Why GDPR Matters

Reposted from CFO.com The GDPR could affect almost every U.S. consumer goods and services company, and plenty of other organizations, that do business in the EU. The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, takes effect on May 25, 2018, and will have major implications for businesses with connections to Europe. GDPR is designed … Continue reading Why GDPR Matters

Culture and Troubling Friends, Family, & Relationships…

Troubling Friends, Family, & Relationships With the recent frauds and bad acts in the news I can't help wondering who was recruited or jumped on the wagon to help perpetuate the misbehavior. Here are some thoughts for the board, audit committee, general counsel, compliance, and internal audit to consider. Fraudsters seek out those who share … Continue reading Culture and Troubling Friends, Family, & Relationships…

Audit Committee Primer on 3rd Party Risk Management

Every U.S. company conducting or seeking business abroad is subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and it's no secret that 3rd party issues still present the highest risk under the FCPA.  In fact, some say that 90%+ of reported FCPA cases involve third-party intermediaries! Yet many Boards and Audit Committees seem unsure as … Continue reading Audit Committee Primer on 3rd Party Risk Management

Chief Compliance Officer v. General Counsel – Should They Be Separate?

Copyright 2018  - Jonathan T. Marks Lack of separation of the CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER (CCO) and the GENERAL COUNSEL (GC) has been cited as a cause of numerous corporate mishaps or failures.  In fact, separation is now the norm in Health Care organizations.  In spite of numerous recommendations to separate the two functions, there is … Continue reading Chief Compliance Officer v. General Counsel – Should They Be Separate?

Board of Directors Guide to FCPA Compliance

Several years ago, Tom Fox was kind enough to post the “FCPA Compliance Overview and Action Plan” that I cobbled together based on my experiences. Since that time I have received many calls and e-mails for more information, so I decided to post it for others to consider using in practice. My goal is to continuously … Continue reading Board of Directors Guide to FCPA Compliance

March 9th, 2018, Fraud Symposium – Presented by the IIA Philadelphia Chapter & Moderated by Jonathan T. Marks

Time Speaker and Proposed Topic* 7:45 – 8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:15 – 9:30 Mark J. Nigrini will present on, “Digital Footprints”.  He is a faculty member at the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University in Morgantown in the US state of West Virginia. Nigrini is best known for his work … Continue reading March 9th, 2018, Fraud Symposium – Presented by the IIA Philadelphia Chapter & Moderated by Jonathan T. Marks

Board of Directors Oversight and Cyber Strategy

In a recent article by the Wall Street Journal states that "Corporate boards are seeking greater insight into cyber security risks in the aftermath of the recent breach at Equifax Inc.  The hacking attack on the credit-reporting firm last summer was a defining moment for directors, say technology and corporate-governance experts. As cybercriminals damage company reputations … Continue reading Board of Directors Oversight and Cyber Strategy

Root Cause Analysis

Tom Fox podcast visits with Jonathan T Marks, CPA, CFE, on how to perform a root cause analysis and its uses in the remediation phase of a best practices compliance program. One new and different item was laid out in the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Program, supplementing the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program … Continue reading Root Cause Analysis

Doing Compliance Master Training Miami, February 12 and 13, 2018

Tom Fox is partnering with Marcum LLP to put on a two-day Doing Compliance Master Class, which will be unlike any other class currently being offered. It will be held in Miami, FL on February 12 & 13, 2018. This Doing Compliance Master Class is not theory or analytical underpinnings of the FCPA. The focus … Continue reading Doing Compliance Master Training Miami, February 12 and 13, 2018

Fraud Tip Friday: The Risk Assessment – A Recipe for Greater Success!

In addition to establishing an ethical environment, board members and management must also take the lead in implementing and maintaining a formal fraud risk management program. One key element of such a program is a fraud risk assessment.

Training or Draining? Mitigating Disremember Risk!

We seem to forget things that don't interest us or are no longer useful. The problem, however, is that in the process of forgetting, our brain often purges important information. I have been to many training sessions over my career and I know what I like and what I don't like. I also have a … Continue reading Training or Draining? Mitigating Disremember Risk!

Calculating the Correct Tax Loss: Are You Looking ‘Outside the Box?’

Forensic accountants are routinely engaged to assist in the calculation of lost profits and economic damages in various types of litigation. One such engagement is assisting attorneys in calculating and/or reviewing calculations of tax loss attributable to alleged fraud committed by a defendant. These tax loss calculations are relevant when a court is determining the length of sentence for a defendant in criminal tax litigation.

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