Author: Michael Volkov

Drawing Legal Lines in Cryptocurrency Regulation: The Importance of Decentralization

The cryptocurrency market is exciting to watch.  Based on the revolutionary blockchain distributed ledger system, cryptocurrencies have exploded on the marketplace.  As with any new “gold rush” to hit a market, cryptocurrency has attracted scammers and common fraudsters, as well as sophisticated hackers who attack the cryptocurrency markets to steal valuable coins or other tokens. For the law-abiding investors and exchange operators, the CFTC, SEC...

Webinar: Cybersecurity Threats and Compliance

Webinar: Cybersecurity Threats and Compliance July 17, 2018, 12 Noon EST Sign Up Here Cybersecurity threats are evolving and creating significant risks to companies. The FBI estimates that ransomware will generate at least $1 billion for criminals. Businesses stand to lose at least $400 billion each year from hacks. Each year there is an average of 1.5 million cyber attacks, or approximately 4000 per day. Companies...

Happy 4th of July!

On behalf of the Volkov Law Group and Corruption, Crime & Compliance, I want to wish everyone, friends and families a wonderful 4th of July holiday!! Today we recognize the wisdom and forethought of our Founders!

Cryptocurrency Compliance: The Importance of Internal Investigations

Matt Stankiewicz, Senior Associate at The Volkov Law Group, rejoins us for another posting on cryptocurrency compliance.  Matt can be reached at mstankiewicz@volkovlaw.com. For those still new to the sector, Coinbase has established itself as one of (if not the) most prominent cryptocurrency exchanges operating in the U.S. Coinbase, to the delight of compliance officers everywhere, has been mostly diligent in attempting to comply with...

Episode 45 — Sicily: An Inspiration — Interview of Rosetta Sciacca

In a special podcast episode, I take time out from the legal and compliance world to discuss the wonderful island of Sicily, Italy.  To explain and provide an introduction to Sicily, and in particular the western region, I interview my wife, Rosetta Sciacca, about Sicily, its people, its culture and its cuisine. Happy Fourth of July!!!

Karin Sweigart Joins The Volkov Law Group

I am excited to announce the addition of Karin Sweigart as a new Senior Associate at The Volkov Law Group. When I launched the firm, I was committed to providing high-quality ethics and compliance, and enforcement defense services. With the help of my existing members we have been fortunate to grow and develop our services and capabilities.  I am proud to announce that Karin Sweigart...

Leadership and Compassion

In these turbulent times in our country, there is a premium on the concepts of empathy and compassion.  A successful leader in any organization has to demonstrate his or her ability to feel compassion. In any relationship, a person has to have the ability to see the issues or a perspective through the other person’s eyes (and ears and heart).  Once you understand another person’s...

Is Your Compliance Program Adrift?

A compliance program is a continuously evolving process.  The lifeblood of a compliance program is its ability to refresh itself, to incorporate new information and data, and adjust to meet new challenges. The culture and compliance loop requires discipline – a company refreshes its risk assessment, designs and implement new policies and procedures to address the risk, adopts new compliance controls, monitors the performance of...

The Culture Bandwagon — SEC Chairman Joins the Club

Maybe I am missing something, but everyone is jumping on the culture bandwagon.  Regulators like to speak about it; prosecutors like to emphasize it – everyone likes to talk about it as a way to encourage corporate leaders to commit to promoting an ethical culture. Let’s face it – talking about culture is an easy way to demonstrate your commitment to ethics and to compliance...

Episode 44 — Compliance Program Best Practices: The FCPA Guidance and DOJ’s Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs

The Justice Department has released two important documents that provide guidance to compliance practitioners as to compliance program best practices: (1) The FCPA Guidance; and (2) The Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs.  In combination, these two documents provide important compliance program guidance. In this episode, Michael Volkov discusses various issues related to ethics and compliance program best practices.