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Thoughts on Attending My First Women in Compliance Conference — by María Astigarraga

By | AMI News, Media, Press
Thoughts on Attending My First Women in Compliance Conference

Last month I attended my first Women in Compliance Conference and Awards in London. It was such a great experience that I wanted to share who I met with, what I learned and why I recommend connecting with other global compliance leaders.

Around 80 people attended the Conference, coming from many countries like Spain, France, Italy, Germany, the USA, Finland, Belgium, China, Brazil, India, Russia and the UK, among others. Most women were working as compliance officers in big multinationals such as Boeing, Cargotec, General Electric, Pepsico, AB inBev, Tenneco, Whirlpool, Volkswagen or Bloomberg. But there were also some women working for SMEs and service providers like The Red Flag Group, Skadden, Mishcon de Reya or Affiliated Monitors.

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5-Part FCPA Podcast Series: Federal Contractor Responsibility for Ethics & Compliance

By | AMI News, Media, Press, Rod Grandon

In this special five-part podcast series, sponsored by Affiliated Monitors, Inc., Tom Fox visits with AMI Managing Director Rod Grandon. Along the way, they consider the responsibility of federal contractors to maintain their status as “Responsible Contractors” and explore the benefits of having an effective compliance and business ethics program not only to increase business efficiencies and profitability but prepare you in good stead if the regulators come knocking.

Day 1:

In this first episode, we introduce the concept of Responsible Contractors.

Day 2:

In this Episode 2, Grandon and Fox engage in more in-depth discussion what the government expects from contractors. The concept of the Responsible Contractor focuses on integrity and honesty. It goes beyond the notion of responsibility in all forms of interactions with the government and actions by the company in their commercial operations. 

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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

By | AMI News, Events, Media, Press

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

By | AMI News, Archive, Press, Vin DiCianni

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

By | AMI News, Archive, Press, Vin DiCianni

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

By | AMI News, Archive, Press, Vin DiCianni

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.

Listen below, or on the FCPA Compliance Report

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

By | AMI News, Archive, Press, Vin DiCianni

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

By | AMI News, Eric Feldman, Media, Press, Vin DiCianni

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

By | Eric Feldman, Media, Press, Vin DiCianni

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

By | Media, Press

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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