Monday, April 15, 2019
Last Friday, I had the honor to participate in Rutgers Law School's Fourth Annual Corporate Compliance Institute, presented by The Center for Corporate Law and Governance. I teamed up with Todd Cipperman, a lawyer and compliance professional who owns his own firm, in leading a discussion breakout session on current topics in financial services and securities compliance. Todd is the author of The Compliance Advantage: Ten Must-Know Trends to Protect Your Investment Firm. Our knowledge bases were complementary, and he was a great partner.
The Institute offered a super program, starting with a welcome lecture from Rutgers Law's own Hui Chen, former Compliance Counsel Expert for the U.S. Department of Justice Fraud Division. She outlined four concerns for us to focus on over the course of the program:
- Variety - including the many taxonomies of compliance
- Use of Data - including disparities in a firm's treatment of other peoples' data and its own
- Measurements and Outcomes - including the importance of measuring outcomes in addition to processes
- Ethics and Compliance - including the relationship between the two--whether they are co-extensive and, if not, whether one can exist without the other
Following these threads throughout the day proved to be a useful task.
Another highlight of the day for me was the luncheon talk offered by Eugene Soltes, author of Why They Do It, a book about the motivations for white collar crime that I am using in my current insider trading research project. Having said that, I also learned a bunch from the two morning panels--one on recent corporate compliance trends (focusing in on trade sanctions, antitrust, and immigration) and the other on data compliance issues (addressing governance, stewardship, and privacy, among other things). All-in-all, the day was a great way to learn and share. Thanks to Arthur Laby for inviting me.