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The High Cost of an FCPA Violation

Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) can lead to hefty penalties. Indeed, individuals who violate the FCPA, and their employers, could be on the hook for a variety of penalties described below. Companies...more

Spain Sets a New Milestone with its Corporate Compliance Statute

As of July 1 of this year, Spain becomes the latest in a string of nations with a corporate compliance defense. Article 33 of Spain’s criminal code will provide an exemption from corporate criminal liability where the company...more

DOJ’s Warning to High-Tech Companies: SAP Official Pleads Guilty To FCPA Violation

When DOJ acts, they like to make a splash. While the FCPA Paparazzi have been lamenting the “slow down” in FCPA enforcement actions and the increase in case closings, DOJ still makes its mark when it acts, and I expect more...more

Give & Take: The Case for a Better G&E Compliance Program

Part One: Setting The Foundation - Why Does G&E Matter? Tony Robbins once said, “Every problem is a gift—without problems we would not grow.” In the compliance arena, the reverse also applies, as many gifts can...more

You Cannot Buy an Ethical Corporate Culture

I do not mean to be facetious or snarky, but I am concerned about organizations that sell or promote their ability to certify or give a seal of approval to a company as an “ethical” company.  Even more troubling (or perhaps...more

The SEC's Investment Management Division Has Some Things to Tell You about Cybersecurity

Lots of agencies and organizations want to boss you around about cybersecurity. In April, the SEC and the Justice Department published more directions on the issue. We’ll cover the very brief guidance issued by the SEC’s...more

Breaking Down Compliance: The Keys to Creating a Successful Compliance Program—As Told through the Letters of COMPLIANCE

Still being a young role and profession, many people are working to define what makes a successful compliance professional and program, and what can help them improve. After traveling the country for the past few months at...more

The Sioux at Little Bighorn and Using Risk Going Forward

I recently wrote about the stupidity of General Custer and the defeat of his Calvary at Little Bighorn as a lead in for the failure to adequately assess and then manage risks in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)...more

What the Government Expects to Find in an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program

Similar to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement generally, the federal government has expanded what it expects to find in an anti-corruption compliance program. U.S.-connected companies operating internationally...more

Cyber-Attacks: Threats, Regulatory Reaction and Practical Proactive Measures to Help Avoid Risks

I. Cybersecurity; Its Importance and Relevance – How We Got to Where We Are Today - In the past few months, the White House, Home Depot, JP Morgan, Hard Rock Hotels, Tesla, the St. Louis Federal Reserve, the Internal...more

Ebola Fears: Employer Best Practices for Epidemic Preparedness

Potential Ebola virus exposure is a concern that strikes fear in many. Employers may be confronted—if they have not been already—with difficult managerial decisions that must address employees' rational—or irrational—fears of...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part III – The Desktop Risk Assessment

I continue my exploration of actions you can take to improve your compliance program during an economic downturn with a review of what my colleague Jan Farley, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Dresser-Rand, called the...more

Tea Leaves from AAG Caldwell on An Effective Compliance Program

The government is on a public relation campaign. Department of Justice and SEC officials have been making the rounds and giving important speeches on criminal prosecutions, cooperation and voluntary disclosure and ethics and...more

Guidance for Incident Response Plans  

Organizations are preparing for data incidents and breaches by developing, updating, implementing, and testing incident response plans. This article provides a checklist of key components of an incident response...more

Guidance for Incident Response Plans

Organizations are preparing for data incidents and breaches by developing, updating, implementing, and testing incident response plans. This article provides a checklist of key components of an incident response...more

Breaking Down the DOJ Cybersecurity Unit’s Guidance on Responding to Cyberattacks

Another federal agency has weighed in with “guidance” on cybersecurity preparation and breach response. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is the latest to issue guidance on how companies should respond to data breaches. The...more

Planning for Breach Notification Requirements in Your Customer Contracts

At the San Francisco “Exchange” Data Privacy and Cyber Security Forum on April 26, a spirited debate arose whether a federal breach notification law will/should be enacted to bring uniformity to the patchwork of breach...more

A Neglected Compliance Task: Program Assessments

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. – Groucho Marx - Sometimes compliance practitioners miss the forest from the trees. They can get lost in the details of their...more

Compliance Reponses to Economic Downturns: A Focus On The Energy Sector

I. The Problem - As I write, oil is hovering around $50 per barrel. The price will inevitably rebound, but all compliance officers need to be prepared for responding to economic downturns in their respective industries...more

Practical Advice on Risk and Compliance Program Assessments

Sometimes the compliance industry makes things harder than they really need to be. As a result, Chief Compliance Officers are left to modify and transform practices and tools to fit the real world. I understand why CCOs do...more

Both Sides Now and Asking the Right Compliance Questions

One of my favorite singers has always been Judy Collins. Like most of us, I was introduced to her through her interpretation of Joni Mitchell’s song Both Sides Now which she released in 1967. Joni Mitchell did not record her...more

DOJ Guidance Underscores Importance of Anti-corruption Due Diligence in International M&A Transactions

FCPA Opinion Release provides insight into the jurisdictional reach of the FCPA and the level of due diligence the DOJ expects. On November 7, 2014, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its second and final...more

Government turns up the heat with the False Claims Act – 5 action steps for healthcare providers

Forbes magazine has dubbed 2014 “The Year of the Whistleblower.” For healthcare providers, this designation has translated into millions of dollars in fines and penalties and the initiation of criminal investigations. ...more

Operation Chokepoint and the Brave New World of Criminal Liability - November 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice and banking regulators have stepped up the pace of criminal, civil and administrative actions against banks, payment processors, money transmitters, and other financial institutions, for...more

DOJ's 10-Point Compliance Framework

On October 1, 2014, Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice ("DoJ"), provided clear guidance about DoJ's expectations regarding corporate compliance programs....more

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