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2017 EY Survey Reports Steady Increase in Voluntary Audit-Related Disclosures

by WilmerHale on

In its sixth annual report on voluntary audit committee reporting to shareholders, Ernst & Young observed “similar increases in voluntary audit-related disclosure as in the past several years, with steady growth in certain...more

Federal Circuit Says PTO Submissions can Waive Privilege to Future Communications

On July 20, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in In re OptumInsight denied OptumInsight’s petition for writ of mandamus on privilege waiver. The court held that the District Court for the...more

Unfiled Tax Returns: What Do You Do? (Part 2)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The United States has a voluntary income tax reporting system. U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and businesses here must annually file income tax returns with the IRS, reporting their “worldwide income”, deductions, and...more

Here is what you need to know about a Domestic Voluntary Disclosure (DVD)

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

DVD can be an option for a Taxpayer without foreign financial accounts or foreign financial issues. It is a choice for Taxpayers that are out of domestic compliance, want to come into compliance and inoculate as much as...more

FINRA and the MSRB Issue FAQs on Bond Mark-Up Disclosure

by WilmerHale on

On July 12, 2017, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) published new implementation guidance on the bond mark-up disclosure requirements set to take effect...more

San Francisco Passes Pay Parity Ordinance Affecting Employee Onboarding

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisor’s passed a pay equity ordinance on July 11, 2017 which is now awaiting the Mayor’s signature. The “Parity in Pay” ordinance will become operative July 1, 2018. The ordinance will ban...more

Delaware Reworks Its Recent Unclaimed Property Overhaul Legislation

by Alston & Bird on

On June 29, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 79, which revises parts of Senate Bill 13, the major unclaimed property legislation passed earlier this year. Perhaps...more

Justice Department Resolves Two Cases Under FCPA Pilot Program

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department recently resolved two separate FCPA investigations under its Pilot Program. To be sure, DOJ’s resolution of these two matters reinforces the real and tangible benefits of its Pilot Program....more

A Second Superior Result – CDM Smith Obtains a Declination

by Thomas Fox on

Last week the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued its second Declination under the Sessions regime. Short with brevity, the matter nonetheless has some significant points for the compliance practitioner to help move their...more

FCPA: 2017 Mid-Year Review Webinar

by Bryan Cave on

Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was a high priority for the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2016. There's interest in how the new administration could impact enforcement as...more

IRS Announces Tax Audit Targets

Over the past several years, IRS has reduced the number of its tax auditors by about 25 percent – from just over 12,000 tax auditors in 2011 to about 9,000 tax auditors in 2015. This staffing reduction has forced IRS to focus...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 56

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. The Kokesh case at the US Supreme Court is significant for SEC enforcement of the FCPA around profit...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 12

by Thomas Fox on

Show Notes for Episode 12, the Summer Haze Edition The dog days of summer are on the horizon and the Houston Astros lead the major leagues in winning percentage. Coincidence that the US pulls out of the Paris Climate Accords...more

Video Transcript - FCPA Pilot Program

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The DOJ enacted the Pilot Program in early 2016. It was part of a long running effort by the DOJ to provide more transparency and consistency into how it addresses, investigates and resolves cases. It was also designed to...more

FCPA Pilot Program

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Ryan Rohlfsen, Ropes & Gray government enforcement partner, analyzes the first year of the U.S. Department of Justice’s FCPA Pilot Program. __ The DOJ enacted the Pilot Program in early 2016. It was part of a long...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

The Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative: A Recipe for Costlier Craft Beer?

by Bowditch & Dewey on

The Beer Institute, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. that represents brewers both big and small, as well as importers and suppliers to the beer industry, has recently published what it calls “The Brewer’s...more

What is the Real Risk of an FCPA Enforcement Action?

by Michael Volkov on

When speaking to clients or potential clients, the question of risk of enforcement is the moose on the table. Sometimes, the question gets asked and other times, the subject is never discussed. To be fair, it is not an easy...more

Evaluating FCPA Pilot Program: Lessons And Expectations

by WilmerHale on

On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice released a nine-page memorandum launching a one-year pilot program to reward companies that voluntarily self-report violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Now...more

Choose Opt Out Option Wisely in Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

Since 2009, the Internal Revenue Service has offered a variety of offshore voluntary disclosure programs (collectively, OVDP) under which a U.S. taxpayer can disclose previously undisclosed offshore activities. However, these...more

Sally Yates’ was Already Famous for Changing the Focus of Compliance Investigations - The Yates Memorandum

by Ruder Ware on

By now the whole world knows about Sally Yates. We are likely to see a lot more of her as a central figure in Congressional investigations. For some of us who deal with compliance investigations, Sally Yates was famous long...more

PA Tax Update: Amnesty Program and SUT Change

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Pennsylvania has a tax amnesty program that will run from April 21, 2017, to June 19, 2017. Even with many limitations on participation, this program may provide value to eligible taxpayers who have unfiled Pennsylvania tax...more

Self-Disclosure Analysis of FCPA violations and the New Administration

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On April 5, 2016, the Department of Justice had set forth a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Enforcement Plan and Guidance on enforcement, announcing an FCPA enforcement pilot program to promote greater accountability...more

DOJ Announces Continuation and Ongoing Review of FCPA Pilot Program

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The extension of the program — which emphasizes voluntary self-disclosure of FCPA violations, raises considerations for corporate entities and individual executives. The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced...more

Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

by Dechert LLP on

In today’s regulatory environment, companies face mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies to maintain robust compliance programs to deter and detect misconduct by employees, third-party vendors and business partners....more

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