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How confident are you in your web archive’s fidelity? If you visit the websites of Hanzo’s competition, you’ll find quotes from their senior leadership touting them as “the financial services industry’s premier electronic communications archiving provider.” This blanket statement is, of course, carefully crafted to give you confidence. From our perspective, though, it’s actually doing one of three things: Misleading you about their technology’s superiority to win your business. Demonstrating how naive they are to…
When you need information, where do you go? For the majority of people today, the answer involves a smartphone and social media. From Facebook and LinkedIn to Instagram, Twitter, and even YouTube, social media is everywhere—and full of answers, data, opportunities, and potential risks. For organizations, and the risk, legal, and compliance professionals within them, that means consumers are using your business’s social media profiles and website to make critical decisions. If you’re not keeping full…
Making a difference is a guiding light for the team at Hanzo, and perhaps, is exemplified most clearly by those who deliver service to customers. For this Meet Team Hanzo spotlight, I talked with Matthew Stringer, from the Hanzo Service Delivery team. We spoke about supporting customers in solving real-world legal challenges with technology, his inspiration from space, and some practical life philosophy we all can apply. Hanzo Spotlight: Matthew Stringer, Service Delivery Manager What…
On the afternoon of Monday, April 8th, 2019, I spoke with AP Capaldo-Aoun, a global compliance attorney and director of E&C at a Fortune 100 technology company, about the compliance implications of Operation Varsity Blues. Our conversation took place just as news broke that Felicity Huffman and 12 others would plead guilty to bribery in the widespread college admissions scandal, and on the heels of coverage of the topic by Hui Chen and other members…
The internet, and especially social media, represents a rich reservoir of potential evidence for use in litigation. That reservoir grows broader and deeper every day—and sometimes, litigants underestimate how much of that online information is discoverable. via GIPHY Recently, we read a very succinct opinion that highlighted the information that can be found online for those who are willing to look for it. While the one-paragraph opinion clearly followed Strunk and White’s timeless advice to…
Throughout each year, Hanzo’s “Profiles of Excellence” series interviews industry leaders in compliance, eDiscovery, investigations, and risk management to learn about their experiences in the field and give them a platform to share advice with our community. In March 2019, we were fortunate to speak with Louis Sapirman, JD, CCEP, an E&C leader and the President of Compliance Innovator, LLC, with over two decades of experience building effective ethics and compliance programs, and corporate cultures,…
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) has become a major component of the U.S. civil litigation system. MDLs now make up over half of the total civil caseload in the U.S., with product liability cases comprising the vast majority of MDLs. These cases are great for plaintiffs’ counsel, who, in one example, “netted $26.5 million in fees for a deal that yielded $6.2 million for their clients.” But are they good for anyone else? Not only…
It’s surprising—or perhaps not, depending on your outlook—how often people settle for less because it’s easier. We watch a TV show we don’t especially care about instead of reading a book because we’re tired and it’s easier to just veg out on the couch. We order fast food, even though it costs more and isn’t as good for us, instead of cooking at home because we’re short on time and don’t have the…
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) constantly updated record of disciplinary actions contains a mixed bag of run-of-the-mill infractions, unethical behavior, and large-scale corporate misconduct and regulatory failures. While the rules and regulations at the heart of these disciplinary actions are updated to keep pace with our changing economic and cultural landscape, there are certain themes and motives that are unchanging, even after 12 years of FINRA regulation.  Since FINRA was created in 2007, a…
How does the saying go? You can’t shoot for the moon if you don’t reach for the stars? At Hanzo, we hold these aspirations near and dear to our hearts. We look for team members who are ready to map new frontiers and solve real-world problems. After sitting down with Bess Spencer, from the Hanzo development team, I got to talk about tech, legal, and get some very good advice. A moment in the spotlight…