Compliance Bits and Pieces for April 29

Here are some recent compliance-related stories that caught my eye:

SFO GC resigns: SFO future cast into further doubt in The Bribery Act .com

We’re delighted to congratulate Vivian Robinson QC on his reported move today from the SFO to join a US law firm, Richmond Virginia headquartered McGuire Woods, in the near future. We’ve enjoyed working together with Vivian over recent months and look forward to doing so during the remainder of his time at the SFO.

Vivian’s move places in the spotlight once again the current uncertainty surrounding the future of the SFO.

Examining Bernie Madoff, ‘The Wizard Of Lies’ on NPR’s Fresh Air

The first journalist to interview Bernie Madoff after the money manager was sentenced to 150 years in prison says she was struck that Madoff hadn’t fundamentally changed.

Even behind bars, says New York Times financial writer Diana Henriques, Madoff was a “fluent liar.”

“The magic of his personality is how easy it is to believe him — almost how much you want to believe him,” she tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “For example, he assured me in that first interview — and in emails subsequently that we exchanged — that he wasn’t going to talk to other writers. … Of course, it wasn’t true, he was talking to others. It was all a lie.”

Whistleblower Rules May Not Be Ready Until Summer by Joe Palazzolo in WSJ.com’s Corruption Currents

After missing an April deadline, the Securities and Exchange Commission said it now expects to finalize rules for its whistleblower program by July, reports Dow Jones’ Jessica Holzer. Congress had given the SEC until April 21 to write rules for the program, which was created in the Dodd-Frank law nine months ago. The commission plans to adopt rules sometime between now and the end of July, according to a revised schedule on the agency’s website.

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