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Compliance isn’t Going Away (and Neither Should You) – Part III

I continue what has now become a week-long explanation of why the compliance function in a corporation and the compliance profession in general is not going anywhere, even with the election of Trump as President and a full...more

Compliance Isn’t Going Away (and neither should you) – Part I

Yesterday I presented my views on why I believe that Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement will continue under the new administration. Today, I want to begin a multi-part series (sorry I don’t know how long it will...more

Volkov on the Evolving Standards for Compliance Programs

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

When Leslie Caldwell Talks FCPA, You Should Listen

November begins the final push for the compliance conference season, which customarily ends with the ACI National FCPA Conference. During November and into early December, Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have...more

Houston Professional Football Stays the Same; Compliance Evolves

The history of professional football in Houston is certainly star-crossed. After winning the first two American Football League (AFL) championships in 1960 and 1961, the Oilers never made it back to the big game. After the...more

Johnson Controls Pays $14 Million for China FCPA Violations: DOJ Declines Prosecution

At first glance, the SEC’s recent enforcement action against Johnson Controls for $14 million for FCPA violations in China, along with a Justice Department declination under its new Pilot Program, appears to be a “routine”...more

Enforcement Week II: The Johnson Controls FCPA Enforcement Action – Part I

I continue my exploration of recent enforcement matters and issues by turning to the Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action, which was announced last week. Mike Volkov has called...more

Convergence of Audit and Compliance Functions

Returning to the serious subject of compliance, there are some who argue that compliance is a lot simpler than professionals and commentators tend to describe. I am an advocate for simplicity as a way to ensure adoption of...more

The Evolution of Compliance: Structural Changes Which Led to Compliance 2.0

If there was one theme from Compliance Week 2016 it was the continued evolution of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) role and the compliance profession. Long gone are the days when someone is sent over from a legal...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part IV

This week I have been exploring the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) with Joe Howell, an Executive Vice President (EVP) with Workiva Inc. We have considered how some of the issues addressed by the PCAOB directly...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part III

Today, I continue my exploration with Joe Howell about the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), its scrutiny of public company auditors and how its work impacts the corporate compliance function. Yesterday, I ended with...more

Joe Howell on the PCAOB, Audits and Compliance – Part I

I recently had the chance to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President (EVP) of Workiva LLC. Howell has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a number of public companies, mostly in the technology space, and...more

Internal Controls Enforcement: Hoisting Yourself on Your Own Petard

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet included this often used  phrase – hoist with his own petard (a small bomb). Shakespeare never knew that his eloquence would apply to today’s SEC enforcement of internal controls. The FCPA...more

Enron’s Continued Legacy On FCPA Enforcement

Today we acknowledge (I cannot say celebrate) one of the seminal events which led to the explosion of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions from 2004 forward. On this day in 2001 the Houston based company...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part V – Protection Afforded From a Compliance Program

Today, I wrap up my series on why I think compliance is at the Tipping Point. However as it is a Friday in October, I continue my tribute to the Man in the Shadows, producer Val Lewton, whose films for RKO had some of the...more

Gatekeeper Liability of Inside Asset Management Attorneys "Appearing" Before the SEC

This article addresses the liability of inside attorneys at asset management companies— mutual fund sponsors, investment advisers, broker-dealers, life insurance companies—as gatekeepers under rules of the US Securities and...more

Highway 61 Revisited-Tombstone Blues and Corporate Integrity Agreements

I conclude my tribute to my favorite Bob Dylan album, Highway 61 Revisited with a look at the most surreal song on the disc, Tombstone Blues. I want to use it to contrast the most excellent article that appears today as a...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

The BHP Case and Enforcement of The FCPA’s Internal Controls Provision

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from Jean-Michel Ferat ,CPA, CFF is a Managing Director in the Washington D.C office of the Claro Group around his views on the BHP Billiton enforcement action. Much has been made in...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects SOX Whistleblower Claims Not Raised in Administrative Complaint; Adopts Liberal "Reasonable Belief" Pleading...

On July 31, 2015, the Fifth Circuit issued a decision that may have both a positive and negative impact on employers defending whistleblower retaliation claims under the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX). In this decision, the court...more

DOJ’s Disdain for “Paper” Compliance Programs

As we come to the close of the Obama Administration, the Justice Department will certainly be able to point to its record of aggressive white-collar enforcement in a variety of areas. One glaring claim omission from that list...more

Alert: SEC Proposes Long-Awaited Compensation Clawback Rule

On July 1, 2015, the SEC issued a proposal to implement the last of the compensation-related provisions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that remained untouched on the SEC's plate—Section...more

Chamber of Commerce Airs Grievances Related To Internal Controls Inspections

In recent months, issues related to internal control systems and reporting have taken on an increased profile and significance. For example, as previously noted by the authors here and here, the SEC has sought to prioritize...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

SEC Awards Another Whistleblowing Compliance Officer - On April 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award between $1.4 and $1.6 million to a compliance officer who provided information...more

SEC Proposes New Clawback Rules

Last Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new Rule 10D-1 to require public companies to adopt and enforce clawback policies to recoup incentive-based compensation paid to current and former...more

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