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

Episode 26 — Federal Reserve Blocks Wells Fargo Growth In Response to Governance and Risk Management Disaster [Audio]

In an unprecedented action, on February 2, 2018, the Federal Reserve restricted Wells Fargo's ability to grow its business until it implements comprehensive improvements to its board governance and risk and compliance systems. …more
 /  Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, MLM / Direct Sales, Securities Law

Planning for the Perilous Consequences of a Data Breach

The nightmare scenario for corporate boards and senior executives revolves around the impact of a major data breach. We have seen this first hand with Equifax, Anthem Healthcare, and Target, as prime examples. In the Equifax…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The Long Road Back to Redemption: Wells Fargo’s Path to Remediation (Part II of II)

Wells Fargo’s ability to grow its business is on hold for a year while it designs and implements a remediation program to address deficiencies in its board governance, risk management and compliance program…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Federal Reserve Hits Wells Fargo with Unprecedented Enforcement Action (Part I of II)

In an extraordinary action, with significant ramifications for the financial industry, the Federal Reserve recently announced a series of enforcement actions against Wells Fargo…more
 /  Finance & Banking

Episode 25 -- Unraveling the KPMG Audit Scandal [Audio]

In January 2018, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission announced criminal and civil charges against five KPMG and a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board employee arising from sharing of…more
 /  Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Professional Malpractice, Securities Law

Local Compliance Strategies to Embrace the Business (Part II of II)

The ultimate success of a global ethics and compliance program often depends on the ability of local compliance officers to engage business operations in a specific country…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Challenges in Global Compliance Operations: Structure and Responsibilities (Part I of II)

Global companies face ever-increasing challenges when building and implementing global ethics and compliance programs. From my vantage point, the set of challenges can be different depending on the industry. Global regulated…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

The Need for Corporate Board Reform [Audio]

The growth in ethics and compliance has had a dramatic impact on corporate actors, including the CEO, chief compliance officers, internal audit and chief financial officers. The corporate board's role in compliance continues to…more
 /  Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Resources, Resources, and More Resources – The True Test of an Effective Ethics and Compliance Program

An effective ethics and compliance program depends on the Chief Compliance Officer’s authority, independence, and resources. A company’s commitment to a compliance program requires money and employees – there is no question…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

“Trust Better Be Your Most Important Value” – Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO

Given the turbulent times we live in, it is refreshing when we hear a corporate leader explain the importance of trust as a corporate value. Marc Benioff is the CEO at Salesforce who is aggressively pushing his company to meet…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Criminal Enforcement Against Senior Executives: The Fish Rots from the Head

The compliance community is well aware of the risks in the C-Suite. As you move up the corporate ladder, the level of risk from executive misconduct increases. A rotten executive can quickly bring down a company, destroy its…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Cybersecurity Compliance for Financial Institutions

The New York Department of Financial Services has adopted detailed cybersecurity regulations for financial institutions. (Here). The NYDFS has filled a vacuum created by the failure of the federal government to act in this…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

The KPMG Debacle – Five Former KPMG Employees and Former PCAOB Employees Indicted for Fraud and Conspiracy

KPMG has been taking it on the chin lately – and apparently for good reason. KPMG is enmeshed in an unfolding corruption scandal in South Africa. Add to that the indictment last week of five individuals (four KPMG employees…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Episode 23 -- Tom Fox Interview 2017 FCPA Year in Review [Audio]

Tom Fox rejoins Corruption, Crime & Compliance for a 2017 FCPA Review. Tom discusses important trends and events from 2017 in FCPA enforcement and compliance. Tom is the thought-leader on FCPA and compliance issues. He…more
 /  Criminal Law, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

Cybersecurity: The Law and Regulatory Framework

Cybersecurity law is a patchwork of global statutes and regulations. Unfortunately, Congress has failed to act in this area, leaving the EU and US States to “lead.” As a result, companies are often required to follow the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade
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