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DiMauro: Seven compliance areas to watch in 2022

2021-12-29T17:26:00+00:00By

If 2021 was about transition under the Biden administration, 2022 is looking as if it will be a year of action. CW Director of Compliance Programs & Training Julie DiMauro shares her list of key areas she expects to receive enhanced scrutiny in the year ahead.

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Standard Chartered fined record $61.5M for liquidity reporting failures

2021-12-20T20:11:00+00:00By

The U.K. Prudential Regulation Authority imposed a record fine of £46.55 million (U.S. $61.5 million) against Standard Chartered Bank for repeatedly misreporting a key metric to determine liquidity risk.

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McDonald’s claws back $105M severance paid to disgraced former CEO

2021-12-17T20:42:00+00:00By

McDonald’s has agreed to drop its lawsuit against disgraced former CEO Steve Easterbrook, who will return more than $105 million in equity and cash he received upon the termination of his employment in 2019.

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White paper: Optimizing modern ESI investigations to find the facts swiftly

2021-12-01T05:55:00+00:00Provided by

The Board of Directors needs an answer before the current reporting period ends. Furtive harassment needs to be uncovered and countermanded immediately. A regulatory agency needs immediate assurance that internal procedures will suffice, otherwise a compliance investigation will be initiated. The CEO needs to know whether terms of the M&A ...

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SEC: Akazoo to pay $38.8M in fraud case concerning SPAC merger

2021-10-28T18:02:00+01:00By

Akazoo, a music streaming subscription company based in Greece, reached a $38.8 million settlement with the SEC for allegedly defrauding investors out of tens of millions of dollars related to a 2019 SPAC merger.

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Activision Blizzard compliance update: Personnel changes, transparency goals

2021-10-20T17:40:00+01:00By

Activision Blizzard announced the promotion of Jen Brewer to the role of senior vice president, ethics and compliance amid a series of other measures the embattled company is taking to enhance its culture.

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When academic studies and hoax hotline claims go ‘off the rails’

2021-10-18T17:26:00+01:00By

Imagine this: An anonymous hotline tip comes through that a senior executive has engaged in insider trading. This scenario happened this summer as part of academic research, effectively leaving hundreds of unwitting corporate subjects to foot the bill for unnecessary follow-up conducted.

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Ask a CCO: How do you prevent whistleblower retaliation?

2021-10-06T13:00:00+01:00By Compliance Week

Seven senior compliance practitioners detail the steps their respective companies take to ensure whistleblowers are not retaliated against when reporting potential misconduct.

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Ask a CCO: What makes a good internal reporting system?

2021-10-05T13:00:00+01:00By Compliance Week

Seven senior compliance practitioners explain what they believe to be the key tenets of an internal reporting system that encourages employees to come forward with reports of potential misconduct.

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Ask a CCO: How do you encourage internal reporting?

2021-10-04T13:00:00+01:00By Compliance Week

Seven senior compliance practitioners share how they encourage employees to come forward with reports of potential misconduct in support of the greater mission of instilling a culture of compliance.

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CPE Webcast: Best practices for corporate investigations in the digital age

2021-09-23T14:00:00+01:00Provided by

In their recent 2021 survey, Compliance Week and OpenText reveal the growing challenges of managing investigations, driven by an increasingly complex litigation and regulatory landscape.

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Big Four mishaps in U.K. underscore need to challenge auditors

2021-09-22T15:55:00+01:00By

Companies should question their auditors throughout the audit process, particularly in the wake of a spate of recent enforcement actions in the United Kingdom targeting the Big Four and other large firms for audit deficiencies.

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Pactiv Evergreen nearing clearance from SEC in FCPA probe

2021-08-10T16:59:00+01:00By

Pactiv Evergreen said it has received indication from the SEC it will not face enforcement following an internal investigation launched last year into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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What factors are driving change in your corporate investigations process?

2021-08-10T15:00:00+01:00By

A recent survey from Compliance Week and OpenText reveals while investigations and data volumes are on the rise, machine learning combined with external expertise may give companies the upper hand in accelerating response and results.

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e-Book: What factors are driving change in your corporate investigation processes?

2021-08-09T03:00:00+01:00Provided by

The results of a recent survey from Compliance Week and OpenText reveal that while investigations and data volumes are on the rise, machine learning combined with external expertise may give companies the upper hand in accelerating response and results.

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Five pieces of advice for potential whistleblowers

2021-08-05T15:56:00+01:00By

Thinking of becoming a whistleblower? The path ahead likely won’t be easy. Learn from others that have been through the process.

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Seven things whistleblowers want compliance officers to know

2021-08-04T17:54:00+01:00By

Aaron Nicodemus explains what whistleblowers, their supporters, and advocates would like compliance officers who handle internal complaints to understand about the process from their side of the table.

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Allianz bracing for financial hit amid DOJ scrutiny

2021-08-02T17:51:00+01:00By

Insurance giant Allianz disclosed it could face enforcement resulting from Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission probes into its Structured Alpha Funds business.

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Three ideas to improve the whistleblowing process

2021-07-30T13:00:00+01:00By

It’s important to take stock of how far whistleblowing has advanced over the last few years. That said, there is still room for improvement. Aaron Nicodemus offers three suggestions.

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Part 5: Waiting for payout a grueling test of tenacity for whistleblowers

2021-07-30T13:00:00+01:00By

The road to a payout for whistleblowers is long, lonely, and full of obstacles. Commitment to the idea that they are doing the right thing helped our whistleblower subjects endure years of hardship to bring their cases to conclusion.

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Report: Deficient risk culture at Credit Suisse contributed to Archegos collapse

2021-07-29T17:00:00+01:00By

An independent report commissioned by Credit Suisse to examine the bank’s failures that led to $5.5 billion in losses when Archegos Capital Management collapsed this year concluded a series of missteps by risk and compliance failed to escalate numerous red flags.

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Part 4: Retaliation pervades while whistleblowers persevere

2021-07-29T13:00:00+01:00By

Retaliation for blowing the whistle comes in all kinds of forms. Our whistleblower subjects share their stories—from losing jobs to getting blacklisted to being the target of a newspaper hit piece.

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Part 3: Blowing the whistle weighs uncertainty against moral duty

2021-07-28T13:00:00+01:00By

Once someone decides to blow the whistle, their life is forever changed. Their action stands to benefit many people they don’t even know while putting much in jeopardy on a personal level. Our whistleblower subjects each explain what led them to their determinations.

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Part 2: Internal reporting sends whistleblowers down path alone

2021-07-27T13:00:00+01:00By

Almost no one becomes a whistleblower by choice. A slow and steady whittling down of options often leads individuals to isolation in coming to their decision. Our whistleblower subjects share the roadblocks they faced in reporting internally.

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Part 1: Finding the fraud launches whistleblowers on life-changing journey

2021-07-26T13:00:00+01:00By

Whistleblowers aren’t born—they’re made. For five individuals that have taken on that mantle, the story began with discovering a problem that could no longer be ignored.

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CW whistleblower series: ‘Witness to Wrongdoing’

2021-07-21T13:00:00+01:00By

This in-depth CW series chronicles the timeline of a whistleblower—from identifying wrongdoing to reporting and enduring subsequent hardships. Exclusive interviews impart key lessons for compliance officers seeking to become an ally to these individuals.

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Volkswagen secures $21.7M in executive clawbacks for Dieselgate roles

2021-06-10T20:19:00+01:00By

Volkswagen’s supervisory board announced agreements to recover €17.8 million (U.S. $21.7 million) in compensation from former executives and board members for their respective roles in the Dieselgate emissions scandal.

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SEC drops FCPA probe into Avianca

2021-06-04T17:39:00+01:00By

Avianca Holdings disclosed in a regulatory filing that the SEC has dropped its FCPA investigation into the company and will not recommend an enforcement action.

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CPE Webcast: Managing true challenges in a compliance investigation

2021-06-03T14:00:00+01:00Provided by

Compliance investigations are fraught with challenges from start to finish—from the pre-planning stage through the presentation of the final report detailing the factual findings.

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CPE Webcast: Data-driven compliance: Speak-up culture and faster investigations

2021-05-18T14:00:00+01:00Provided by

Get the covid-adjusted data on how peers around the world have experienced report volume, anonymous reporting, and investigation performance throughout 2020.

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DOJ joins SFO in corruption probe of Bombardier

2021-05-10T17:51:00+01:00By

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the U.K. Serious Fraud Office in an ongoing investigation into plane maker Bombardier over suspected bribery and corruption relating to contracts and orders from airline carrier Garuda Indonesia.

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DOJ closes FCPA investigation into Pactiv Evergreen

2021-05-10T15:57:00+01:00By

Pactiv Evergreen said it will not face an enforcement action by the Department of Justice, following an internal investigation launched last year into potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Study: How compliance managed COVID’s effects on incident reports

2021-04-20T19:21:00+01:00By

The coronavirus pandemic dramatically altered incident reports and investigations in 2020. Despite facing unprecedented challenges, as analyzed in NAVEX Global’s latest benchmark study, compliance officers met the moment.

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Robert Mazur: Old tricks still work for launderers; new policies could help

2021-04-01T16:02:00+01:00By

Former federal agent Robert Mazur revealed secrets of the money-laundering trade to attendees of CW’s Financial Crimes virtual event and proposed two solutions for financial institutions in the fight against bad actors.

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Volkswagen to seek damages from former CEOs over Dieselgate

2021-03-29T20:40:00+01:00By

Volkswagen’s supervisory board has accused former CEOs Martin Winterkorn (Volkswagen) and Rupert Stadler (Audi) of negligent breaches of duty during the diesel scandal.

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TRACE: U.S. bribery enforcement declined in 2020

2021-03-11T19:44:00+00:00By

Despite a banner year for resolutions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 2020, U.S. enforcement of the anti-bribery law dropped 29 percent when compared to 2019, according to the latest Global Enforcement Report by TRACE International.

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Biden influence apparent in SEC 2021 examination priorities

2021-03-03T21:12:00+00:00By

The long-awaited 2021 examination priorities of the Securities and Exchange Commission were released Wednesday, with climate- and ESG-related risks unsurprisingly among areas that will receive enhanced focus.

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SEC expands number of staffers authorized to launch investigations

2021-02-09T22:19:00+00:00By

The acting head of the Securities and Exchange Commission has expanded the number of staff authorized to issue a formal order of investigation, perhaps a sign the agency intends to launch more cases under President Joe Biden.