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Cybersecurity Oversight: A Board Challenge

Corporate boards face exponentially escalating risks – at the heart of this development is the rapid escalation of board member accountability.  Board members are no longer operating in a sinecure, free from legal risks.  The walls are changing. A perfect example of the changing landscape of risk is the importance of cybersecurity oversight and protections.  The criminal cyberattack against the Colonial pipeline and the acknowledge...

Episode 195 — Antitrust Compliance Programs

The Biden Administration is expected to increase antitrust enforcement against criminal cartels and bid-rigging conspiracies.  Global companies have to address this significant risk by implementing a compliance program that meets the Justice Department’s 2019 Guidance on Antirust Compliance Programs. In this Episode, Michael Volkov reviews the Antitrust Division’s Guidance and compliance program requirements.

Judge Lamberth Sanctions Paul Weiss and Former Partner Alex Oh

Lawyers can “Break Bad” and veer from ethical and professional standards.  Somehow this is not so hard to envision.  Legal misconduct occurs more than most expect.  And the system reacts in variety of ways – professional responsibility enforcement actions and judges stand as the two most important watchdogs over legal professional conduct. In a curious and headline-making case, Judge Royce Lamberth, who is known for...

Webinar: Policy Management, Governance and Leveraging Your Culture of Compliance

Webinar: Policy Management, Governance and Leveraging Your Culture of Compliance June 16, 2021, 2 PM EST SIGN UP HERE Companies today face increasing pressure to build effective ethics and compliance programs as part of an overall governance structure. Investors, activists and key stakeholders are pushing for transformative reforms built around environmental, social and governance principles. An essential part of this initiative is a well-designed policy...

Under Armour Agrees to Pay $9 Million to Settle SEC Charges it Mislead Investors About Revenue Growth

Under Armour settled its long-pending SEC investigation by agreeing to pay $9 million surrounding misleading statements and practices relating to its revenue growth and uncertainties as to future growth.  As part of the settlement, the SEC declined to bring charges against its CEO, Kevin Plank, and its CFO, David Bergman. The Justice Department inquiry appears to have lost steam since the middle of last year,...

Swiss Life and Three Subsidiaries Agree to Pay Justice Department More Than $77 Million for Conspiracy with U.S. Taxpayers to Hide Assets and Income

In the run-up to the deadline for filing federal taxes, the Justice Department has a well-established practice of bringing tax-related enforcement cases against crooked tax preparers, fraudsters and corporate entities as an important reminder on the importance of tax compliance.  For years, the Justice Department struggled to bring Swiss banks to the enforcement table and eventually was successful in building cooperation in enforcement matters.  It...

Episode 194 — Anti-Corruption Enforcement and Compliance Trends in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industries

The Justice Department and the SEC have a long history of focusing FCPA enforcement on pharmaceutical and medical device companies.  Starting with a broad “industry sweep” nearly a decade ago, DOJ and the SEC have brought numerous enforcement actions.  In response, drug and device companies have attempted to implement effective compliance programs. In this Episode, Mike Volkov discusses FCPA enforcement trends and compliance strategies.

MoneyGram Payment Systems Agrees to Pay OFAC $34k for Sanctions Violations

MoneyGram settled with OFAC for $34,329 for 359 sanctions programs violations.  MoneyGram is a global payments service. According to OFAC, the 359 transactions totaled $105,627 in value and were processed on behalf of approximately 40 individuals on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals list (SDN List). MoneyGram has been operating under a monitor imposed in 2012 U.S. Department of Justice settlement to ensure MoneyGram’s enhancement of its...

EU Mandatory ESG Due Diligence

Alex Cotoia, Regulatory Compliance Manager, at The Volkov Law Group, rejoins us for a posting on ESG due diligence requirements. Alex can be reached at [email protected] On March 10, 2021—by an overwhelming majority—the European Parliament passed a resolution that directs the European Commission to move forward with a formal directive (“Directive”) mandating Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) due diligence by companies throughout their value chains....