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Suggested Questions for the Compliance Officer

by Ruder Ware on

In a previous blog post, I promised to release a list of questions a Board of Directors (Board) might ask its compliance officer. This post is intended to fulfill that promise. My intent is to help Board members exercise...more

Sunshine Superman – When Culture is Not My Problem

by Thomas Fox on

Today we honor folk-rocker Donovan and his signature song Sunshine Superman, which was profiled in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) column Anatomy of a Song. The song was a love paean by the singer to “Linda Lawrence, his love...more

Hotel California and Wells Fargo-You Can Check Out, But Can You Leave?

by Thomas Fox on

Today, we celebrate The Eagles most famous song, Hotel California. It all started with a Don Felder cord progression and according to the Financial Times (FT) column The Life of a Song, it had a “fusion of Hispanic melody and...more

The Axe Falls on Wells Fargo – A Scathing Independent Report (Part II of III)

by Michael Volkov on

In a scathing report, the independent directors at Wells Fargo released their findings and actions based on a comprehensive internal investigation of Wells Fargo’s sales abuses. Based on its findings, Wells Fargo’s...more

Sally Yates’ was Already Famous for Changing the Focus of Compliance Investigations - The Yates Memorandum

by Ruder Ware on

By now the whole world knows about Sally Yates. We are likely to see a lot more of her as a central figure in Congressional investigations. For some of us who deal with compliance investigations, Sally Yates was famous long...more

Legal and Compliance Coordination – An Essential Foundation to an Effective Compliance Program (Part IV of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

Here is a profound grasp of the obvious – Lawyers can be difficult people. Some like to condemn the profession in its entirety (and carry with them a collection of lawyer jokes). As an attorney, I beg to differ. Many...more

Operationalizing Compliance – Natural Partners and Breaking Down Walls (Part I of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

An effective compliance program is built on internal coordination and relationships. Applying the Justice Department’s terminology, an effective compliance program is one that is operationalized. At first glance, you may...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part V – Level III Due Diligence as a Board Tool

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I conclude my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence, by discussing how a this should be considered as a best practices tool by a Board of Directors in a broader sense. I am joined in this exploration by...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part III – What Does Level III Due Diligence for Senior Execs Consider?

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I continue my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence, by discussing what this level of due diligence would consider regarding senior executives. I am joined in this exploration by Candice Tal, founder and...more

DOJ Compliance Expectations Concerning Training, Internal Investigations and Audits (Part IV of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

DOJ’s Compliance Evaluation questions provide important indications of “new” trends and approaches to compliance functions and issues. Training - In the area of training, DOJ’s Compliance Evaluation reiterates DOJ’s...more

Department of Justice Fraud Section Provides Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs

by Jones Day on

On February 8, 2017, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") Fraud Section published a blueprint for assessing corporate compliance efforts, titled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" ("Guidance"). It...more

New Guidance from the DOJ on Your Compliance Program

by NAVEX Global on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Criminal Division, Fraud Section, recently released new guidance associated with its Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The guidance, entitled Evaluation of Corporate...more

First ‘Trial of the Century’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Today I conclude my two-part series on the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM), which agreed to pay a...more

New DOJ Evaluation – Valuable Document for the Compliance Practitioner: Part II

by Thomas Fox on

Yesterday I began a two-part series on the Department of Justice (DOJ’s) “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Evaluation) posted on the Fraud Section website late last week. The document is an 11-part list of...more

Revenge of the Whistle-blower: Possible Consequences of Compliance Failures

In a company with a robust compliance culture, potential whistleblowers can express their concerns without fear of retribution. By contrast, the penalty for a culture that silences whistleblowers just got steeper. Companies...more

General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II: The Comeback

by Thomas Fox on

Yesterday I began an exploration of the General Cable Corporation (General Cable) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. It was settled with the DOJ via a Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA) and the SEC via a...more

5 Trends in Whistleblower Hotlines and Protections to Be Aware of in 2017

by NAVEX Global on

Every year it’s safe to assume that our list of Top 10 trends will include the latest developments pertaining to helplines, whistleblower reporting and retaliation, and this year is no exception. We begin by examining some...more

Hiding Behind the Privilege – A Cloak or a Dagger?

by Michael Volkov on

CCOs face many challenges in their jobs. One area that is difficult but usually can be solved with common sense is where to draw the line on attorney-client privilege issues. As a practicing attorney, I can attest to the...more

Top 10 Ethics & Compliance Predictions and Recommendations for 2017

by NAVEX Global on

Once again it’s time for our annual review of trends and events that will impact your Ethics and Compliance (E&C) program in the year ahead. This year presents a unique challenge. We are preparing our predictions...more

E-Mail Communications: The Devil is on the Server

by Michael Volkov on

It is hard to imagine how prosecutors were able to bring cases before there was email communications. When I was a prosecutor, we looked for evidence in a lot of other sources, internal memos, calendars and other places where...more

Steep Fines for Company With Compliance Problems, but Recognition of Remediation Efforts May Provide Model Going Forward

After a series of compliance failures leading to the resignation of company’s CEO, the privately-held health care brokerage company Zenefits was just hit with a $7 million dollar settlement by the California Department of...more

When Your Internal Investigator Fails to “Investigate”

by Michael Volkov on

A number of recent FCPA enforcement actions have cited common compliance program failures relating to internal investigations. For example, PTC settled FCPA charges with the DOJ and SEC for $28 million. According to the...more

When Managing Whistleblower and Retaliation Risk, Tools are Important – Processes and People are Critical

by NAVEX Global on

One collection of terms I hear a lot is “tools, processes and people.” All three need to be successfully deployed to make a compliance program run properly while also creating an organizational culture that supports...more

Building a global team for cross-border investigations: key points

by DLA Piper on

With many internal investigations today involving multiple markets, it is crucial for companies to build cross-border investigation teams that can efficiently and effectively address a multitude of issues. The ideal...more

Volkov on the Evolving Standards for Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

Sometimes I get inspired when writing blog posts and sometimes I get on a roll. It is a bit of both this week and today, as previously this week, I have focused on Department of Justice (DOJ) pronouncements on their view of...more

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