The Kitchen was launched after many moons of texts, calls, chats and coffee outings that went something like this:
- Hey, can my friend call you to see what you think about the Russia and Iran sanctions?
- Where would you find support for that export license requirement? Can I call you?
- Do you have a minute? This compliance lawyer told me that an Executive Order is a suggestion of what a law could be, not an actual law. Is that true?
- So if we are not a US company, we can trade with Cuba, right?
- What are secondary sanctions?
- Say, any chance you would know if facilitation payment was more specifically set (dollar amount, for example) in Mexican anti-corruption law?
- What’s a UBO?
- This GDPR thing, that’s just for Europe, right? And we are Safe Harbor certified, so it doesn’t even apply to us – can we chat?
- At a coffee shop one morning: So, what’s cooking in compliance today?
And so the Kitchen (and a podcast by the same name) was born. It is here for those who want to “see what’s cooking” in the never-boring worlds of corporate compliance, white collar crime and global trade. We hope that our selection of topics will be of interest and that official resources will be easier to locate. We also hope that you will feel comfortable in the Kitchen and read on, finding it enjoyable. Just for the record, nothing in the Kitchen is to be considered a legal or professional advice and you may not use our information as such.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be one of our compliance chefs and contribute posts.
Enjoy the Kitchen!
About The Founder
Compliance Kitchen, its sister Twitter site (@CompliancKitchn) together with an Instagram site (compliancekitchen) and a podcast (Compliance Kitchen) were launched by Silvia Surman in 2018. Silvia has been practicing in the areas of commercial law, global trade and corporate compliance for over a decade. During her tenure as the compliance lead in several multi-nationals, she gained wealth of experience in building, analyzing and improving compliance programs, policies and processes in varied industries. In her spare time, Silvia actively seeks to connect and share information with compliance practitioners around the globe, with this blog (and a podcast) being one of such efforts. For more about Silvia, see her on LinkedIn.
Silvia is available for consulting projects in the areas of corporate compliance, compliance programs and training, best practices in the areas of global trade including OFAC, BIS, NAFTA, ITAR and the USMCA, various FTAs, white collar crime such as anti-corruption, FCPA, UKBA, fraud, conflict of interest, global sanctions, privacy such as GDPR, Privacy Shield and risk management.