February 27, 2015
New Coke and Technological Solutions as a Response to the Economic Downturn

  • Thomas Fox

  • This might be the time that you consider a technological solution to help manage your FCPA anti-corruption compliance program going forward. It may be that you can come out running a more effective program, yet ultimately spend less money because you do not have to replace employees aid off during your company’s initial response to the downturn....

    February 25, 2015

  • Michael Volkov

  • Continuing with my obsession to define an “effective” ethics and compliance program, there are certain requirements that if not presen...

    February 20, 2015
    Gaining Traction with Enterprise Risk Management

  • Jim DeLoach

  • Many efforts to implement ERM are unfocused, severely resourced constrained, and pushed down so far into the organization that it is difficult to establish relevance. The near-term results are “starts and stops” and ceaseless discussions to understand the objective. ...

    February 26, 2015
    Coming Together — The people side of merger integration

  • Kevin Berchelmann

  • Bain Capital. McKinsey. Deloitte… don’t take just my word for it; the single biggest reason for merger or acquisition failure is NOT costs, lack of synergy, incompatible strategy, etc. It's people. ...

    February 24, 2015
    Advising Clients to Pursue an Honorable Course

  • Jim Nortz

  • As often as not, our clients come to us with difficult problems, expecting more than a recitation of the law; they want to know the right (honorable) thing to do. This is both a great privilege and a great responsibility, and shame on us if we lack the courage of our convictions to steer our clients in the right direction....

    February 19, 2015
    Stop the Conversation

  • Linda Henman

  • Everyone wants to “start a conversation" or "join the conversation," but no one actually changes anything, sets a deadline for accomplishing it, defines the tactics that would make sense, or establishes who’s in charge....

    February 18, 2015
    4 Actions That Will Accelerate Your Career Success

  • Vivian Ciampi

  • Globalization, regulation, competition -- these make today’s workplace more complicated than ever. This causes professionals to flounder as they try to perform at a high level and achieve career mobility. ...

    February 16, 2015
    Move Over, “Foreign Officials,” There’s a More Important FCPA Debate

  • Matteson Ellis

  • When building compliance programs, the best rule of thumb is to make sure that employees are not giving bribes to anyone, no matter the recipient. The potential applicability of other laws that reach commercial bribery, like the U.K. Bribery Act, also make the distinction of who is and is not a “foreign official” less important. ...

    February 12, 2015
    Risky Business: 6 Tips to Help Professionals Take Those Leaps of Faith

  • Scott Petinga

  • T.S. Eliot famously said "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go." This could not ring more true in business, with risk often propelling professionals and businesses to new heights. But, risk is often out of our comfort zone and many are reluctant to take those barrier-shattering leaps of faith. ...

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    February 10, 2015
    Adopt These 10 Qualities to Become a Master in Your Field

  • Caiti Johnson

  • So, how do top leaders do it? Studying the top business leaders in various fields allows us to pinpoint the key qualities they share which enables them to achieve success in their business and abundance in their lives. Here are the top qualities of business leaders that you can learn from to improve your leadership skills. ...

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    February 9, 2015
    The 5 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership — And They’re Non-Negotiable, Folks!

  • Kevin Berchelmann

  • To be successful and to position their employees for success as well, there are some basic principles leaders have to keep in mind. As we lead from day to day, it can be easy to slip into bad habits or old ways of doing things, both of which can be a detriment to the team. Don't lose sight of the aim to both empower and enable your staff -- follow these five laws to stay on track....


    February 17, 2015
    The Positive Value of Ethics

  • Marcy J. Maslov

  • You assign one of your staff to complete fieldwork for a major project. The associate is not capable of providing the requested services and tells you well before the deadline. How do you reward this person’s honesty and trust in you? ...

    February 13, 2015

  • Donna Boehme

  • It's maddening to watch companies in compliance trouble make the rookie mistake of believing that a high profile candidate with a legal, regulatory, law firm or prosecu...

    February 11, 2015
    Judicial Oversight of Deferred Prosecution Agreements

  • Michael Volkov

  • DOJ has demonstrated that companies can plead guilty to criminal offenses and survive. In addition, DOJ can impose the same requirements on a company in a guilty plea as a DPA. If companies choose to go to trial and lose, the Court then can fashion an appropriate sentence based on recommendations from the Justice Department. ...




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    February 6, 2015
    The Pit and the Pendulum

  • Shamoil Shipchandler

  • Following significant security breaches, the public calls for greater security, but it comes at the expense of privacy. When that privacy is violated, the pendulum swings the other way, away from absolute security in favor of greater privacy. The concepts seemingly cannot coexist, though we need both. So where does that leave us? Attorneys from Bracewell & Giuliani explore the issue....

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    February 6, 2015

  • Michael Volkov

  • Health care providers, no matter how strong they believe their ethics and compliance programs to be, all ought to focus on taking their programs to the next level. Michael Volkov suggests one key way to do this is to strengthen the Board's commitment -- not merely in theory, but in practice. Opportunities for fraud abound in the health care industry, so E&C programs must be robust....

    February 5, 2015

  • Susie Choy

  • The audit issue most commonly experienced by nonprofits has to do with funding allocation -- what's allowable, what's supported, etc. To ensure that your nonprofit remains compliant in its documentation and reporting, be sure you have the proper resources and strategies in place, from staff -- not just any CPA will do -- to training and an updated cost allocation plan....

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    February 4, 2015

  • Roxi Hewertson

  • Executives' leadership styles matter. Their attitudes, approaches and communication styles have everything to do with the size of the ripple they make throughout the organization. Outlined here are four tenets of leadership that each leader, from middle managers to those in the C-Suite ought to master in order to lead their teams most effectively....

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    February 4, 2015
    Franchising and Liability Under the FCPA

  • Thomas Fox

  • U.S. franchisors doing business abroad come into contact with officials of foreign governments fairly frequently - if not once they're up and running, then certainly during the startup process. Each interaction presents an opportunity for an FCPA violation. And if and when a misdeed comes to pass, who's ultimately liable? The individual with boots on the ground or the corporation?...

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    February 3, 2015
    Tips for Those Who Missed the December COSO Deadline

  • Timothy O'Hara

  • The deadline has passed for implementing the 2013 COSO internal control integrated framework. But if your organization is among the many that have yet to put the new framework in place, don't panic yet. The SEC will be on the lookout for companies operating under the older guidelines, but you likely still have some time to comply. Follow these steps to quickly get your firm up to speed....

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    February 2, 2015
    Compliance Training Goes Global

  • Mark Dorosz

  • You're ready to take your compliance training to international audiences, but where do you begin? It'll take more than simply translating the English-language program into other languages, though admittedly, that's not a bad place to start. You'll also need to tailor the program to the region, pose unique scenarios and determine the best delivery method for that area, among other steps....

    January 30, 2015
    The Asia-Pacific Top 10 FCPA Enforcement Actions of 2014

  • Wendy Wysong

  • FCPA enforcement has been on the rise of late, and several of the most significant enforcement actions taken in 2014 had connections to countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Wendy Wysong and her associates at Clifford Chance explore the largest and most impactful actions taken in the region this past year, with an analysis into the significance of each for the region and beyond....