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The Fearless Girl

The sculpture, titled “The Fearless Girl,” was made by Kristen Visbal and photographed by Federica Valabrega. State Street Global Advisors conspired in the middle of the night to drop a statue in Bowling Green Park of a girl facing off against the famous Wall Street Charging Bull. It’s part of a campaign by SSGA to […]

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Can Compliance Be Cool?

John Glenn passed away at the end of 2016. He was a Senator, an astronaut, and distinguished pilot in the World War II and the Korean War. The picture below struck me as one of ultimate cool. Mr. Glenn had just finished orbiting the Earth on February 20, 1962. Doing so in a tin can […]

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Congress Disapproving The SEC Rule That Congress Made The SEC Make

Dodd-Frank made the Securities and Exchange Commission create a rule on the disclosure of payments by resource extraction issuers. The SEC finally got the rule out this fall. Now Congress is threatening to abolish the rule. Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act directed the Securities and Exchange Commission to “issue final rules that require each […]

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The Trump Organization’s Compliance Program Begins

Last week, the Trump Organization kicked off its compliance program by making two appointments. Bobby Burchfield will be independent ethics adviser. He’ll be responsible for signing off on transactions that could raise ethics or conflicts of interest concerns. George Sorial will become chief compliance counsel. In the January 11 press conference, Sheri Dillon announced: [T]o […]

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CCO Liability for False Statements on Form ADV

Susan Diamond was Chief Compliance Officer of Saddle River Advisors. Now, Ms. Diamond is out of pocket for a $15,000 penalty and is subject to a nine-month suspension from being associated with any investment adviser or other financial services firms. After the suspension, she will be prohibited from acting in the securities industry in certain managerial […]

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Conflicts Ahead – What Can We Learn From the Early Days of the Trump Administration

President Trump has come into office as the first president in modern era to own an active business empire. One in which his name is the probably the most valuable asset. Like him or not; voted for him or not; He is the President. As we have seen in the past, scandals limit the ability […]

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The SEC Really Means It About Pretaliation Severance Agreements

In case you were not clear that the Securities and Exchange Commission is serious about enforcing Rule 21F-17, BlackRock is the latest to run the perp walk. The SEC accused the money management giant of improperly using separation agreements that forced employees to waive their ability to obtain whistleblower awards. The SEC adopted Rule 21F-17, which provides in […]

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A New Level of Compliance Officer Concern: Getting Arrested

Oliver Schmidt is the former top emissions compliance manager for Volkswagen in the United States. The FBI arrested him on Saturday as part of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. He was denied bail, pending a court appearance later this week. Perhaps, the case is not one of a compliance officer missing a problem, but a compliance […]

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Draining the Swamp?

One of the rallying cries for President-elect Trump was to drain the swamp of corruption. Compliance professionals could think of many things that could happen to remove conflicts or the appearance of conflicts. Personally, as a compliance professional and a voter, I was disappointed to learn that Hillary Clinton did a poor job of walling […]

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Return of the Whistleblower

It’s been a busy week for whistleblower cases. The latest is a case against SandRidge Energy for using severance agreements that impeded employees from contacting the Securities and Exchange Commission. In response to Dodd-Frank, the SEC adopted Rule 21F-17 in August 2011, which provides: (a) No person may take any action to impede an individual […]

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