Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement

CORPORATE LAW IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

The NYU Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement (PCCE) is a law and policy program dedicated to developing a richer and deeper understanding of the causes of corporate misconduct and the nature of effective enforcement and compliance.

PCCE is directed by faculty co-directors Jennifer Arlen '86 and Geoffrey Miller and executive director Serina M. Vash. Through practical discourse and legal scholarship, PCCE seeks to help shape optimal enforcement policy, guide firms in developing more effective and robust compliance programs, and enhance education in the field of corporate compliance and enforcement. Each year, several students are accepted into the program, enabling them to gain unparalleled expertise in this area, both through courses and through access to leading practitioners. No other leading law school offers the same depth and breadth of courses by full-time faculty in this area.

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Recent Events

February 25, 2015

PCCE and the Milbank Tweed Forum Co-Host
Banks Behind Bars: Convicting BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse

If 2013 was the year of "too big to jail," 2014 was the year for convicting financial institutions.  In May, federal prosecutors sent a signal that no bank is too big to escape criminal sanctions, when they pressured Credit Suisse's parent company to plead guilty to conspiracy to aid and assist U.S. taxpayers file false tax returns; the bank paid $2.6 billion, the highest amount ever in a criminal tax case. Later in the summer, BNP Paribas agreed to pay $8.9 billion for illegally processing financial transactions for countries subject to U.S. economic sanctions. The move came after BNP separately pleaded guilty to criminal charges of conspiracy and filing false business records in New York state court.  These convictions were made possible, in part, by coordinated enforcement between the U.S. Attorney's office, New York Attorney General and New York Department of Financial Services. Join us for an in-depth discussion of how these convictions came about and what they portend for the future. The panelists included four people who were on the front lines, both for the prosecution and the defense.  View full program here.

November 18, 2014

ALI Announces Principles of the Law, Compliance, Enforcement, and Risk Management for Corporations, Nonprofits, and Other Organizations with PCCE's Faculty Co-Directors Geoffrey P. Miller and Jennifer Arlen

The NYU Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement is excited to announce that faculty co-directors Geoffrey P. Miller and Jennifer Arlen have partnered with the American Law Institute to author a Restatement of the Law in the areas of corporate compliance and enforcement. The target audience for this project includes outside counsel specializing in the areas of compliance and risk management; in-house attorneys, compliance officers, and other personnel who carry out internal control responsibilities; government regulators and prosecutors; and commentators, scholars, and people involved in law reform initiatives. The project will be divided into four parts: compliance, enforcement, risk management, and governance. Geoffrey P. Miller, New York University School of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement is the Reporter for the Project. Jennifer Arlen, Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement is the Associate Reporter covering Enforcement.

September 17, 2014

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Corporate Crime and Compliance

The NYU Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement and the Milbank Tweed Forum co-sponsored an address by US Attorney General Eric Holder on "Corporate Crime and Compliance." View AG's speech.

Upcoming Events

Each year, the program sponsors conferences designed to bring together leading academics, judges, and enforcement officials. Upcoming events include:

April 17-18, 2015

Conference on Corporate Crime and Financial Misdealing

An interdisciplinary conference involving scholars from law, business, sociology, economics, and psychology who will present original papers on corporate crime and securities fraud. The papers will be published in the Research Handbook on Corporate Crime and Financial Misdealing (Jennifer Arlen ed., Edward Elgar Press). Conference participants include: Jennifer Arlen, Cindy Alexander, Miriam Baer, Samuel Buell, Stephen Choi, Mark Cohen, Kevin Davis, David Engstrom, Brandon Garrett, Vic Khanna, Michael Klausner, Geoffrey Miller, Adam Pritchard, Sally Simpson, Matthew Stephenson, and Tom Tyler. Conference Organizer: Jennifer Arlen.

May 8, 2015

Achieving Safe and Responsible Enterprise: Principles of Effective Compliance and Emerging Government Enforcement Policy

This one-day invitation only conference will bring together leaders in the compliance and enforcement worlds— prominent academics, general counsels, government officials, defense lawyers, judges and compliance officials — to discuss the principles of effective corporate compliance and the attendant emerging enforcement policy. Three of our four sessions will focus on the principles of effective compliance; corporate structure and the interplay of corporate controls on achieving effective compliance; and the effects of a corporation’s compliance efforts on enforcement action and how to treat corporate compliance in terms of enforcement policy. The afternoon presentation, entitled ALI Principles of the Law, Compliance, Enforcement, and Risk Management for Corporations, Nonprofits and Other Organizations, will focus on the development of a comprehensive legal treatise on the laws of compliance, enforcement, risk management and governance. Conference Organizer: Geoffrey Miller

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