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A Chief Compliance Officer's Guide to Investigations

by Thomas Fox on

Tom Fox in conversation with Jonathan Marks, who has laid out a concrete way for CCOs and c-level executives to think through how to plan an investigation, staff it properly and meet the inevitable challenges. ...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

5 Telltale Signs of a Weak Corporate Culture

by Michael Volkov on

We all know it when we see it – a company with a weak corporate culture of ethics and compliance. Many companies claim they have an ethical culture but few really do. With increasing emphasis and understanding of the...more

One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Day 10-Best Practices in a Cross-Border Investigation

by Thomas Fox on

Description: Mara Senn and a colleague, Michelle Albert, published in the FCPA Report, Volume 3, Number 1, entitled “Internal Investigations, How to Conduct an Anti-Corruption Investigation: Developing and Implementing the...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

Investigation Challenges

by Thomas Fox on

Today I conclude my three-part series on internal investigations with Jonathan Marks, a partner at Marcum LLP and a well-known internal investigation expert, by considering some of the challenges you may well face during an...more

Day 8 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting Day 8-Preparing for the Investigation

by Thomas Fox on

Properly Scoped Investigation by Qualified Personnel – How has the company ensured that the investigations have been properly scoped, and were independent, objective, appropriately conducted, and properly documented? These...more

Day 7 of One Month to Better Investigations and Report-How Investigations Inform Remediation

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There is nothing like an internal whistleblower report about a FCPA violation, the finding of such an issue or (even worse) a subpoena from the DOJ to trigger the Board of Directors and senior management attention to the...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

Day 3 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-the Investigation Protocol

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Your company should have a detailed written procedure for handling any complaint or allegation of bribery or corruption, regardless of the means through which it is communicated. The mechanism could include the internal...more

Day 2 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Selection of Investigative Counsel

by Thomas Fox on

A key component of this fair and objective evaluation is the WHO question; that is, who should supervise the investigation and who should handle the investigation? You should have independent counsel should handle any serious...more

Day 1 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Introduction to Investigations and Internal Reporting

by Thomas Fox on

The call, email or tip comes into your office; an employee reports suspicious activity somewhere across the globe. That activity might well turn into a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issue for your company. As the Chief...more

Day 11 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-the Fair Process Doctrine

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Procedural fairness is one of the things that will bring credibility to your Compliance Program. Today it is called the Fair Process Doctrine and this Doctrine generally recognizes that there are fair procedures, not...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Russian

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Former Magyar Telekom Executives Settle Bribery Charges – On April 24, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that two former executives of Magyar Telekom, a...more

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

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