements for disclosure of the state of a company’s internal controls and financial reporting. The company’s independent auditor is...more

Cybersecurity: When Social Engineering Fraud is Not Covered Under Your Insurance Policy

by Bennett Jones LLP on

We live in an age of escalating cybersecurity threats. Many intrusion threats are social engineering attacks, which seek to gain entry to an organization's computer systems via its personnel and not a hack to the computer...more

Day 15 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-COSO’s Objectives and Principles: Control Environment

by Thomas Fox on

The updated Framework retained the core definition of internal controls; those being control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication, and monitoring activities. However, it built up...more

Day 14 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-What is COSO?

by Thomas Fox on

This week we turn our attention to COSO, with an introduction to the organization and its framework for internal controls. I will go through the internal controls and how they relate to compliance. Finally, I will end with a...more

Day 13 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Code of Conduct as an Internal Control

by Thomas Fox on

Last year, one of the most interesting non-Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions was announced by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It involved a clear quid pro quo benefit paid out by United...more

Day 12 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Board Oversight as an Internal Control

by Thomas Fox on

Is a Board of Directors a compliance internal control? I think the clear answer is yes. In the FCPA Guidance, in the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program, there are two specific references to the obligations of a...more

What To Look For In Strong Computer Fraud & Social Engineering Insurance

by GB&A Insurance on

Cyber security has been the talk of the town for quite a while now. Organizations today flooded with statistics and mentions of the importance of proper security measures and cyber liability programs. Some companies...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part VI: What Does Mean?

by Thomas Fox on

Over several blog posts, I have explored in detail the new Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), which set forth a new Revenue...more

Day 11 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Internal Controls for Gifts, Travel and Entertainment

by Thomas Fox on

It is reasonable to expect that internal controls over gifts, travel and entertainment (GTE) be designed to ensure that all satisfy the criteria as defined in company policies. Generally speaking, these are fairly narrow,...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part V: Allocation and Revenue Recognition

by Thomas Fox on

I continue to explore the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), for public business entities, certain not-for-profit...more

Day 9 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Mapping Your Compliance Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

As they made clear with several FCPA enforcement actions in 2016, the SEC has placed a renewed interest in the accounting provisions of the FCPA, specifically the internal controls provisions. The BHP enforcement continued...more

Day 8 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-What is a Gap Analysis?

by Thomas Fox on

A gap analysis is a method of assessing the differences in performance between a business' internal controls to determine whether business requirements are being met and, if not, what steps should be taken to ensure they are...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part IV: Determining the Transaction Price

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am exploring the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), for public business entities, certain not-for-profit...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part III: Performance Obligations

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am exploring the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), for public business entities, certain not-for-profit...more

Day 7 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Implementing Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I consider some ways in which a compliance professional can work to implement internal controls in a multi-national organization. The first step is to convert your company’s compliance risks into internal control...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard – Part II: Contracts

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am exploring the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), for public business entities, certain not-for-profit...more

Day 6 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Risk Assessments and Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

Next, I will review how to use the risk assessment you have performed as a tool to provide a structured approach to establishing effective internal controls. After preparation of the risk assessment, the next step is to...more

Day 5 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Assessing for Internal Controls in International Operations

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I want to discuss how to assess for your internal controls regime for international operations. It is incumbent that you need to review as much information so you can to understand the financial and operational...more

Day 4 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls-Internal Controls in International Locations

by Thomas Fox on

Next, I want to consider some of the issues around internal controls outside the US and why your company’s internal controls might require changes for different countries across the globe. However, this provides an...more

Day 3-The Four Key Internal Controls for Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

There are four significant controls that I would suggest the compliance practitioner implement initially. They are: (1) Delegation of Authority (DOA); (2) Maintenance of the vendor master file; (3) Contracts with third...more

Day 2 of One Month to More Effective Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

Today, New York Times columnist David Brooks’ thoughts on building and maintaining order inform our discussion on internal controls. In the area of internal controls, I believe it is incumbent to consider not only the most...more

Is your Bookkeeper the Right One?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Bookkeepers are by practical definition business multi-taskers. They keep financial records, post debits and credits, prepare reports, execute banking transactions, act as collectors for overdue accounts, work with clients...more

5 Principles To Simplify Compliance For Fintech Startups

Compliance officers at financial technology (fintech) startups have one of the most daunting tasks in the financial services industry — giving the green light to a new product or service in the face of significant time and...more

The Importance of Compliance Program Audits

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers spend a significant amount of time comparing their compliance programs with other companies’ programs. CCOs often find solace when benchmarking their respective programs against other companies’...more

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

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