Category: General

DOJ Releases Cryptocurrency Guidance and Enforcement Framework (Part I of II)

Matt Stankiewicz, Managing Counsel at The Volkov Law Group, rejoins us for another posting on cryptocurrency.  He can be reached at mstankiewicz@volkovlaw.com. Earlier this month, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), through its Cyber Digital Task Force (hereinafter the “Task Force”), published its 83-page crypto guidance report titled “Cryptocurrency: An Enforcement Framework.”  The Task Force, established in 2018, is tasked with evaluating threats posed by advances...

Commerce Department Restricts Licensing for Exports of National Security Items to China, Venezuela and Russia

Janet Longo, Regulatory Compliance Manager, at the Volkov Law Group, joins us for a blog posting on the Commerce Department’s changes to export licensing policies and procedures for national security items destined to China, Russia and Venezuela.  The Volkov Law Group has extensive expertise with complicated export license applications and is happy to provide you with additional resources to assist you with your license applications...

The Fundamental Gap in Data Privacy Enforcement

We have seen a significant evolution in data privacy compliance and enforcement.  With the advances in technology, the public has become concerned about the collection, analysis and application of personal data.  For years, such concerns have been focused in the health care and financial sectors.  As the Internet and cell phone use has advanced, consumers have become alarmed as social media companies, cell phone carriers...

Stephen Naughton Joins the Volkov Law Group as Senior Counsel

The Volkov Law Group is pleased to announce that Stephen Naughton, a legal and compliance industry lawyer, has joined the Volkov Law Group as Senior Counsel. Steve recently joined Loyola University (Chicago) Law School as the Director of Regulatory Compliance Studies and a Clinical Professor. Steve will serve in a part-time role as Senior Counsel to the Volkov Law Group. Steve has more than 30...

Berkshire Hathaway Agrees to Pay $4.1 Million for Iran Sanctions Violations

What a year for OFAC – Amazon settled its case for OFAC violations and now add Berkshire Hathaway.  Lat year, Apple settled with OFAC for sanctions violations. Sanctions compliance is not rocket science – it requires commitment, dedication, expertise and resources.  The board and senior management have to understand the importance of sanctions compliance and execute a plan to do so. Unfortunately, it appears like...

Lessons Learned from the Goldman Sachs FCPA Enforcement Settlement (Part III of III)

Goldman Sachs has a new leadership role – unfortunately, it is for corruption.  It would be a serious mistake to characterize or describe the Goldman corruption scheme as the result of a few, bad actors.  Instead, Goldman suffered this scandal because of a culture and a weak set of controls crafted to promote business with little regard for compliance. The lessons learned from this massive...

Goldman Sachs’ Lucrative and Wide-Ranging Corrupt Scheme (Part II of III)

Goldman Sachs now sits atop all charts with the largest US FCPA bribery penalty, totaling approximately $2.9 billion.  The second largest is Ericsson’s 2019 FCPA settlement for $1 billion.  There is a reason that Goldman “earned” this distinction.  The bribery scheme and controls and compliance failures are repugnant and pervasive.  Goldman’s corruption scheme was built on stealing funds from the 1MDB account that was intended...

Goldman Sachs Settles Massive 1MDB Bribery Case and Agrees to Pay Nearly $3 Billion (Part I of III)

The Justice Department finally closed out its investigation of Goldman Sachs’ massive bribery scheme involving Malaysia’s 1MDB fund.  The case is now the largest in US FCPA history (based on its payment to DOJ and related US agencies).  Goldman Sachs entered into  three-year deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the filing of a criminal information charging conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA.  At...

Elizabeth Slim, Senior Consultant from The Volkov Law Group, Interviewed on Captivated Audience, a Financial Crime Podcast

Elizabeth Slim, Senior Consultant at The Volkov Law Group, was interviewed on the terrific podcast, Captivated Audience, a Financial Crime Podcast. Captivated Audience is a great podcast hosted by Samantha Sheen and Marie Lundberg, two global financial leaders and experts in the industry. Samantha and Marie interviewed Elizabeth discuss FinCEN’s recent advisory on Politically Exposed Persons (“PEP”), the differing treatment of PEPs in the US...

J&F Investimentos Subsidiary, Pilgrim’s Pride, Agrees to $110 its Million Penalty for Antitrust Cartel in Chicken Processing Industry (Part V of V)

Shortly before announcing its comprehensive FCPA settlement with DOJ and the SEC, Pilgrim’s Pride agreed with the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division to plead guilty to price-fixing in the chicken processing industry.  Pilgrim’s Pride is one of the largest poultry producers in the United States.  The plea agreement was restricted to three contracts to a customer in the United States. Under the plea agreement, Pilgrim’s Pride...