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Episode 103 — Managing Supply Chain Risks

Global companies face significant challenges in managing their supply chain risks. Most companies incorporate a holistic supply chain risk process as part of their enterprise risk management systems.  Legal risks, while not the most significant risk, is one aspect of these risks, especially in the aggressive enforcement of anti-bribery, sanctions, anti-money laundering and speciality laws surrounding conflict minerals, human trafficking and slavery. In this episode,...

Antitrust Division Launches Broad Investigation of High-Tech Industry

When it comes to the Justice Department and reading the tea leaves, I often rely on a very obvious point – DOJ tells you in advance what it is planning and then executes its plan.  This has been true in the FCPA arena, prosecution of the opioid cases, targeting health care fraud and a history of initiatives.  DOJ is fairly transparent on its priorities.  Recently,...

Board Members Should Take Note — Delaware Supreme Court Issues Important Decision on Caremark Compliance Standard

I have long predicted that corporate board members are in for a rude awakening. (See posts here and here and ebook here) Corporate boards have to improve their ability and knowledge surrounding supervision and monitoring of a company’s ethics and compliance program.  Most corporate boards have little to no knowledge about what compliance is, how it works, and what their precise obligations are as part...

OFAC’s New §501.604 Reporting Requirement: A Small Change with a Big Impact

Matt Stankiewicz, Senior Associate, and Jessica Sanderson, Of Counsel, both at The Volkov Law Group, rejoin us for an interesting posting on a new OFAC reporting requirement. Matt can be contacted at mstankiewicz@volkovlaw.com, and Jessica can be contacted at jsanderson@volkovlaw.com. On June 21, 2019, OFAC changed its requirements for reporting on blocked or rejected transactions under 31 C.F.R. §501.604.  With little fanfare, the interim rule...

Episode 102 — The Future of Compliance

Compliance has come a long way over the last 10 years. But it still has a ways to go until it is firmly embedded into the corporate governance landscape. In this episode, Michael Volkov examines current issues surrounding compliance programs, including the state of the compliance profession, technology and new frameworks; government enforcement trends and predictions; and congressional mandates for compliance.  

Digging into High-Risk Distributors (Part II of II)

Compliance professionals are implementing their own monitoring and auditing strategies.  Internal audit does not have the resources nor the time to assume responsibility for this function.  If possible, internal audit may support, advise and assist in the monitoring and auditing functions.  Frankly, a partnership between compliance and internal audit in this area is ideal but compliance cannot wait for internal audit to join the mission. ...

Managing High-Risk Distributor Risks (Part I of II)

Companies will often rely on a network of distributors to help sell their products in emerging markets.  From a business economics standpoint, engaging a distributor is often more cost efficient than investing in a sales force in a new market.  As a result, companies may enter a new market by relying on distributors, and if successful, may invest in the future by establishing its own...

Five Common Weaknesses in OFAC Sanctions Compliance Programs

As companies elevate their “game” in sanctions compliance, it is important that compliance officers critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of their compliance programs.  Many companies already have a screening technology but little else beyond a basic screening process. From my vantage point, I have observed some common weaknesses: Segregation of Duties and Control Process:  Many companies maintain a screening program and assign the responsibility...

Corrupt Intent and Bribery

In my showcase of profound but obvious points, let me add to my collection – an illegal bribe often turns on the actor’s state of mind.  Did he or she act with corrupt intent? The actor’s state of mind is a common element to many criminal offenses.  In most cases, the government has strong evidence of such corrupt intent.  In some cases, the government is...