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Webinar: Policy Management, Governance and Leveraging Your Culture of Compliance

Webinar: Policy Management, Governance and Leveraging Your Culture of Compliance June 16, 2021, 2 PM EST SIGN UP HERE Companies today face increasing pressure to build effective ethics and compliance programs as part of an overall governance structure. Investors, activists and key stakeholders are pushing for transformative reforms built around environmental, social and governance principles. An essential part of this initiative is a well-designed policy...

Under Armour Agrees to Pay $9 Million to Settle SEC Charges it Mislead Investors About Revenue Growth

Under Armour settled its long-pending SEC investigation by agreeing to pay $9 million surrounding misleading statements and practices relating to its revenue growth and uncertainties as to future growth.  As part of the settlement, the SEC declined to bring charges against its CEO, Kevin Plank, and its CFO, David Bergman. The Justice Department inquiry appears to have lost steam since the middle of last year,...

Swiss Life and Three Subsidiaries Agree to Pay Justice Department More Than $77 Million for Conspiracy with U.S. Taxpayers to Hide Assets and Income

In the run-up to the deadline for filing federal taxes, the Justice Department has a well-established practice of bringing tax-related enforcement cases against crooked tax preparers, fraudsters and corporate entities as an important reminder on the importance of tax compliance.  For years, the Justice Department struggled to bring Swiss banks to the enforcement table and eventually was successful in building cooperation in enforcement matters.  It...

Episode 194 — Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance Trends in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries

The Justice Department and the SEC have a long history of focusing FCPA enforcement on pharmaceutical and medical device companies.  Starting with a broad “industry sweep” nearly a decade ago, DOJ and the SEC have brought numerous enforcement actions.  In response, drug and device companies have attempted to implement effective compliance programs. In this Episode, Mike Volkov discusses FCPA enforcement trends and compliance strategies.

MoneyGram Payment Systems Agrees to Pay OFAC $34k for Sanctions Violations

MoneyGram settled with OFAC for $34,329 for 359 sanctions programs violations.  MoneyGram is a global payments service. According to OFAC, the 359 transactions totaled $105,627 in value and were processed on behalf of approximately 40 individuals on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals list (SDN List). MoneyGram has been operating under a monitor imposed in 2012 U.S. Department of Justice settlement to ensure MoneyGram’s enhancement of its...

EU Mandatory ESG Due Diligence

Alex Cotoia, Regulatory Compliance Manager, at The Volkov Law Group, rejoins us for a posting on ESG due diligence requirements. Alex can be reached at acotoia@volkovlaw.com. On March 10, 2021—by an overwhelming majority—the European Parliament passed a resolution that directs the European Commission to move forward with a formal directive (“Directive”) mandating Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) due diligence by companies throughout their value chains....

Episode 193: Proactive Compliance — Monitoring, Testing and Audits

Compliance programs are rapidly evolving. One of the key drivers of this transformation is the increased reliance on automated compliance functions that generate substantial data. Relying on data analytic strategies, compliance officers are quickly identifying key areas for measurement, monitoring and assessment as an important means to intervene and prevent serious misconduct. In this Episode, Michael Volkov reviews the rapid movement toward proactive compliance and...

The Headline from the SAP Settlement: It’s a New Dawn for Export and Sanctions Compliance (Part IV of IV)

The Department of Justice’s National Security Division, like its counterpart, the Criminal Division, has made a splash on the enforcement and compliance arena. DOJ has elevated the importance and standing of export and sanctions enforcement to make one message clear – DOJ will hold companies accountable for criminal violations of U.S. export and sanctions laws.  And it will do so with the carrot and stick...

SAP’s Comprehensive Export Control and Sanctions Settlement – A New Compliance Frontier for Cloud-Based Services (Part III of IV)

The Justice Department’s National Security Division used the SAP comprehensive settlement of export control and sanctions violations to send a message – a loud and clear one. As the first real flexing of its Business Organizations Corporate Enforcement policy, the Justice Department underscored that companies that voluntarily disclose illegal conduct, fully cooperate, and implement timely and robust remediation will earn a non-prosecution agreement or deferred...