Category: Podcasts

Episode 20 — Data Security and Privacy Compliance

Companies face increasing challenges from management and protection of data from hackers and breaches of sensitive commercial and personal data.  Recent headlines have underscored the threats to companies from such breaches.  The risk of reputational harm to companies is serious.  Complaince departments are starting to play an increased role in mitigating these serious risks. In this episode, Michael Volkov and Lauren Connell, Managing Associate from...

Episode 19 — 2017 FCPA Year in Review

FCPA enforcement continued in 2017 with an increased emphasis on individual enforcement. Despite early questions as to the new administration’s commitment to FCPA enforcement, the Justice Department and the SEC continued to push aggressive enforcement cases, building on well-established relationships with global law enforcement partners. In a significant development, the Justice Department issued a new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy, which created a declination presumption for...

Episode 16 — Michael Volkov’s Perspective on the Russian Investigation — Analysis and Review of Manafort/Gates Indictment and Papadopolous Plea (Part I of III)

Michael Volkov provides his perspective, based on 25 years as a federal prosecutor, on Special Counsel Mueller’s ongoing investigation of the Trump Administration and potential crimes involving illegal collaboration with the Russian government and obstruction of justice. Michael Volkov provides a fresh overview of the ongoing investigation, and focuses this initial episode on the background and tactics used in the investigation, the Manafort and Gates...

Episode 15 — The Justice Department’s New FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy

On November 26, 2017, the Justice Department announced adoption of its new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the new policy at an FCPA Conference in Washington, D.C. Under the new policy, corporations that voluntarily disclose potential FCPA violations, fully cooperate with the investigation and implement timely and appropriate remediation will earn a presumptive declination, subject to the absence of aggravating...

Episode 14 — What Every Compliance Officer Needs to Know About Data Privacy and the EU’s GDPR

Compliance officers have to be mindful of new and emerging threats.  In the past few years, cyber security and data privacy have been quickly rising as new and significant threats that corporations face in the global marketplace. The European Union has adopted a far-reaching new regulatory regime applicable to companies that conduct business in the European Union and collect any sensitive data relating to EU...

Episode 13 — Top 10 Rules for Conducting Internal investigation Interviews

To implement an effective ethics and compliance program, global companies have to establish an effective internal investigation program.  Whether conducting a critical or routine investigation, investigators have to be able to conduct interviews in a fair and effective manner.  The success of an internal investigation often depends on the interviews of subjects and witnesses. In this podcast, Michael Volkov reviews his top 10 rules for...

Episode 12 — OFAC Screening and Sanctions Compliance

Global companies face ever-increasing risks with sanctions screening and compliance.  The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) has aggressively enforced complex sanctions regulations against global companies, including banks, manufacturing, oil service and technology companies.  In this aggressive enforcement era, companies have to implement robust screening and compliance controls to identify sanctioned entities and individuals among their business partners and customers. In this...

Episode 11 — Seven Individuals Charged with FCPA Criminal Violations

In a watershed week for FCPA enforcement, the US Department of Justice announced FCPA criminal charges against seven individuals.  Specifically, the Justice Department announced four guilty pleas and one indictment as follow on prosecutions to the January 2017 Rolls Royce FCPA enforcement action, and two guilty pleas in a yet to be announced enforcement action against SBM Offshore. The Justice Department’s unprecedented week underscored that...