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Win-Wins: Looking for Business and Compliance Success

A Chief Compliance Officer who lacks working relationships with the business side of a company is like a day without sunshine. No matter how strong or finely tuned a compliance program is on paper – in practice, the success...more

Tackling Cybersecurity in the Boardroom: Special M&A Considerations

During Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s most recent cybersecurity event, “Tackling Cybersecurity in the Boardroom,” hosted on November 12, 2015, our panels discussed a number of issues facing directors....more

FSB proposes disclosure task force on climate-related risks

FSB has published a proposal to G20 for the creation of an industry-led disclosure task force on climate-related risks. G20 asked FSB for ideas on how to help lenders...more

NY DFS Signals a Detailed Framework for Cybersecurity Compliance

On November 9, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) sent a letter to a number of state and federal financial regulators signaling that DFS may issue comprehensive cybersecurity regulations for...more

Denmark Posts Several Publications Concerning Nanomaterials

On November 10, 2015, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency posted the following publications concerning nanomaterials: - Environmental assessment of nanomaterial use in Denmark: This is the concluding report of the...more

How Can I Make Sure My Compliance Training Program Covers All My Risks?

Building a compliance training program that covers all of your organization’s risks isn’t easy. To do it in a way that ensures you cover your bases without creating training fatigue means creating a multiyear training...more

Actual Data, Not Estimates, Are Needed for Informed Statements About Risk Associated with Radon in Natural Gas

Actual measurements and evaluation of potential exposure pathways demonstrate that claims of risk of harm due to radon in shale gas produced by hydraulic fracturing are unfounded. An October 14, 2015 edition of the...more

Australia Implementing Reforms to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS)

As most recently reported in our October 28, 2015, Global Regulatory Update, the Australian government is implementing reforms to the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). According to an...more

Adequate Procedures—The Current State of Play

The legal concept of “adequate procedures” was introduced in the UK Bribery Act in 2010 as a defence to the corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery. That said, the concept itself has in fact been present in corporate...more

Compliance Counsel Metrics-Part I, Board and Senior Management Roles

We begin our exploration of the new Department of Justice (DOJ) Compliance Counsel and the metrics laid out by Assistant Attorney General Leslie called for her review of compliance programs. Today we review the first criteria...more

NFA Adopts Cybersecurity Guidance

The National Futures Association (NFA) adopted on October 23, 2015 an “Interpretive Notice to NFA Compliance Rules 2-9, 2-36, and 2-49: Information Systems Security Programs” (Notice). The Notice requires each NFA Member to...more

"Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) - November 2015

Welcome to the latest Asia Pacific Edition of Intellectual Property and Technology News, our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering perspective,...more

Is Your Workplace Violence Plan Ready? 5 Essential Elements of a Comprehensive Plan

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one out of every six violent crimes occurs in the workplace. These crimes include assaults, rapes, robberies, and—on rare occasions—homicides. Employees, customers, and third-party...more

Modern Slavery Act Guidance. Are you a supplier of goods or services in the UK with a turnover above £36m? If you are, this...

The UK Government has published guidance1 on the transparency in supply chains provision of the Modern Slavery Act. Starting with those with a year-end of 31 March 2016, all organisations with a turnover above £36m will be...more

Australian Anti-Bribery & Compliance Trends

Today we welcome Ted Williams, Partner, Piper Alderman. Ted, can you share some of your background and experience? TW: Thank you, Richard, for the opportunity to engage with your community, and it was a pleasure to...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Wellness Programs and GINA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a proposed rule amending prior regulations under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) to address incentives in workplace wellness programs....more

7 Tips for Conducting Effective Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Transactions

1. Start Early - Buyers should begin conducting cybersecurity risk assessments early in the engagement process. The target should be able to identify which information technology systems and data sets are key to the...more

Lessons Learned from Target’s Data Breach Discovery Win - Five Strategies for Maintaining Privilege in the Aftermath of a Data...

A thousand questions immediately flood any lawyer’s mind when they first hear that their client may have been affected by a data breach. How did it happen? What data were affected? Was there any personal information affected,...more

HHS’ Selection of Contractor Provides Latest Update on Impending Second Round of HIPAA Audits

On October 27, 2015, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) official stated that the agency has hired FCi Federal, a provider of management and professional services to government agencies in Ashburn, VA, to...more

Anti-Corruption: Why Programs Fail

Today, companies around the world face daily challenges associated with corruption. This risk coupled with new laws and heightened enforcement are just a few of the factors driving companies to implement and improve...more

Layla and Other Love Songs and Risk Assessments

On this date in October 1971, Duane Allman died. He was the co-founder, along with his brother Greg, of the Allman Brothers Band. For my money he was one of the greatest guitarists of all time. At the time of his death, the...more

Commission requests risk advice from EIOPA

The Commission has written to ????? requesting further technical advice on the identification and calibration of other infrastructure investment risk categories under Solvency 2. ...more

Are You Overcomplicating Your Cybersecurity Processes?

Yes. I just asked that. For many, the response is likely “Yes! Of course we are! It’s *&^%$% cybersecurity – it’s complicated!” To which I would respond “Touché. It is…but it needn’t be overly complicated.” So, of...more

Tips for Going Global: Plan Before You Expand

Companies enjoying success in the U.S. often seek global expansion to gain strategic benefits from accessing new markets—new revenue potential, talent acquisition and increased brand awareness. Before replicating your...more

Building a Due Diligence Infrastructure (Part IV of IV)

A due diligence infrastructure is designed to demonstrate a company’s good faith commitment to compliance with anti-corruption laws by: identifying corruption risks; and mitigating such risks to ensure that the company does...more

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