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Updated U.S. Civil Penalties Raise the Cost of Noncompliance

In 2016, we let you know about the redundantly titled “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015,” which required that heads of government agencies adjust civil penalties yearly to account for...more

Preparing for an Investigation

by Thomas Fox on

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation), under Prong 7 Confidential Reporting and Investigation asks the following: Properly Scoped Investigation by Qualified Personnel – How...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 40, COSO ERM Framework Update

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the revisions to the COSO ERM Framework, which were based on comments by practitioners. We consider the role of culture and risk, the integration of the COSO ERM...more

Unfair and Unbalanced-Episode 18

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Roy Snell and myself discuss how incentives are integral to the compensation plans of a wide range of workers. Many experts point to their value in rewarding behavior that is in the interest of the...more

The ‘Way of Compliance' Adds Value Regardless of Who's in the White House

I am astonished there are still so many articles out there advising readers on how to establish the imperative for compliance. Nearly 15 years after the rise of compliance to an officer-level position, with significant...more

Trump Administration Takes Aim at H-1Bs

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Besides the wall, another immigration-related theme made a frequent appearance in the presidential campaign: the H-1B visa. This program allows foreign nationals with a bachelor’s degree or higher (or the equivalent in...more

AML Enforcement and Compliance Trends

by Michael Volkov on

Law enforcement focus on anti-money laundering appears to be increasing. While the last ten years has seen a marked increase in AML regulatory obligations, the new administration is likely to return to some of the more...more

Operationalizing Compliance – Natural Partners and Breaking Down Walls (Part I of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

An effective compliance program is built on internal coordination and relationships. Applying the Justice Department’s terminology, an effective compliance program is one that is operationalized. At first glance, you may...more

The DOJ Expects “Third-Party Management” from Compliance Programs

2016 was a banner year for global anti-corruption enforcement: the U.S. government set records in terms of both the number of FCPA actions brought and the total dollar amount of related fines. Meanwhile, governments from...more

Creation of Roundabout and Operationalization of Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

Readers of this blog know of my love for progressive rock music and that my favorite prog rock group is Yes. You might understand how thrilled I was when the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), of all places, ran an interview with...more

DOJ Issues New Guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs in Federal Fraud Investigations

On February 8th, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) quietly issued new guidance on how the agency evaluates corporate compliance programs during fraud investigations. The guidance, published on the agency’s website as the...more

DOJ Compliance Expectations Concerning Training, Internal Investigations and Audits (Part IV of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

DOJ’s Compliance Evaluation questions provide important indications of “new” trends and approaches to compliance functions and issues. Training - In the area of training, DOJ’s Compliance Evaluation reiterates DOJ’s...more

DOJ’s Compliance Program Evaluation: Risk Assessment, Policies and Procedures and Third-Party Risk Management (Part III of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

To design and implement an effective ethics and compliance program, companies have to conduct a risk assessment and tailor its policies and programs to its risk profile. DOJ’s Compliance Evaluation reinforces this framework...more

When Will Shareholders Force Boards to Do Compliance?

by Thomas Fox on

Today we honor one of the most iconic moments of World War II (WWII) and one of the most famous photographs of all time, that of the Marines raising the US flag on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. Marine...more

New DOJ Evaluation – Valuable Document for the Compliance Practitioner: Part I

by Thomas Fox on

I guess Matt Kelly cannot leave his journalist roots for it was he who broke the story within the greater compliance community that the Department of Justice (DOJ) very quietly released a document, entitled “Evaluation of...more

White Collar Enforcement and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Enforcement activity under the Obama administration often made headlines for the eye-popping level of fines, with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, and economic sanctions...more

The naked truth: Why your supply chain could leave you exposed

by Dentons on

If you are a business owner dealing with suppliers, you are potentially at risk of penalty for corruption related offences....more

Risk in Compliance Week: Part V – So What?

by Thomas Fox on

This week I have devoted my blog posts to thinking about the management of risk by considering the tools of forecasting, risk assessment and risk-based monitoring. I have been assisted on this journey by Ben Locwin, Director...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Federal Reserve Board Announces Finalized Rule Adjusting the Board's Maximum Civil Money Penalties - On January 18, 2017, the Federal Reserve Board announced that it was adjusting...more

Initial Wave of Environmental, Energy Changes Under the Trump Administration

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the initial week of the Trump Administration, a lot has happened and more changes are planned. Here are the highlights from Week One: Confirmation Hearings - Confirmation hearings were conducted for Scott Pruitt...more

FCPA Recidivists: Zimmer Biomet (Part I of II)

by Michael Volkov on

The drug and medical device industries have been taking it on the FCPA chin for years. The risk factors in the international marketplace are significant – healthcare professionals are normally government employees; government...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

The Real Explanation for the Record Year for FCPA Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

All the FCPA prognosticators, predictors and paparazzi have missed the boat on understanding what happened this year – 2016, to make this a record year in FCPA enforcement. As a former public servant for over 20 years, I am...more

Matt Ellis-The FCPA in Latin America

by Thomas Fox on

When I received my copy, my first thought was that, finally, it’s about time for this book to come out. Then I read it and realized I was glad he put so much time into it. I am referring to Matt Ellis’ new book The FCPA in...more

Compliance Trends and Predictions for 2017

by Michael Volkov on

The past year was another great success for the compliance profession and related technologies. Compliance continues to grow as the “professionalization” of compliance continues to skyrocket. As my good friend Donna Boehme...more

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