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Entries in Due Diligence (73)


Let's close the American real estate money-laundering gap

This summer, the TV documentary From Russia with Cash frayed political nerves, exposing London real estate agents keen to accept cash from “Boris,” an undercover journalist masquerading as a corrupt Russian health minister.

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U.S. regulators knock compliance at China Construction Bank

The U.S. Federal Reserve and the New York Department of Financial Services said China's second biggest bank has to improve its anti money-laundering practices and do more due diligence on customers.

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Joseph Spinelli: Risk assessments should be functional and geographical

In our 2015 ABC Report, Kroll asked respondents to identify what they considered to be the type of corrupt behavior the chief compliance officer must guard against.

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To manage compliance risk, first find it

Corrupt payments are made to achieve important objectives -- important enough to risk possible loss of reputation and criminal prosecution. The most common objectives are winning business, maintaining business, and executing transactions faster.

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Joseph Spinelli: Risk assessment best practices

The DOJ and SEC expect diverse functional areas of organizations to participate in compliance risk assessments. Among them are compliance, legal, internal audit, procurement, and finance. Human resources, marketing, and public relations also usually have a role.

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Survey: Enforcement drives compliance, and whistleblowers rise

AlixPartners recently conducted its annual anticorruption survey which looked at the impact corruption has on corporate and economic growth. In particular, we explored the ways companies are identifying corruption risk and the steps they're taking to deal with the risks.

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New anti-corruption regulation reaffirms Brazil’s focus on prevention

Sao Paulo, Brazil - March 15, 2015: Protesters marching on Paulista Avenue against government corruption.On March 18, Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff issued a decree that clarifies and facilitates enforcement of the country’s main tool against corporate bribery, the 2013 Clean Companies Act (“CCA”). This regulation was highly anticipated and came at a sensitive time, just a few days after massive protests against the government, and in the middle of a snowballing scandal at Petrobras that led to the first (or first high-profile) CCA enforcement actions.

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Groups urge KYC rules for real estate to fight money laundering

Shruti Shah of TI-USA (Image courtesy of C-Span)Transparency International-USA sent a letter to the U.S. Treasury Department Tuesday, endorsed by 17 civil society groups, asking for due diligence requirements for professionals in the real estate sector.

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Compliance Alert: Five risks for Fashion Week 2015

Image courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion WeekFashion Week 2015 begins on February 12 in New York. Compliance will certainly not be on the agenda and the fashion industry has never attracted the kind of regulatory attention “enjoyed” by industries that rely heavily on public sector sales. But that doesn't mean that the industry is free of corruption risks and immune from potential FCPA enforcement actions.

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What's new in OFAC compliance

Enforcement actions against sanctions violations by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) have risen dramatically. Sanction offenses can carry civil and criminal liabilities, with a single transaction potentially resulting in multiple violations.

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