Regulatory Compliance (52)

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:58

Corporate compliance e-report 2017

Even some of Iberia’s biggest businesses are still not properly addressing the issue of compliance, yet lawyers sometimes face the challenge of convincing them that their reputation could be at risk –  meanwhile, doubts persist about the wisdom of acting as external legal advisers to clients’ compliance committees    
The penalties for non-compliance are becoming more severe as the Portuguese government increases efforts to tackle corruption
Spanish businesses often mistakenly think that having a compliance officer and a compliance programme is enough to stop them being held liable for regulatory breaches, but a change of company mindset is also crucial, says Cristina Coto, Partner at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo.
Adopting effective compliance programmes requires first-rate management because leaders need to take responsibility for engaging the whole organisation
Many companies do not invest enough time creating decent compliance programmes, with some mistakenly thinking ‘cut and pasting’ a programme is sufficient
Recent regulatory developments related to data protection and anti-money laundering are increasing awareness of corporate compliance among clients in Portugal, according to CCA Ontier partner Henrique Salinas.
Companies need to take complaints seriously and have proper whistle-blowing procedures to quickly identify ‘bad behaviour’ – being able to conduct quick investigations is also key
Large businesses in Spain are now recognising the importance of corporate compliance, though the market is still relatively immature, says Álvaro Gámez Serracarbassa, head of the compliance department at Andersen Tax & Legal.
Friday, 08 July 2016 12:49

Corporate compliance e-report 2016

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