KT Pays $6.3M to End FCPA Case

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Compliance professionals have quite the FCPA case to consider this week, courtesy of the Securities and Exchange Commission hitting Korea’s largest telecommunications carrier with $6.3 million in penalties and disgorgement for all manner of corrupt practices in the 2010s. The company, KT Corp., has a long history of corruption. KT agreed to settle the SEC…

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SEC’s Interesting Remediation Example

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The Securities and Exchange Commission published a press release Friday afternoon that compliance professionals should welcome: news that a tech startup mired in financial fraud will not pay any monetary penalties, thanks to the company’s extensive cooperation and remediation.  We rarely see an announcement like this, where the SEC’s principal point is to discuss its…

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Study: SEC Tweeting Cuts Misconduct

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Let it never be said that arcane bits of academic research have no relevance to corporate compliance! A grad student at Yale has found that regional SEC offices’ robust use of Twitter correlates to reduced insider trading, customer complaints against investment advisers, and financial misreporting. I came across this study last week — on Twitter,…

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SEC Charges Taxi Lender With Fraud

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged the head of a New York financial firm with fraud, saying he paid media consultants to write bogus stories and offered kickbacks to valuation firms, all to prop up a banking subsidiary that lent money to taxi drivers and held the cabbies’ medallions as collateral.  The driver of…

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JP Morgan, Part II: The Consultant Agreement

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Today I want to revisit that enforcement action against JP Morgan from last week, because there’s more here that compliance officers need to consider. We need to talk about the compliance consultant JP Morgan has to hire as part of its settlement. In our first post about this scandal last Friday, we looked at the…

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On Disclosure Controls and Rogue CEOs

Nikola Corp., a supposed maker of hydrogen-powered trucks and other vehicles, will pay $125 million to settle charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the company failed to prevent its now-indicted former CEO from making all sorts of baloney statements about the company’s prospects on social media. The SEC announced the settlement on Tuesday,…

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JP Morgan Pays $200M on Recordkeeping Failures

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JP Morgan has agreed to pay $200 million to securities regulators for “widespread and longstanding failures” to preserve employee communications in the bank’s broker-dealer unit, where bankers routinely talked shop using WhatsApp, personal email accounts, and text messages on personal devices.  The bank will pay $125 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission, the agency’s …

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Notes on Assessing Your Internal Controls

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One of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s senior enforcement officials gave a pep talk in Washington this week about the importance of internal controls, and how a company should evaluate its internal controls this winter as the world tries to prevail over the disruptions of covid-19. The official was Matthew Jacques, chief accountant in the…

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Some Tips for Handling FCPA Cases

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Today we have a few suggestions for how to resolve FCPA cases with the Securities and Exchange Commission, courtesy of a securities enforcement virtual forum that took place Thursday. One point that compliance officers will appreciate hearing: you, rather than defense counsel, should be the ones in the room with the SEC to explain why…

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More on SEC Penalties Policy Shift

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The SEC’s new director of enforcement delivered his first speech this week, where he outlined a more aggressive use of monetary penalties to deter corporate misconduct and how the SEC will evaluate cooperation and other factors while deciding how large of a penalty to impose. The speech came from Gurbir Grewal, who took over as…

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