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New Revenue Recognition Standard-Part I, Introduction

by Thomas Fox on

In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606) for public business entities, certain not-for-profit entities, and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Bitcoin futures started trading yesterday for the first time prompting concerns about the volatility of the cryptocurrency that prompted several exchange outages due to 10%+ swings in its price as well as heavy website...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 361, Don Fischer on export control compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Don Fischer, a San Francisco and Washington, based lawyer who is one of the country’s leading practices dedicated to assisting corporations, universities and research institutions with the...more

Monetary Authority of Singapore Release Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Guidelines on Digital Token Offerings introduced by the Monetary Authority of Singapore address initial coin offerings and also how current laws will be applied to intermediaries. The Result: Whether a...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC Statement on Self-Certification of Bitcoin Products by CME, CFE and Cantor Exchange - On December 1, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ("CFTC") issued a Statement on the Self-Certification of Bitcoin...more

Five Things to Know About ICOs

by WilmerHale on

Initial coin offerings or similar types of sales of virtual-based coins and tokens, are quickly becoming an important fundraising tool for many early-stage companies. Last month, our QuickLaunch University webinar series...more

Day 6 of One Month to Better Written Standards- Training on Your Code of Conduct

by Thomas Fox on

What about the training on your finalized Code of Conduct? While there have been criticisms of Code of Conduct training, if you consider training as one source of your 360-degrees of compliance communications, the rollout of...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 79, the Fire and Ice Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories of the week, in this week's fire and ice edition: 1. Former VW Engineer Oliver Schmidt sentenced to 7 years in jail...more

Income, from Whatever Exchange, Mine, or Fork Derived: The Basics of U.S. Cryptocurrency Taxation

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

In this first of (we hope) many posts on the interesting and myriad tax issues arising in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, we focus on the very basic U.S. federal income tax consequences of...more

The SEC’s Cyber Unit Files Its First Complaint Against an “Initial Coin Offering”

by Burr & Forman on

Implemented in September, the Securities Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Cyber Unit has brought its first enforcement action against an “Initial Coin Offering” (“ICO”) called PlexCoin. ICOs, which are listed on digital...more

Day 4 of One Month to Better Written Standards– Code of Conduct: Structure and Format

by Thomas Fox on

Next, the evolution of the structure and format of a best practices Code of Conduct. Initially, my experience with Codes of Conduct was that they were written by lawyers, largely for lawyers. This included ‘thou shalts’ and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Senate Banking Committee has voted out of committee a bipartisan effort to ease Dodd-Frank regulations. The bill in question could “drastically cut” the number of banks subject to heightened Fed oversight and “would ease...more

Examples of the SEC’s New Focus on Retail Customers and Cyber

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s Enforcement Division under Chairman Clayton is focusing on retail investors and cyber. Two actions brought over the last two business days serve to highlight this focus, including the first brought by the new...more

SEC Investor Advisory Committee Discusses Blockchain’s Effect on Markets

The effect of Bitcoin on securities markets and enhanced measures related to retail investors were the focus at the October meeting of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee (Committee)....more

Compliance Report International Edition-Compliance Man Goes Global, Episode 6

by Thomas Fox on

Welcome to Episode 6 of Compliance Man Goes Global podcast of FCPA Compliance Report International Edition. In this episode, we will focus on typical concepts (or probably myths) on Know Your Client -probably the most...more

CFTC Releases Statement on Three Exchanges’ Plans to List Bitcoin Contracts

On December 1, 2017, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and CBOE Futures Exchange took the necessary regulatory steps to begin trading new bitcoin futures contracts this month. The Cantor Exchange took similar steps to begin...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 360, James Koukios on New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Morrison and Foerster partner James Koukios on the Department of Justice (DOJ) new policy regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement. Last week, Deputy Attorney General Rod...more

Day 2 of One Month to Better Written Standards-Clearly Articulated Written Standards

by Thomas Fox on

The cornerstone of a best practices compliance program is its written standards. These include a Code of Conduct, policies and procedures. These requirements have long been memorialized in the US Federal Sentencing Guidelines...more

Day 3 of One Month to Better Written Standards-Introduction to the Code of Conduct

by Thomas Fox on

What is the value of having a Code of Conduct? I have heard many business folks ask that question over the years. In its early days, a Code of Conduct tended to be lawyer-written and lawyer-driven to wave in regulator’s...more

Day 1-Introduction of Best Practices Written Standards for Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

In this first podcast of the December edition of my One Month to a More Effective Compliance Program series, I introduce written standards. ...more

Day 1 of One Month to Better Written Standards in a Compliance Program-Introduction to December

by Thomas Fox on

The cornerstone of any best practices compliance program is written protocols. This includes a code of conduct policies and procedures. These elements have long been memorialized in the U.S. sentencing guidelines. The...more

Episode 13 -- Top Ten Rules for Conducting Internal Investigation Interviews

by Michael Volkov on

To implement an effective ethics and compliance program, global companies have to establish an effective internal investigation program.  Whether conducting a critical or routine investigation, investigators have to be able...more

French Regulators Launch Public Consultation for Initial Coin Offerings

by Jones Day on

The Situation: French investors continue to show interest in initial coin offerings. The Result: The French Financial Market Authority has launched a public consultation to assess whether ICOs might fall within the scope...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 78, the New Policy Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories of the week, including: 1. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, in a speech, called it the FCPA Corporate...more

The Numbers Don’t Lie: The SEC Pursues a More Streamlined Enforcement Agenda

One of the most eye-catching items in the recently released 2017 Annual Report of the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) is the significant decline in enforcement activity...more

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