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Take 5 Newsletter: Five Hot Topics in Hospitality Law

ACA Final Regulations Provide Rules for Seasonal Employees - On February 10, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") promulgated final regulations for the ACA's employer "shared responsibility provisions" in IRS...more

The Importance Of A Risk Assessment

Sometimes people operate with blinders. I don’t mean to suggest that people deliberately put blinders on to ignore issues – they sort of just grow into a person’s personality....more

For FCPA Compliance, Tone At The Top Key, Lack of Policies A Difficulty

The number of FCPA enforcement actions brought in recent years has declined. The SEC, for example, reports that in fiscal 2013 it brought 8 cases, compared to 10 in 2012 and 15 in 2011. Nevertheless, those who might be...more

A New Approach To Compliance: “Informed” Risk And Resource Allocation

The compliance field has had an incredible five years. From backwater offices and responsibilities, CCOs are now taking a seat at senior management tables to provide important risk-based assessments and policies to enhance...more

Honor Our Veterans And Compliance In The Supply Chain

Today is National Remembrance Day for Veterans who served their country and across the world. In the US we call it Veterans Day....more

A Prescriptive Guide To Third Party Risk Management

The recent examples of compliance program credits for Morgan Stanley and Ralph Lauren have demonstrated that, more than ever, an effective compliance program can protect a company from criminal indictment and generate bottom...more

Drilling Down On Due Diligence: Raising The Bar

I am sure Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission lawyers sometimes sit back and marvel at the world they have helped create – Companies are devoting more resources to the due diligence process for screening...more

Joint Ventures: Sanctions and Corruption Risks

Expansion into both new and emerging markets is a continuing trend for companies across many industry sectors. In a number of jurisdictions, local law restricts foreign companies from establishing wholly owned subsidiaries -...more

Club Deals: Analysis Of Legal Risks And Potential Consequences

This article analyzes the legal risks and potential consequences of private equity firms collaborating with one another to create consortiums or so-called "clubs" to jointly bid for acquisition of a publicly listed target...more

Operational Regulatory Risks Facing Private Equity Firms

If you work in the private equity world, you probably know that you are already exposed to a variety of regulatory risks and obligations that can have a significant impact on your firm’s operations and financial rate of...more

Anti-Corruption Compliance Program Assessments

Forgive me for dedicating a posting to this topic, since I have a vested interest in this topic. I have conducted a number of Anti-Corruption Compliance Program Assessments....more

Our Approach to Risk Assessment

Program and culture assessments - Assessments have long been recognized as having a critical impact on the effectiveness of ethics and compliance efforts. Best practice programs have often employed assessments – formal...more

Three Compliance Interviews on April 3

I attended the Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium over the past couple of days. It was a great conference and kudos to the entire Dow Jones team for putting on a truly memorable event. Day 2 had some interesting speakers...more

The Truth Behind Gifts, Meals And Entertainment Enforcement

It is time for everyone to take a deep breath. The DOJ/SEC Guidance could not have been clearer. The message to companies – stop devoting so much time to building, tinkering with, and monitoring their policies governing...more

Don’t Spread Your Compliance Program Too Thin

“You do not want to be spread too thin”. When I heard that phrase a light bulb went off inside my head. It was uttered to me by Jan Farley, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) of Dresser-Rand. I asked Jan what he meant by the...more

Perils Of The Global Supply Chain Series, Part 3: Groundbreaking ‘Honey Laundering’ Sting Signals New Era In Supply Chain...

Supply chain compliance is on the government’s enforcement radar like never before. If the recent Executive Order on Trafficking in Government Contracts and final SEC Conflict Minerals Rules were not notice enough, the...more

The Future Of Compliance – What Will The New Tools Look Like?

If you look back five years and ask – how much has changed in the compliance world in the last five years? – the answer is remarkable. I can easily make the argument that the biggest change in corporate governance over the...more

Lessons from Bill Belichick for the Compliance Practitioner

I recently read “War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team” by Michael Holley which is about Bill Belichick, the rise of the New England Patriots and the sophisticated player evaluation...more

Anti-Corruption Compliance Check-Ups

The Justice Department’s message is getting through. The two-fisted strategy of aggressive enforcement and public cajoling on the importance of compliance is being heard by the business community. The Justice Department and...more

Transparency Is The Key to Keeping Everyone Rowing Together for Compliance

One of the concepts articulated in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Guidance was that every company should assess its own risks for bribery and...more

Inside M&A - Winter 2013

In This Issue: - FCPA Due Diligence is Critical to Avoid Successor Liability in Cross-Border Transactions - China’s Merger Control Rules...more

The FCPA Guidance on the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program

Many commentators are still mining the Department of Justice (DOJ)/Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) publication, A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, (the “Guidance”), which was released last...more

The Danger Of A “Paper” Compliance Program

The FCPA Guidance contains many important compliance reminders which should be incorporated into every anti-corruption compliance program. Perhaps the most important observation included in the FCPA Guidance was the...more

A Call To Arms: Conduct A Risk Assessment

The FCPA Guidance includes some important reminders for compliance practitioners. Most significantly, DOJ and SEC want companies to reinvigorate their risk assessment process. ...more

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