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The importance of setting a good compliance example

Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara (Image from YouTube)Preet Bharara gave the morning keynote at the second day of Compliance Week 2019. It was interesting because rather than a speech he did so with a one-hour Q&A format with Allen & Overy partner Gene Ingoglia facilitating the session through the role of the questioner.

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Our worthy goal of keeping people successful and safe

Today I write from Berlin, staying in what was old East Berlin. Last week I spoke at an event in Malaysia. Both societies that have experienced and are experiencing (respectively) political, social and economic change that was once unimaginable.

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Six common pitfalls and blind spots to avoid when creating compliant organizations

For companies that are serious about being proactive and that see compliance as a competitive advantage rather than a box-ticking exercise, we believe several lessons can be drawn from our background in helping organizations see around unexpected corners -- whether those be geopolitical in nature, compliance related or high-stakes security and risk.

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Compliance salaries rise. Is that a good thing?

In a January article in the French financial newspaper Les Echos, entitled “Salaries: compliance can pay big,” journalist Delphine Iweins reported that according to a 2019 compliance compensation study by the French firm Atorus Executive, 35 percent of the responding enterprises are now confident in legal compliance officer and compliance manager positions.

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Zero-tolerance policies are dishonest and damaging 

These days, I sometimes begin my classes on corruption with an unusual admission. I announce to my students -- who may be judges, police officers, military investigators, bureaucrats or any other variety of public official -- that corruption is not a problem removed from me. I am corrupted too.

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And the big compliance story for 2019 is . . . . 

Nearly every corporate anti-bribery violation reveals problems with internal controls.

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The ‘frozen middle’ can make or break a compliance program

Denise Lee Yohn is a go-to expert on brand-building for national media outlets. She's also a popular speaker and consultant, and an influential writer.

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What's better for you? Centralized or decentralized anti-corruption compliance

As the United Nations Global Compact discusses in their business anti-corruption guide, centralized and decentralized models have their own strengths and weaknesses with regard to control, consistency and understanding of local nuance.

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Richard Bistrong: The compliance community is shaped by common challenges

At an event last week in London, one of my co-panelists was Brian Saulnier, a partner at K&L Gates. More than ten years ago he was part of an outside team, engaged by my former employer, to look into my illegal conduct, including the United Nations bribery investigation, among other allegations.

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Despite crackdown, Asia firms are slow to comply

Only 40 percent of Asia companies have anti-bribery policies in place, compared with a global average of 81 percent last year.

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Walmart's Move For Mexican Dominance 

By all accounts, Walmart's appetite for growth in Mexico was insatiable. The drive to dominate the retail market there, according to the New York Times, allegedly led the company to pay $24 million in bribes to fast track store permits.

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The Future Of Compliance

A couple of months ago, John Sherman of the Kennedy School at Harvard stopped by. He talked about the OECD's new guidelines which, he said, are a non-binding code of conduct that "strengthens the link between compliance, ethics, and human rights."

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