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A legacy in cowboy boots

2019-05-06T15:49:00+01:00By

Former CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton, who died last month, struck more a figure of a rock star than a regulator.

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What you can expect from our new Website

2019-05-01T20:20:00+01:00By

Thursday marks an important milestone for Compliance Week, a culmination of months of planning and building the customized digital platform our subscribers deserve.

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Leave it to Trump to show us how not to hire a CCO

2019-04-03T21:02:00+01:00By

The Trump Organization reportedly has a new head of compliance, but was that hire, and whatever process was behind the pick, suitable for such an important position?

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Guarding the gatekeeper

2019-04-02T15:19:00+01:00By

Gatekeepers who have firsthand knowledge of corporate wrongdoing should be entitled to the same legal protections afforded to any other whistleblower.

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Ask Amii mailbag: Keys to effective, engaging training

2019-04-02T15:13:00+01:00By

Executive coach Amii Barnard-Bahn tackles your questions on compliance training, conducting an ethics health check, and more.

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South America cleans up its act

2019-03-27T21:41:00+00:00By

A look at key investigations and enforcement actions in South America and Mexico in the past four years signifies a changing legal landscape that offers compliance lessons in advancing third-party anti-corruption compliance.

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Avenatti arrest fallout: don’t confuse whistleblowing with extortion

2019-03-25T21:56:00+00:00By

A high-profile arrest of Michael Avenatti for an extortion scheme against Nike raises difficult questions of corporate responsibility regarding whistleblower initiatives.

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Insider threats often are hardest to detect

2019-03-15T19:26:00+00:00By

In his latest editorial, Compliance Week Editor in Chief Dave Lefort applies what he learned at CW West to recent insider scandals and provides several compliance-related takeaways.

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Book review: How to create a ‘Fearless Organization’

2019-03-13T14:55:00+00:00By

Richard Bistrong explains how Amy C. Edmondson’s book on organizational health relies on the idea that employees are not governed by fear, but rather empowered by a safe environment that embraces honesty and candor.

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Facebook: Can a data privacy dog really learn new tricks?

2019-03-07T20:40:00+00:00By

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, wrote a long, detailed blog post on Wednesday to announce new data security and privacy initiatives. Has he seen the light, or is this yet another false promise from the social media giant?

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Q&A: A view of bank risk from the battlefield

2019-01-24T13:15:00+00:00By

Compliance Week talked with Stuart Brock, director of Seal Software, about the risks faced by banks—not the least of which is third-party due diligence.

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Data-bungling Facebook has to earn back our trust

2019-01-14T10:00:00+00:00By

It was a tight race, but we are officially declaring Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the executive most in need of a compliance makeover in 2019.

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Counterpoint: Deregulation aids the majority

2019-01-08T14:00:00+00:00By Michael Busler

Stockton University Professor of Finance Dr. Michael Busler says regulating industry can be very costly to consumers.

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Point: Regulation is a stabilizing force

2019-01-08T13:30:00+00:00By Hersh Shefrin

Santa Clara University behavioral finance professor Hersh Shefrin says regulation is a remedy for a host of imperfections that interfere with well-functioning markets.

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Q&A: Five questions with a TPRM specialist

2019-01-07T14:49:00+00:00By Compliance Week

Abercrombie & Fitch Senior Compliance Counsel Rob Seibel, a specialist when it comes to the implementation of a third-party risk management program, discusses trends and challenges around managing risks with third parties.

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How a bad economy might impact compliance

2019-01-04T14:51:00+00:00By

In the “Ask Amii” monthly mailbag, executive coach and former Chief Compliance Officer Amii Barnard-Bahn checks in on how compliance would fare if the economy goes south, lessons from Facebook’s tough year, and more.

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When the customer’s not right

2019-01-02T10:00:00+00:00By

The Petrobras, Stryker, and Polycom enforcement actions serve as a lesson to compliance officers on how to guard against customer bribery schemes.

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Disclosure reform an idea worth pursuing

2018-12-31T11:15:00+00:00By

The SEC is once again digging into disclosure reforms, and the debate has shifted from what to file to how frequently companies need to file.

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Top ethics and compliance failures of 2018

2018-12-17T12:30:00+00:00By

The biggest ethics and compliance failures of 2018 feature some big names, such as Wells Fargo, Danske Bank, and Tesla, and highlight some key lessons for compliance officers.

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Cases that make one wonder about the intent of enforcement

2018-11-28T15:30:00+00:00By

A close look at FCPA investigations into Danske Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Walmart prompt more questions than answers.

David Lefort

GDPR, Brexit keep compliance on its toes

2018-11-28T14:15:00+00:00By

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and Britain’s upcoming divorce from the European Union both have a tremendous impact on European compliance, but strategizing solutions around either one has proven to be difficult due to a lack of guidance and, in the case of Brexit, just plain chaos.

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Counterpoint: States should steer data privacy law

2018-11-27T12:30:00+00:00By Jim Steyer

Common Sense Media Founder and CEO James Steyer lays out the three key reasons why individual state privacy laws would trump a federal mandate.

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Point: Protecting privacy should be federal government’s job

2018-11-27T12:15:00+00:00By Cameron F. Kerry

Cameron F. Kerry, senior counsel at Sidley Austin, explains how a federal data privacy law could represent a win for business, privacy advocates, and consumers.

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What federal data privacy legislation might look like, and how you can prepare

2018-11-27T12:00:00+00:00By Hilary Wandall

Components from preexisting privacy laws are likely to compose a significant portion of the parameters into which a federal privacy mandate would fit, writes our guest columnist.

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Firms follow Google trend in ending mandatory arbitration

2018-11-19T15:15:00+00:00By

No more mandatory arbitration for sexual assault claims. Companies are following Google’s example in the wake of recent scandals.

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World Series compliance lesson: Take a hybrid approach to analytics

2018-10-27T13:15:00+01:00By

The World Series reinforced an important lesson in how compliance officers should deploy data analytics.

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Where and how to start your culture conversations

2018-10-22T12:45:00+01:00By

In the “Ask Amii” monthly mailbag, executive coach and former Chief Compliance Officer Amii Barnard-Bahn responds to your anonymous questions on building a culture of compliance, motivating underperforming employees, third-party risk management, and more.

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Survey says you’re likely shopping for new compliance technology

2018-09-25T11:30:00+01:00By

Here’s what we know: You have a mandate to upgrade your compliance technology, at least some budget to do it, and sky-high expectations for improved operational efficiency and robust data reporting. At least that’s what the results of our compliance technology survey tell us. Are we close?

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Point: Benefits of crowdfunding

2018-09-19T11:30:00+01:00By Douglas Ellenoff

Attorney Douglas Ellenoff discusses why raising the crowdfunding cap boosts the fundraising method’s benefits.

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Counterpoint: Crowds need to wise up

2018-09-19T11:30:00+01:00By Bartlett Naylor

Public Citizen’s Bartlett Naylor advises careful consideration of current crowdfunding rules before considering a cap raise.

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Ask Amii mailbag: Best practices for giving change a chance

2018-09-10T09:45:00+01:00By

In her first mailbag on some of the softer skills effective compliance leaders need, executive coach Amii Barnard-Bahn tackles your questions on change management, compliance training, creating a culture of compliance, and more.

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The ‘compliance transformation’ is coming

2018-09-05T16:11:00+01:00By Anthony Dell

The compliance officer of the future will need to have the same foundational requirements for the job, but also the flexibility to adapt to the rapid changes technology is bringing to the industry.

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Book review: Compliance lessons of fusing brand and culture

2018-09-05T10:00:00+01:00By

Richard Bistrong takes an in-depth look at Denise Lee Yohn’s, “Fusion, How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies,” which offers organizations a model for merging internal values with external branding and guides the compliance function in linking stated values to operations.

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Three steps for managing the FCPA risk of distributor compensation

2018-08-28T15:00:00+01:00By

With the Microsoft FCPA investigation as context, there are three things your company can do to manage the risks associated with third-party distributors.

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Lessons from Wynn Resorts’ sexual harassment scandal

2018-08-28T10:00:00+01:00By

Companies looking for a case study in how to respond (and how not to respond) when allegations of sexual harassment arise, as well as what corporate governance practices put a company at greater legal risk, should look to Wynn Resorts.

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Hot and getting hotter in Tesla’s kitchen

2018-08-27T14:45:00+01:00By

The real discussion surrounding Tesla and the recent tweet from CEO Elon Musk is a much-needed debate about boards of directors.

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Geopolitical risk in the time of Trump

2018-06-25T10:45:00+01:00By

How can companies navigate uncharted geopolitical risk to avoid global isolation? Our special report tries to make sense of the latest tariffs and sanctions and what it could mean for your company.

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Counterpoint: Chevron case creates imbalance

2018-06-20T15:00:00+01:00By Iain Murray

Chevron deference undermines the integrity of the legislative and rulemaking processes and tramples the rights of the individual citizen. Iain Murray has more.

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Point: SCOTUS got it right on Chevron

2018-06-20T14:45:00+01:00By Craig Oren

The Supreme Court should make clear that lower courts should review if Congress gave an agency authority to act as it did, and then weigh whether the agency engaged in reasoned decision making. Craig Oren has more.

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It could get messy for U.S. companies doing business in EU

2018-06-11T12:45:00+01:00By

Don’t be surprised if the EU uses new data privacy laws to combat any secondary sanctions it might face by the Trump administration for continuing to do business in Iran.

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Doing the right thing can be a costly investment

2018-06-06T15:00:00+01:00By

High-profile corporate woes are a reminder: Act fast when confronted by malfeasance and worry about the cost afterwards.

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Ten takeaways from Compliance Week 2018

2018-05-25T13:30:00+01:00By

Editor in Chief Dave Lefort presents 10 takeaways from Compliance Week’s 13th annual national conference—with contributions from CW’s Jaclyn Jaeger, Joe Mont, and Tammy Whitehouse.