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"The Emerging Need for Cybersecurity Diligence in M&A"

Cybercrime has emerged as one of the foremost threats a company faces. As a result of a few keystrokes, a company may find its customers’ data sold on the dark web, its intellectual property in the hands of a competitor or...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part V – Level III Due Diligence as a Board Tool

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I conclude my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence, by discussing how a this should be considered as a best practices tool by a Board of Directors in a broader sense. I am joined in this exploration by...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part IV – Level III Due Diligence for 3rd Parties

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I continue my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence, by discussing how this should be considered for third parties. I am joined this week by Candice Tal, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of...more

Meeting the challenges of Customs compliance: 11 questions to ask yourself, 6 action steps

by DLA Piper on

In the global environment in which we operate, exchanging goods internationally always entails basic customs issues.  Among these are the import/entry process, tariff classification, valuation, country of origin labeling, and...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

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part II – Why Level III Due Diligence for Senior Execs?

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I continue my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence by considering why you need this type of background investigation in the context of the hiring and promotion of senior managers in an organization. I am...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part I – What is Level III Due Diligence?

by Thomas Fox on

There are many levels of due diligence investigation. In a multi-part series this week, I am going to focus on Level III, deep dive due diligence. I am joined in this exploration by Candice Tal, founder and Chief Executive...more

How to Measure Third-Party Risk Management ROI

by Thomas Fox on

One area that has bedeviled Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) and compliance practitioners is how to determine the return on investment (ROI) for your compliance program regarding the management of third parties. While it is...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

OCC Establishes New Third-Party Risk Management Expectations, Including for Bank Relationships With Marketplace Lenders

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The bulletin requires relationships between banks and marketplace lenders to be treated with the same rigor of due diligence and ongoing oversight as other relationships with third parties. On January 24, the Office of...more

2016 Year End Review: Banking Regulators Try to Ease Concerns Over Aggressive AML/BSA Enforcement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and four U.S. federal banking regulators sought to correct a problem—at least in part one of their own creation—by issuing a “Joint Fact Sheet on Foreign Correspondent...more

Trends from 2016 Record FCPA Enforcement Year (Part II of III)

by Michael Volkov on

No matter how you cut it – this was a big year in FCPA enforcement. Not just because of the large enforcement actions but the scope and depth of enforcement, remediation and compliance program demands....more

What are you doing to prevent a data breach

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A broker-dealer recently agreed to pay a $650,000 fine after an OSJ’s cloud vendor failed to adequately protect customer information. Apparently, an outside hacker was able to gain access to non-public personal information...more

Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

by Perkins Coie on

Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled...more

Coordinating Third Party Due Diligence and Procurement

by Michael Volkov on

Third party risk management is easily one of the most challenging risks for compliance officers. With all the attention and hype surrounding third party risk, companies have marshaled attention and resources to mitigate the...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - November 2016

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Aiding and Abetting the Unauthorized Practice of Law — Conducting a Due Diligence Background Check for Incoming Lawyers and Lateral Hires - The Case: Kimberly Kitchen began working at BMZ Law PC part-time in 2005. She...more

If Things Have to Be Risky for Your Third-Party Risk Management Program to be Valuable, You’re Doing It Wrong.

by NAVEX Global on

Seventy-five percent of respondents in the 2016 Ethics & Compliance Third Party Risk Management Benchmark Report rejected at least one third party as a business partner last year because of high risk factors identified in due...more

Due Diligence Basics – Beneficial Ownership

by Michael Volkov on

I hate to be the harbinger of bad news; that is against my nature; I am naturally an optimistic person. As I always say, there are solutions to every problem....more

Volkov on the Evolving Standards for Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

Sometimes I get inspired when writing blog posts and sometimes I get on a roll. It is a bit of both this week and today, as previously this week, I have focused on Department of Justice (DOJ) pronouncements on their view of...more

Arguing the business case for respecting human rights

by DLA Piper on

The business case for respecting human rights is becoming increasingly evident. Not only does it fulfill a business’ responsibility to be an ethical actor in society, it is also an integral part of sound risk management, good...more

DOJ and SEC Raising the Stakes on Third Party Risk Management

by Michael Volkov on

If you review the last ten years of FCPA enforcement, the unmistakable pattern is rising expectations with regard to corporate compliance programs, particularly with regard to third party due diligence and risk management....more

Yahoo Breach and Data/Information Security

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

The massive breach of accounts at Yahoo revealed on September 22, 2016, brings several thoughts to mind: The purchase of Yahoo by Verizon Wireless has not yet closed. Any companies undergoing diligence on the M&A front...more

Trust But Verify - Due Diligence with a Jaded Eye

by Michael Volkov on

Ronald Reagan’s mantra with respect to US-Soviet relations in the 1980s applies with equal force to today’s world of due diligence. (I know it shows my age that I can recall this statement). Not all due diligence cases...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2016

by King & Spalding on

Implementing Islamic Financing for Renewable Energy Projects - The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has recently seen a surge of interest in developing renewable energy, in particular solar energy projects. Led...more

Managing Risks in Acquisitions from Financially Challenged Sellers in the Resources & Energy Sector

by King & Spalding on

Impact of Low Commodity Prices - After a decade long boom in the resources and energy sector, prices across almost all commodities declined from 2012, with particularly sharp declines during 2015 and into 2016, as supply...more

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