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Hallmark 4- Risk Assessments

One cannot really say enough about risk assessments in the context of anti-corruption programs. Since at least 1999 the DOJ has said that risk assessments that measure the likelihood and severity of possible Foreign Corrupt...more

The Importance of Risk Ranking to Compliance

We all face a number of risks every day. Yet, we do not respond to each and every risk. We engage in risk-ranking our responses. Some are more risk than others and some are more catastrophic than others. So, we engage in risk...more

An Organizational Response to Global Compliance Challenges

The following is part II of a guest post by Alison Taylor and James Cohen. A consensus has emerged as to what an effective anti-corruption compliance program looks like – its components and success factors. At the same...more

A COSO Look at Control Objectives

Brian Christensen, in an article in Corporate Compliance Insights (CCI) entitled “The Updated COSO Framework: Time for a Fresh Look at Internal Control”, said that the updated 2013 COSO Framework retained the core definition...more

AML Risks and Foreign Correspondent Banking

With the Panama Papers scandal and government promises of continued aggressive AML enforcement, financial institutions face a variety of risks that require increased vigilance and mitigation strategies....more

Compliance Program Lessons from a Recidivist

Recidivist behavior is something that the US government is forced to face in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement from time-to-time. When a company agrees to a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) or...more

DOJ’s New FCPA Pilot Program: The Offer of Enhanced Credit

DOJ’s continuing focus on individuals has spawned a new one year FCPA Pilot Program which offers companies enhanced cooperation credit The new Pilot Program is part of an overall effort to bolster FCPA compliance. Those...more

Prog Rock Week – Part IV: Yes, Close to the Edge and Connected Compliance

Down at the edge, round by the corner. Close to the edge, down by a river. I continue to explore my list of Tom’s favorite prog rock albums by focusing today on the English band Yes. The group dominated prog rock in...more

Prog Rock Week – Part II: Karn Evil 9 and Kaizen for Compliance

Yesterday, I began Prog Rock Week with a tribute to Keith Emerson. So sit back my friends and enjoy the show that never ends, as I explore my favorite prog rock albums and cuts. Today, I will further honor Emerson and his...more

Compliance Lessons from the Olympus Corporate Integrity Agreement – Part II

Sir George Martin died yesterday. For anyone born after the break up of the Beatles, this name is probably not too familiar. However, even more than Brian Epstein, the band’s first professional manager, Martin truly was the...more

2016 Trends #8: Getting Serious About Anti-Bribery & Corruption Efforts and Third-Party Risk Management

By now, most organizations understand the importance of identifying and addressing any exposure they have to violations of anti-corruption and bribery (ABC) laws. Much attention has been given to recent cases, and to...more

Star Wars Week Part II – The Empire Strikes Back – Levels of Due Diligence

We continue our celebration of all things Star Wars; at least as they pertain to the original trilogy, as today we honor Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, which is my personal favorite of the original three movies. The...more

Star Wars Week Part I – How do You Evaluate a Risk Assessment?

Today I begin a series of Star Wars themed blog posts to celebrate the upcoming release of the next entry in the Star Wars franchise, Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Please note that I will only use the first three movies,...more

Applying Practical Strategies to Supply Chain Risk

Compliance Officer can get so overwhelmed with risks that it is hard to keep their focus on priorities. Risks are everywhere and no compliance program can address every risk – the trick is keeping your eye on the ball and...more

DOJ’s Compliance Counsel & Compliance Expectations

The Justice Department’s hiring of Hui Chen as the new Compliance Counsel is an important development in DOJ’s prosecution of corporate defendants. It is not clear yet what impact Ms. Chen will have. At a recent event at NYU,...more

Rubber Soul at 50 and Continued Operationalizing of Your Compliance Program

Last week was the 50th anniversary of one of the seminal Beatles’ albums, Rubber Soul. Even a half-century later, it remains one of the most critically acclaimed LPs in history. As noted in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)...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

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

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

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

Dissecting a Bribery Violation: Two Important Questions to Answer

In the wreckage of a corporate FCPA enforcement action, a company has to answer two important questions. First, how did the conduct occur without senior executives and the Board learning or suspecting that such conduct...more

Astros in the Playoffs, Will Hell Freeze Over?

When recently I contacted the Underworld about the potential listing of this vast property, I was stunned when Satan himself answered the phone. While I was tempted to ask what happened to all his hired help down there,...more

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

Hiring Practices: A New or Old FCPA Compliance Challenge?

Contrary to the opinion of many in the FCPA space, the BNY Mellon settlement and the looming actions against six major financial institutions for hiring practices is not a big shock or surprise. The SEC is not raising a new...more

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