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Dutch Prosecutors Record Shell CEO and Ensnare Shell in Nigeria Bribery Scandal

by Michael Volkov on

A CEO never expects to be wiretapped. Let’s face it – a wiretap in the C-Suite is rare. Justice Department prosecutors have always looked for an opportunity. CEOs have loose lips and can suffer significant damage from...more

Termination of a Third-Party – Planning Can Reduce the Pain

by Thomas Fox on

The European concern Airbus has been in the news recently for corruption issues. According to an article in the Financial Times (FT), entitled “Airbus sued by middlemen fired following fraud inquiry”, its annual report lists...more

Long-Running Corruption Scheme Exposed in Brazil: Operation "Exposed Invoice" Provides Continuous Improvement Opportunity for...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A massive scheme involving medical products sales to Brazilian public entities has led to recent high-profile arrests. The events highlight the importance to a well-functioning compliance program of keeping up with new...more

Top bribery and corruption developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

In recent years, U.S. and Western European military spending has decreased as military spending in other parts of the world has risen. As a result, aerospace, defense and government services (ADG) companies increasingly rely...more

Understanding the New DOJ Compliance Guidance: Part Three – Policies & Procedures

This is the third in a series of posts where we will explore critical elements of a successful compliance program. In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government...more

Navigating Yates Memo Minefield and Broadening of Excess Side-A DIC D&O Insurance Policies

by Perkins Coie on

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum (the Yates Memo) in September 2015 setting forth guidance on how the U.S. Department of Justice would handle future corporate investigations and, to the extent...more

On the Border: Lawmakers Seek to End Warrantless Searches of Electronic Devices by Border Authorities

by Snell & Wilmer on

The controversial practice of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents randomly demanding that Americans turn over passwords to their mobile devices so they can be searched at the border and at ports of entry may be...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

A Strategy for Non-Disclosure of FCPA Violations

by Michael Volkov on

We all understand that issues are not black and white, meaning there are areas of gray when analysis and cost-benefits need to be weighed. Lawyers are regularly identifying legal risks and applying such risks to specific...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Navient Corp., facing CFPB allegations that it didn’t live up to its promises of helping its 12 million customers manage their loans, now has a two-faced problem after a recently filed motion to dismiss in which it argued...more

AML Enforcement and Compliance Trends

by Michael Volkov on

Law enforcement focus on anti-money laundering appears to be increasing. While the last ten years has seen a marked increase in AML regulatory obligations, the new administration is likely to return to some of the more...more

FCPA Remediation Focus on Supervisory Personnel

by Michael Volkov on

The Justice Department’s FCPA enforcement and remediation focus on supervisory personnel is an interesting development. On the one hand, DOJ has been slow to bring individual criminal enforcement actions for FCPA...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The feud between Big Billy Gross and his former firm, Pimco, over BBG’s 2014 ouster is officially finished. The terms weren’t officially disclosed, but both sides noted that “any proceeds from the suit will be donated to...more

Brazilian Corruption Scandals Continue

by Thomas Fox on

The stench of corruption continues to bedevil Brazil, even as the clean-up initiated with Operation Car Wash is ongoing. This time, allegations of bribery and corruption have reached one of Brazil’s most prestigious exports,...more

Pay the Piper: Restitution Payment to Victims Does Not Offset Mandatory Forfeiture to Government

In United States v. Bodouva, 16-3937 (March 22, 2017) (Katzmann, C.J., Pooler and Lynch, J.), the Court held in a per curiam order that a defendant convicted of embezzlement must forfeit the full amount of her illicit gains...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part III

by Thomas Fox on

This week I have been considering the LRN Corporation’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (LRN Report) by outlining some of its general findings. Today, I want to conclude by using the Report as a road...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

White Collar Watch dates itself considerably with its Perry Mason allusion, but its bigger point is an interesting one–good luck finding a true “gotcha” moment when dealing with what are “quintessentially offenses of the...more

Bridging the Gap: Uniting Compliance and Financial Controls (Part II of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

A Chief Compliance Officer has a number of important relationships to attend to in the corporate governance landscape. A critical relationship needed to “operationalize” a compliance program is a partnership between a CCO and...more

Understanding the New DOJ Guidance: Part 1 – Tone at the Top

In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government expects in a compliance program in the form of a series of questions that companies should be prepared to answer about...more

Justice Department Reveals How It Evaluates Corporate Compliance Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section recently published its "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" that lists 1) the topics it explores and 2) the questions it asks when it assesses the effectiveness of a...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part I (and Farewell to Chuck Berry)

by Thomas Fox on

Last week I interviewed Susan Divers, Senior Advisor at LRN Corporation, on the company’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report). The Report was a fascinating review of the evolution of compliance...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The struggle to attract and retain businesses and the jobs they provide has increasingly led to states and cities squaring off against others, with competing tax incentive packages the very real currency of the battle....more

Updated Status of the DOJ FCPA Pilot Program

The FCPA Pilot Program was introduced on April 5, 2016 as a one year experiment that sought to ‘motivate companies to voluntarily self-disclose FCPA-related misconduct, fully cooperate with the Fraud Section and …remediate...more

Ninth Circuit Joins Second Circuit in Adopting Broad Definition of “Whistleblower” Under The Dodd-Frank Act

by Dechert LLP on

A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ruled in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc. that the Dodd-Frank Act’s definition of “whistleblower” includes not only those who disclose information...more

Court Affirms Conviction In Case Involving $126 Million Loan For Shopping Mall Transaction, Rejecting Argument That Sentence...

In a summary order on March 8, 2017, the Second Circuit (Katzmann, C.J. and Pooler and Lynch, J.) affirmed the conviction and sentence for wire fraud in United States v. Frenkel. The case attracted some public attention...more

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