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Entries in Due Diligence (149)


Due Diligence in Russia: A public register of bribe payers

Due diligence in Russia has never been simple. Two recent developments make it more complicated. One makes business more transparent. Sort of. The other makes it less transparent. Foreign companies working in Russia will place themselves at peril if they don’t pay close attention to both.

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Dear Intermediaries: Don’t manufacture your own red flags

I see it time and time again -- third parties that would otherwise pass muster under a client’s due diligence process create their own red flags. 

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Alison Taylor: Today's compliance is more than due diligence and red flags

Every year for the past decade, BSR has surveyed sustainability leaders at our global member companies on the State of Sustainable Business, in a collaboration with Globescan. To mark our 10th year and reflect the shifting global agenda, we have updated the list of corporate sustainability priorities we track: ethics/ integrity and diversity/ inclusion just appeared on our list for the first time.

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Scott Shaffer: Due diligence isn't nice to have, it's a must have

After reviewing the FCPA Blog's post, “When do issuers disclose their FCPA problems?” which focused  on the seven resolved FCPA cases during the first half of 2018, I also examined each of the enforcement actions with a specific goal of determining the impact of due diligence in these cases.

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Illya Antonenko: Should U.S. companies even care about GDPR?

We’re based in the United States, so how does the GDPR concern us?

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Illya Antonenko on GDPR: But without criminal background checks, it's not due diligence

According to a recent informal polling by Deloitte, 11.7 percent of responders are taking a “wait and see” approach to compliance with the GDPR as a whole, not just Article 10. It is a valid position to assume compliance risks as long as the risks are well understood.

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Illya Antonenko: Three months after GDPR, is due diligence still possible?

It has been over three months since the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. The sky hasn’t fallen, and we are still here. We at TRACE now wear a t-shirt saying “I survived the GDPR” and see the humor in GDPR jokes and online memes.

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Richard Bistrong: Embrace the best compliance resource of all

Two great recent posts on the FCPA Blog talked about the heavy demands on compliance professionals generated by the global regulatory patchwork.

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Eric Lochner: Panasonic provides a teachable moment

The Panasonic enforcement action in April -- resulting in $280 million in penalties and disgorgement to the DOJ and SEC -- offers almost every lesson a compliance officer might want to discuss about anti-bribery programs.

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Martin Kenney: Why is the pressure on compliance professionals so intense?

Lindsay Columbo’s excellent post for the FCPA Blog (“How did due diligence ever become so complicated?”) articulated a set of thought-provoking observations that many of us working in the financial and legal sector, and who have compliance and KYC obligations, have been pondering for some time.

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Lindsay Columbo: How did due diligence become so complicated?

Over the past several years, concepts that once served as basic elements to an appropriate customer due diligence program and that had simple definitions have morphed into requirements that are completely decentralized and that vary, based on factors such as geographical location, risk level, industry and business activity.

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Vera Cherepanova: AI doesn't solve ethical dilemmas, it exposes them

Artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies are expected to bring massive operational efficiencies to compliance and ethics program management tasks. But what exactly is behind these buzzwords?

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