Michael Volkov
The Volkov Law Group


Washington, D.C., United States
Phone: (240) 505-1992
Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Criminal Law
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • International Law & Trade
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities Law

Third Party Risk Management: Require ISO 37001 Certification from Your Third Parties

A lot of the focus on ISO 37001 so far has been on its value for companies considering certification as evidence of the quality of their own compliance program. With the SEC and DOJ both providing ample guidance to companies in…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Internal Investigations: Protecting the Attorney- Client Privilege

I like to repeat myself – attorneys are valuable for only two reasons: (1) attorney-client privilege; and (2) advice of counsel defense. I know I am not supposed to denigrate my profession but these are two important reasons,…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Making the Case for Requiring Beneficial Ownership Information

In this era of aggressive enforcement, global companies have to integrate beneficial ownership requirements when conducting due diligence of business associates and when engaging customers…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Seven Individuals Charged with FCPA Criminal Violations [Audio]

In a watershed week for FCPA enforcement, the US Department of Justice announced FCPA criminal charges against seven individuals. Specifically, the Justice Department announced four guilty pleas and one indictment as follow on…more
 /  Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Putting Ethics Back Into Compliance (Part IV of IV)

My final posting on this week’s ethics series is a call to action for all compliance professionals. Every compliance officer should insist on and embrace a title – “Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.” Some larger organizations…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Six Specific Areas to Embed and Promote Business Ethics (Part III of IV)

The challenge for corporations is to build practical approaches to business ethics and its specific corporate values. Business ethics as a field is all well and good but we need to start sharing specific and practical strategies…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Trust and Integrity – Bedrock of Corporate Sustainability (Part II of IV)

Here is another profound grasp of the obvious – all companies need to make a profit. However, as companies begin to focus on long-term performance rather than short-term quarterly objectives, innovative leaders believe that…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Business Ethics, Values and Personal Ethics (Part I of IV)

This week I am examining in a four-part series the issue of business ethics in an attempt to provide practical approaches to business ethics to help build and promote a company’s culture. …more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The FCPA Week That Was — Seven Individuals Charged for FCPA Violations

To all the “nattering nabobs of negativity” concerning FCPA enforcement, the US Justice Department responded with a resounding message – not only is FCPA enforcement here to stay, but individual violators are on DOJ’s radar…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Episode 10 -- How to Conduct a Risk and Compliance Program Assessment [Audio]

An effective ethics and compliance program requires a careful assessment of risks and existing controls. In order to design and implement an effective program, a chief compliance officer has to identify and prioritize company…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions

COSO Framework: Fraud, Corruption and Compliance (Part I of II)

Global companies need to actively work to prevent fraud and corruption. Fraud and corruption go hand-in-hand. To commit bribery, bad actors have to gain access to money for unauthorized (illegal) purposes. A failure to prevent…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

CCOs and CFOs: Bringing Everyone Together

Chief compliance officers are politicians and have to possess great interpersonal skills. They have to “get along” and persuade key constituencies — most especially their business partners – to commit and devote time and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Ominous Signs for the Future of the Compliance Profession

As we celebrate Ethics and Compliance Week in 2017, I wanted to offer my own assessment of where the compliance profession stands and the challenges facing the profession for the future…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Episode 9 -- The Need for a Robust Criminal Antitrust Compliance Program [Audio]

Global companies and corporate officers and employees face significant criminal antitrust risks.  The US Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has a mature and aggressive enforcement program targeting illegal cartel…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

HR and Compliance: Working Together to Hire Ethical Employees

Human resources and compliance professionals share many common objectives and interests. They need to coordinate and operationalize their joint interests in a variety of ways…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade
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