The top compliance roundtable podcast is back with a wrap up with a review of  the first year of the Trump Administration and its impact on the compliance profession. Stayed tuned to the end for riffs and rants in this edition.

  1. Is Jay Clayton who we thought he was? Matt Kelly takes a look at SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and explores some of the SEC’s changes, initiatives and what did not change. Matt riffs on the new compliance officer comedy, which will be piloting on FX television. 

For Matt Kelly’s musings on Jay Clayton, the PCAOB, government rule-making and the SOX compliance debate, see the following: 

8 Compliance Events to Watch in 2018

Clayton, Congress Talk Cybersecurity

The Private Market Stresses Driving SOX Compliance Debate

Framing the Arguments Over SOX Compliance

Treasury Report Eyes SOX Compliance

Regulatory Czar Eyes Agency Guidance

COSO Names New Chairman 

  1. Mike Volkov summarizes the Mueller investigation, using a timeline to highlight where it has been, key pleas from key players and where it may be going. Belying his normal contrarian state, Mike relates how doing yoga has put him in a blissful state. 

For Mike Volkov’s excellent 3-part podcast series on the Mueller investigation and related blog posts, see the following: 

Obstruction of Justice-A Primer

Understanding Special Counsel Mueller’s Authorization

Perspective on the Russian Investigation — Analysis and Review of Manafort/Gates Indictment and Papadopolous Plea (Part I of III)

Perspective on the Russian Investigation — The Michael Flynn Plea Agreement (Part II of III)

Perspective on the Russian Investigation — Next Steps for Special Counsel Mueller’s Investigation (Parts III of III) 

  1. Did anything really change over the past year for the compliance practitioner? Jonathan Armstrong considers what really changed in the world of anti-corruption compliance under the Trump Administration and answers with a resounding Not Much. Jonathan Armstrong rants on Hudson’s News stores at airports which inevitably do not have anything Traveler Armstrong needs.

For the Cordery Compliance client alerts see the following: 

EU Conflict Minerals and Metals Regime

Bribery Due Diligence

Disruptive Technology Start-Ups & The Need For Legal Compliance

New Schrems Case Poses a Threat to International Data Flows? 

  1. In a year where it appeared not much happened in the FCPA, Jay Rosen says the new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy is a significant step forward for compliance. Jay Rosen rants on his New England Patriots Super Bowl loss.

For Jay Rosen’s post on the new FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy see the following:

Jay Rosen’s Most Significant FCPA Event from 2017 – FCPA Corporate Enforcement Policy (or a 5 Min History of How We Got From There to Here) 

The members of the Everything Compliance panel include:

  • Jay Rosen– Jay is Vice President, Business Development Corporate Monitoring at Affiliated Monitors. Rosen can be reached at
  • Mike Volkov – One of the top FCPA commentators and practitioners around and the Chief Executive Officer of The Volkov Law Group, LLC. Volkov can be reached at
  • Matt Kelly – Founder and CEO of Radical Compliance, is the former Editor of Compliance Week. Kelly can be reached at
  • Jonathan Armstrong – Rounding out the panel is our UK colleague, who is an experienced lawyer with Cordery in London. Armstrong can be reached at