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Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 14-Wells Fargo and the Fraud Triangle [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a look at the Wells Fargo scandal through the lens of the fraud triangle. ...more

Blog: BDO Analysis Of Tech Industry Risk Factors Shows Increased Impact Of Cybersecurity And M&A Concerns

An analysis by audit firm BDO of the incidence of disclosure of various risk factors among tech companies over five years reflects increased emphasis on security breaches, the impact of M&A (including goodwill impairment) and...more

SEC Proposes Rule Amendments to Require Issuers to Include Hyperlinks to Exhibits in Filings

On August 31, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its forms and rules that would require issuers that file registration statements and periodic and current reports, which include exhibits...more

July 2016 IPO Market Review

The IPO market produced 10 IPOs in July, bringing the total number of IPOs over the first seven months of the year to 47–56% below the 106 IPOs over the first seven months of 2015. Gross proceeds in July were $2.69...more

June 2016 IPO Market Review

June mustered only seven IPOs, down from 15 IPOs in May, and in sharp contrast to the preceding two years—in both 2014 and 2015, June produced the highest monthly IPO count of the year, with 30 and 33 IPOs, respectively. The...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 7 [Video]

In this podcast, I discuss the most vexing problem of a best practices compliance program, managing third party risk. ...more

Key Metrics for Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings

This report has been developed as a resource for our clients and friends interested in understanding recent IPO activity of technology and life sciences companies. This information comprises a number of graphs and charts...more

Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program-Hallmark 2 [Video]

In this 10-episode podcast series I take a look at all ten hallmarks of an effective compliance program as set out in the FCPA Guidance. In this episode I review Hallmark 2-Code of Conduct and Compliance Policies and...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - 1H 2016

Dual-Class Stock: A Founder Favorite Faces Growing Investor Disapproval - Earlier this year, the investment firm T. Rowe Price adopted new voting policies that penalize companies with dual-class stock structures. They...more

Private Company Employee Stock Sales Highlight Hidden Dangers of Compliance Failures

We noted with interest the latest moves by some Bay Area tech giants to permit their employees to sell restricted stock to help them realize the stock value as part of their compensation: See New York Times reporting here. ...more

Restructuring Liquidation Preferences

Job candidates may choose to work for a startup to help build something new, to work in an environment that fosters and rewards creativity, or to get the thrill of climbing aboard a “rocket ship.” New employees rarely, if...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 12-risk in a decentralized business model [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I go deep into the compliance weeds in our discussion of operational, compliance and regulatory risks in a decentralized business model....more

Cybersecurity, Cyber Insurance: What Fund Directors Need to Know

Cyberattacks are attempts by hackers to damage, destroy and/or steal data from a computer network or system. From 2013 to 2015, more than 153.6 million people had information stolen in cyberattacks involving companies such as...more

Equity compensation trend: extending the time to exercise vested stock options

A number of high-profile technology companies recently adjusted their equity compensation programs in a manner they hope will help attract employee talent by providing an extended period to exercise vested stock options after...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - July, 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Don’t Make Founders’ Equity Even - In case you missed it, our very own Gary Schall is featured in TechCrunch this week with some free advice for early-stage...more

Can blockchain live up to the hype?

Is blockchain the revolutionary technology that will rewrite the rules for the finance industry, identifying authenticity and verifying payment flows that arise at a business-to-business level or between business and...more

Unfair and Unbalanced-Episode 9, the US Open Edition [Video]

In this episode, Roy Snell and I continue our exploration of issues related to the compliance profession. ...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - July 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, One of the interesting facts that we have learned over the years is that there appears to be a correlation between the NASDAQ public market (which is heavily weighted with...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 270-Scott Lane on data and compliance [Video]

In this episode, I visit with Red Flag Group CEO, Scott Lane on the future of compliance programs and the use of data to have more effective best practices. ...more

Late-Stage Private Placements: A Life Sciences Sector Survey

As privately held companies choose to remain private longer and defer their initial public offerings (IPOs), these companies are increasingly reliant on raising capital in successive private placements. New categories of...more

ThisWeek in FCPA-Episode 14, the Wolf of Wall Street Edition [Video]

In this episode, Jay Rosen and I talk about the SFO investigation into Unaoil, the forfeiture lawsuit filed in the 1MDB scandal, the possible JP MorganChase sons and daughters FCPA settlement, the new Standard Law School FCPA...more

Put a Fork in it: What’s Happening with the DAO?

If you have an interest in bitcoin, you’ve undoubtedly heard people refer to “The Blockchain.” Because the term “blockchain” can refer to any distributed ledger where “blocks” are added to the ledge by solving complex...more

Why You Don't Need to Found Your Startup in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the capital of venture capital and the acknowledged headquarters of disruptive ideas, fierce determination and hard work. That aura of potential casts a golden glow on the zillions of Bay Area startups...more

Significant Liberalization of Foreign Investment Rules in India

On June 20, 2016, the Indian government, in an effort to open up the Indian economy and bring in much-needed foreign capital, announced a radical liberalization of the foreign direct investment (FDI) rules by liberalizing...more

The SEC Now Has A Lead Cybersecurity Senior Adviser: Now What?

The SEC recently created a new position associated with cybersecurity; senior adviser to the chair for cybersecurity (Christopher R. Hetner). Mr. Hetner has an extensive background in information technology and, in...more

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