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Defining the Duty of the Board of Directors over Compliance Functions

I recently posted a blog article about a document released by the Department of Justice entitled “Evaluation of Compliance Programs.” As the title of the document might suggest, the DOJ release covers a variety of issues it...more

Nevada Legislature Ponders Rejection Of Unocal And Revlon Standards

Thirty years ago, the Delaware Supreme Court issued two seminal opinions concerning how courts ought to review director decisionmaking in merger and acquisition transactions. In the first case, Unocal Corporation v. Mesa...more

"Key Takeaways: Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions"

On March 8, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions.” The Skadden panelists were tax partners Nathaniel Carden and Armando Gomez, and litigation...more

Boardroom Perspectives: How Directors Can Use Sustainability to Drive Value

Boards frequently encounter sustainability and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the oversight of a company’s operations, management, financial reporting and public disclosure. Investors increasingly...more

Brooklyn Supreme Court Recognizes Private Right of Action for Not-for-Profit Employees under New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act...

Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) § 715-b, enacted as part of the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act, requires New York not-for-profit corporations with 20 or more employees and annual revenue in excess of $1 million...more

Liability for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Lawyers are often asked to serve on Boards of nonprofit corporations and if they do so, they will often be asked by other directors about the potential individual liability of a director for actions of the nonprofit, for...more

The Perils of Advancement

There is perhaps one single obligation that most aggravates corporate boards of directors: Paying your opponent's legal fees when you are convinced he has done you wrong. How then is that not just possible, but a regular...more

Saudi Arabia Approves New Corporate Governance Regulations

The publication of the Regulations is driven by the continued effort to attract additional foreign investment into the Kingdom and to harmonize the CMA’s own rules with those of the newly revised Companies Law2, as overseen...more

Key Takeaways From FHA’s Health Law Summit

Foley recently co-hosted the Florida Hospital Association’s (FHA) 2017 Health Law Summit, which brought together more than 40 in-house attorneys and compliance officers from FHA member hospitals to discuss the current state...more

Deep Dive Due Diligence: Part V – Level III Due Diligence as a Board Tool

Today, I conclude my exploration of Level III, deep dive due diligence, by discussing how a this should be considered as a best practices tool by a Board of Directors in a broader sense. I am joined in this exploration by...more

No Ifs, Ands, or Butts: Regulating Smoking Within Community Associations

The past twenty years have seen a dramatic uptick in the regulation of smoking, as dozens of states and hundreds of cities and counties have enacted laws making designated public places "smoke-free." For its part, the North...more

A perspective on the unequal representation of women in leadership

It is an indisputable fact that women are not equally represented in leadership roles or management positions in Australian companies and governments, not even close. Even in 2016, this is the case in almost all arenas of...more

A New Resource for the Modern Compliance Professional

There is a knowledge gap among compliance professionals, and it’s not due to a lack of information. In fact, the main culprit may be too much information located in too many disparate places. Our industry is continuously...more

Start-up Shareholders, Directors, and Officers: Role Reversal? Role Confusion?

When companies are in their earliest stages, the founders and advisors often serve the company as shareholders, directors, and officers. However, each role has distinct responsibilities and it is important for founders to be...more

50/50 Ownership Relationships can be Trouble, Plan Ahead

Case Study: Trans Perfect Global, Inc. Philip Shawe v. Elizabeth Elting, Delaware Supreme Court, February 13, 2017 - TransPerfect is a successful global translation business founded by two college friends, Philip...more

Gender Diversity Survey - 2016 Proxy Season Results

The Fenwick & West Gender Diversity Survey provides unique insight into women’s participation at the most senior levels of public technology and life sciences companies in the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV 150) and the large...more

Entity Selection Series | Part Two: The Benefits of a Corporation

In Part One of the entity selection series we discussed the benefits of a Limited Liability Company for organizing your business venture. In this edition, we will discuss the benefits of a standard corporation (a “Subchapter...more

Board Diversity Issues Don’t Fade Away After 8 Seconds (or an IPO, Apparently)

When Snap, Inc., parent company to the popular social media app, Snapchat, completed its much-anticipated IPO last week, investors were quick to question whether the company was overvalued. Despite half a billion dollars in...more

Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

Recent demonstrations highlight a significant passion for expressing dissent and opposition to the Trump administration and its public policy positions. Given the dramatic increase in queries we have received from our clients...more

Professor Bainbridge On My “Beef” With Gantler v. Stephens

Professor Stephen Bainbridge yesterday provided a well considered assessment of my “beef” with the Delaware Supreme Court’s holding in Gantler v. Stephens, 965 A.2d 695, 709 (Del. 2009) that “the fiduciary duties of officers...more

Developments in Disclosure of Financial Advisor Fees in M&A Transactions

Recent developments, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settlement with CVR Energy and related SEC Staff guidance, reinforce a trend towards more extensive disclosure of financial advisor fees in M&A...more

Utah employee had no constitutional right to continued employment

Public employees who have a right to continued employ­ment enjoy constitutional due-process protections that run-of-the-mill at-will employees do not. How can a public employer know if one of its employees enjoys...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - February 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we look at a series of recent court rulings regarding standing in privacy cases, most of which suggest plaintiffs will continue to have a difficult time establishing...more

Why An Understanding Of Officers As Agents May Be Important

In several recent posts, I have noted that officers, unlike directors, are agents of the corporation. Recognizing the agency status of officers can affect the legal analysis in a number of significant ways, including...more

New York Court Reverses Rejection of M&A Disclosure-Only Settlement Signaling Split from Delaware

Seyfarth Synopsis: On February 2, 2017, the Appellate Division for the First Department in New York entered an order approving a “disclosure-only” settlement. While acknowledging the “increasingly negative view” of...more

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