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Maria Astigarraga of Affiliated Monitors Makes the Shortlist for ‘Compliance Consulting Team of the Year’ at the International Women in Compliance Awards

Maria Astigarraga of Affiliated Monitors Makes the Shortlist for Compliance Consulting Team of the Year at the International Women in Compliance Awards

A ceremony recognizing women leaders in the compliance world will take place in London on March 28th at the Women in Compliance Awards sponsored by C5.  And for first time, Affiliated Monitors will be there.  Our team lead by Maria Astigarraga, our Ethics & Compliance Partner based in Bilbao, Spain, was recognized and shortlisted for the Compliance Consulting Team of the Year.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be shortlisted for the Compliance Consulting Team of the Year award. It’s a phenomenal honor for Affiliated Monitors and the great work by Maria in expanding AMI’s compliance work in Spain, to be recognized by the best in the field,” said founder and President Vin DiCianni.

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FCPA Compliance & Ethics Podcast featuring Vin DiCianni — 5-Part Series on AMI’s 15th Anniversary: Ep. 5

In this five-part series of sponsored podcasts, Tom Fox and Vin DiCianni sit down as a retrospective of the Affiliated Monitors’ first 15 years. AMI has been at the forefront of not only the use of independent monitors but also the dramatic growth of the compliance and ethics profession over the past 15 years. This is a history of both the rise of independent monitors as well as the government’s embrace of corporate compliance and ethics programs.In this concluding Episode 5, DiCianni reflects on where AMI has been, where it may be going and what he is most proud of on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the founding of AMI.

Listen below, or on the FCPA Compliance Report

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FCPA Compliance & Ethics Podcast featuring Vin DiCianni — 5-Part Series on AMI’s 15th Anniversary: Ep. 4

In this five-part series of sponsored podcasts, Tom Fox and Vin DiCianni sit down as a retrospective of the Affiliated Monitors’ first 15 years. AMI has been at the forefront of not only the use of independent monitors but also the dramatic growth of the compliance and ethics profession over the past 15 years. This is a history of both the rise of independent monitors as well as the government’s embrace of corporate compliance and ethics programs. In this Episode 4, DiCianni speaks on the marriage of independent monitors and compliance and ethics programs.

Listen below, or on the FCPA Compliance Report

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FCPA Compliance & Ethics Podcast featuring Vin DiCianni — 5-Part Series on AMI’s 15th Anniversary: Ep. 3

In this five-part series of sponsored podcasts, Tom Fox and Vin DiCianni sit down as a retrospective of the Affiliated Monitors’ first 15 years. AMI has been at the forefront of not only the use of independent monitors but also the dramatic growth of the compliance and ethics profession over the past 15 years. This is a history of both the rise of independent monitors as well as the government’s embrace of corporate compliance and ethics programs. During this episode, DiCianni discusses how the use of independent monitors has expanded.

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FCPA Compliance & Ethics Blog featuring Vin DiCianni: An idea grows into AMI

This year is the 15th anniversary of Affiliated Monitors, Inc. This week, AMI is sponsoring an FCPA Compliance & Ethics podcast series on the history of AMI and the sweep of history in the rise of independent monitors as well as the government’s embrace of corporate compliance and ethics programs. The idea for a business centered around independent monitoring was developed by AMI founder Vincent DiCianni. It is a fascinating story of how lawyers are only limited by their imaginations, and how DiCianni saw a need and developed a response to that need in the founding of AMI.

 

Read the full blog post HERE

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FCPA Compliance & Ethics Podcast on the Benczkowski Memo — Full 5-Part Series

Day 1: In part 1 of this 5-part series on mergers and acquisitions, Eric Feldman and Tom Fox introduce the Benczkowski Memo and new DOJ announcements over the past year and what they mean for the compliance practitioner. Listen below, or on the FCPA Compliance Report

Day 2: Vin DiCianni joins Fox to consider how companies can use this information internally to bolster their compliance programs. Listen below, or on the FCPA website.

Day 3: In the previous episode in a podcast series on the DOJ’s Benczkowski Memo, Tom Fox and Vin DiCianni considered how companies can use this information externally to bolster their compliance programs. In this third episode, they consider this same issue from the external perspective.

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FCPA Compliance & Ethics Blog Series on the Benczkowski Memo

In conjunction with the 5-part podcast series that Tom Fox hosted in January with Eric Feldman and Vin DiCianni on the DOJ announcements over the past year, Feldman joined Fox for a blog post to consider what strategies companies can use based upon these guidelines. The podcast series will explore how the Benczkowski Memo (the “Memo”) and other DOJ guidance into compliance programs can be used by compliance professionals to create more robust compliance programs. Feldman believes the Memo can be used as both a sword and shield in furtherance of more effective compliance programs.

Read part 1 HERE

In this second blog post, DiCianni emphasizes that the DOJ now mandates companies which come before them have an effective compliance program. Companies must demonstrate they had an effective compliance program, not a paper compliance program.

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ACFE Call for Speakers

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) recently invited experienced anti-fraud professionals and subject-matter experts to submit proposals to speak at future conferences and webinars. 2017 ACFE Call for Speakers!

“Speaking for the ACFE gives me exposure to an enormous range of ideas, perspectives, best practices and real-life experiences shared by the participants.  I honestly believe that I learn as much from them as they do from me.”  – Eric Feldman

Eric Feldman, CFE, CIG, who is a member of the ACFE Faculty, is featured in the photo leading one of ACFE’s training sessions at a past conference.  Eric is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Corporate Ethics and Compliance Programs for Affiliated Monitors, Inc.

UPDATE: The proposal deadline for 2017 engagements has passed, but this is an ongoing search process and opportunity for many each year!  

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Eric Feldman comments on the Yates Memo in National Defense Mag


National Defense Magazine alerted readers: “Ethics Violators May Soon Do Perp Walks”, in response to an article contributed by Eric Feldman, Senior VP and Managing Director, Corporate Ethics and Compliance Programs for Affiliated Monitors, Inc..  In the article, Eric addresses the implications of the Yates Memo (issued by the DOJ in Sep 2015 with steps to strengthen the pursuit of individual corporate wrongdoing) and the challenges that arise for corporate ethics and compliance officers.

“For several decades, the compliance profession has lamented the absence of significant, sustained and meaningful white collar prosecutions of individual executives to serve as a necessary deterrent and strike a dagger through the heart of corporate fraud.  The efforts of corporate ethics and compliance officers to create and sustain a strong ethical culture have been hampered, to some extent, by the absence of any real threat that those responsible for corporate wrongdoing will end up doing the “perp walk” …  Read Full Article Here

 

 

 

 

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Jim Anliot Published in “FARB Focus” on Effective Use of Consent Agreements

“Tips on Effective Use of Consent Agreements”

James Anliot, Esq., Director of Healthcare Compliance Services at Affiliated Monitors, Inc., has been a longtime supporter of the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards, known as FARB. He’s been a familiar face at their annual conferences and seminars, and recently offered readers of the “FARB Focus Newsletter” the benefit of his years of experience by providing tips for using consent agreements effectively: the five essential things you need to do when choosing to resolve disciplinary cases through consent agreements, rather than through administrative hearings.  

Read Jim’s Column Here: Effective Use of Consent Agreements (FARB Focus-May 2016, p3-Anliot)

Please feel free to contact Jim and let him know what you think!  

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