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SEC Commissioner Gives Corporate Boards a Cybersecurity Wake-up Call

“Given the significant cyber-attacks that are occurring with disturbing frequency, and the mounting evidence that companies of all shapes and sizes are increasingly under a constant threat of potentially disastrous...more

The Hot IPO Market Continues

The first half of 2014 has seen the hottest IPO market in 14 years – 133 IPOs priced, raising more than $30 billion in proceeds. This is already greater than the total number of IPOs priced during 2011 and 2012. The second...more

Recent Practical Effects of “Just Saying No”

In the past few months, we have seen an increasing number of hostile or unsolicited M&A bids where boards of directors of target companies have resisted bidders’ advances. Traditionally, the board-friendly Delaware approach,...more

SEC: The New Cyber-Cop

It seems scarcely a week goes by without a headline blaring news of a major cybersecurity breach. And with ongoing revelations about the data-tracking activities of the National Security Agency, the public isn’t growing less...more

SEC Playing Bigger Role in Cybersecurity

Besides clarifying disclosure requirements,the agency is prompting companies to take proactive steps. Cybersecurity threats have reached a point where they cannot go ignored by any government agency, even the U.S....more

Hedge Fund Hack Results in Trade Secret Loss, and Raises SEC Reporting Issues

Data breaches may be nothing new, but they are certainly evolving into bigger and more notorious infractions. While the data breaches of yesterday may have involved accidental disclosure or disgruntled former employees, the...more

Increasing Risks of Fraud; Compliance Failures; A Willingness to be Unethical

Cyber security, corruption and unethical behavior pose significant risks for business enterprises, according to a new survey by EY titled “Overcoming Compliance Fatigue’. At the same time business organizations may be...more

Flaa v. Montano, C.A. No. 9146-VCG (Del. Ch. May 29, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this post-trial decision in a proceeding pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 225, the Court of Chancery invalidated stockholder action by written consent on the ground that the proxy solicitation materials failed to disclose an...more

Boards of Directors Charged with Cybersecurity Risk Management by SEC Commissioner

Last week, SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar outlined expectations for directors of public companies to manage cybersecurity risk. If you think it is enough that a board of directors reviews annual budgets for privacy and IT...more

Massachusetts Conducting Cybersecurity Practices Survey of Massachusetts-Registered Investment Advisers

On June 3, 2014, the Massachusetts Securities Division released a survey to assess cybersecurity readiness and practices of Massachusetts-registered investment advisers....more

Commissioner Aguilar Shares His Views on Directors’ Oversight of Cyber-Risk Management

On June 10, 2014, Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar spoke at a NYSE conference, “Cyber Risks and the Boardroom,” about what boards of directors should do to ensure that their companies are appropriately considering and addressing...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- June 2014

In This Issue: - Regulation ..SEC Begins to Scrutinize Registrants’ Cybersecurity Practices ..SEC Staff Sets Boundaries for Adviser Testimonials in Social Media ..Chair White: SEC to Tackle High-Frequency...more

SEC Commissioner Aguilar Speaks on Cybersecurity Issues for the Boardroom

Last week SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar gave a speech at the New York Stock Exchange on ”Boards of Directors, Corporate Governance and Cyber-Risks,” in which he strongly urged directors to focus on the need for increased...more

Calling All Boards of Directors: Four Recommendations from the SEC

SEC Commissioner Luis Aguilar recently spoke at the New York Stock Exchange Conference “Cyber Risks and the Boardroom.” In his speech, Commissioner Aguilar emphasized the importance of cybersecurity and how fast the need for...more

SEC Commissioner Calls on Corporate Boards to Address Cybersecurity—Refers to NIST Cyber Framework as “the Bible”

While attending the "Cyber Risks and the Boardroom" Conference at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissioner Luis Aguilar called on corporate boards to make sure they are...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Invalidates Consent Due to Inadequate Disclosures

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently invalidated a written consent of a Delaware pharmaceutical corporation due to inadequate disclosures to stockholders. ...more

2014 Roundtable Series, Mergers & Acquisitions

Market watchers view mergers and acquisitions as an economic yardstick. After several years of modest volumes, we've already seen substantial M&A activity in 2014 across industries including biotech, pharmaceuticals, and...more

SEC Requires Greater Disclosure of Cyber Events

Cyber is still a relatively young risk and the various stakeholders in cyber-risk are at times, still trying to determine their particular role. This includes the officers and/or directors of companies for establishing...more

SEC Polices Cybersecurity on Wall Street

As U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairwoman Mary Jo White recently emphasized at a Cybersecurity Roundtable sponsored by the Commission, the rise of cybersecurity threats poses an increasing risk to companies,...more

Red Notice Newsleter

Welcome to the May 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month, on the anticorruption front, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) agrees to pay USD $135 million to settle a...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - First Quarter 2014

We analyzed the terms of 156 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in 1Q14 were very...more

The SEC’s Cybersecurity Assessment: A Roadmap for Companies Nationwide

The U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) provided cybersecurity guidance to the securities industry in the form of a Risk Alert issued by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) on April 15,...more

MoFo BioMeter - Vol. 3, Issue 2, May 2014 - Early Stage Deals Dominant Q1: Uptick in total dealmaking activity compared with same...

The MoFo BioMeter for the first quarter of 2014 shows a decrease in average BioMeter value in a quarter dominated by early stage deals. Total dealmaking activity showed an uptick compared to the same quarter in...more

SEC Takes Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) formally announced its cybersecurity initiative in a Risk Alert. The initiative followed up on OCIE’s...more

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 4: Coverage for Investigations

Part 4 in our continuing series: “Cyber Risks – Director Liability and Potential Gaps in D&O Coverage”: Coverage For Investigations - One of the biggest gaps in coverage in D&O coverage today is the lack of...more

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