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SEC Hosts Roundtable on Cybersecurity Issues and Challenges

Participants recognize the importance of board oversight and risk disclosures. On March 26, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hosted a roundtable to discuss cybersecurity and the issues and challenges...more

Mary Jo White and the New SEC: Implications for Boards (Quorum, March 2014)

The new Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Jo White, has indicated that the agency will implement new and aggressive enforcement policies, while treading lightly in its rulemaking efforts....more

Cybersecurity and the duty of care: a top 10 checklist for board members

Visibility on information security, including cybersecurity as well as physical security aspects, is increasingly permeating corporate life. The relatively new SEC requirements for public disclosure of cybersecurity...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 2 • January 23, 2014 (Global)

IN THIS ISSUE: • Discussion and Analysis • News from the Americas • News from Asia and the Pacific • News from Europe • Global Regulators • US Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Just Who Is Behind The Universal Proxy?

Recently, it was reported that the Council of Institutional Investors had submitted a petition for rule making to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Indeed, the CII did submit this petition on January 8, 2014. ...more

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

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

Dodd-Frank Essentials: Executive Compensation Requirements And Disclosures

Several provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act have brought compensation of financial institution executives into the public eye. Although disclosure of executive and director compensation...more

And On The 12th Day Of Privacy, Something For Directors…..Mind The Gap!

On our last “day of Privacy”, we have a little extra (perhaps a lump of coal….) post: in 2014, cyber risk has been elevated to a board issue – read on and forward to your favorite company director! As we have discussed...more

Considerations for 2014 Proxy Season and Beyond

Following are some topics that public companies may want to consider in preparation for the 2014 proxy season. Shareholder Proposals - The 2013 proxy season reflected a continued increase in the number of...more

SDNY Holds 2005 SEC Rule Change Did Not Alter Directors’ Potential MBS Liability

On December 10, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the SEC’s promulgation of Rule 430B in 2005—which, among other things, broadened the category of disclosures that can be made in...more

NASDAQ Amending Compensation Committee Director Independence Requirements

On November 26, 2013, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its listing rules on compensation committee composition to, among other things, replace...more

Planning for the 2014 Annual Meeting and Reporting Season

In This Issue: - Incorporate lessons from 2013 say-on-pay results - Prepare for new Form SD (Specialized Disclosure) filing requirements - Ensure compliance with revised listing standards related to compensation...more

D&O Questionnaire Update Forms For 2014

The SEC has adopted rules prohibiting “bad actors” from using Rule 506 after September 23, 2013 (the effective date of the rules), or if prohibited conduct occurred prior to the effective date of the rules, the prohibition...more

SEC Staff Scrutinizing Registered Fund Names That Suggest Loss Protection

The Staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued IM Guidance Update 2013-12 in which the Staff “encourages investment advisers and funds’ boards of directors to carefully evaluate any fund name that suggests...more

Your Guide to Purchases by Directors in an IPO

You are working on the IPO of Genco, a diversified agribusiness with exciting new technology set to revolutionize the production of olives. Members of the Board of Directors like the stock (and the olive oil), and want to...more

Corporate Board Oversight Responsibilities And Liability

The Department of Justice is targeting individuals for criminal FCPA violations. As I have discussed before, DOJ is bringing strong cases with overwhelming evidence against individual defendants. ...more

When Directors Are Or Become Bad Actors . . .

I’ve devoted several blog posts to the multifarious problems engendered by the SEC’s new “bad actor” disqualification provisions. I’ve done so because Rule 506(d) is so poorly drafted that, like the annals of Volusius, its...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 17 • September 2013

Discussion and Analysis - Even some financial services industry professionals are confused. The 80-year-old prohibition on general solicitation ended on Monday of last week. This means it is now legal for companies to...more

No Bar is Off-Limits: SEC Enforces 2004 Order Barring Accountant

In a rare and aggressive move, the Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC or Commission) recently sought a court order enforcing an almost decade-old SEC suspension of an accountant and forcing the accountant to disgorge...more

SEC Steps into Fund Boardroom Once Again; Charges Adviser with Misleading Board

The SEC charged a registered investment adviser and its principal with misleading a mutual fund’s board about the adviser’s portfolio management trading capabilities. The SEC said the adviser misled the board at two meetings...more

Delaware Legislature Adopts Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law

Effective as of August 1, 2013, the Delaware legislature adopted several significant amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL). ...more

Former Morgan Keegan Directors Settle Valuation Case

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a cease and desist order on June 13, 2013 (the “Order”) against former members of the boards of directors (the “RMK Directors” or the “RMK Boards”) of five Regions Morgan...more

Do Directors Face Potential Liability For Not Preventing Cyber Attacks?

In the past weeks, we’ve reported that while most companies are properly disclosing their exposure to cybersecurity threats, the increasing occurrence and severity of cyber attacks has the SEC considering even more stringent...more

Revlon “Ring-Fencing” Settlement: Greater Risk Of SEC Enforcement Activity In Going Private Transactions?

On June 13, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement of administrative proceedings against Revlon, Inc. In the settlement order, the SEC asserted that the company hid information regarding a 2009...more

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