Tagged: Securities and Exchange Commission

The SEC Targets Cryptocurrency Exchange Coinbase With Suit in Southern District of New York

The SEC Targets Cryptocurrency Exchange Coinbase With Suit in Southern District of New York

Matt Stankiewicz, Partner at The Volkov Law Group, joins us for another post detailing the SEC’s suit against Coinbase. Matt can be contacted at [email protected]. On June 6, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) officially filed suit against Coinbase, Inc. (“Coinbase”) alleging the company operated as an unregistered securities exchange, broker, and clearing agency.  The SEC is also suing Coinbase for failing to...

The SEC Sues Cryptocurrency Exchange Binance Alleging Sweeping Securities Violations

The SEC Sues Cryptocurrency Exchange Binance Alleging Sweeping Securities Violations

Matt Stankiewicz, Partner at The Volkov Law Group, joins us for a post detailing the SEC’s recent suit against Binance. Matt can be contacted at [email protected]. In a complaint filed June 5, 2023, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is suing the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange – Binance Holdings Ltd. (“Binance”), BAM Trading Services Inc. (“BAM Trading”), BAM Management US Holdings Inc. (“BAM Management”), Binance’s...

Episode 70 — FCPA Year in Review and Predictions for 2019

Episode 70 — FCPA Year in Review and Predictions for 2019

The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission had another strong year in FCPA enforcement. The numbers for 2018 tell a compelling story. Corporations Individuals Declinations Fines/Penalties DOJ 5 26 4 $950 million SEC 14 4 NA $380 million Total 19 30 4 $1.33 billion In this episode, Michael Volkov reviews FCPA enforcement for 2018 and outlines interesting trends and developments.

CEO Falls to SEC FCPA Settlement

CEO Falls to SEC FCPA Settlement

Companies have definitely matured in the development and implementation of their ethics and compliance programs.  Whether the pace has been rapid enough or is too slow, that is a debatable issue.  A good litmus test for a mature ethics and compliance program is whether the company assesses and mitigates its C-Suite risks. Over and over again, companies fall under government scrutiny because of misconduct in...

Sanofi Coughs Up $25 Million to Settle SEC FCPA Charges

Sanofi Coughs Up $25 Million to Settle SEC FCPA Charges

Well, add another pharmaceutical company to the FCPA healthcare “sweep.”  Frankly, the term “sweep” makes it sound like a coordinated enforcement effort – instead, it is more accurate to think of it as multiple prosecutions against a high-risk industry. Whatever the enforcement background, Sanofi settled an FCPA case with the SEC for $25 million.  DOJ closed its investigation of Sanofi in March 2018.  The SEC...

Time to Review and Revise Your Internal Controls (Part I of II)

Laws control the lesser man — right conduct controls the greater one – Mark Twain A company’s internal controls define the backbone of its operations, encompassing financial, operational and compliance functions. The FCPA defines requirements for publicly-traded companies to implement internal controls, including compliance controls.  Under the internal controls requirements, issuers must devise and maintain a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to assure management’s...

2017 FCPA Year in Review (Part I of II)

2017 FCPA Year in Review (Part I of II)

With the close of 2017, FCPA enforcement continues as a major priority for the US Department of Justice.  Notwithstanding fears and concerns that the new administration would turn its back on FCPA enforcement, the Justice Department’s work continues unabated and unhindered.  All the doomsayers have to admit that no big changes have occurred in the Justice Department’s commitment to battle global corruption. The Numbers Looking...

Wait a Minute – The FCPA Enforcement Sky Did Not Fall?

Wait a Minute – The FCPA Enforcement Sky Did Not Fall?

No matter what, I am an optimist. A pessimist’s worldview and lifestyle is really unattractive. I would always rather see the glass as half full. Too many in the professional world have confused negative perspectives and predictions as a way to demonstrate their own expertise. It is an unfortunate practice in today’s professional world that negativity has replaced unbiased expertise. Pessimists always argue that if...

Rescheduled Webinar:  Rising Government Expectations for Compliance Programs

Rescheduled Webinar: Rising Government Expectations for Compliance Programs

Rescheduled Webinar: Rising Government Expectations for Compliance Programs   November 10, 2016, 1 PM EST Sign Up Here My apologies but I had to reschedule the webinar: Rising Government Expectations for Compliance Programs to November 10, 2016, 1 PM EST. The Justice Department has made it clear that companies have to design and implement effective compliance programs.  Recent enforcement actions have highlighted weaknesses in corporate compliance...

Headlines from Mid-Year FCPA Enforcement Review

Headlines from Mid-Year FCPA Enforcement Review

Just to add my voice to the cottage industry surrounding FCPA enforcement and compliance, I wanted to take a deep breath and offer some observations on FCPA enforcement in 2016. There are a few significant headlines for the year so far, and I suspect more to come as we get close to the end of the year when FCPA enforcement usually picks up a little...