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Revenge of the Whistle-blower: Possible Consequences of Compliance Failures

In a company with a robust compliance culture, potential whistleblowers can express their concerns without fear of retribution. By contrast, the penalty for a culture that silences whistleblowers just got steeper. Companies...more

Privacy Perils: Social Engineering Fraud - the C-Suite Maneuver

It's a common misconception that cyber-criminals use sophisticated technical tools to hack into a person's computer or online accounts. More often than not, cyber attackers use old fashioned trickery or "social engineering"...more

External Perception of Your Internal Culture Is a Big Deal: What Uber’s Problems Have Taught Us about Reputation

Ethics and compliance officers might often feel like your company’s corporate culture gets tied into knots, with so many groups imposing demands on your organization’s behavior. But really, a better turn of phrase here...more

Reconsider the Ratio: SEC Acting Chair Calls Pay Ratio Rule into Question

Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Michael Piwowar recently told Bloomberg in an interview that, pending confirmation of President Trump’s successor for chair of the SEC, the commission was “not going...more

Securities and Exchange Commission Considers Changes to CEO Pay Ratio Rule

SEC Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar issued a public statement on February 6, 2017 requesting input on any unexpected challenges that companies have experienced as they prepare for compliance with the CEO pay ratio rule,...more

IRS Issues Warning About W-2 Cyber-Scams, Especially for Schools, Nonprofits and Tribal Organizations

On February 2, 2017, the IRS issued a warning to all employers regarding the resurgence of a W-2 based cyber scam. The scam, which targets the corporate world during tax season, is currently “spreading to other sectors,...more

SEC Considers Changes to CEO Pay Ratio Rules

SEC Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar issued a public statement on February 6, 2017 requesting input on any unexpected challenges that companies have experienced as they prepare for compliance the CEO pay ratio rules....more

Backdating: You Can’t Do that in Litigation!

In a recent case the CEO of a public company testified that he backdated the review of a whistleblower. It was not helpful testimony. What’s worse, based on the report of the incident, it appeared that the case was a winner...more

Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk – A CEO’s Commitment to Ethics and Compliance

The phrase tone at the top is becoming trite. Compliance professionals use it over and over, and few people explain how to apply the concept. Speakers and webinar presenters always gloss over tone at the top, emphasizing...more

"Directors Must Navigate Challenges of Shareholder-Centric Paradigm"

The corporate governance landscape has become more complicated, making it more difficult for directors to manage the often inconsistent demands of multiple constituencies while pursuing the fundamental fiduciary obligation to...more

Blog: BlackRock CEO’s annual letter asks companies to address impact of changes in global environment

This year, in his annual letter to corporate CEOs, Laurence D. Fink, CEO of asset manager BlackRock, challenges companies to address the impact of significant political, economic, societal and technological changes on their...more

Understanding the Benefits of Benchmarking & How to Do It Successfully

To begin, let’s define “benchmarking.” There is often confusion regarding the difference between benchmarking and assessment. ...the process of benchmarking is a subset of compliance program assessment....more

"Avoiding an ISS Negative Recommendation: Considerations for Companies Seeking Shareholder Approval of Equity Incentive Plan...

As the 2017 proxy season approaches, companies may be preparing to solicit shareholder approval for a new, or an amendment to an existing, equity incentive plan. In doing so, companies should keep in mind the positions of...more

Delaware Chancery Court Throws Out Claims Over $10 Million Severance Payment to CEO

Seyfarth Synopsis: A Delaware Chancery Court judge last week dismissed a derivative complaint seeking to recover a $10 million severance payment made to a corporation’s former CEO because he found that plaintiff shareholder...more

[Webinar] Business E-mail Compromise Scams - Practical Perspectives - January 12th, 10:30am EST

An increasing number of businesses are targeted by very sophisticated email scams designed to convince company employees responsible for executing financial transactions to wire funds to overseas accounts controlled by...more

The Power of Honesty – A Candid Assessment of Your Compliance Program

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.  Groucho Marx - We are all taught the importance of honesty. But there are very different aspects to this otherwise simple...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management Newsletter – December 2016

Major FCPA Enforcement Action - Including charges against the CEO and CFO for failing to prevent misconduct - In one of the largest FCPA settlements in history, hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC...more

Compliance Expertise Needed on the Board

This week I have been exploring the different types compliance committee’s which an organization can utilize to help effect a best practices compliance program. I have written about compliance committee’s at the Board of...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - December 2016

This month Richard Zall, Chair of Proskauer's Health Care Department, explores developments likely to occur with respect to the Affordable Care Act as a result of the new administration. In our Rulings, Filings and...more

Client’s Bad Behavior Imputed to Counsel – Both Get Sanctioned

In Arrowhead Capital Fin. Ltd. v. Seven Arts Entertainment, Inc. 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126545 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2016), District Judge Katherine Polk Failla imposed significant sanctions upon both the Chief Executive Officer...more

7 Securities Law and Regulatory Changes Likely to be Considered During the Trump Administration

On November 8, 2016, political power in United States shifted in an unexpected and unprecedented way. As of January 20, 2017, Republicans will hold the White House and both Houses of Congress. President-elect Donald Trump...more

ISS Updates Proxy Voting Guidelines and New Survey on Mid-Market Compensation

Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) has issued updated proxy voting guidelines, including an update to guidelines related to director compensation and the equity plan scorecard. The updated guidelines are...more

Portland, Oregon Adopts First-of-Its-Kind CEO Pay Ratio Tax on Employers

The Portland, Oregon City Council has passed an ordinance that will impose a tax surcharge on publicly traded companies whose chief executive officers are paid at least 100 times more than the median pay of other company...more

Blog: A City Takes On CEO Pay It Considers “Disproportionate” — Will Others Follow Suit?

The NYT reports on an effort by one city to address income inequality by imposing a surtax on companies that pay their CEOs more than 100 times the median pay of their rank-and-file workers. According to the article, on...more

Blog: Hitting Populist Note, U.K. Proposes Enhancements To Corporate Governance — Will The New U.S. Administration Follow The...

One of the prevailing narratives of the recent Presidential election was that the same gestalt that drove the Brits to vote for Brexit also animated the pro-Trump forces and led to his presidential victory. Why then, when it...more

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