Category: Podcasts

Episode 148 — A Review of the Novartis & Alcon FCPA Enforcement Action

Even during this difficult time of the pandemic, economic uncertainty and social unrest, the Justice Department and the SEC have concluded a major FCPA enforcement action.  Novartis and Alcon (which was a Novartis subsidiary at the time of the misconduct) agreed to pay a total of $345 million in criminal and civil penalties.  Novartis spun off Alcon in 2019. Under the DOJ settlement, Novartis and...

Episode 147 — DOJ’s Revised Compliance Guidance and Refocus of Merger and Acquisitions Risks

The Justice Department’s recent revisions to the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs highlights an important trend and evolution of prosecution focus.  DOJ’s Revised Corporate Compliance Guidance recognized and reinforced the continuing focus on post-acquisition integration versus pre-acquisition due diligence.  For years, DOJ and compliance professionals placed significant emphasis on pre-acquisition due diligence.  This balance has been adjusted over the last ten years to raise the...

Episode 146 — A Deep Dive into DOJ’s Indictment of Four Executives for Chicken Industry Price-Fixing Conspiracy

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division recently announced the indictment in Colorado federal court of four executives from two chicken producer companies for participation in a long-running price-fixing and bid-rigging conspiracy in the sale of broiler chickens to grocers, fast-food companies and other sellers of chicken products. In this episode, Michael Volkov reviews the indictment, the factual allegations and reviews antitrust compliance lessons learned.

Episode 145 — DOJ Revises its Corporate Compliance Program Guidance

The Department of Justice quietly issued revisions to its Corporate Compliance Program Guidance.  DOJ’s revisions underscore important new trends in corporate compliance — the importance of resources and empowerment, continuous monitoring, proactive strategies, access to and use of data, consistent discipline and new, training strategies. In this episode, Michael Volkov reviews DOJ’s changes to its Corporate Compliance Guidance and puts the changes in perspective to...

Episode 144: A Review of Criminal Charges Against Paul Kruse, the Former CEO of Blue Bell Ice Cream

Paul Kruse, former CEO of Blue Bell Ice Cream, was recently charged with criminal charges stemming from the sale of contaminated ice cream, resulting in the death of three persons.  Kruse was aware of serious safety and contamination issues arising from the production of Blue Bell ice cream.  Notwithstanding his knowledge, Kruse ignored safety concerns and withheld critical information from its customers and consumers. In...

Episode 143 — The Boeing Safety Scandal and the Demise of Boeing’s Corporate Culture

Boeing Airlines was the leader in safety and financial success.  Unfortunately, Boeing has suffered a significant fall from grace as a result of its 737 Max safety record and two devastating crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The Boeing safety scandal has had a devastating impact on Boeing’s performance and uncovered a corporate culture that has been obsessed with financial performance to the detriment of safety...

Episode 142: Covid-19: The New Risk and Compliance Framework

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact.  Businesses have had to adjust rapidly to a new world, filled with significant healthy and safety risks, along with business survival and continuity issues.  Companies have reacted with crisis management strategies.  As part of this response, companies have to implement a new risk profile and allocate resources accordingly. In this episode, Michael Volkov reviews the new risk...

Episode 141 — Practical Approaches to Managing Beneficial Ownership Risks (Part II of II)

In a two-part series, Michael Volkov examines the continuing problem of identifying and mitigating beneficial ownership risks.  Money launderers and corrupt individuals continue to rely on corporate structures to disguise their ownership interests to further illicit schemes.  Companies have to develop strategies that practically address the risks without dedicating disproportionate resources to the problem. In the first episode, Michael Volkov discusses beneficial ownership risks and...

Episode 140 — Addressing Beneficial Ownership Interest Risks in Your Compliance Program (Part I of II)

In a two-part series, Michael Volkov examines the continuing problem of identifying and mitigating beneficial ownership risks.  Money launderers and corrupt individuals continue to rely on corporate structures to disguise their ownership interests to further illicit schemes.  Companies have to develop strategies that practically address the risks without dedicating disproportionate resources to the problem. In the first episode, Michael Volkov discusses beneficial ownership risks and...

Episode 139 — DOJ Resolves Two Food Safety Criminal Cases: Blue Bell Creameries and Chipotle Mexican Grills

The Justice Department recently resolved two food safety criminal cases involving Blue Bell Ice Cream and Chipotle Mexican Grills.  In its largest food safety recovery to date, Chipotle agreed to a three-year deferred prosecution agreement and paid $25 million.  In the Blue Bell Ice Cream case, Blue Bell agreed to plead guilty and pay $19.5 million in fines and penalties.  Blue Bell’s former CEO, Paul...