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The Merger and Acquisition Process: Staying I-9 Compliant

"Amidst the excitement of a merger or an acquisition, the challenges of staying I-9 compliant can easily be overlooked, particularly since most attorneys managing the M&A process are not traditionally immigration or employment attorneys, and the transaction itself can be lengthy and...

Running the Big Con in DC: Lessons for the FCPA Compliance Practitioner

Most people have seen the movie " The Sting ", starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, which tells the story of an older con man, Newman, who shows a younger man, Redford, how to run 'the big con' on a gangster played by Robert Shaw. It was fiction. However, on the front page of the...

The LexisNexis In-House Advisory Newsletter For June 2012 Is Released

LexisNexis® In-House Advisory—your complimentary newsletter exclusively for corporate counsel. | View online > Compliance | Litigation | Transactional | Did You Know? June 2012, Issue III ...

Barclay's Speeding Defense and GlaxoSmithKline's Claw backs - Implications for FCPA Compliance

I once heard James Baker say that the only way to know how a person will perform as President of the United States is by being President. In other words, there is no way to test how a person will respond to the stresses and pressures of the most important job in the world. Unfortunately the same appears...

Compliance in the Supply Chain - The Lesson of Gibson Guitar and the Lacey Act

Just when you think things cannot get any worse for the forlorn AAA Houston Astros, aka Lastros, last night they sank to a new low, while riding their current 3-35 streak (109 loss season projected - ouch!). After managing to take the National League East leading team the Washington Nationals into extra...

How Do You Change an Unhealthy Compliance Culture?

What is a healthy culture and how do you change an unhealthy culture? I have always thought that baseball was a simple game: you throw the ball; you hit the ball; you catch the ball. I had also thought that you could measure whether a baseball team had a healthy culture with a fairly easy-to-understand...

John Brown's Raid and Building Trust in Compliance Programs

October 16 th is the anniversary of John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry. For those of you not familiar with this episode of American history, abolitionist John Brown led a raid on the US Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, the raid was intended to foment an armed slave revolt in 1859. Brown's...

All I Got for Christmas Was a Crumb-y Immigration Compliance Checklist

Angelo A. Paparelli writes : " Today's post brings a bit of holiday cheer from my colleague and I-9 expert, Nicole ("Nici") Kersey . I want to publicly thank her for allowing me a Christmas break from blogging, and for the delicious chocolates."

EPA Proposes Increased Oversight Of State Enforcement Activities

U.S. EPA recently issued a draft strategy document in response to a December 2011 Inspector General Report that found inadequate enforcement of environmental laws at the state level. U.S. EPA's draft " National Strategy for Improving Oversight of State Enforcement Performance " outlines...

Banks and Capital Markets Firms See Need for More Investment in Compliance

Sixty-five percent of banking and capital markets firms expect to increase their investment in compliance risk management at a rate of 10 percent or more over the next two years, as they seek to maintain and expand the stature compliance has achieved in recent years, according to a new Accenture study...

Funeral Homes Continue to Violate FTC’s Disclosure Requirements

Investigators working undercover in nine states have found that, in 32 of the 124 funeral homes they visited during 2013, the funeral homes failed to disclose pricing information to consumers as required by the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule. The FTC conducts undercover inspections...

Measuring ROI: Using the Payback Approach (Part 1/3)

Dont miss Part 2 of the Measuring ROI series: Using the Net-Present-Value Approach , by Jon Allen The goal of financial management in a company is to maximize the value of the company’s stock. Managers need ways to determine whether a project being considered will add value to their companies...

Loan Grading & Risk Scoring under Basel III - Interview w/ Rob Newberry

Can your financial institution survive the next economic downturn? The recent financial crisis demonstrated how unexpected economic downturns and rapid deterioration in market conditions can significantly harm a bank’s financial condition and economic viability. Additionally, our ever-changing...

Measuring ROI: Using the Net-Present-Value Approach (Part 2/3)

Dont miss Part 1 of the Measuring ROI series: Using the Payback Approach , by Jon Allen The goal of financial management in a company is to maximize the value of the company’s stock. Managers need ways to determine whether a project being considered will add value to their companies. This is...

Measuring ROI: Using the Internal-Rate-of-Return Approach (Part 3/3)

Dont miss Part 1 of the Measuring ROI series: " Using the Payback Approach ", and Part 2: Using the Net-Present-Value Approach , all by Jon Allen The goal of financial management in any company is to maximize the value for its owners. Managers need ways to determine whether projects will...

Increasing Risks of Fraud; Compliance Failures; A Willingness to be Unethical

Cyber security, corruption and unethical behavior pose significant risks for business enterprises, according to a new survey by EY titled “Overcoming Compliance Fatigue’ ( here ). At the same time business organizations may be focusing their efforts in the wrong area while not effectively...

The B20 Anti-Corruption Working Group Is Focused on the Right Topic, But It Is Unlikely That There Will Be Meaningful Action

This article was reprinted with permission from FCPA Professor Earlier this summer, the B20 Anti-Corruption Working Group released this report detailing various policy recommendations to combating corruption. As highlighted on its website , the Business 20 (B20) is a forum through which the private...

Barclays Is Sanctioned by the FCA and the SEC

Barclays took a double hit from regulators yesterday. First the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK fined Barclays Bank PLC, about £38 million for putting £16.5 billion of client assets at risk. Then the SEC imposed a $15 million penalty on Barclays Capital Inc. In the Matter of Barclays...

U.S. EPA – Next Generation Enforcement – Already Here With More Coming Soon

The 2016 budget focus for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“U.S. EPA”) is on continued implementation of its “Next Generation” enforcement initiative, and this could mean big costs for manufacturers who choose to adapt their environmental compliance practices...

Kowalski Added to WorkSmart Partners Compliance Team

July 22, 2015 - Denver WorkSmart Partners founder Mary McClatchey has added Daniel M. Kowalski as a Strategic Partner for I-9 compliance matters. After a fifteen-year judicial career, Mary McClatchey, J.D., founded WorkSmart Partners to provide state-of-the-art compliance programs, while teaching...

Selecting Compliance Counsel

I have often wondered who is FCPA Inc. and perhaps even how I might join this seemingly august fraternity if they do allegedly make so much money, as some commentators regularly deride FCPA Inc. for the seemingly outlandish fees they charge for doing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations...

Hiring in Compliance, Part II – Candidate Sourcing

This week I am presenting a series on hiring in the compliance industry based on interviews I did with Maurice Gilbert, the Managing Partner at Conselium Partners LP. These interviews will be broadcasted on my podcast site, fcpacompliancereport.com, my YouTube channel – FCPA Compliance and Ethics...

Hiring in Compliance, Part III – Presentation of Job Opportunity to Potential Candidates

This week I am presenting a series on hiring in the compliance industry based on interviews I did with Maurice Gilbert, the Managing Partner at Conselium Partners LP. These interviews will be broadcasted on my podcast site, fcpacompliancereport.com, my YouTube channel – FCPA Compliance and Ethics...

Hiring in Compliance, Part IV: The Interview Process

I continue my series of blog posts on the hiring process in the compliance field based on a series of interviews I did with Maurice Gilbert, the Managing Partner at Conselium Partners LP. These interviews are being broadcasted on my podcast site, fcpacompliancereport.com, my YouTube channel – FCPA...

Hiring in Compliance, Part V: The Offer and Conclusion

I conclude my series of blog posts on the hiring process in the compliance field, which have been based on a series of interviews with Maurice Gilbert, the Managing Partner at Conselium Partners LP. These interviews are being broadcasted on my podcast site, fcpacompliancereport.com , my YouTube channel...