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When Is An Internal Investigation Not Privileged?

Compliance programs have grown in importance along with the demands of new laws and regulations. These programs are increasingly seen as vital to preventing corporate misconduct or, at least, mitigating sanctions if...more

CFIUS Scrutiny of Foreign Acquisitions of U.S. Businesses Intensifies (Quorum, March 2014)

The most recently released annual report (for 2012) by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) highlights a sharp increase in abandoned deals involving foreign acquisitions of U.S. businesses. ...more

Interviewing in the Context of Workplace Investigations

As an ethics and compliance professional and investigator, I have been intrigued by the recent media coverage of wrongful convictions. Also, the stories reminded me of a fascinating article in the New Yorker magazine a few...more

Market Conduct Examinations: Are You Prepared?

Market analysis and market conduct examinations provide insurance regulators with information to assess how the insurance marketplace as a whole, and the individual insurance entities that make up that market, are in...more

CFPB highlights furnishers’ duty under the FCRA to investigate disputes

The CFPB recently issued a bulletin highlighting the obligations of debt buyers, debt collectors, and others who furnish information to credit reporting agencies (CRAs) under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). In...more

Board Investigations And The Curse Of The Mummy’s Tomb – Part I

On this day in 1923, the tomb of King Tut was opened. It created a worldwide stir that has in many ways continued down into the 21st century. Clearly, the boy ruler influenced Steve Martin , (How’d you get so funky?, Funky...more

EEOC Continues Its Aggressive Stance Against Severance Agreements

Last Friday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against CVS Pharmacy in the Northern District of Illinois alleging that standard separation agreements used by CVS unlawfully deter employees, who sign these...more

Market Conduct Examination Penalties On The Rise In Missouri

Our firm's Summer 2012 Insurance Business & Regulatory newsletter discussed a recent increase in market conduct examination activity by the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional...more

2014 Examination Priorities of the U.S. SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on January 9, 2014 announced its examination priorities for 2014. The priorities address: (i) market-wide issues, including fraud detection and prevention, corporate governance,...more

CFPB supervisory report highlights exam report changes, non-public supervisory actions and mortgage servicing deficiencies

Last month, the CFPB began using new templates for its examination reports and supervisory letters (collectively, “reports’). The template changes were announced in the CFPB’s Winter 2013 Supervisory Report, which highlights...more

SEC’s Examination Program Issues a Risk Alert on Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes

On January 28, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert entitled: Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes for Selecting...more

OFCCP CSAL Letters Will Be Released Soon

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) likely will be sending out advanced courtesy notifications (formerly known as Corporate Scheduling Announcement Letters or CSALs), to establishments that have been...more

Internal Investigations: Doing One Can Be A Compliance Best Practice

The US Navy contract scandal took an interesting twist recently when one of its contractors, Inchcape Shipping Services, which had been suspended from doing business with the Navy for “conduct indicating questionable business...more

OCIE Releases 2014 Exam Priorities

On January 9, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued its annual “hot-topics” list of examination priorities for 2014. National Exam Program Priorities across OCIE’s entire program...more

SEC Staff Announces 2014 Broker-Dealer Examination Priorities

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced the 2014 examination priorities (the “Announcement”) for its National Examination Program (the “NEP”). The priorities are organized according to...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments - Fiscal Year 2013

In this Report: - Introduction - Reflections On Fifty Years Of Title Vii Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 And Unsettled Issues Involving Systemic Claims And Class-Based Litigation By The EEOC - Overview...more

SEC Cooperation Is Still More Art Than Science

The quest for individual cooperation credit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is more of an art than a science, involving outcomes based largely on subjective judgments and a process that resists definition and...more

U.S. Administrative Law Judge Suspends Chinese Affiliates of “Big Four” Accounting Firms

In a surprising turn in the long-running and widely reported dispute between the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the Chinese affiliates of the “Big Four” accounting firms, on January 22, 2014, a U.S....more

Highway To The Danger Zone: Automotive Lending And The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

This past March, Carl Nuss — a 75-year-old used car dealer from Birmingham, Alabama — received a letter from one of his customers, requesting that Mr. Nuss reduce the customer’s interest rate to six percent since the customer...more

"US Corporate Governance: Boards of Directors Face Increased Scrutiny"

In many ways, corporate governance in 2013 looked similar to corporate governance in 2012. Most public company directors were re-elected with shareholder support in excess of 90 percent of votes cast and only a handful of...more

DOJ And SEC Award Significant Credit For Remediation During Investigation

The Justice Department and the SEC have consistently preached the importance of remediation – that is, efforts by companies to address compliance deficiencies during the pendency of an investigation. In 2013, DOJ and SEC...more

SEC Publishes 2014 Examination Priorities for Investment Advisers

On January 9, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its 2014 examination priorities letter (“SEC Letter”) for its National Examination Program (NEP). The NEP covers all markets and entities...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 2014

EEOC Position Statement Comes Back to Bite Employer in Civil Lawsuit - In Kwan v. Andalex Group, LLC, the Second Circuit (covering New York, Connecticut and Vermont) considered the impact of prior inconsistent...more

SEC Announces Examination Priorities for 2014

On January 9, the SEC announced its examination priorities for 2014, which cover a wide range of issues at financial institutions, including investment advisers and investment companies, broker-dealers, clearing agencies,...more

SEC Announces National Exam Program Priorities

The SEC National Examination Program announced its 2012 examination priorities. Those priorities are selected by senior staff from the National Exam Program’s offices along with senior SEC staff from the various Divisions and...more

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