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Disclosure, Internal Controls, Cooperation - The SEC Continues Anti-Corruption Enforcement Themes

On December 15, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Bruker Corporation with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by making $230,000 in improper payments to Chinese government officials to win business....more

Gifts, Meals and Then . . . FCPA Enforcement

Life can be very humbling. The SEC has definitely humbled me. For years now, I have been claiming that companies spend too much time worrying about gifts, meals and entertainment expenses under the FCPA, rather than...more

FinCEN Fines Small Credit Union for BSA Violations

On November 25, FinCEN fined a small Florida-based credit union $300,000 in civil monetary penalties for violating the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). From 2009 through 2014, FinCEN charged that, among other deficiencies within its...more

Kickbacks and Bribery

Companies can become hyper-focused on anti-bribery compliance. It is easy to do – just look on the Internet, Twitter and Linked In. There are plenty of groups, hash tags, postings and discussions on anti-corruption issues....more

Heightened Supervision of Branch Offices — Tips for the Coming Year

In recent years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have heightened their expectations of what constitutes a “comprehensive” branch self-inspection program. Firms...more

Inspector General’s Report Criticizes the Department of Homeland Security for Inadequate Privacy Policies and Controls

On November 14, 2014, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report critical of the agency’s performance in protecting personally identifiable information (PII) and...more

New COSO Internal Control – Integrated Framework Implementation Date Approaches

The framework used by many public companies to measure internal controls over financial reporting is sunsetting. As of December 15, 2014, the Internal Control – Integrated Framework originally published by the Committee of...more

Perspectives - November 2014

In this issue: - Not-for-Profit Spotlight - Top Compliance Challenges in Church Accounting - 10 Ways to Lose Your Not-for-Profit Status - Not-For-Profit Fleet Management - Events -...more

2014 FERC Enforcement Report Emphasizes Internal Compliance Procedures, Self-Reporting, and Importance of Cooperation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) 2014 Report on Enforcement (Report), issued on November 20, 2014, provides an overview of and statistics regarding FERC’s enforcement...more

Bridging the Week - November 2014 #4

Broker-Dealer and Two Senior Officers Fined US $2.5 Million for Market Access Violations - Wedbush Securities Inc. and two senior officers resolved an enforcement action previously filed against them during June 2014...more

DOJ and SEC Officials Focus on Enforcement, Self-Reporting and Compliance at International FCPA Conference

From November 18 to 19, 2014, the American Conference Institute held its annual U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) conference outside of Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers including U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

Shoring Up Your Internal Controls to Keep Your FCPA Compliance Program Current

We recently hosted a webinar featuring noted FCPA expert Tom Fox. Tom explained exactly what the DOJ and SEC look for when enforcing the FCPA and how organizations can stay within the FCPA regulations. Jimmy Lin, our VP of...more

Changing Regulatory Regime Necessitates New Solutions To An Old Problem: 5 Elements Critical To An Anti-Fraud Compliance Program

US government regulators have become more aggressive in their detection and enforcement of fraud against the government. One of the key tools they are using to combat such fraud is the False Claims Act. Most FCA cases are...more

Focus on China Compliance - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Navigating Disclosures to U.S. Regulators Within the Framework of China’s State Secrets Law - Internal Investigations in China: Collecting and Reviewing Digital...more

What’s Next for COSO’s New Framework?

By now, most companies have begun to transition from The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) 1992 Internal Control—Integrated Framework to the updated COSO 2013 framework. In fact, many...more

Wyndham Decision Provides Guidance to Corporate Directors and Officers in Responding to a Data Breach

U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler of the District of New Jersey recently provided much needed guidance to directors and officers on their duties and responsibilities with regard to cybersecurity. In Palkon v. Holmes, et...more

SEC Obtains Over $4 Billion for Securities Violations in 2014

Following the end of its fiscal year on September 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported that FY 2014 was notable not only for the record number of enforcement actions filed, but for the wide range of...more

25 Ways Manufacturers Can Drive Profitability

Cohen & Company recently hosted “25 Way to Drive Profitability,” a workshop in Youngstown geared specifically toward manufacturers. Beginning with an overview by Rick Schiraldi of the Valley’s manufacturing roots and history,...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought a series of administrative proceedings this week and one civil injunctive action. The civil injunctive action was an insider trading case. The administrative proceedings centered on FCPA violations, the...more

Self-reporting, Extensive Cooperation Yields Reduced Fine In SEC FCPA Action

Layne Christensen, a global water management, construction and drilling company resolved FCPA bribery and books and records and internal controls charges with the SEC. In the Matter of Layne Christensen Company, Adm. Proc....more

Internal Controls Outside the US – Part IV

This post will conclude a short series I have presented on the issue of internal controls outside the US. I want to conclude by raising some ways in which a compliance professional can work to implement internal controls in a...more

The Mummy and Internal Controls in Locations Outside the US – Part III

Today we celebrate Hammer Film’s version of The Mummy. This was the first film that the Hammer studios made under a license agreement with Universal Pictures, the holder of the copyright of its classic monsters from the 1930s...more

The Horror of Dracula and Internal Controls in International Locations, Part I

This Friday we celebrate the second in the Hammer Films horror series, which was actually its first offering, based on Count Dracula, entitled “Horror of Dracula”. It starred the famous Hammer Films horror movie two-some of...more

Assessing the Increased Regulatory Focus on Public Company Internal Control and Reporting

Over the past few months, the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’) has publicly stated its increasing focus on public company internal controls and related reporting obligations. In February of this year at the...more

The Origins of the FCPA - Lessons for Effective Compliance and Enforcement - Conclusion

This is the final part of an occasional series. The entire paper will be published by Securities Regulation Law Journal early next year. Conclusion: The FCPA Today - The FCPA was unique in the world at passage....more

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