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“Compliance Officer” / Dad


Yesterday was Father’s Day.

With twin 10-year old boys, Father is just one of my titles. Referee and Compliance Officer being a few others. As to the later, Co-Compliance Officer along with my wife is the more accurate title (I wonder what the “Compliance 2.0” [or are we on to 3.0 now] folks would say about this structure)?

Father’s Day is a chance to reflect and to be sure being a Dad has informed my view of many things including compliance. When you really think about, compliance and parenting have a lot in common.

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Deputy AG Rosenstein On Compliance


I’m sure Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein does more than just give speeches, but lately (well he actually addressed this in his speech).

Earlier today, Rosenstein delivered this speech at Compliance Week and this post excerpts the speech.

Rosenstein stated: “When a company creates and fosters a culture of compliance, it creates value. Compliance is an investment. Ethical, law-abiding companies can better attract investors and partners. People want to do business with companies that they perceive as honest and reliable.”

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With James Koukios Regarding FCPA Enforcement And Compliance

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The FCPA Flash podcast provides in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related topics as readers have come to expect from written posts on FCPA Professor.

This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with James Koukios (Morrison & Foerster and former Senior Deputy Chief of the DOJ’s Fraud Section). During the podcast, Koukios elaborates on various points he made in this recent article including: (i) how FCPA enforcement has made “significant and positive contributions to the development of compliance programs and standards; (ii) how regulators and prosecutors may take “unfair and impractical [FCPA] positions;” and (iii) how “FCPA enforcement should not be so puritanical as to stifle legitimate business opportunities or cause companies to overspend on ineffective compliance measures.”

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Flipping The Panasonic Enforcement Action Allegations Into “Best Practices”


Compliance professionals should develop the skill of flipping enforcement action allegations into “best practices.”

In doing so, recognize that “best practices” are not necessarily legal requirements. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act sets forth the law (not negotiated DOJ or SEC resolution vehicles not subjected to any meaningful judicial scrutiny) and when it comes to internal controls the law states that issuers shall ” devise and maintain a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurances that” certain specified objectives are met.

Nevertheless, compliance professionals need to be cognizant of allegations in enforcement actions for the simple reason that the DOJ and the SEC hold the big sticks and will have certain expectations of companies.

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Friday Roundup


Funny, scrutiny alerts and updates, and for the reading stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.


According to the FCPA Blog, there is “nothing too complicated or expensive” about FCPA compliance.

That’s funny because on a daily basis FCPA Blog content is flanked by approximately 20 blinking and flashing ads from FCPA Inc. participants.

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