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4 Current FCPA Enforcement Trends

Posted by - July 19, 2018
“Resources Reflect Policy” and Other Observations Michael Volkov discusses themes emerging in the DOJ’s and SEC’s enforcement of FCPA violations thus far in 2018. There are two distinct themes in FCPA enforcement: The first is consistency (i.e., that some enforcement actions are relatively consistent across the board), and, in the…

Whistleblower Laws: Current Issues

Posted by - July 18, 2018
Q&A with Rick Schroeder of Jones Walker Rick Schroeder, leader of the Corporate Compliance & White Collar Defense Practice at Jones Walker in New Orleans, discusses whistleblower laws and protections with CCI’s Publisher, Maurice Gilbert. Maurice Gilbert: What is the most important challenge for compliance officers relating to whistleblower laws,…
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One of the World’s Most Feared Enforcement Tools

Posted by - July 5, 2018
The History of FCPA Enforcement, Part 2 In Part 1 of this two-part series on the history of the enforcement of the FCPA, Anne Eberhardt discussed some of the factors that led to its creation. In this second part, she describes how the FCPA evolved into one of the most…
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How the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Came to Be

Posted by - July 3, 2018
The History of FCPA Enforcement, Part 1 Anne Eberhardt, Senior Director at Gavin Solmonese and an expert in FCPA, forensic, compliance, fraud and corruption investigations, offers a brief history of the FCPA. In this first installment, she provides historical context for the regulation, discusses its 1977 enactment and touches on…

Crash Landing: Lessons From the Panasonic FCPA Enforcement

Posted by - June 20, 2018
Those bemoaning the lack of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement activity can cease. With the Dun & Bradstreet Inc. (D&B) declination in April and May’s enforcement action involving Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC) and its parent Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic), U.S. regulators at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have…
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The Shoe Drops on Theranos’ Former CEO and COO

Posted by - June 20, 2018
Criminal Indictment Filed Charging Fraud The fallout continues for Elizabeth Holmes and Sunny Balwani, respectively the CEO and COO of Theranos. The pair were charged with fraud by the SEC and were indicted last week on wire fraud and conspiracy charges. Michael Volkov reviews the cautionary tale of Theranos, outlining…
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Tips to Achieve Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) Compliance

Posted by - April 23, 2018
How to Overcome Technological Roadblocks What a time to work in the GRC field: new technologies are constantly emerging to help companies meet their regulatory obligations. At the same time, many fragmented requirements have piled up over time. Chris Ekonomidis, Head of U.S. Business Consulting at Synechron, discusses the three…
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What is Cryptocurrency and Who is Going to Regulate It?

Posted by - April 23, 2018
A Look at SEC, FINRA and Other Issues Cryptocurrency experienced massive and unprecedented growth in 2017, rising from a total market cap of $18.8 billion in January 2017 to $598.5 billion in December 2017. As of February 6, 2018, there were over 1,500 virtual currencies. The emergence of cryptocurrency has…
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Stop the Presses! The Fifth Circuit Vacates the DOL Fiduciary Rule

Posted by - April 18, 2018
The Fifth Circuit Vacates the DOL Fiduciary Rule On March 15, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision,1 vacated the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule. The Fifth Circuit found that the DOL overstepped its authority and acted unreasonably by enacting the Fiduciary…
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The SEC’s Latest on Disclosures

Posted by - April 17, 2018
New Guidance Mandates Greater Attention to Cybersecurity Planning The SEC’s recently issued guidance is just the latest indication that government regulators want companies to improve both their overall cybersecurity and incident response and notification procedures. Businesses must adopt and maintain the types of systems and procedures described in the guidance…
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Regulators Catching Up with the Crypto Craze

Posted by - April 13, 2018
The Risk to Investors Despite the proliferation of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, financial regulators have been slow to introduce rules to govern them. Cordium’s Jesse Brown surveys the current state of regulation regarding investment in cryptocurrencies and ICOs and discusses the compliance considerations investors should make before pursuing investments in…
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New SEC Guidance Prioritizes Cybersecurity Disclosures for Public Companies

Posted by - April 6, 2018
The Case for a Risk-Based Approach New SEC rulings on cybersecurity disclosures for public companies went into effect just a month ago, acknowledging the rapidly evolving nature of cybersecurity threats and the increasing sophistication of attacks, including the use of stolen credentials, malware, ransomware and phishing. The overwhelming number of corporate breaches…