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SEC Enforcement Initiative to Root Out Repeated Late Filers of Ownership Forms Due Under Sections 13 and 16 — Reminder to Ensure...

On September 10, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced charges against 28 officers, directors and major shareholders for violating Sections 13 and 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 87, what are internal controls, Part II [Video]

In this Part II of What Are Internal Controls? I continue my discussion with noted expert Henry Mixon on the basics of internal controls in a best practices FCPA compliance program....more

What Are Internal Controls, Part I [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report, I begin a series on internal controls, with noted practitioner Henry Mixon. This is the first part of a two part episode on the basics of what are internal controls. ...more

Whether 1992 Or 2013 Version Of COSO Framework — Disclose In Management’s And Auditor’s Internal Control Reports

Last week, I posted a piece regarding the “squishy” deadline (to borrow the term of art coined by the COSO Chair) for implementation of the new 2013 COSO internal control framework. As you may recall, the original 1992 COSO...more

New Credit Rating Agency Rules Offer Insight into Public Company Internal Controls

The SEC has adopted credit rating agency rules for Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSROs), which include requirements relating to NRSROs’ internal controls. The Dodd-Frank Act requires NRSROs to...more

Fraud and Bribery – They Go Hand in Hand

Compliance officers need to dig into and understand a company’s internal controls. Many compliance officers tend to leave that issue to Internal Auditors – that is a big mistake....more

Board of Directors and FCPA Oversight – An Internal Control Under SOX, Part II

In Part I of this two-part post regarding a Board of Director’s Role in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) oversight from the internal controls perspective, I reviewed how a Board might have independent liability for its...more

Stinging Dissent By Commissioner Aguilar: Is The SEC Making Fraudulent Behavior Look Like An Innocent Mistake?

Following on the heels of a case, discussed in this post, in which a CEO and CFO were charged with internal control and books and records violations (but no typical financial statement fraud allegation), comes another case...more

Is It OK To Delay Implementation Of The New COSO Framework?

With the original 1992 COSO internal control framework deemed by COSO to be “superseded” as of December 15, 2014, companies are fast approaching the deadline for adoption of the updated 2013 COSO framework, But is it really a...more

District Court Confirms Caremark Applies to Audit Committee Oversight of Internal Controls

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted a motion to dismiss a derivative action in which the plaintiff alleged that the directors of VeriFone Systems, Inc. breached fiduciary duties...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Action on Internal Control Despite No Other Alleged Violations

A recent SEC-settled administrative action is another reminder of the SEC’s focus on internal control over financial reporting (ICFR). Although prior SEC ICFR charges have been accompanied with allegations of false financial...more

This Court’s Ruling Puts The Opinion In Auditor’s Internal Control Opinion

A brief ruling issued this week by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan makes it clear that an auditor isn’t always liable even when a subsequent auditor uncovers fraud. In Oaktree Capital Mgmt., L.P. v. KPMG, 2014 U.S....more

Smith & Wesson Pays $2 Million to Resolve SEC Charges

On July 28, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation, one of the largest gun manufacturers in the United States, agreed to pay more than $2 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges alleging that it had bribed...more

SEC Charges Corporate Officers with Fraud Arising from Failure to Disclose Internal Controls Issues and Alleged Misrepresentations...

On July 30, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) advanced a novel theory of fraud against the former CEO (Marc Sherman) and CFO (Edward Cummings) of Quality Services Group, Inc. (“QSGI”), a Florida-based...more

SEC Investigations Spur Debate over "Materiality" of Cyberattacks

Following a record year for data breach incidents — with eight breaches exposing over 10 million identities — the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is closely scrutinizing how those breaches were handled. Multiple...more

SEC Gives Itself the Home Court Advantage in an Accounting Fraud / Internal Controls Action Against a Corporate CEO

An otherwise mundane SEC announcement on July 30, 2014 of an enforcement action charging a public company CEO and CFO with accounting fraud and internal controls violations is significant because the SEC is proceeding against...more

Bringing It All Home, the Two Tough Cookies Wrap It Up For You, Part I

We’ve talked a lot in our Tales from the Crypt about the signs to watch for that indicate something’s gone wrong, from minor cultural twists to lapses of integrity that are tantamount to criminal activity. We all wish we had...more

Organizations need to be "Internal Fraud Aware"

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) knows how devastating fraud can be to an organization. The company, and its executives, have been accused by the Chinese government of funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to...more

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

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