Category Archives: David Holley

SEC Enforcement Actions Highlight the Intelligence to Be Found in Corporate Control Contests

By: David A. Holley

Berkeley Research Group’s Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence experts provide a unique service to boards of directors and their advisors involved in contests for corporate control. Their role is to develop information through investigation to allow clients and their advisors to make the most informed decisions consistent with their goals and legal strategy. Frequently, this information takes the form of diligence on the proffered slate of dissident directors or the proposed transaction. Our experts seek to identify and bring to light information for our clients to use to shape their shareholder engagement strategy. Our team has decades of experience conducting investigations in connection with hostile takeover defense.

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The Draft ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Standard’s Promise and Limitations

By: David A. Holley and William Marquardt

This past April, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released its draft standard on anti-bribery management systems (ISO 37001). The standard is tentatively scheduled to be finalized later this year. In substantive content, the draft ISO standard is similar to the FCPA Resource Guide provided by the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission, in that it provides a list of elements that an effective anti-bribery/corruption (“ABC”) program should contain.

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The Importance of Independence in Internal Investigations: Deflategate

By: David A. Holley

The now historic National Football League (“NFL”) scandal involving the inflation levels of the footballs used by the New England Patriots during the 2014 AFC Championship Game – “Deflategate” – attracted national attention and filled countless hours of debate amongst friends, colleagues and perfect strangers. While early watercooler discussions centered on the intersection of weather, science and professional football, later dialog had been around more nuanced legal issues, such as the interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, tampering with or destroying evidence, and the role of judges in reviewing, what was essentially an arbitration ruling.

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Mitigating the Peril of the Chief Compliance Officer

By: David A. Holley

In December, I wrote here about the New York State Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) proposed regulation, Part 504 of the DFS Superintendent’s Regulations, to bolster regulated financial institutions’ abilities to combat terror financing and money laundering. The proposed rule provides, among other things, minimum guidelines for institutions’ transaction monitoring and sanctions interdiction programs. In addition, the regulation has a Sarbanes-Oxley–like component requiring the chief compliance officer (CCO) or functional equivalent to submit a yearly certification attesting that the firm is compliant with the new regulation.

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New York State’s New Regulation to Stem Terror Financing

By David Holley

In the last few years, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYSDFS”) has fined financial institutions billions of dollars for lapses in their terrorist financing, sanctions, and anti-money laundering compliance programs. In recent enforcement actions, the NYSDFS has not only levied fines, but also sought to hold individuals involved in intentional circumvention of these laws accountable by seeking their termination or banning them from working in New York State–licensed entities.

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