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

FCPA Compliance: The Importance of Relativity to Risk Ranking (Part I of V)

This week I am posting a five-part series on FCPA compliance issues. While there have been many advances in the anti-corruption ethics and compliance field, there is still more work to do to advance effective strategies for…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

AML Compliance Lessons Learned from US Bancorp and Rabobank Enforcement Actions

Global banks have been the focus of enforcement actions, focusing on AML and sanctions violations.  With the new beneficial ownership regulations effective May 11, 2018, we are about to see a significant transformation in AML…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

CCOs and Compromising Positions

The chief compliances officer is the guardian of a company’s most important intangible asset – its culture. Everyone at a company is responsible for a company’s culture; the board of directors, CEO, senior executives play an…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

FinCEN Issues Guidance for Beneficial Ownership Regulations

Financial institutions face an important deadline – May 11, 2018 is the effective date for the new customer due diligence regulations governing beneficial ownership requirements. FinCEN provided financial institutions nearly…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The Cohen Search Warrants – DOJ Procedures for Approval

With all the recent hoopla and commentary on the Michael Cohen criminal investigation and the execution of search warrants against Cohen, it is important to focus on what is true, what is exaggerated and what is outright false…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Episode 34 -- The Cohen Criminal Investigation and the Search Warrants [Audio]

On April 9, 2018, FBI agents executed search warrants at Michael Cohen's office, hotel, residence, safety deposit box and electronic devices. Since then, we learned that the US Attorney's Office in New York City have an ongoing…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Law Practice Products & Services, Securities Law

Supreme Court Narrows Criminal Tax Obstruction of Justice Statute

The Supreme Court ruled in a criminal tax case, Marinello v. United States, that a criminal tax obstruction of justice was overly broad…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade, Taxation

OFAC Hits Russia with New Sanctions

On April 6, 2018, OFAC announced a new round of sanctions against Russian individuals and companies. Relying on its authority under existing executive orders, OFAC designated seven Russian oligarchs and 12 companies they own or…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, International Law & Trade

The New Test for CCOs

These are inspiring times for the compliance profession. Looking back on the last ten years, it is amazing to observe the growth and influence of the compliance profession. Many of the original advocates for the compliance…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Bringing a Compliance Program to Life: Connecting the Dots

A compliance program is an interdependent function that gains exponentially from coordination and cooperation with key functions. CCOs have to be politicians and they have to develop effective interpersonal skills. Without an…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Episode 33 -- Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, and Compliance -- Interview of Matt Stankiewicz [Audio]

Cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, are exploding on the marketplace. Cryptocurrencies are promising huge technological advances in our economy by relying on the new blockchain technology. Initial coin offerings raised $7…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Internal Testing and Monitoring of a Compliance Program

Compliance is a dynamic subject and a profession that “never sits still.” Compliance professionals are always developing new ideas, strategies and approaches to solve problems, and increase efficiency and effectiveness. It is…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain and Ponzi Schemes

When you read and learn about cryptocurrencies (e.g. Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum), there are some commentators, politicians and others who characterize cryptocurrencies as a “Ponzi” scheme…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The State of Whistleblowing

We continue to read headlines of whistleblowers receiving large, sometimes, multi-million-dollar awards after successful prosecutions of companies for a variety of criminal and civil offenses…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Kinross Gold Mining FCPA Settlement: SEC Continues Internal Controls Focus

The SEC continues to exercise its powerful enforcement tool – internal controls violations – in FCPA enforcement actions against public companies. Kinross Gold Corporation is the latest company to enter into an FCPA settlement…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade
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