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IAIS publishes business risk responses

IAIS has published the responses to its consultation on “Conduct of business risk and its management”. ...more

What Does Operational Risk Management Draft Guideline Mean for Federally Regulated Financial Institutions?

On August 20, 2015, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released Draft Guideline E-21: Operational Risk Management (Draft Guideline) for comments. With the Draft Guideline, OSFI aims to provide a...more

CFTC Approves NFA’s Enhanced Retail Forex Requirements

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has approved amendments to National Futures Association’s (NFA’s) rules and an accompanying interpretive notice governing Forex Dealer Members (FDMs). Specifically, the rule amendments...more

Proposed AML Regulations for Registered Investment Advisers Released by FinCEN

On August 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released proposed rules that would require investment advisers that are registered or required to be registered (RIAs)...more

California State Auditor Report Reveals Weaknesses In Golden State’s Information Systems

Elaine M. Howle, the California State Auditor (“CSA”), released a report on August 25, 2015 on the results of her office’s audit of controls in the state’s information systems. The results of the audit generally were grim,...more

Taking Charge of a Company’s Reputation: Assign a Single Person to Manage Reputational Risks (Part III of III)

One person who does not have a conflict in evaluating a company’s reputational risks should manage a company’s reputation. This approach starts with one basic requirement – the board and the CEO have to agree that a company’s...more

Forex Dealer Members—The Times, They Are A-changing

On January 15, 2015, two days after the Swiss National Bank reaffirmed its commitment to a three-year peg on the franc, and less than a month after stating that the cap was “absolutely central,” and it would continue to...more

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Pays $218,400 to Settle Alleged HIPAA Security Case Stemming from Use of Cloud-Based Document...

Alleged HIPAA Violations Resulted from Medical Center’s Failure to Risk Assess Internet-Based Document Sharing Application and Inadequate Breach Response. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for...more

At Will? What’s That?

Did you know that employees in most countries outside the United States have a contractual right to continued employment, whether or not they have written contract? If an employer does not provide an employee with a written...more

Think Big Picture – minimize corporate export compliance risks while protecting your information security

Recently I have attended several cyber security conferences. What I have learned about protecting information has changed how I view export controls. Senior management and board members should think about the big picture as...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 5

OCIE Issues Risk Alert Relating to Structured Note Sales - Earlier this year, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) indicated branch offices and structured products as two of its...more

Would You Drop to the Floor If Shooting Broke Out In Your Workplace?

With depressing regularity, we receive calls asking for guidance in evaluating and responding to potential workplace violence threats. The threats are rarely serious but in this era, one can never ignore concerns. There are...more

Managing Threats to Corporate Reputations (Part II of III)

Most companies do not adequately manage their reputations and the risks to their reputations. Too many companies are focused on “crisis” management, which is just another way to respond to a reputational risk that has already...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - Form PF — What Purpose? SEC registered investment advisers with at least $150 million of assets under management in private funds are required to periodically file Form PF with the SEC. The...more

Social Media Offers Benefits, Compliance Challenges

With the rise of social media, compliance departments are facing a slew of new challenges. Indeed, social media use is growing at a markedly fast rate among companies, and its benefits are multi-faceted for a company’s image...more

Generating Life Sciences Brand Names: 5 Key Tips

In the challenging and complex world of life sciences product development, choosing a brand that survives the US Patent and Trademark Office and US Food and Drug Administration clearance processes is critical. Brand names in...more

New Guidance for Financial Institution Directors and Officers In Cybersecurity Preparedness

Earlier this summer, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released its highly anticipated Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (Assessment), which is designed to assist financial institutions in identifying...more

United Kingdom: handling internal investigations

With so much potentially at stake, the initial steps and strategic decisions taken in any company investigation are critical to setting the tone for a focused, credible and effective inquiry. This is paramount not only for...more

CA Supreme Court Finds “Consent-to-Assignment” Clauses Unenforceable After Loss Occurs During the Policy Period

In Fluor Corporation v. Superior Court (No. S205889; filed 8/20/15), the California Supreme Court overruled its earlier decision in Henkel Corp. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co. (2003) 29 Cal.4th 934, holding that...more

California Supreme Court Limits Enforceability of Anti-Assignment Clauses

In a unanimous decision handed down by the California Supreme Court on August 20, 2015 in Fluor Corporation v. Superior Court, the court removed a significant obstacle facing companies that want to assign their interests in a...more

Basel Committee issues standardised approach FAQ

Basel Committee has issued an FAQ, which it intends to keep updated, on the standardised approach for measuring counterparty credit risk exposures....more

Monitor Financial Distress in Your Supply Chain

While American manufacturing has experienced a resurgence in recent years, some manufacturers continue to face challenges. Witness for example the recent chapter 11 filings of Colt, Boomerang Tube, and Everyware Global....more

[Webinar] Sports, Spies and Hacks: Protecting Confidential Information - August 27th, 12:00pm EDT

Sports teams are the latest targets for data breaches. The stakes are high – confidential scouting reports, data about players, prospects and trade talks represent the ultimate trade secrets, the crown jewels that if exposed,...more

Separately Assessing Separation Agreements

Separation or severance agreements —which typically provide a terminating employee with some kind of cash payment, temporary salary continuation, or other gratuitous benefit in exchange for a release of claims — have their...more

Wire transfer phishing - an old scam returns: simple steps to protect your organization

Companies around the world are seeing the resurgence of an old scam: wire transfer phishing attacks that trick employees into wiring money from company bank accounts to criminals’ bank accounts. Over the past several...more

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