Corporate Governance

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Revisions to Companies Act (Cap.50) of Singapore - New requirements with effect from 31 March 2017

Service providers who used to face grouses or challenges when asked for details on companies’ shareholders and ultimate beneficial owners would now have an easily understandable and frequently-quoted legislation to point to...more

Lawyers and Culture in the Financial Services Industry

The rise of the compliance profession has had a number of positive impacts on the corporate governance landscape. One of the most important results has been increased focus on corporate culture....more

OCC's Proposed Licensing Guidelines Treat Fintech Charters Like Any Other National Bank

A fintech company considering a national bank charter will need to consider whether committing to a multi-year business plan is feasible in an industry that is constantly evolving, and in which the ability to respond quickly...more

Leadership Lessons from the Movies

Today, I wanted to consider some of the recent leadership lessons I have explored on my podcast, 12 O’Clock High, a podcast on business leadership. In the series, host Richard Lummis and myself, mined some of our favorite...more

Building Trust in an Organization as a Step to Operationalizing Compliance

Earlier this week I explored LRN Corporation’s (LRN) 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report). One of the key findings of the Report was that if there was greater employee trust, the values of ethics...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

Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

In today’s regulatory environment, companies face mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies to maintain robust compliance programs to deter and detect misconduct by employees, third-party vendors and business partners....more

TSX - Skirting the Rules No Longer - TSX provides guidance on the use of "exceptional circumstances" in issuer majority voting...

On March 9, 2017, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) issued Staff Notice 2017-001 (the Staff Notice), which provides guidance on the TSX's majority voting requirement and the use of advance notice policies for director election...more

Canadian Securities Administrators provide guidance on use of social media by reporting companies

The rule of timely disclosure in Canada is, in essence, that a reporting (public) company must make significant information about itself available to the investing public on a timely and equal basis. The primary resultant...more

Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You — Business Buy-In to Compliance Functions (Part III of IV)

We all know that a compliance program without business buy-in is, by definition, an ineffective compliance program. The level of business support ranges from “mouthing” support to full-fledged embrace and ownership of...more

Delaware Paves the Way for the Use of Blockchain Technology

Following last May’s announcement of the “Delaware Blockchain Initiative” by former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, on March 13, 2017, the Corporate Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association...more

Delaware Paves the Way for the Use of Blockchain Technology

Following last May’s announcement of the “Delaware Blockchain Initiative” by former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, on March 13, 2017, the Corporate Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association...more

Bridging the Gap: Uniting Compliance and Financial Controls (Part II of IV)

A Chief Compliance Officer has a number of important relationships to attend to in the corporate governance landscape. A critical relationship needed to “operationalize” a compliance program is a partnership between a CCO and...more

Is a workplace relationship ever consistent with good governance

Much has been made of recent scandals arising from sexual relationships in the workplace and in most cases the relationships are said to have been ‘personal and consensual’. While not a new issue, we have seen changes to the...more

When Love and Business Fails

When a romantic affair evolves into a business relationship, the eventual falling out can be especially messy. Even more so if the former lovers try to keep the business going after the romance ends. That is a theme from a...more

Nevada Legislature Mulls Codification Of The Internal Affairs Doctrine

Delaware and Nevada are each in the business of marketing their corporate laws to businesses in other states. Thus, it should surprise no one that these states don’t appreciate it when their legal offerings are undermined by...more

Senate Banking Committee Focused on Deregulation

On March 9, 2017, the Senate Banking Committee passed a series of four bills focused on deregulation, including one that would make it easier for privately held companies to issue stock awards through equity compensation...more

Business Group News: The Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Act

The Connecticut Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, Public Act 16-97 (the "New Act") will become effective for all existing and new Connecticut LLCs on July 1, 2017. The New Act is more comprehensive, modern and well...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

How The Proposed Fix To Delaware’s Stockholder Consent Statute Can Be Fixed

Earlier this week, I wrote about a proposed amendment to Section 228 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. The amendment, which is proposed by The Corporate Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State...more

Blog: Just As The U.S. Seeks To Roll Back Regulations, The European Parliament Adopts New Corporate Governance Rules

Just when the U.S. is looking at how to roll back its regulations on corporations (among others), the rest of the world seems to be headed in the opposite direction. On Tuesday, the EU Parliament approved a Shareholder...more

Blog: Blackrock Sets Its Priorities For Board Engagement

Asset management firm BlackRock (reportedly the largest, with $5.1 trillion under management) has identified its “Investment Stewardship” priorities for 2017-2018, intended to help companies prepare for engaging with...more

CSA Reviews Use of Social Media by Reporting Issuers

On March 9, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-348 Staff’s Review of Social Media Used by Reporting Issuers (notice). The notice provides the results of the CSA’s review of social...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

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 5

Discussion and Analysis Last week, the SEC’s Office of the Investor Advocate announced that it will host an “Evidence Summit” to discuss strategies for raising retail investors’ understanding of critical investment...more

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