At the SCCE 2016 Compliance and Ethics Institute, I sat down with four of the top compliance commentators in the field for my first roundtable-style podcast. It was so successful that I persuaded the gang to come back together every couple of weeks for a formal podcast, which is entitled Everything Compliance. The premier episode is available for your listening pleasure today. I will post a new episode every two weeks.
I host these four well-known compliance practitioners and commentators:
- Jay Rosen (Mr. Translations) – Jay is Vice President of Legal & Corporate Language Solutions at United Language Group. Rosen can be reached at email@example.com.
- Mike Volkov – One of the top FCPA commentators and practitioners around and is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and owner of The Volkov Law Group, LLC. Volkov can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Matt Kelly – Founder and CEO of Radical Compliance, is the former Editor of the noted Compliance Week Kelly can be reached at email@example.com
- Jonathan Armstrong – Rounding out is our UK colleague, who is an experienced lawyer with Cordery Compliance Limited in London. Armstrong can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The format is a roundtable discussion where I throw out a question to one commentator to lead the discussion. From that starting point we will all join in. I also include an “On My Mind” segment where each participant discusses what is on the forefront of their mind. This podcast is longer than my others, coming in at around 60 minutes, which allows us to explore the week’s issues in depth.
In the inaugural episode – Everything Compliance-Episode 1 – YouTube : https://youtu.be/wJ1wWUyI2lY– we discuss the following subjects:
- Mike Volkov leads a discussion of the unintended consequences of the Yates Memo/Pilot Program for internal investigations. We explore the issue of “de-confliction” where the government asks a company to halt its own internal investigation for the government to be the first to interview witnesses. We explore de-confliction in the context of a requirement of cooperation to gain the benefits of the pilot program and how such a request from the Department of Justice (DOJ) could lead companies to be unable to disclose to other agencies or to shareholders and keep a Board in the dark about the alleged wrongdoing. What does this mean for the company and the internal investigator?
For Volkov’s post on conflicts of interest (COI) in internal investigations after the Yates Memo, click here.
- Matt Kelly leads a discussion on compliance and corporate governance. We explore the issue of compliance being involved in issues around pricing and sales in companies like Valeant and Wells Fargo. We discuss the role of compliance in areas outside of strict legal compliance but may move towards reputational risk, going into such areas as the new revenue recognition standards and executive compensation.
For Kelly’s blog post on the intersection of CEO pay and Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs), click here.
- Jonathan Armstrong leads a discussion of funding and the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO), in the context of the recent announcement that the SFO has received additional or supplemental funding to investigate Unaoil. Why does the SFO need supplemental funding and how does it obtain it? What does all of this mean for the continued existence of the SFO in light of a former critic now being PM? Finally, Armstrong ties all of this into Brexit, his recent interview of Max Schrems and issues surrounding Privacy Shield.
- Jay Rosen takes us through the compliance conference scene. For those of you who are avid attenders of the various conferences, he discusses some of the key differences in the types observed, such as the nuts and bolts types (SCCE) and others which focus more on commentary (FCPA Blog NYC Conference). He discusses the relative strengths of each and how a compliance professional should think about selecting one or more to attend. He ends with his thoughts on why compliance certification is a plus (or minus).
For Rosen’s blog post Designing Your 2017 Ethics, Compliance & FCPA Conference Schedule, click here.