Securities & Exchange Commission Compliance

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

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

US SEC Publishes Risk Alert on Top Five Investment Adviser Compliance Issues Found During Inspections

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on February 7, 2017 (Risk Alert), highlighting the “five compliance...more

OCIE to Investment Advisers: Focus on These Five Problem Areas

Only one month after releasing its exam priorities for this year, on February 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published a Risk Alert describing...more

A ‘Most Daring Act’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part I

A most “daring act” seems to be a good way to introduce a multi-part look at the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de...more

ENI Receives ISO 37001 Certification and ENI CEO Charged with Corruption

Today’s headline is inspired by two recent notices; the first is from a January 25 ENI Press Release crowing that “Eni is the first Italian company to receive that certification”. The second came from an article in the...more

Revenge of the Whistle-blower: Possible Consequences of Compliance Failures

In a company with a robust compliance culture, potential whistleblowers can express their concerns without fear of retribution. By contrast, the penalty for a culture that silences whistleblowers just got steeper. Companies...more

SEC’s Exam Deficiencies

The SEC recently released its findings relating to exams of investment advisers. In particular, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) found weak compliance programs; insufficient or late...more

Compliance Issues The SEC Is Seeing

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (or OCIE) recently issued a Risk Alert that identified the five most frequent compliance topics that arising from OCIE examinations. These compliance topics include the...more

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

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

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Anti-corruption

Focus on the US - Anti-corruption enforcement in the United States has changed dramatically in the past year and its future remains unclear. What direction will Attorney General Jeff Sessions take the US Department of...more

Global Anti-Bribery Year-in-Review: 2016 Developments and Predictions for 2017

The past year was consequential for FCPA enforcement in numerous respects, including blockbuster penalties, new policy initiatives, and the SEC’s first DPA with an individual for FCPA violations. In April 2016, the DOJ’s...more

SEC Snares Two “Masterminds” Behind Och-Ziff Bribery Scheme

The SEC recently filed a lengthy civil complaint against two Och-Ziff executives: Michael Cohen, who headed Och-Ziff’s European office, and Vanja Barros, an executive responsible for Africa-related transactions, charging them...more

Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn

The city of Houston has seen a multi-year economic downturn from the drop in the price of oil. Every company in the energy space has been required to dramatically cut its work force, including unfortunately, it compliance...more

Risk in Compliance Week: Part V – So What?

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

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Issues Risk Alert on Multi-Branch Adviser Initiative

Investment advisers registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may use a variety of business and organizational models, which may include structures with one or more branch offices. In announcing its...more

C-Suite Misconduct Results in Sociedad Quimica Y Minera FCPA Resolution with DOJ and SEC

In an unusual FCPA enforcement action, the Justice Department and the SEC resolved FCPA violations against Sociedad Quimica y Minera, a Chilean chemical and mining company, for a total of $30.5 million, for paying...more

Modern Whistleblower Retaliation Risk Require a Modern Framework

If compliance officers ever needed one more sign about the importance of anti-retaliation programs, it arrived on September 29, 2016. On that day, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC ) fined a company that makes...more

SEC's New Rule Requires Additional Disclosures on Form ADV

On January 12, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published its 2017 examination priorities.1 OCIE’s 2017 priorities, which largely mirror its 2016 priorities, cover three areas: (1)...more

FCPA Recidivists: Orthofix (Part II of II)

In its continuing quest to push the message of aggressive FCPA enforcement, the SEC resolved FCPA charges against Orthofix, a medical device company, for $6 million in penalties and disgorgement. In a related action, the SEC...more

FCPA Recidivists: Zimmer Biomet (Part I of II)

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

Whistleblower Conference Agenda Sizzles with Hot Topics

2016 was more than simply the most robust year in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement. It was also a record year in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whistleblower awards and additionally the year the SEC...more

Not Correctly Reporting Losses: An Internal Controls Failure

A recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) internal controls enforcement action drew my attention. It was not a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action but it certainly does have implications for a...more

The FCPA Enforcement Run Continues into 2017

Just when we thought 2016 was over and we could all breathe a sigh of relief, DOJ and the SEC have continued to run with a string of new enforcement actions. To all of those prognosticators, paparazzi, commentators, chicken...more

The Difference Between Being Right and Doing Right

Not long ago I wrote about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent enforcement actions against companies that include pretaliation clauses in their employment contracts. I posted the article online, and one compliance...more

Recidivism Under the FCPA: Zimmer Biomet

Last week Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. paid a high price for its and its predecessors failure to comply with the terms and conditions of 2012 Deferred Prosecution Agreement (the “2012 DPA”). Biomet, having originally paid $23...more

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