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ISO 37001: Training, Employee Concerns, and Internal Investigations (Part V of V)

by Michael Volkov on

In my final posting on ISO 37001, I review requirements for training, raising concerns and internal investigations as part of a company’s anti-bribery risk management system....more

Comments by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Suggest Major Changes to Department of Justice Policies May Be Coming

by Blank Rome LLP on

Historically, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) often articulated policy decisions by issuing department-wide memos, usually named for their authors. For instance, in 2015, the DOJ announced a policy of holding...more

SCCE Wrap Up – Final Reflections on CEI 2017

by Thomas Fox on

The 2017 SCCE Compliance and Ethics Institute (CEI) is now in the books. Once again, the organization had record setting attendance with over 1,800 attendees from some 41 different countries. During the event, I had the...more

ISO 37001: Risk Assessments, Employees, and Due Diligence Requirements (Part IV of V)

by Michael Volkov on

In Part IV of my series on ISO 37001, I examine requirements relating to risk assessments, design of policies and procedures, and due diligence requirements. Section 4.5 sets out requirements for conducting risk...more

ISO 37001: Board, Top Management and Anti-Bribery Compliance Responsibilities (Part III of V)

by Michael Volkov on

In Part III of my continuing series on ISO 37001, today I examine the board and top management’s respective responsibilities in the implementation and oversight of an anti-bribery management system....more

ISO 37001: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (Part II of V)

by Michael Volkov on

In Part II of my continuing series, I identify in broad strokes some of the more significant positive and negative aspects of ISO 37001. While it is easy to second-guess the ISO 37001 authors, there are some interesting...more

SCCE Compliance and Ethics Institute – Eugene Soltes and How Compliance Programs Works

by Thomas Fox on

The first full day of the SCCE 2017 Compliance and Ethics Institute (CEI) featured a talk by Eugene Soltes, an associate professor at Harvard Business School and author of “Why They Do It”. For this book Soltes spent over...more

Dieselgate: Bringing a Face to Scandal Impacting Volkswagen Owners

A Volkswagen manager pleaded guilty to conspiracy and violating the Clean Air Act and could get seven years in prison. A Volkswagen engineer who agreed to testify against the Volkswagen manager was sentenced to three years in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

HSBC’s making good on its plans to shift to a focus on Asia by naming John Flint—who spent his first 14 years at the bank in Asia—as its new CEO. Flint will take over from Stuart Gulliver in February....more

For the Benefit of Mr. Kite – Fiction in the World of Quality Assurance

by Thomas Fox on

The basics were laid out by Peter Wells and Emiko Terazono in a Financial Times (FT) article entitled “Kobe Steel scandal hits Boeing, Toyota and Nissan”. The Japanese company admitted it had falsified “inspection data on an...more

Steering the course – navigating bribery and corruption risk in private equity investments: Part 3

by Hogan Lovells on

Identifying Bribery and Corruption risk in the context of private equity investments (and M&A more generally) is key to ensuring the value of an acquisition. Companies will busy themselves with due diligence on tax,...more

Thaler Wins the Nobel Prize and Informs Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

Richard H. Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economics yesterday. Binyamin Appelbaum, reporting in a New York Times (NYT) a piece entitled, “Nobel in Economics Is Awarded to Richard Thaler”, wrote that “Thaler, whose work has...more

UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 Commences with New Tax Evasion Offences, Anti-Money Laundering Rules, and Asset Forfeiture...

On 30 September 2017, Part 3 of the UK Criminal Finances Act 2017 (the “CF Act”) came into force creating new corporate offences for failing to prevent the facilitation of UK or overseas tax evasion. Similar to the standard...more

U.S. Treasury Warns Financial Institutions of Venezuelan Corruption and Money Laundering

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued an advisory on September 20 warning U.S. financial institutions of “money laundering schemes used by corrupt Venezuelan...more

Farewell to The Hawk – Fair and Consistent Application of Discipline

by Thomas Fox on

In the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation), Prong 8 Incentive and Disciplinary Measures it states: Incentive System – Consistent Application – Have the disciplinary actions...more

ArthroCare CEO Reconvicted for Fraud

by Michael Volkov on

The healthcare industry continues to be a frequent target for criminal prosecutions. More importantly, federal prosecutors are ready, willing and able to bring criminal cases against C-Suite actors involved in healthcare...more

Whatever Happened to the FCPA’s Foreign Conduct Requirement - How the FCPA is Being Used to Police Domestic Conduct and Internal...

As its name implies, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) was designed to prevent U.S. companies from engaging in foreign bribery. The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”),...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - October 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

McAfee Report Lists Health Care Sector as Most Targeted Industry for Cyber-Attacks - In its cybersecurity incident report outlining vulnerabilities for the second quarter of 2017, security firm McAfee lists the health care...more

CFTC’s Enforcement Division Announces New Focus on Self-Reporting

Upon discovering a potential violation, a company is often faced with the dilemma of whether to self-report the incident to its regulator or attempt to deal with the incident through exclusively internal means. On September...more

What a CCO Can Learn from Da Vinci

by Thomas Fox on

When Walter Isaacson publishes a book, you would do well to read it. His previous books have included biographies of such disparate luminaries as Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger and Benjamin Franklin. My personal...more

The FCPA Compliance Defense — Don’t Wish for It, You Just Might Get It

by Michael Volkov on

Sometimes a bad idea just will not die. Sometime commentators like to return to simplistic solutions that sound good on paper. These same commentators have failed to address the practical concerns that outweigh any possible...more

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers and FCPA Enforcement

by Thomas Fox on

If I told you that the last seven batting titles were won by baseball players who were originally from Venezuela, would you immediately run down to ICE and claim that our national pastime had been overrun by Venezuelan...more

Where O’ Where Did Our Monitors Go? — The Telia Bribery Case

by Michael Volkov on

Just when everyone was anticipating the beginning of an uptick in FCPA enforcement in 2017, the Justice Department and the SEC delivered a resounding message to remind everyone that FCPA enforcement is here to stay. However,...more

The Fraud Triangle, Rationalizations and Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

The fraud triangle is well-known to most compliance practitioners. Its third sides are pressure, opportunity and rationalization. When these three factors converge, there is danger of an ethical lapse which could lead to...more

Telia FCPA Enforcement Action: Part IV – Getting Some Monies Back

by Thomas Fox on

I have spent the past few blog posts reviewing the many lessons that can be garnered by the compliance practitioner from the Telia Company AB (Telia) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) resolution. However, there is one...more

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