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Operationalizing Your Compliance Program: Local Compliance Officers and Businesses

The Justice Potter Stewart phrase, “You know it when you see it,” applies to life issues and even compliance.  Global companies struggle with program design, allocation of resources (e.g. human resources and money/assets), and program operation.  We all hear (and repeat ourselves) “no-one-size-fits-all” when addressing specific recommendations on how to design and implement a global ethics compliance program.  But that does not mean that certain...

OFAC Fines US Company for Iran Sanctions Violations

There is no question that OFAC continues to dominate the enforcement landscape this year.  OFAC has provided plenty of warning and notice to global companies, especially those in the manufacturing and industrial sectors.  OFAC has exercised its prosecutorial discretion to underscore the risks global companies face in their distribution channel, i.e. use of third party distributors, and in its supply chain.  These twin risk areas...

Commerce Department Blocks Export Licenses to Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

In a controversial decision, on May 15, 2019, the US Commerce Department announced the addition of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”) and 68 affiliates to its Entity List.  As a result, export licenses for Huawei are subject to a presumption of denial. The Commerce Department cited a number of reasons for its decision, including alleged violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), conspiracy...

Michael Volkov Releases New E-Book: The Road Ahead — The Justice Department’s Path to a Balanced White-Collar Enforcement Policy

I am pleased to announce the release of my new e-book: The Road Ahead: The Justice Department’s Path to a Balanced White-Collar Enforcement Policy. The new e-book can be downloaded HERE. Thanks to Corporate Compliance Insights for publishing the book and its continuing support. The Justice Department’s FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy, adopted in November 2017, was a watershed moment in criminal justice.  Over the last...

Telefônica Brasil Pays $4.125 Million for Hospitality-Related FCPA Violations

As the old adage provides – better late than never.  (Same applies for my somewhat tardy posting on this case). Telefônica Brasil settled FCPA violations with the SEC for a pretty penny — $4.125 million in civil penalties in connection its hospitality program for the 2014 World Cup and 2013 Confederations Cup According to the settlement agreement, Telefônica Brasil failed to maintain adequate internal controls...

Episode 93 — Matt Stankiewicz Discusses Data Privacy on Blockchain with ImagineBC CEO Erik Rind

Data privacy has become a hot topic lately. Companies have built massive fortunes by selling users’ personal information to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, they often fail to secure that same data while hackers run amok, putting the users at risk.  What’s a person to do?  Enter ImagineBC.  In the ImagineBC community, you’re in control of your personal information – and free to monetize it. Built on...

Webinar: Achieving an Effective Compliance Program: DOJ and OFAC Guidance, Best Practices, and Industry Trends

Webinar: Achieving an Effective Compliance Program: DOJ and OFAC Guidance, Best Practices and Industry Trends June 25, 2019, 12 Noon EST SIGN UP HERE The compliance industry is evolving. Recent DOJ and OFAC Guidance are just one influence. At the same technology and innovative strategies using data analytics are quickly eclipsing government guidance, especially in the area of compliance program monitoring, testing and auditing. Companies...

OFAC’s New Sanctions Compliance Training and Testing Requirements (Part IV of IV)

When providing compliance program guidance, the Justice Department and OFAC, like every compliance practitioner, will pay homage to the relatively obvious point that there is no one-size-fits-all compliance solution.  In other words, as is often repeated, a company’s compliance program will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the company’s size, sophistication, products and services, and geographic configuration.  These factors eventually form the basis...

Making Sure Your Internal Controls Address Sanctions Risks (Part III of IV)

The term “internal controls” is a loaded one – it morphs in various ways depending on the context.  Sometimes it is a shorthand for financial accounting controls; other times it encompasses a company’s compliance controls (i.e. policies and procedures). OFAC embraced the term to equate with a company’s policies and procedures for sanctions compliance.  OFAC recognized that OFAC compliance functions have to begin with the...