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Anti-Corruption Enforcement Has Gone International

Matt Stephenson, myself and others have engaged in a dialogue about where Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement may be headed under the incoming administration. I have tried to focus on why compliance with...more

Email Sweeps- A New Approach to Ongoing Monitoring

The FCPA Guidance specifies that “a good compliance program should constantly evolve. A company’s business changes over time, as do the environments in which it operates, the nature of its custom­ers, the laws that govern its...more

Aggressive Remediation: Embraer and JP Morgan

There is no question that the Justice Department has raised compliance program expectations in a number of areas. Whatever you may think about the efficacy or fairness of the FCPA Pilot Program, the Justice Department has...more

White Collar Crime Law Enforcement in a Trump Justice Department - 8 Predictions

After a conventional presidential campaign, determining the policy priorities and direction of the incoming administration with respect to the Justice Department’s white collar law enforcement responsibilities can be a...more

Two Executives Charged in Valeant Pharmaceuticals Criminal Investigation

Two executives were charged last week with criminal violations in the Southern District of New York relating to Valeant Pharmaceuticals activities. These charges are the first of more to come in an ongoing investigation...more

Spikes in Sales and Compliance

What is risk and how should it be evaluated? What is the data that should be reviewed to determine if an increase in sales is based on unethical or even illegal behavior? Finally, what happens when you migrate company...more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action, Part III-St. Mark’s Revealed

This week I am exploring the JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and its subsidiary, JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited (JPM-APAC), (collectively ‘the company’) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action which...more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action: Part I – Venice and Fog

JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and its subsidiary, JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited (JPM-APAC) resolved its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matter last week, obtaining a Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA) from the...more

When Your Internal Investigator Fails to “Investigate”

A number of recent FCPA enforcement actions have cited common compliance program failures relating to internal investigations. For example, PTC settled FCPA charges with the DOJ and SEC for $28 million. According to the...more

Why FCPA Compliance Makes America Great

Last week, a colleague asked me what I thought the Trump administration might hold for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement specifically and for the greater compliance discipline in general. I have been exploring...more

Compliance isn’t Going Away (and Neither Should You) – Part III

I continue what has now become a week-long explanation of why the compliance function in a corporation and the compliance profession in general is not going anywhere, even with the election of Trump as President and a full...more

Do You Know and Understand Your Compliance Policies?

My question appears to be fairly obvious, right? This is not a question or a quiz of every chief compliance officer. Rather, this is a question for everyone but the CCO and compliance and legal staff. Think about it....more

Compliance Isn’t Going Away (and neither should you) – Part I

Yesterday I presented my views on why I believe that Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement will continue under the new administration. Today, I want to begin a multi-part series (sorry I don’t know how long it will...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 291-Sara Kropf on white collar defense in an internal investigation [Video]

In this episode, I visit with white collar defense specialist Sara Kropf, founder of the Kropf Law Firm. She discusses defending corporate executives and employees who are caught up in corporate internal investigations which...more

A Cautionary Illustration of the Need for Accounting and Compliance Reviews

Embraer SA, Brazil's flagship aerospace manufacturer and a worldwide competitor across various aviation markets, experienced first-hand the scope and reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Embraer agreed to pay...more

FCPA Enforcement Going Forward in the Trump Administration

Donald Trump has gone on the record as saying the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is a “horrible law and it should be changed” and that it puts US businesses at a “huge disadvantage.” This statement was made in the...more

A New Administration: A New FCPA Enforcement Regime?

Now that the dust has settled on this turbulent campaign season, everyone is in the prediction game, especially when it comes to FCPA enforcement. It is easy to make predictions of significant change. It is easy to take...more

Hunter S. Thompson and the World of International Corruption

In a tale worthy of the famous Hunter S. Thompson maxim, that “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”; the tale of BSG Resources (BSGR) and the Simandou mining concession in Guinea took a very weird turn this week...more

Volkov on the Evolving Standards for Compliance Programs

Sometimes I get inspired when writing blog posts and sometimes I get on a roll. It is a bit of both this week and today, as previously this week, I have focused on Department of Justice (DOJ) pronouncements on their view of...more

When the Compliance Counsel Speaks, CCOs Should Listen

I was recently having breakfast with a colleague and we were discussing the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Compliance Counsel Hui Chen and what we believe to be the positive impact she has had on the compliance community,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

In a closely watched battle over the DOL’s new fiduciary rule for retirement account investment advisers, the Labor Department has scored an early first victory. A DC federal judge ruled late last week that the rule at issue...more

When Leslie Caldwell Talks FCPA, You Should Listen

November begins the final push for the compliance conference season, which customarily ends with the ACI National FCPA Conference. During November and into early December, Department of Justice (DOJ) officials have...more

AAG Caldwell Touts Success of FCPA Enforcement and Pilot Program

In a speech last week, Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell touted the success of the FCPA Pilot Program. AAG Caldwell outlined the success of the FCPA enforcement program, listing many of the...more

Enforcement at the Gates: SEC Action against Big Four Firm and New International Standards Highlight the Role of Accountants as...

In late September 2016, Andrew Ceresney, Director of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), signaled the SEC’s renewed focus on the key role played by audit committee members and external auditors as...more

When Lawyers Cross the Line – Breaking Bad Under the Law

While reading the Embraer settlement documents, I read over the facts implicating a senior legal executive and his/her involvement in the Embraer bribery scheme. Truthfully, I had a slight gasp as I read about a fellow lawyer...more

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