Securities & Exchange Commission Compliance

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... more +
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 -
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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

ISO 37001: A New Measuring Stick for Corporate Compliance Programs

The International Organization for Standardization is developing a certifiable international standard for “anti-bribery management systems” that could influence how the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange...more

The SEC, CCOs and Compliance Programs

Compliance programs, Chief Compliance Officers and liability have been the subject of a great deal of debate in recent months. Members of the Commission, for example, debated charging decisions regarding CCOs last year in...more

Up Close and Personal: Individual CCO Liability – Part I

A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed. Those lines were the opening verse to the theme song of the TV...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

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2016 #3

Regulatory Developments - SEC Publishes Small Entity Compliance Guide for Crowdfunding - On May 13, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a small entity compliance guide for companies wishing to...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

[Webinar] FCPA Spotlight: Best Practices for Controls and Records - May 20th, 1:00pm EDT

In this era of increased attention to corruption, the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are increasingly using the FCPA's books and records and internal controls provisions to prosecute improper...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

Reports Reveal Four Cyber Security Trends—and the Need for Better Cyber Security Training & Awareness

?As cyber security issues continue to escalate and evolve, compliance officers have more opportunities to better protect and defend their organizations from cyber risk. One of compliance officers’ responsibilities is to stay...more

Private Equity and the Och-Ziff Enforcement Action

Since 2010, the Justice Department and the SEC have been “investigating” a number of private equity and hedge funds for FCPA violations. The launch of the inquiries was a big deal with lots of fanfare and focus on private...more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2016

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. In this digest, we draw together news of enforcement activity throughout the world and aim to reduce your information overload. Our London, Minneapolis, New York...more

FINRA Targets AML Programs and “Culture of Compliance” as 2016 Enforcement Priority, Particularly for High-Risk Broker/Dealers

Under Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) authorization, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is “responsible for regulating (1) all securities firms that do business with the public[,]” (2) key stock...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2016

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

This Is Not a Test: The CFTC Joins the SEC and IRS in Awarding Substantial Whistleblower Bounties

Who can tune out those periodic blaring interruptions to our favorite television programs? This is a test. For the next 60 seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. In...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Budget hearings were a focus this week as the Chair of the SEC and Chairman of the CFTC visited Capitol Hill. Both sought substantial increases, requesting more money for technology, inspections and enforcement. While the...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

DOJ’s Fraud Section Issues Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Enforcement Plan and Guidance

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section (“DOJ”) issued its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Enforcement Plan and Guidance (“Guidance”), which announced (1) a more than doubling of DOJ resources...more

The Vegas Sands FCPA Action: Good Controls are Good Business

FCPA cases typically center on the payment of bribes to obtain or retain business. The bribes paid are usually small in comparison to the profits achieved – the obvious motive for the wrongful conduct. The profits of course...more

Avoiding the “Al Capone” version of an FCPA enforcement action—Are your internal controls in order?

Notorious gangster Al Capone likely was guilty of numerous crimes, including bootlegging, maintaining a house of prostitution, bribery, racketeering and multiple counts of murder. Yet he was never convicted of those crimes. ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was a key focus this week. The DOJ announced a new one year Pilot Program which holds the promise of a significant reduction in penalties if the firm self-reports and takes a series of steps....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

Parent Company and Subsidiary Liability for FCPA Violations: Fighting the Disinformation Campaign

Akin to politics (to a smaller degree), there is a fair amount of disinformation, some call it bloviating, put out by the FCPA Paparazzi. Some of this disinformation is motivated by immature attempts to “market” legal...more

SEC Settlement Sends a Strong Message to Companies: Treat Princelings and Commoners Alike, or Pay Dearly

On March 1, 2016, the SEC announced that Qualcomm Incorporated, a San Diego-based wireless telecommunication product company, agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle charges that its actions violated the Foreign Corrupt...more

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