Michael Volkov tackles the current and hot topics in the legal realms of corruption, crime, and compliance.
Episode 188 -- 2021 Review of OFAC Sanctions Enforcement Actions
In the new Biden Administration, companies should expect aggressive enforcement of trade sanctions. At the same time, in response to Russian aggression and the Solar Winds cyber-attack, OFAC is likely to implement new and even more restrictive sanctions against Russia. In anticipation, companies should elevate the importance of their sanctions compliance programs (SCPs) pursuant to the May 2019 OFAC Framework. Unfortunately, for many companies, sanctions compliance does not get the attention it deserves. Those companies that ignore sanctions risks are operating in peril.
In this Episode, Michael Volkov reviews the 2021 OFAC enforcement actions of the year involving five separate cases, including (1) Union de Banques Arabes et Françaises; (2) PT Bukit Muria Jaya; (3) BitPay, Inc.; (4) UniControl, Inc.; and (5) Nordgas, S.r.l.
Episode 187 -- Review of DOJ's Settlement with Boeing
Boeing’s long and tragic scandal surrounding its 737 MAX safety concerns and FAA disclosure violations has come to an end. DOJ announced a settlement early this year, on January 7, 2021, which included a three-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) in exchange for total payments of $2.5 billion, consisting of: a $243.6 million criminal penalty, $1.77 billion in compensation to its airline customers, and $500 million to establish a crash victims’ beneficiary fund to compensate families of the 346 people killed in two crashes involving Boeing’s 737 Max. The criminal information charged Boeing with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
Boeings 737 Max was involved in two crashes in 2018 and 2019 before being grounded. In October 2018, Lion Air flight 610 crashed in the Java Sea, killing 189 people, and in March 2019, Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crashed shortly after takeoff, killing 157 people. The United States ordered the planes grounded shortly after the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
As part of the settlement, Boeing admitted that it withheld critical information about the 737 MAX jets’ Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System and the impact it had on the plane’s flight control system.
In this Episode, Michael Volkov reviews the DOJ settlement with Boeing for compliance insights, enforcement observations and overall fairness of the resolution.
Episode 186 -- Interview of Pat Harned, CEO of ECI, 2021 Global Business Ethics Survey
The Ethics & Compliance Initiative recently released its 2021 Global Business Ethics Survey. The GBES is an insightful and important survey. The link to the report is https://www.ethics.org/just-released-2021-global-business-ethics-survey-report/.
In this Episode, Michael Volkov interviews Pat Harned about the results and the important findings.
Episode 185 -- Interview of Alex Cotoia (The Volkov Law Group) on Anti-Boycott Compliance
Mike Volkov interviews Alex Cotoia, Regulatory Manager and Compliance Consultant at the Volkov Law Group, concerning trade compliance and anti-boycott issues.
Alex specializes in corporate risk assessments, evaluation of general compliance programs, and the remediation of compliance deficiencies. He also specializes in trade (export) compliance and is familiar with a broad range of issues arising under both the Arms Export Control Act and its implementing regulations (ITAR) as well as the Export Administration Act and its implementing regulations (EAR).
Alex can be reached at email@example.com.
Episode 184 -- The State of the CCO
Each year, Michael Volkov reviews current trends concerning the state of the chief Compliance Officer. As we witness the continuing growth in stature of the CCO, it is important to exercise caution and realistically evaluate future trends and concerns.
Episode 183 -- Review of the Deutsche Bank FCPA and Spoofing Fraud DOJ Settlements
Deutsche Bank, the infamous German bank connected to former President Trump, settled FCPA and fraud cases with the Justice Department and the SEC, and agreed to pay a total of $130 million.
In this Episode, Michael Review reviews the Deutsche Bank settlement.