Category: Podcasts

Episode 97 — Matt Stankiewicz Discusses Blockchain Domains and Trademarks with Brad Kam, Co-Founder of Unstoppable Domains

As the blockchain industry continues to grow, we’ll begin to see traditional industries shifting to the blockchain to leverage the technology. Unstoppable domains is a company working to place web domains on the blockchain. Instead of traditional extensions like .com, .net, or .io. Unstoppable Domains will utilize .zil addresses as smart contracts on the Zilliqa public blockchain. This will first provide simple, human-readable crypto wallet...

Episode 96 — The End of the Line: The Walmart FCPA Settlement

After a lengthy investigation (yes, 8 years), Walmart agreed to settle its FCPA violations and paid approximately $282 million , divided as follows: (1) $138 combined criminal penalty under the terms of a three-year non-prosecution agreement; and (2) $144 million disgorgement pursuant to an agreement with the SEC. Walmart’s Brazil subsidiary entered a guilty plea to one count of violating books and records in the Eastern...

Episode 95 — Interview of Teresa Troester-Falk, Chief Global Privacy Strategist at Nymity, on the California Consumer Privacy Act

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “Act”) was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown on June 28, 2018, after being hastily introduced in the California Legislature just a few days prior.  The Act is effective January 1, 2020. In this episode, Michael Volkov interviews Teresa Troester-Falk, Chief Global Privacy Strategist at Nymity, concerning the Act and the compliance implications for businesses.   ...

Episode 94 — How to Conduct a Risk Assessment for Sanctions Compliance

OFAC’s new framework guidance for sanctions compliance programs stretched into new territory with its risk assessment requirement. This new approach reflects OFAC’s recent aggressive enforcement programs. The scope of a risk assessment has to mirror the breadth of enforcement risks and has to include review of: (i) customers, supply chain, intermediaries, and counter-parties; (ii) the products and services it offers, including how and where such items fit into...

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...

Episode 92 — How to Implement a Sanctions Compliance Program

OFAC’s new  Framework for Sanctions Compliance Programs is a game changer.   When it comes to sanctions compliance programs, most companies are well behind the curve.  OFAC’s new framework raises the bar by creating a well-crafted framework for companies to assess their current program and then re-design important elements to meet OFAC’s standards.    To the extent that a company’s sanctions compliance program operates as part of an overall...

Episode 91 — How to Audit and Improve Your Internal Investigation Program

Companies are starting to understand that an effective internal investigation program is a critical function to promote a speak up culture.  A company that has a dysfunctional internal investigation program will find it difficult to prevent and detect misconduct.  To this end, companies have to commit to a multi-step review and improvement process for its internal investigation program.  This is an exercise that is limited...

Episode 90 — OFAC Issues New Framework for Sanctions Compliance Program

On the heels of the Justice Department’s announcement of its new compliance guidance, on May 2, 2019, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) issued its promised guidance for sanctions compliance programs (“SCP”).  Together with its aggressive enforcement of economic sanctions, OFAC has set a new standard for SCPs, and has “strongly encourage[d]” companies and individuals subject to OFAC jurisdiction to implement a...

Episode 89 — DOJ Issues New Guidance on Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs

In a major development in ethics and compliance program expectations, the Justice Department has issued a new and important revised guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs . The new Evaluation Guidance supersedes the prior document issued in February 2017, which contained a lengthy list of questions on key topic areas. Join Michael Volkov as he discusses the new guidance and outlines the impact for...

Episode 88 — Matt Stankiewicz Interview of Liquidity Digital CEO Syed Hussain

The blockchain revolution is still merely in its infancy.  Liquidity Digital seeks to continue pushing the industry forward, by digitizing securities – stocks, derivatives, real estate, and more – and placing them on the blockchain.  Liquidity Digital is building an ecosystem for the creation of new assets, introducing ways to allocate capital to traditionally underserved areas of financial markets and provide a practical application of distributed ledger...