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Top ethics and compliance failures of 2021


Systemic risk management lapses at a financial services firm, allegations of toxic culture at a video game giant, and more of the same baffling behavior from one of the world’s largest tech companies comprise CW’s list of the biggest ethics and compliance fails of 2021.


What companies/auditors need to know for 2021 year-end audits


The continued effects of the pandemic, along with the implementation of new accounting standards, have companies and their auditors confronting substantial change in year-end audits.

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FinCEN beneficial ownership registry takes shape in proposed rule


FinCEN’s proposed rule for a new beneficial ownership registry was released as part of the U.S. government’s efforts to pull back the veil on anonymous shell companies used to launder illicit profits from corruption, money laundering, and other financial crime activities.

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Saule Omarova, Biden’s nominee to lead OCC, withdraws


Saule Omarova withdrew her candidacy for Comptroller of the Currency after facing fierce Republican opposition—and skepticism from some key Democrats—during her nomination hearing.

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Ex-Roadrunner CFO gets two years in prison for accounting fraud scheme


Peter Armbruster, the former chief financial officer of trucking and logistics company Roadrunner Transportation Systems, was sentenced to 24 months in prison for his role in a complex securities and accounting fraud scheme.


HSBC, Credit Suisse, Barclays, NatWest fined $389M total for currency cartel scheme


The European Commission fined HSBC, Credit Suisse, Barclays, and NatWest a total of €344 million (U.S. $389 million) for their participation in a trader-driven scheme to manipulate the foreign exchange spot market. UBS was not fined after first reporting the scheme.

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Sequential Brands avoids fine in SEC goodwill impairment case


Sequential Brands won’t be fined as part of a settlement with the SEC over charges it violated accounting principles in securities law when it did not acknowledge goodwill impairment that eventually landed on its balance sheet as a $304 million write-down.

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Greensill report: British Business Bank loan approvals lacked due diligence


The British Business Bank failed to carry out sufficient due diligence when it gave collapsed lender Greensill Capital approval to hand out £350 million (U.S. $465 million) under the government’s pandemic support program, according to a U.K. Parliament report.

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