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Exemptions for Security-Based Swaps

On February 10, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) extended to February 11, 2018 the expiration dates of certain interim final rules relating to “exemptions under [various securities laws] for those...more

Day 18 of One Month to a Better Board-Six Areas of Board Inquiry into Compliance [Video]

Where does “Tone at the Top” start. With any public and most private US companies, it is at the Board of Directors. But what is the role of a company’s Board in FCPA compliance? We start with several general statements about...more

Examination Priorities for 2017 from FINRA and OCIE

In these uncertain times, the predictability and regularity of the annual priorities letters from FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 309-James Koukios [Video]

In this episode I visit with Morrison Forrester partner James Koukios on the firm's December newsletter on the Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for December 2016. James and I visit about some of the lesser...more

Day 17 of One Month to a Better Board-Incorporating Compliance into Long-Term Corporate Strategy [Video]

In this final five days of my One Month to a Better Board series, I will look at inquiries and questions a Board can take to help the organization actually do compliance going forward. I begin with an exploration of how can a...more

Friend or Foe? State Attorneys General Start to Change Their Tune on Industry & Cybersecurity

Should businesses be thought of as victims or bad actors when it comes to data breaches? State attorneys general are embracing the idea that businesses are not necessarily adversaries in the struggle to protect sensitive...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 308-Ben Locwin on Forecasting  [Video]

In this first part of a three part series on the risk management process, noted risk management guru Ben Locwin and I visit about forecasting in the risk management process. ...more

Day 16 of One Month to a Better Board-the Board and Succession Planning [Video]

Yesterday, I considered the Board of Director’s role in hiring of senior executives and in other key positions and corporate positions and corporate relationships. Today I want to consider the Board’s role in succession...more

Day 15 of One Month to a Better Board-the Board Role in Hiring [Video]

What is the role of a Board of Directors in hiring senior executives, Chief Compliance Officers and even other Board members? I recently explored this issue with Candice Tal, founder and CEO of Infortal, a global security and...more

Virtual legality: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - legal issues

With Newsweek predicting that 2017 will be shaped by Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)1 Dentons, as part of its on-going TechTalk series, thought it was timely to examine the legal issues associated with this...more

Technology and Life Sciences IPO Survey – 2016, Full Year

This report analyzes key aspects of initial public offerings (IPOs) for technology and life sciences companies that went public in 2016. Our IPO Survey was developed for clients, friends and others interested in considering...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February, 2017 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Independent Directors - At a recent QuickLaunch University event in Boston, our very own Josh Fox convened a panel on best practices for developing your...more

Blog: 2017 M&A Trends Series: Innovation Pressures Fuel M&A

So far this year, deal parties are approaching M&A with cautious optimism. This series of Cooley M&A blog posts include some brief observations that offer some M&A highlights over the past year and our thoughts for the year...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 40- the Worse than Useless edition [Video]

Just out the week's top compliance and ethics stories on This Week in FCPA. ...more

Putting the "E" in Ethics & Compliance

Developments in information technology are creating more and more opportunities for the automation of E&C programs. Automation and integration can benefit programs in many ways, including increasing effectiveness, efficiency...more

Day 13 of One Month to a Better Board-Board Failures in Compliance [Video]

The failure of a Board of Directors to engage in its duties and obligations around the compliance function can be devastating. Today I consider cases where Boards failed in those duties. ...more

Rollback of SEC Regulations Promulgated Under Dodd-Frank Has Begun

In several uncoordinated actions, the dismantling of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulations promulgated under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) has begun. In two...more

Court Declines to Issue Seizure Order under Defend Trade Secrets Act

As we previously reported, the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) enacted last May includes a powerful ex parte seizure proceeding that allows courts in “extraordinary circumstances” to order the seizure of property...more

Day 12 of One Month to a Better Board-What Leads to a Successful Board Investigation [Video]

What are metrics for a Board around compliance? Former Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell laid out some that the Justice Department would consider in a review of compliance programs. These metrics are: ¥ Does the...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 7 [Video]

This episode is dedicated to the chaotic (at best) first three weeks of the Trump administration. Jonathan Armstrong leads a discussion of the Trump administrations devolution towards Privacy Shield and what it may portend...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 28 [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the new Microsoft security analysis tool, Secure Score which will rate a company’s IT and data security protocols. We use his blog post on the topic, “Microsoft...more

Bio-Rad Stung by Nearly $8 Million Verdict in Whistleblower Lawsuit Brought by Former General Counsel

A jury recently found Bio-Rad Laboratories liable under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act for nearly $8 million in damages after the company’s alleged retaliatory firing of its former general counsel, Sanford...more

IP Due Diligence: The Five Questions You Must Ask in Corporate Transactions

Konstantin Linnik, Ph.D., a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department, addressed the importance of intellectual property due diligence in corporate transactions in Nutter Insights. Konstantin discussed when a...more

Day 11 of One Month to a Better Board-What Leads to a Successful Board Investigation [Video]

What are seven factors which can lead to a successful investigation commissioned and led by a Board of Directors. In this episode, I discuss an article in the Corporate Board magazine, entitled “Successful Board...more

Biogen to Pay Forward $1.25 Billion in Settlement

Forward Pharma A/S (“Forward”) recently announced that a necessary super majority of its shareholders have approved a settlement of various patent disputes with two wholly-owned subsidiaries of Biogen Inc. (“Biogen”) in which...more

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