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Volkov Law Announcements: Matt Stankiewicz is Promoted to Partner, and Ameer Gopalani, Senior Counsel, Joins the Firm

The Volkov Law Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Matt Stankiewicz to Partner, and the addition of Ameer Gopalani as Senior Counsel to the Firm. Matt Stankiewicz has distinguished himself as a seasoned and talented attorney, who is committed to integrity, ethical values and delivering high-quality, client service.  Matt joined the Volkov Law Group in 2013, while completing service as part of the...

Environmental Crime Enforcement: Button Up for an Increase in Criminal Investigations and Compliance Demands

The Biden Administration has a number of enforcement priorities.  While not listed as a primary objective, the Justice Department and the EPA can be expected to increase criminal enforcement of environmental laws. DOJ’s Environmental Crimes Section (ECS) has had a steady enforcement record but has suffered political ups and downs depending on the political leanings of the administration in power.  The critical issue is usually...

Episode 189 — A Review of the ESG Movement

ESG is firmly implanted in the corporate governance landscape.  Prosecutors and regulatory agencies are quickly adding ESG to their lexicon. The real question for every organization is “what are you doing to address it?”  ESG is a terrific opportunity to leverage an organization’s corporate culture to address a broad set of values beyond ESG principles. In this Episode, Michael Volkov discusses the ESG movement and...

Spring Cleaning: Time to Review Your Internal Controls

There are a lot of so-called “dirty secrets” in the corporate governance world.  Not the tawdry kind that appear to follow controversial politicians – I mean in the world of internal controls. I would wager that most companies cannot even identify all of the policies, procedures and controls that have been created during the life of the company.  Some exist in what I call the...

Biden Administration Ramping Up Anti-Corruption Effort

The Biden Administration is taking over the reins of government with vigor and focus. The Department of Justice, the Treasury Department, the State Department and the Commerce Department are expected to coordinate closely in an important objective – international anti-corruption efforts.  What will this mean? DOJ will increase its focus on FCPA enforcement, Anti-Kleptocracy cases, Anti-Money Laundering, International Trade Sanctions; The Treasury Department’s Office of...

Antitrust Division Charges Health Care Staffing Company with Criminal Wage-Fixing and No-Poaching Agreement

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division is pushing criminal enforcement against companies for illegal wage-fixing among competitors in the hiring market.  After years of warning companies that DOJ intended to prosecute criminal cases for illegal cartel activity in labor markets, DOJ is delivering on its warning. In its third announced criminal case, DOJ has indicted VDA OC, LLC, a health care staffing company that supplied nurses...

Episode 188 — 2021 First Quarter Review of OFAC Sanctions Enforcement

In the new Biden Administration, companies should expect aggressive enforcement of trade sanctions.  At the same time, in response to Russian aggression and the Solar Winds cyber-attack, OFAC is likely to implement new and even more restrictive sanctions against Russia.  In anticipation, companies should elevate the importance of their sanctions compliance programs (SCPs) pursuant to the May 2019 OFAC Framework.  Unfortunately, for many companies, sanctions...

Integrating ESG into Your Business

It is easy to get lost in ESG.  Focus is the key.  Leadership has to define the ESG strategy.  A designated officer has to lead implementation.   The ESG bucket can carry a variety of causes, issues and priorities.  Leadership has to sift through these individual items and commit to action.  The ESG program now has to be implemented. A first step is to identify opportunities...

Meeting the ESG Challenge

Perhaps I am little bit behind.  That would be nothing new – but we are getting to the point where we no longer need to spell out ESG.  Everyone knows what it means – directors, officers, employees, investors, shareholders and other stakeholders can spell it out.  ESG is firmly implanted in the corporate governance landscape.  Prosecutors and regulatory agencies are quickly adding ESG to their...

In-House Counsel and Risk Management

A good lawyer knows the law; a clever one takes the judge to lunch. — Mark Twain Lawyers get a bad rap – not just as the subject of lawyer jokes.  (This is not an invitation to recite lawyer jokes).  I recently wrote about the unique skills that compliance professionals possess in risk management.  CCOs are “comfortable” assessing risk, prioritizing risks and then mitigating risks...