Christine LaFollette

Christine LaFollette

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles Highlight the Promise of Consumer/Utility Collaboration in Renewable Power...

As we wrote earlier this year, end-use corporate energy consumers large and small are increasingly turning to distributed power generation using solar, wind and other technologies to reduce purchased power costs and price...more

7/25/2014 - Corporate Social Responsibility Electricity Energy Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles Solar Energy Utilities Sector Wind Power

2014 Changes to Delaware Corporate Law

Earlier this month, several significant amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (the DGCL) were approved. These amendments are substantially the same as the amendments originally proposed in April 2014 and will...more

7/24/2014 - Board of Directors Delaware General Corporation Law Directors New Amendments Shareholders Written Consent

Options for Obtaining Regulatory Guidance and/or Approval Related to the Export of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products

As previously reported on Speaking Energy (available here), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has recently indicated that it is willing to work with U.S. energy companies to navigate...more

7/23/2014 - BIS CCATS Energy Energy Policy Energy Reform Exports Licenses Oil & Gas Regulatory Standards

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Holds That Portion of Conflict Minerals Rule Violates First Amendment

On April 14, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its decision in the pending court challenge to the conflict minerals rule. The rule was promulgated in 2012 by the Securities and...more

4/29/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions First Amendment SEC

Court Ruling Regarding the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held today that a portion of the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting regulations – and possibly a portion of the underlying Dodd Frank Act – compel speech in violation...more

4/15/2014 - Conflict Mineral Rules Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank First Amendment SEC

Is It Time to Adopt a Forum Selection Bylaw?

The boards of all public companies should consider adopting a forum selection bylaw, if they have not already put one in place. The purpose of such a provision is to designate an exclusive venue for stockholder derivative...more

1/8/2014 - Board of Directors Bylaws Corporate Governance Forum Selection Clause

Address Boardroom Confidentiality

Bill Ackman’s public disclosure earlier this year of confidential JC Penney board deliberations not only outraged his fellow directors but also stunned the corporate community. His actions, however, were not without...more

1/6/2014 - Board of Directors Confidential Information Confidentiality Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance

Dealing with Activist Investors

Shareholder activism is on the rise. Through the first three quarters of 2013, activist investors submitted 91 initial Schedule 13D filings, well on pace to eclipse the 109 filings made in all of 2012. In addition, proxy...more

1/3/2014 - Investors Proxies Proxy Contests Shareholder Activism Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Push to Diversify Boards Picks Up Steam

In addition to heightened focus on director tenure, companies are facing increasing pressure to diversify their boards. The SEC requires companies to disclose whether and how the board or nominating committee considers...more

1/2/2014 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Diversity EU SEC

Director Tenure Draws Increasing Investor Attention

The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted director tenure in an article titled “The 40-Year Club: America’s Longest Serving Directors.” While the article noted that fewer than 30 public company directors have at least 40...more

12/31/2013 - Board of Directors Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Directors Independent Boards Proxy Season S&P

Split Decision: Whether to Separate the CEO and Board Chair Positions

Whether to separate the CEO and chairman positions is one of the most hotly debated issues in corporate governance. During the 2013 proxy season, calls for an independent board chair were the second most frequent proposal...more

12/30/2013 - Board of Directors CEOs Corporate Governance JPMorgan Chase

Changing Healthcare Landscape Poses Challenges for Directors

Despite the continuing legal challenges and political hardball, as well as the delays and technical glitches, it appears that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, is here to stay. ...more

12/27/2013 - Affordable Care Act Board of Directors Compliance Directors Employer Mandates Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform Pay or Play

Executive Compensation Considerations for 2014

Executive compensation is a topic that just won’t go away, particularly with pay disparity and pay for performance regulations still looming. We highlight below some of the matters directors should be considering as they...more

12/26/2013 - Board of Directors CEOs Chief Compliance Officers Clawbacks Compensation Committee Corporate Counsel Directors Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Pay Ratio Pay-for-Performance Proxy Advisors Proxy Voting Guidelines Sarbanes-Oxley Say-on-Pay SEC

Growing Demands of Compliance Oversight Weighing Down Directors

Constantly changing and overlapping legislative and regulatory requirements are weighing down corporations and usurping more and more board time. It is a telling sign when, according to a recent survey, directors ranked...more

12/26/2013 - Board of Directors Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Directors Whistleblowers

Cybersecurity on Radar Screen of Boards of Directors

Cybersecurity has become one of the hottest topics in the boardroom as companies wrestle with ever increasing threats to their information systems and intellectual property. A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that...more

12/17/2013 - Board of Directors Corporate Counsel Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework Risk Management

DOE Statement on Marcellus Shale Hydraulic Fracturing Study

This is a revised alert reflecting updated information in a July 19 National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) media release, which clarified prior NETL statements on the hydraulic fracturing study contained in earlier...more

7/22/2013 - DOE Energy Environmental Claims Environmental Policies Fracking Natural Resources Pollution Control Resource Extraction Water

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