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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and encourage capital formation. The Commission is headed by five presidentially-appointed Commissioners who oversee the Commission’s five divisions: Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Enforcement, Division of Investment Management, and the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Information.  less -

The PCAOB, Audits, and Compliance - Considerations for the Chief Compliance Officer

by Thomas Fox on

I recently had the chance to visit with Joe Howell, the Executive Vice President of Workiva LLC, to discuss, among other things, the function of the Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and what role it might...more

Learn from History or Repeat It: FCPA 2016 in Review

by NAVEX Global on

We have never seen, and may well never see again, a year of FCPA corporate enforcements as we did in 2016. Combined, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) initiated 27 corporate...more

Update on Regulatory Compliance in the Global Health Care Industry

by Baker Ober Health Law on

A comprehensive understanding of the constantly evolving layers that make up federal anti-corruption statutes, sanctions regulations and export control restrictions is imperative for both the pharmaceutical and health care...more

What Can We Tell About the Trump Administration’s Focus on Compliance?

There are a few early signs that the Trump administration will continue to hold companies to the “way of compliance,” as our colleague Jane Lewis-Raymond put it recently on this blog. But after the first four months of his...more

Day 7 of One Month to Better Investigations and Report-How Investigations Inform Remediation

by Thomas Fox on

There is nothing like an internal whistleblower report about a FCPA violation, the finding of such an issue or (even worse) a subpoena from the DOJ to trigger the Board of Directors and senior management attention to the...more

"Creating A Risk" Of Bribery Can Violate The FCPA: Low Threshold For SEC Enforcement Actions

by Allen & Overy LLP on

SEC enforcement actions under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act have been setting an ever-lower threshold for violations of the FCPA's books and records, and internal controls provisions. Most recently, the SEC has...more

2016 - A Year for the FCPA Record Books & What It Means for Compliance Practitioners

by Thomas Fox on

We have never seen and may well never see again a year of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act corporate enforcements as we did in 2016. ...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 55, the Covfefe Edition

by Thomas Fox on

This week, Jay and I have a wide-ranging discussion on some of the week’s top compliance related stories. We discuss: 1. Brazilian meatpacker JBS agrees to the largest fine ever for fine for bribery and corruption, $3.2bn...more

Day 2 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Selection of Investigative Counsel

by Thomas Fox on

A key component of this fair and objective evaluation is the WHO question; that is, who should supervise the investigation and who should handle the investigation? You should have independent counsel should handle any serious...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for April 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Day 1 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Introduction to Investigations and Internal Reporting

by Thomas Fox on

The call, email or tip comes into your office; an employee reports suspicious activity somewhere across the globe. That activity might well turn into a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issue for your company. As the Chief...more

Whistleblower Hotlines: Still a Vital Tool

by NAVEX Global on

Recently the chief compliance officer of a global company asked me: does a company need a telephone-based whistleblower hotline anymore? In our all-technology, all-the-time world, could a company phase out telephone hotlines...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

Day 15 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-Employment Separation Issues

by Thomas Fox on

Employment separation and layoffs can present some unique challenges for the compliance practitioner. Employees can use layoffs to claim that they were retaliated against for a wide variety of complaints, including those for...more

Day 13 of One Month to Better Compliance Thru HR

by Thomas Fox on

One of the ways to operationalize compliance and to drive it into the DNA of an organization is through a performance review. Indeed, the 2012 FCPA Guidance states, “DOJ and SEC recognize that positive incentives can also...more

The New Faces of FCPA Enforcement: The Transition to a Sessions-Clayton Enforcement Regime Is Unlikely to Result in Drastic...

by K&L Gates LLP on

Now that the Trump administration has passed its first 100 days, some additional insights are available with respect to how the administration plans to enforce anti-corruption laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

WilmerHale, Waivers and When to Stop Investigating

by WilmerHale on

Boyd Johnson is the New York-based co-chair of WilmerHale’s investigations practice, while Stephen Pollard leads the firm’s UK team. Both partners joined WilmerHale in late 2011 – Johnson from the US Attorney’s Office for the...more

Minimize the Risk of External Whistleblower Activity

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

External whistleblower activity can be very costly in the auto industry. As the industry continues to develop, prevention of whistleblower claims will only grow in importance. It’s an issue that can impact every company...more

Managing Sanctions and Export Control Risks in the Health Care Industry

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Over the past 15 years, pharmaceutical manufacturers, medical device companies, and other participants in the health care industry have been regular targets of U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement actions...more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Since mid-2000s investigation of Siemens, and the resulting $800 million penalty for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the FCPA has been an enforcement priority of the U.S. Government. Although a dip in...more

Day 10 Of One Month to Better Compliance through HR-Sales Incentives and Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In the Department of Justice’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Prong 8 Incentive and Disciplinary Measures it states: Incentive System –How has the company considered the potential negative compliance...more

NYSE MKT Proposes Rule Change to Harmonize its Periodic Reporting Requirements with Those of the NYSE

On May 8, 2017, the NYSE MKT issued a proposed rule change to harmonize its periodic reporting requirements with those of the NYSE. Currently, the NYSE MKT provides companies that are late in making required filings with a...more

Red Notice Newsletter - Chinese

Anticorruption Developments - Former Magyar Telekom Executives Reconcile Bribery Charges - April 24, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the Hungarian telecommunications company...more

Day 6 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-Incentivizing Compliance

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In the Department of Justice’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, Prong 8 Incentive and Disciplinary Measures it states: Incentive System – How has the company incentivized compliance and ethical behavior? How has...more

Upcoming Compliance Deadlines for Registration Statement and Shareholder Report Disclosures under Liquidity Risk Management and...

by Dechert LLP on

The initial compliance dates are rapidly approaching for new disclosure requirements adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for registered investment company (funds). All initial registration statement...more

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